I thought I’d put up photos of my three bench top power tools.
First up is my band saw:
This band saw was the second tool i bought (around last Christmas.) While I get along with it and I like it, I’ll admit that out of the box it gave me some trouble. The blade kept slowing down, grinding to a stop. I fixed that problem by changing the pulley on which the drive belt ran. It’s a two speed pulley, but one doesn’t work very well. Also, after I broke the blade that came with the saw, a replacement blade of the same tooth spacing, but not from Skil cuts much smoother. Right now it lives on a table in a corner. I can use it there for small jobs, but for larger pieces I carry it out and put it on a table I’ve got. In the future I’ll make a rolling stand for it with storage drawers.
If I had to complain about this band saw, I’d say the table has a design flaw. Its fluted, but sometimes the piece you’re cutting catches a piece of scrap and gets caught in the fluting.
This was my most recent purchase. I bought it around March of this year. It’s a nice little drill press and I like it. I made the simple table for it with a removable plug under the bit. Eventually I will probably cut the round hole square because square plugs are less trouble to make than round ones. Currently the drill press sits on a workmate bench. In the near future I’ll be making a rolling stand for it with storage. This is one of my upcoming projects.
This table saw was the first major purchase I made in this adventure called woodworking. For the money I had to spend, this was the best of the choices. I haven’t found much to complain about this little saw. I did cut the ears off the miter slots to make sleds easier to make.
-- Beware the flying swarf!