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05-14-2018 03:33 PM

Left vs right hand tools - 10 replies

I have always been curious about how tools were invented and mainly by who. I find there are tools that favor left handed users and the opposite being true for right handed users. A circular saw “Skilsaw” for example seems to favor the LH user because the blade and cut line is visible while hidden to the RH user. Many other tools pos...

05-08-2018 05:04 PM

Cutting plywood sheets with a "Skil" type saw. - 40 replies

I have 4 “Skil” saws and they all share the same fault. It appears to me the “Skil” saw was designed for left handed people. At least this is what it seems when I am cutting across a plywood sheet using a fence as a guide. For example, I want to rip a few inches off the long side of a plywood sheet. The cut length is 96&#...

04-25-2018 04:36 PM

HF must think we are stupid - 43 replies

HF has started adding “brand names” to most of their tools, like Vulcan, Hercules, Zurich, etc. all phoney names. The thought process behind that is the public relates quality to a brand name, like Makita, Stanley, Milwaukee, etc. Then they compare their HF brand to a well known brand. Their only comparison is price and price alone; ...

04-21-2018 03:36 PM

House repair for old people - 10 replies

I wasn’t sure where to post this, but here goes. First off, I am 83 and that means I am no longer able to do all the things I used to do. There will be others on this forum who will share this I’m sure. The soffit, facia and gutters on my house are in deteriorating condition and I need to fix it. I would not be able to work on a l...

04-19-2018 07:50 PM

Question about cordless tool batteries - 1 reply

I have a Makita 12V driver/drill that uses NiMH batteries. 12V NiCd batteries are available for that same D/D. My question: Can I use the same charger that came with the NiMH batteries to charge NiCd batteries?

04-16-2018 07:44 PM

Right tilt saws - 20 replies

What happened! It appears no one is making right tilt table saws anymore. All I see now are left tilt. Personally, I prefer right tilt.

04-05-2018 05:08 PM

New invention - 13 replies

I came up with this idea, but after checking how much it would cost to bring it to market, that idea is now zip. That being the case, I will share it with the public to do what they want with it. My idea is to add an AC adapter to a cordless tool. As we all have experienced, we will be drilling a hole or driving a screw and the battery dies. ...

04-05-2018 04:36 PM

How much will tools made in America cost - 12 replies

In regard to the 25% tariff proposed by President Trump, I wonder how that will affect the cost of tools. If tool manufacturers start making tools again in America, how do you think the price and quality of American made tools will be? I am from the old days when American made tools were the norm. We bought tools and were satisfied with them. I ...

03-26-2018 03:58 PM

Deck preservation - 10 replies

It has been 4 months since I completed the building of my deck. I used PT southern yellow pine in it’s construction and I was waiting for the wood to dry before applying a preservative. I have been checking the dryness of the wood by pouring some water onto the wood; if it gets absorbed, it’s dry; if it puddles on the surface, it is ...

03-02-2018 10:16 PM

Tools, how I evaluate what to buy. - 8 replies

I read a lot of reviews for tools and other things. I’m either looking to buy something or just out of curiosity. The things that stand out the most in “negative” reviews is the quality of an old tool and the latest version of that tool. The biggest complaints seems to be poor service, poor quality and poor instructions. When ...

02-11-2018 02:07 AM

Toy making - 9 replies

I’m planning on making some wooden toys and need to know what finish I can use that is “child safe”, both paint and clear finish.

01-22-2018 06:32 PM

Non-carbide saw blades - 12 replies

I have a few 10” saw blades, non-carbide that I will never use. What can I do with them? I was thinking of making scraper blades from them, but don’t know if the steel used is good enough for that. Does anyone know what type/grade of steel is used for saw blades?

01-12-2018 08:03 PM

Habitat for Humanity - 8 replies

Habitat for Humanity, (H-H) was founded by former President Carter to provide homes for the poor. In areas around the country where H-H operates, Restores have been set up to allow the public to buy surplus building materials and many other items like furniture, appliances, lighting fixtures, etc. I went to the one in my area, (Gulfport, Ms) and...

01-07-2018 06:24 PM

Clear pine in 2x4's - 4 replies

Is it possible to find 2×4’s in clear pine or southern yellow pine with no knots or at most a few pin knots? It is readily available in 1x, but I can’t find it in 2x. I have a project that requires the wood surfaces to be smooth (sliding fit).

01-01-2018 08:12 PM

Woodworking Projects for 2018 - 15 replies

I am planning on building/rebuilding some power tool work stands to make my shop more efficient. Although I have a 1200 SF shop, I want all my tools to be moveable with the exception of my cabinet saw and RAS. I propose to incorporate a small DC within the base of each power tool. The DC I now have will only service my saw. I’m looking at ...

01-01-2018 07:26 PM

Too cold to work - 19 replies

I was able to finish building a workstand for my new oscillating spindle sander on Saturday, 12-24-2017 just in time before the temperature around here turned to below freezing. It will remain this cold for the rest of the week and I will be confined to the warm house until then. Imagine temperatures in the teens in S. Mississippi; almost unhear...

12-29-2017 07:16 PM

Harbor Freight image - 41 replies

What’s with the new HF labeling of their products? They are now giving “brand names” to most of their products. Previously they only had a few “brand names”, like Badlands, Pittsburg, Central Machinery, Predator, U.S. General, etc. Now new “brand names” have popped up, like Hercules, Yukon, Vulcan, Vikin...

12-29-2017 05:53 PM

Magnetic switches - 4 replies

My 3 HP saw runs off 220 V and uses a magnetic starter. Magnetic switches are available for 110 V tools. Why are magnetic switches not provided on all 110 V tools. A magnetic switch or starter is a safety device to prevent a tool from restarting automatically once power has been interrupted. It would seem that it would be mandated by OSHA. Any 1...

12-27-2017 05:29 PM

Magnetic starter - 6 replies

Are there any magnetic starters available in 110 volts, similar to the magnetic starters on 220 volt?

12-26-2017 07:54 PM

Why am I being blocked by Horizontal Mike? - 8 replies

I was going to reply to a thread posted by Horizontal Mike and found I was being blocked.

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