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Oneway Wheel Balancing System

Oneway Wheel Balancing System

1590 days ago by Padre | 7 comments »

I bought this Oneway Wheel Balancing System from Craft Supplies, it cost 62.99. I do a lot of wood turning tool sharpening. I have an inexpensive 2 speed grinder I bought from Woodcraft and it rocked, rattled and rolled, that’s for sure!! I put this on this afternoon, and you would think I have a Baldor grinder with special balanced wheels. What a difference this has made. I recommend this grinder attachment.

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Exaktor EXOA-2 Table Saw Overarm Dust Collector

Exaktor EXOA-2 Table Saw Overarm Dust Collector

1618 days ago by Padre | 14 comments »

Finally ordered this and it came today. Here are my observations after putting it together. 1. The package came and was adequately packaged. The outside of the box was damaged, but all the interior items were fine. 2. All the parts were present and accounted for. 3. The directions stink. It gives you some pictures, but mostly you use a trial and error method of putting this together. It took me about 3 hours to put this together, a project that now that I know what to do shou...

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Delta 46-460 12-1/2" Variable-Speed Lathe and Optional Stand

Delta 46-460 12-1/2" Variable-Speed Lathe and Optional Stand

1660 days ago by Padre | 11 comments »

I purchased this lathe two weeks ago when it was on sale at Woodcraft. I brought it home, opened it up, and set it up. It took about an hour to completely set it up. The lathe stands level and true, and the tail stock/head stock are perfectly aligned. It is a variable speed, but some belt changes are needed for different speed “ranges.” It is a cinch to change the belt. Picture #2 shows how you pull a lever, change the belt, re-tighten the lever, and off you go. It is a...

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Powermatic 3520b, superstar

Powermatic 3520b, superstar

1660 days ago by Padre | 9 comments »

I’ve had my Powermatic for almost a year now, and I have used it a LOT. It runs true and smooth. The lathe was perfectly level/square right out of the box. I have had NO problems with this lathe. It is quiet, powerful and it feels good to be at. It makes you comfortable knowing that you will be able to do what you want to do. At first, being a new turner, it intimidated me a little, but now, we are best friends. I would not hesitate to recommend this lathe to anyone.

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Review of ClearVue 1800LH

Review of ClearVue 1800LH

1995 days ago by Padre | 35 comments »

I purchased a ClearVue cyclone 1800LH for my shop about two months ago. Had torn muscles in my shoulder, so put it up a month ago, had shoulder surgery, and finally got it wired and turned on for the first time today. First Impressions: The unit came complete, packaged extremely well. Everything labeled, wrapped, boxed, re-wrapped. I unpacked everything and nothing was dented, broken, scratched or otherwise in any condition but brand new. The system also came with a remote control and...

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Grizzly G0513X2 17" Bandsaw 2HP w/Cast Iron Trunnion

Grizzly G0513X2 17" Bandsaw 2HP w/Cast Iron Trunnion

2016 days ago by Padre | 20 comments »

Just received this on Monday. It came via UPS Freight, and I paid $39 extra for the lift gate service. I highly recommend this service since this saw is a beast! 1. It came in one of flimsiest ‘crates’, if you can call it that, that I have ever seen. This saw weighs in at 325 pounds, more like 425 pounds, and this crate was built for maybe 200 pounds max. 2. The email instructions tell you to inspect the crate for damage before signing. I did this, saw nothing, and sig...

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SawStop 10-Inch Contractors Saw with 50" rails and 30" outfeed table Assembly

SawStop 10-Inch Contractors Saw with 50" rails and 30" outfeed table Assembly

2016 days ago by Padre | 11 comments »

My saw arrived last week and my sons had to go pick it up at WoodCraft for me since I had shoulder surgery last Tuesday. Well, I felt good enough yesterday to start assembling my new SawStop Contractors table saw. The first thing I noticed is that it was boxed, packed and labeled very clearly. Each box had what was inside clearly printed on the outside so there was no guessing, no “eenie-meenie-miney-mo” type activity. I ordered:10” contractor sawmobile basecast iron...

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