I’m shopping on the ‘net earlier today and found myself at the BORGs’ sites. I’m in the market for a new jig saw and a router (yeah…need a few tailed apprentices to make woodworking a bit more enjoyable for the time being). One of the saws was the Black & Decker jig saw. At about $60 less than the Dewalt or Bosch I was looking at, it had all the same features or a few more.
Here’s the problem. None of the specs actually tells you how it works in the grand scheme of things. For example, I have two other Firestorm tools. My compound miter saw is Firestorm as is my circular saw. The circular saw had some issues ripping a 2×12. The miter saw has given me no problems. at all, but it’s only been on one project, a couple of raised garden beds for my Mom.
According to the specs, these tools should be able to do anything the more expensive ones do. However, is that really the case? The thing is, since I need a router also as well as knowing I’ll need a new circular saw down the road, it’s really hard to pass these up. Granted, it’s easier now that I know the circular saw can’t handle rips like I’d prefer (though I’m debating about picking up a good rip blade and see if that makes a difference), but it’s still there.
So, I’m now trying to figure out which tools I’ll need for my next project and make sure I’ve got what I need for it. I figure that rather than buy up everything I’ll need now (handheld power tool wise), I’ll get the minimum for this next project, then purchase what new items I’ll need for the next one.
Now…to figure out what’s next…
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!