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Cuts Right Through Wood, Not Your Wallet

Cuts Right Through Wood, Not Your Wallet

08-01-2013 06:29 PM by lab7654 | 17 comments »

After I bought my R4512 (reviewed eventually…), I knew I needed a quality blade. I didn’t even bother trying the stock blade. After hearing only good things about the Irwin combo blade, I went out and got it. This blade truly lives up to all of the reviews. It crosscuts as good or better than my 60 tooth miter saw blade, even without a ZCI or sled. Ripping is a breeze, with glue-ready edges and no tearout. The one thing I have to force myself to remember is that the blade is a com...

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Great Drill Press for the Hobbiest

Great Drill Press for the Hobbiest

08-01-2013 05:56 PM by lab7654 | 9 comments »

After doing plenty of research, as usual, I decided that the Masterforce drill press sold by Menard’s would be the best for me. They went for $200 when I pulled the trigger just over a year ago, but the price has gone up to $230 in most stores. I got an 11% rebate on mine, and shortly after they went on sale for $180 (my luck). If you’re ready to buy a mid-sized drill press, don’t let the store-brand scare you away—Masterforce is on par with Home Depot’s Ridgid b...

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Great Machine, Even Better Service

Great Machine, Even Better Service

09-26-2012 11:17 PM by lab7654 | 7 comments »

I bought this machine in July when CPO started running them on sale for $400. I was originally going to get the 8” version, but it wasn’t on sale and with the sale price of the 10” one, it was only $30 less. The 10” one comes with a stand, so even with the extra $30 you are probably paying the same. Anyway, I set it up at home as soon as I got it (first picture) and brought it to my cabin later that week. Upon the first start up, it made a rumbling noise when it shut d...

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Good Sander with Lots of Little Features

Good Sander with Lots of Little Features

06-18-2012 04:33 AM by lab7654 | 1 comment »

I bought this sander after minor in-store deliberation because it seemed like the best deal. I got it a little over a year ago for $40 on sale at Sears. It comes with a bunch of detail attachments for specific jobs. They look useful, but I haven’t really used them. The sander came with paper for each of the attachments, in assorted grits (60-80-120). The “pressure control” is basically a system of lights that tell you how much pressure you are applying. Could be useful, but ...

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Decent Bandsaw for the Price...With Some Modifications

Decent Bandsaw for the Price...With Some Modifications

06-18-2012 03:56 AM by lab7654 | 13 comments »

Let me just start off by saying that this is my first review here on LumberJocks, as well as my first experience with owning a bandsaw. I have to admit, the only other experience i have with bandsaws is operating the industrial-sized Powermatics at my highschool, so my expectations may be high from that, or low from lack of personal experience. I bought this about a year ago because it was relatively well built compared to the other 9-10” bandsaws on the market. When it first arrived...

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