|Review by Hooligan__j||posted 01-07-2010 10:41 PM||4601 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Let me start by saying I bought this tool based on a review on Lumberjocks, and even though I am rating it 3 stars overall, that is only because fractions of stars are not allowed. (I would rate it 3.95 stars.)
I purchased this tool mostly out of a totally new medical condition found in woodworkers around the globe: Isawaninfomercialforthefeinmodelbutcantafforditbuthismightworksoreallywanttotryitandseeifsomethinglike
I used the tool for about 2 hours straight, to plunge and straight cut 1/2” ply wood that a previous owner of my home thought would be a good idea to put over hard wood floors. This tool did take a little while longer than I would have liked to cut through the plywood, but it did not splinter the plywood, and made an overall smooth cut. It didn’t overheat during use, but when I pressed into the wood a little too hard, I could tell I was overloading it. I haven’t used it for anything else as of yet, other than some “sample” scraping and sanding when I first pulled it out of the box, and it seemed to do these well.
1. Price: $39.99, but I had a coupon from PopMech that took $5.00 off. Attachments are a little over priced, but what can you do? I bought an extra pack of sanding pads, and a small wood blade bringing my total to around $50.00. The various blades available cover most applications. However they (like most things at Harbor Frieght) look a little chintzy
2. Feel: The tool feels balanced, and heavy duty.
3. Noise: Very loud. But I do have good hearing protection ;)
4. Speed: Only one speed (11k OPM)
5. Miscellaneous :
a. I can see the attachment lugs(? maybe they are posts) wearing down eventually but they do hold the attachments firmly for now.
b. Vibration is pretty high, and my hands felt the buzz for about a half hour after using the tool. Think this might have been lessened if I had used better gloves.
I hope this helps you make up your mind to buy or not buy this tool.