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Perfect broom for cleaning up the shop

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Review by GaryK posted 1947 days ago 4028 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Perfect broom for cleaning up the shop Perfect broom for cleaning up the shop Perfect broom for cleaning up the shop Click the pictures to enlarge them

Not exactly a woodworking tool, but a tool for the shop that everyone needs.

Tired of getting the sawdust out of tight spaces? These little brooms do an amazing job.

In Tagalog they are called a “Walis tambo”, and you can pick them up in most Asian stores and probably Pier 1 Imports.

As far as I know they only come in the longer version, so I just cut one down to use on the bench or tablesaw.

They get into the tightest places, behind, under and around things. They are perfect for cleaning up around the perimeter of the shop and around fixed objects. Once everything is in the middle of the floor is real fast to use the push broom.

These are very light and you can use them with one hand. This allows you to move objects with the other hand. Flat and push brooms both take two hands.

I have been using them for years and I was just in the shop cleaning up when I thought that it’s probably something that most of my fellow lumberjocks didn’t know about, hence this post.

They only cost from $2-$5 and are worth every cent.

Here’s a little video showing just how nice it works:
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-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX




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#1 posted 1947 days ago

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#2 posted 1947 days ago

good idea!!!

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#3 posted 1947 days ago

Excellent. Definitely useful.

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#4 posted 1947 days ago

Exactly what I have been looking for.

Thanks Gary.

bob

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#5 posted 1947 days ago

Nice brush…

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#6 posted 1947 days ago

The floor is too clean Gary.

Nice brush.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 1947 days ago

great tip .. I’ll keep my eye’s open for one

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 1947 days ago

Gary we spent years trying to convert filipinos to western style flat brooms. It was a total failure! my only criticism is these tend to flick fine dust up in the air which just settles back where it came from. Fine on chips and pine shavings but terrible for some tropical hardwood dust.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#9 posted 1947 days ago

kiwi – No broom in the world doesn’t kick up the fine dust. Only a damp cloth or vacuum will totally eliminate that.

I haven’t really had that problem though. Maybe it’s a matter of technique.

Bentlyj – Karson – I did say that I was cleaning the shop when I thought to post these. Of course the floor is clean. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 1947 days ago

Great tip, and the price is right! Thanks, Gary.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 1946 days ago

Another tool for the apprentice hey!!

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#12 posted 1945 days ago

I use brooms like this in Thailand all the time for the shop and house, if you can find one they are well worth buying.

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#13 posted 1945 days ago

Thanks Gary : )

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#14 posted 1944 days ago

Thanks for the info. Looks like would do a good job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

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#15 posted 1938 days ago

During my trip to Kualalampur and Singapur last April I was bent on bringing the brooms for which I was called mad by my family members and friends. I purchased four of them and made a rather odd looking package as the brooms are long and cannot be folded. On arrival home the custom officers were looking with awe at this packet and said they have never seen anybody bringing such goods. When I showed the utility of these brooms to those who scoffed at me, they were sorry for rediculing me. These brooms are really very convenient as you can sweep clean standing. Gary, what you have written above is true. This is a very useful tool in the workshop. I am at ease after seeing this post. The four brooms cost me only US$ 4 .
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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