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Central Machinery 10" Industrial Cabinet Saw

Central Machinery 10" Industrial Cabinet Saw

01-21-2010 02:06 AM by dustbunny | 61 comments »

I know your probably thinking…”HF, if it’s anything like some of the other things they sell, it’s not worth it” But read on…I was very reluctant to buy this saw, and debated about it for several months. Then HF had a 25% discount coupon the day after Christmas, only to be used on New Years Day. I figured the math and this TS was going to cost $562.50, original price $750.00. So I bit the bullet and ordered it.The specs-3 HP motor, 230V, single phase; Max. s...

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Now's the time to get a dust collector!

Now's the time to get a dust collector!

04-14-2011 11:40 PM by StumpyNubs | 57 comments »

This collector has been reviewed several times here so I won’t go into to much of the details. The reason i am reviewing it now is because I got the latest issue of “Wood” magazine and there’s a coupon in it for this collector. You can get it with that coupon for just $150 (that’s $100 off the regular price). And it is every bit as good as the VASTLY more expensive Jet and Grizzly models with similar specs. Here’s why I love this collector… 1. P...

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Great bang for the buck, but DON'T leave it stock!

Great bang for the buck, but DON'T leave it stock!

08-26-2009 09:11 PM by dbhost | 51 comments »

I felt it necessary to write a review of THIS specific dust collector. Many home hobby woodworkers use Harbor Freight 2HP Dust Collector to refer to the current model #97869 and the older model #45378 interchangeably. While they use a large number of the same components, and are most likely build on the same line, these are without a doubt NOT the same tool. Building on the success of the #45378, Harbor Freight had some improvements to put under the hood, and market as the #97869, many ...

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Do not buy at this time, manufacturing error

Do not buy at this time, manufacturing error

03-12-2013 02:48 PM by asloanie | 43 comments »

I recently bought one of these, returned it, and now am about to return the replacement. The unit comes with a mounting platform and casters. They must have recently changed caster manufacturers as the new ones do not line up with the pre-drilled holes in the metal platform. Both units I got had this exact problem. If you want to use your own platform or drill new holes yourself, this still could be a usable system. Just an FYI. I would recommend opening the small box the caster...

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Harbor Freight / Central Machinery Oscillating Spindle Sander

Harbor Freight / Central Machinery Oscillating Spindle Sander

04-19-2010 04:50 AM by FJPetruso | 41 comments »

I recently purchased a new Oscillating Spindle Sander for my small woodworking shop. Before making the purchase I checked out comparable models, The Harbor Freight Oscillating Spindle Sander & the Triton Oscillating Spindle Sander. For the type of use that I give a power tool this quality sander would work well. With the exception of the colors being reversed, the two machines are identicle. Both sanders have the same features & acessories. Naturally at $90 for the Harbor freight m...

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Another Harbor Freight gem!

Another Harbor Freight gem!

08-26-2009 05:44 AM by dbhost | 37 comments »

Knowing that the lathe itself is just the tip of the financial iceberg when it comes to wood turning, I needed to control costs wherever I could without sacrificing quality I searched, talked with the club representatives at the various woodworking shows etc… And the response came back about the Jet JWL 1236 and its CLONES… It would appear this lathe had been rebranded by several companies, including, but not limited to Grizzly, MasterCraft, and for those of us that are a bit on t...

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Harbor fright 97869 2 hp dust collector- sanding belt 40861.

Harbor fright 97869 2 hp dust collector- sanding belt 40861.

08-09-2011 07:24 PM by MikeGo | 34 comments »

Well I bought one thinking this is great for only $149. No! its worked for about 8 mins and stoped, motor will hum and then pop my 20 amp braker. looked inside and the fan move`s freely. Called Harbor Fright up and I am going to exchange it , but if any problems ill get my money back. The reviews where good I hope it was only a bad one,”ill see”. Also I bought a new sanding belt 6/48 that I need to return, crack along seem. it`s only a 35 min drive.

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Good Jointer for the Price

Good Jointer for the Price

10-13-2012 02:26 AM by ErikF | 34 comments »

I needed to upgrade from by benchtop jointer to a stationary unit so I purchased this jointer last week at my local Harbor Freight. I have had some good luck with their power tools and read some good reviews about this specific jointer. The setup took some work due to the terrible owners manual that comes in the box…it has about 6 random pictures along with a few pages of text only instructions. I had to change a few pieces around as I went but managed to get it assembled in a couple ho...

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Combination 4 in. x 36 in. Belt / 6 in. Disc Sander Harbor Freight

Combination 4 in. x 36 in. Belt / 6 in. Disc Sander Harbor Freight

08-08-2014 01:00 PM by Blackie_ | 28 comments »

Anything less then the top name brands you are taking a gamble, some have good luck and some don’t, Myself I’ve to this day with all of the machinery that I’ve purchased from HF have had less then good luck as a matter of fact I’ve wasted more money buying crap from Harbor Freight then if I had just purchased the top name brand tools to begin with… With saying all of this you’d thunk I would’ve learned my lesson by now well this belt sander is the one...

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Great bang for the buck!

Great bang for the buck!

08-25-2009 11:50 PM by dbhost | 24 comments »

NOTE This review is NOT dealing with a stock saw, the saw in question has been fitted with the following updates. #1. Central Machinery Riser Block Kit. #2. Craftsman Professional Universal Band Saw Fence. #3. Suffolk Machinery Timberwolf 1/2” 3 TPI blade. #4. Iturra tension spring. #5. Accu-Link link belts. (Harbor Freight). The Central Machinery Model 32208 4 speed 14” band saw, and its single speed sibling the 32206 (only difference appears to be the pulley setup), can be...

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