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Review of the Harbor Frieght/Central Machine Mortising Tool

Review of the Harbor Frieght/Central Machine Mortising Tool

23 days ago by jerrells | 6 comments »

I had been looking at the ability to make mortise and tendon joints for some time. Now the products I build are small mostly doll furniture. A lot of the pattern calls for this type of joint. I had been drilling dowel holes and using a cut in half dowel pin. There were some alignment issues. I researched the add on product for a drill press. I found both good and bad reviews. Therefore I was not convinced this was the way to go. After seeing a post suggesting the Harbor Freight/Central Mac...

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Does what it's supposed to do at a good cost

Does what it's supposed to do at a good cost

88 days ago by JSB | 9 comments »

Pros-strongest drill press I’ve ever had. Strong enough for what I do-lots of speed settings-plenty of chuck travel-haven’t measured run-out but I couldn’t noticeably see any with the largest forstner bit I have. Cons-not sure if it’s considered a con but it’s super tall for a benchtop model. -overly soaked in shipping grease but mineral spirits will take care of that-circle table. Why do all drill presses come with a circle table??!! Not a huge deal as I made...

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Excellent option for portable dust collection

Excellent option for portable dust collection

115 days ago by lumberjoe | 7 comments »

Like many, I don’t have the space or power requirements for a large dust collector. I need something small that doesn’t draw a lot of power (I only have 30 amps available). This little unit fits the bill. I have my tools aranged so everything that needs a proper 4” dust collector is in close proximity, and I have a quick connect on the hose. The good: This unit is quiet compared to a shop vac and has plenty of power when connected to one tool at a time. It has no troub...

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Central Machinery 300 Pound Mobile Base

Central Machinery 300 Pound Mobile Base

231 days ago by cpine | 7 comments »

Bought this mobile base from Harbor freight for a humble $40. (Full Price) I was impressed by teh quality for this price. I recommend it for the value and price! Video Review: http://youtu.be/q0tJ1RoJ9Tw

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Parts Manufactured Incorrectly

Parts Manufactured Incorrectly

258 days ago by Rob98075 | 22 comments »

I purchased the band saw from Harbor Freight in Bellevue, WA. store (store number 00279) on 7/27/2013. While assembling the band saw, I found that on step 2 of the assembly (page 6 of the manual), the supporting plate (4) was machined incorrectly. The holes did not line up with the holes on the motor plate (7) or with the holes on the base plate(6). I returned the saw twice, only to find that the part in each box was identical to the part in the first box and drilled incorrectly. The st...

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Do not buy at this time, manufacturing error

Do not buy at this time, manufacturing error

403 days ago 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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Central Machinery 12'' Direct Drive Bench Top Disk Sander

Central Machinery 12'' Direct Drive Bench Top Disk Sander

479 days ago by AJswoodshop | 9 comments »

This bench top Disk sander comes in handy! Before I was using either my mouse sander, or a sanding drum in my drill press. But when I came across this Bench top disk sander at HF, It was the perfect tool for me. Positives,-Cast Iron table-Dust port which works well -Tilting Table,-1 1/2’’ HP motor-Easy to change sanding disk-Includes three sanding disk Negatives,-A little vibration-Not the best miter gauge It’s a great disk sander that I would highly recommend.

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Good Jointer for the Price

Good Jointer for the Price

553 days ago 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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Central Machinery Tile/Wet saw

Central Machinery Tile/Wet saw

590 days ago by AJswoodshop | 7 comments »

I’m working on a bathroom and I needed to cut some tile. I wanted something that wasn’t really pricey, so I went with this HF central machinery tile/wet saw. The saw has a few problems, but for the price I’m very happy. The main problem was, that water will splash out of the saw, if you don’t have the blade guard on. With the blade guard on it’s hard to see where your cutting. Its a bench top tool, I used my scroll saw stand, just so I wouldn’t have to use ...

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It does what it is supposed to

It does what it is supposed to

610 days ago by 47phord | 20 comments »

I was in need of a drill press but I was short on funds, and after searching around here and other places I decided to go with this unit. Having been burned a couple times before with smaller power tools, I was a bit leery about buying anything big from Harbor Freight, but most of the reviews I saw were more or less favorable so I went for it. When I went to the store to buy it, it was on sale for $239 (reg price of $299) and the cashier let me use my 20% off coupon (which I am pretty sure ...

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