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It does what it is supposed to

It does what it is supposed to

08-17-2012 02:09 AM 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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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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Central Machinery Mobile Base (Video Review)

Central Machinery Mobile Base (Video Review)

04-28-2012 10:13 PM by ParksArt | 5 comments »

Here’s my review of the Central Machinery Mobile Base from Harbor Freight…

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Workable, but certainly not great.

Workable, but certainly not great.

04-11-2012 07:05 PM by dbhost | 19 comments »

For starters let me say, my 2 star rating is indicative of the fact that this machine is below average for what it is. I picked my Central Machinery #35570 up second hand, but New In Box and unused in trade for a cleaned up curb find of a Delta 10” miter saw that I fitted with a takeoff blade from another long gone saw. So effectively this machine was free to me. So now that is’t in my shop, and I have it set up and running for a while, let’s get down to the review…...

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Central Machinery 14” 4 Speed Band saw

Central Machinery 14” 4 Speed Band saw

02-27-2012 01:16 AM by RussellAP | 17 comments »

Review: Central Machinery 14” 4 Speed Band saw This is a preliminary review of the saw that I got today from HF. Price: $360.00Speeds: 600, 1140, 1670, and 2670 Feet Per MinuteWeight: 179 lbs This is a first for me, buying not only my first bandsaw, but also buying one without thorough reading of reviews. I toyed with this saw at the store, I had to straighten out the whole thing before I could see it work, the blade was in backwards, and the saw was completely out of adjustment. Funny,...

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Harbor Freight Mobile Base with instructions

Harbor Freight Mobile Base with instructions

02-25-2012 05:02 AM by justholler | 10 comments »

As with many of the other posts on this item, the instructions were a sticking point. I found out just what that meant and this assembly took waaaaayyyy too long! Fortunately I was building it for a small Grizzly band saw so I used pine instead of hardwood. Had I used stock that was in short supply, I would have been further frustrated. The main issue is the instructions say nothing about where the wood pieces should stop in the frame. Once you start without the experience, you will be...

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Great Beginners Lathe

Great Beginners Lathe

01-19-2012 09:37 PM by Troutsman | 11 comments »

I have been very impressed with this lathe. Although this review is based off of no other experience from any other lathes, I have to give it a high rating. It is by far the least expensive lathe on the market and with the famous 20% off discount from harbor freight can be bought for under $100. I picked mine up for $96 at our local harbor freight. This lathe has variable speed dial that is very convenient to work on your piece from turning, sanding, and finishing. I would recommend this l...

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A Beginner's Dream

A Beginner's Dream

09-19-2011 04:27 AM by Grondor | 19 comments »

I did my first wood turning when I was about 13. It was in wood shop in school, and I made 2 or 3 pieces—a bowl and a bat for sure. It was fun, but it was also TERRIFYING! The lathes we had were industrial sized monsters with motors that could lift the Titanic, and more than once did I have a catch that bent the chisel, once it launched it towards the window I was standing near with rather catastrophic results. More recently I started looking up some videos on YouTube about wood t...

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Great little machine

Great little machine

09-03-2011 08:15 AM by lilredweldingrod | 13 comments »

I’ve had this shaper for a little over 3years now. I bought this on a whim as I did not have a router table at the time. I never had the intention of using it as a shaper due to the cost of the cutters. I found that if you want to use it as a router table, you have to install 5 spacers under the table to raise it up to work with router bits otherwise the bits are way to high to use. This is the hardest part of the assembly job. The cast Iron table is one heavy piece to handle and pla...

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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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