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$74.95 Piece of crap

$74.95 Piece of crap

05-25-2010 08:02 PM by sawblade1 | 41 comments »

Fellow lumberjocks I hate to post a bad review but this dovetail jig has taken the last of my Patience that I allocated for it :( I bought this last year after realizing I need a jig, well I am fed up with trying to fix an almost new jig after reading the instruction manual and setting it up accordingly I placed the wood in the holder and tightened the clamp and after 3 seconds SNAP!!!! the knobs and bushing holders were broke after calling grizzly and getting a new bag of knobs and nylon b...

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A great 3 hp shaper

A great 3 hp shaper

05-30-2010 09:39 PM by Dustin | 38 comments »

I love this shaper. And it would be even better with a power feeder on it. I have both 3/4” and 1” spindles for this machine. Because most of my shapers use the 3/4” spindle that’s what I use with this machine. It has plenty of power to handle common profiles associated with cabinet door making and I have not been able to slow this machine down. I prefer the fence design to most other Taiwanese/Chinese machines. To get it perfectly parallel to the miter slot I j...

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Part 1, So Far NOT So Good!

Part 1, So Far NOT So Good!

02-03-2015 03:08 AM by Hawk_Guy | 30 comments »

So I recently purchased the Shop Fox W1741 8” Jointer (Grizzly G0490). The machine came packed into 2 separate boxes and arrived with absolutely no damage. I’m going to write this review in a few separate posts as I progress through building, tuning, and operating this particular jointer. First let me start by saying that to my surprise this machine came with the serpentine belt and pulley as opposed to the v-belt on the older version. I was delighted to find this as this...

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Solid fence at a good price

Solid fence at a good price

02-07-2015 06:09 PM by sgmdwk | 26 comments »

It has been a few years since this fence was reviewed on Lumberjocks, so I decided to throw in my two cents worth. I own a Craftsman 113 series contractor table saw I purchased new in 1989. It has been a reliable tool, for me, but has always left a bit to be desired. The single greatest issue has been the fence. Every rip cut has required multiple measurements from both the front and back of the blade to ensure parallel alignment. While a minute or two might not be a great sacrifice, over the...

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Shop Fox W1706 Review - Satisfied Customer

Shop Fox W1706 Review - Satisfied Customer

01-02-2013 08:36 PM by DamnYankee | 20 comments »

Recently purchased the Shop Fox W1706. I was driven to purchase this bandsaw for a combination of reasons – price ($580), reviews found on-line and by personal contacts (almost no negative ones found), features. The saw came with a quick tension release, fence and miter. I purchased the riser kit as well. As I just recently pruchased it and have not used it very much this review will focus on set up and initial impressions. The set up was EXTREMELY easy as it was nearly fully...

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Why not to buy a Shopfox Drum Sander

Why not to buy a Shopfox Drum Sander

11-18-2011 03:33 AM by Det | 17 comments »

I purchased a W 1740 12 inch drum sander about three years ago. I have had nothing but trouble with this machine. It has plastic gears in the belt dtrive and I have had to replace that once already. Yesterday while out using the sander again, only used on small projects, the gear again stripped out. I contacted Shopfox technical support to order a new gear again and was told that part is no longer available. They have made a replaacement part (obviously because the one they had was cau...

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Great Intro Shaper

Great Intro Shaper

01-28-2010 06:01 PM by Dustin | 16 comments »

After owning these units for a few years now I think it might be a good idea to rewrite this review. Just starting into the cabinet business this machine will satisfy most of your needs. It is easily powerful enough to run shallow profiles, but when it comes to raised panel cuts you either have make sure your cutter is exceptionally sharp or you’ll have to run it through a few passes. The fence is superior to many shapers that I have used in the past, however, getting it parallel t...

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Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw Review (Almost Great!)

Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw Review (Almost Great!)

12-12-2014 04:41 AM by Hawk_Guy | 16 comments »

I received my order neatly packaged in 3 boxes contained on a single pallet. I paid about $1500 which included lift gate delivery and an 8” dado blade set “valued at $150”. Nothing was damaged and all parts and hardware were accounted for. Saw took about 5 hours to assemble and align with no helpers. First thing that surprised me was the color which I don’t think is accurately depicted in any online literature. It has an almond color that can only be described a...

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It does what it says

It does what it says

05-30-2011 11:59 PM by cranesgonewild | 15 comments »

I’ve never written a review before. But, there’s been many conflicting reviews on the internet such as Amazon and a few others about the difficulty of assembling the base. I’ve had no problems putting this together. However, the box did say “Improved Design”. Maybe that had something to do with it. It was quite simple, and the instructions were clear. The only reason I looked at the instructions was because some people were having such problems, that I was try...

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