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Makita LS1016L Sliding Mitersaw

Makita LS1016L Sliding Mitersaw

04-18-2010 04:00 PM by Cato | 21 comments »

I bought this saw a few months back because I needed better accuracy than my old RAS could deliver consistently. I did a bit of research comparing models, prices, sizes, and I liked the feel and action of this saw the best, as I didn’t really want or need a 12 inch miter saw if I could get one in the 10 inch range that could cut a dimensional 4×4 if need be. After using it for crosscuts, bevels and miters over the past few months I can say that I am really happy with my p...

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A little pricey, but worth it.

A little pricey, but worth it.

07-29-2009 06:35 AM by bayspt | 8 comments »

Bought this when I did the drawers for the lego table.My Ryobi drill wouldn’t fit in some of the places I needed it too. I also bought the 3/8 chuck for the drill. In my opinion, these tools preform as designed. I have driven 3 1/2” drywall screws into pine 2×4s with no pilot hole with no problem. Plenty of power. The impact driver is a bit noisy, but that is to be expected. For assebly with screws, they simply cant be beat. I find myself reaching for the drill more of...

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Makita MAC2400 Oiled Twin Hot Dog Compressor

Makita MAC2400 Oiled Twin Hot Dog Compressor

07-14-2009 08:34 AM by ND2ELK | 13 comments »

My lovely wife posted this tool review in one of my blogs by mistake. I wasn’t about to complain about it at that time. One thing I have learned over the years is, if MaMa does something nice for you, Never complain! Now that it has been awhile I thought I should post it in the tool review section. After doing a lot of reserch and looking at different compressors, I settled on this Makita. It is by far the most unbelievably quit compressor I have ever heard. Because my shop is small,...

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Makita, #1 in my book

Makita, #1 in my book

07-05-2009 02:10 AM by JMG | 17 comments »

I was a cutman on a framing crew for about 7 years and I have used just about every major brand circular saw out there and the only thing that comes close to a magesium Makita saw is a regular Makita saw. No, I don’t work for Makita but this saw is the absolute best. At only 10 lbs, this bas boy has a powerful 15 amp motor that cuts anything in it’s path. This saw is capable of miter cuts 90 to 56 degrees with the flip of a lever. Remember those times trying to finish a job at...

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Makita 4351FCT Whatajigsaw!!

Makita 4351FCT Whatajigsaw!!

04-05-2009 10:28 PM by matt garcia | 12 comments »

I know there are a lot of Bosch lovers out there, but I took a chance on this jigsaw and man did it pay off! The website indicated it was 40% less vibration than other brands. When I received it, and chucked up one of the new Starrett Dual-Cut blades and turned it on, you could barely feel any vibration. What a huge improvement over the POS Craftsman jigsaw I received as a gift a few years ago. This saw, in unison with the new Starrett blade yielded splinter free cuts on 3/4” oak ...

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Makita LS1214F 12-Inch Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Makita LS1214F 12-Inch Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

01-24-2009 04:57 AM by ND2ELK | 13 comments »

I just bought this Makita 12” sliding miter saw and cannot say enough good about this saw. I went to Acme Tool an hour and a half away in Cedar Rapids so I could play with the Makita, Bosch and Dewalt miter saws. I felt the Makita had the smoothest slides of all three and liked the way the slides are on the bottom of the saw. There was no movment whatsoever and it just seemed like the best quality saw. It was right on the nuts out of the box and I cut all my trim for the shop with it. I would...

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Makita Contractor Bag

Makita Contractor Bag

01-09-2009 06:13 AM by toolman | 0 comments »

We just got done reviewing the Makita contractor bag. Very nice bag. Lots of outside and inside pockets for tools and other items. We really liked that Makita went the extra distance and used metal clips for the shoulder strap instead of plastic. One item that some may find useful, even though we doubt we would ever use, is the rollers on the bag. Basically Makita made the bag like a suitcase with a telescopic handle and small wheels on the bottom to roll your tools to the jobsite. Again s...

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Makita LXT Reciprocating Saw - BJR182

Makita LXT Reciprocating Saw - BJR182

01-08-2009 12:45 AM by toolman | 3 comments »

We used this saw the other day and it is a great saw. I have always been a fan of the Sawzall, but this has sold me. Obviously it doesn’t have the power the V28 Sawzall has, but I love the blade change system. When the blade is in place, it stays in place, even if it binds. If you want to take it out, it will come out very easy. The best thing is you can change the blade with one hand. The locking system will lock into place and allow you to insert the blade easy. Besides the blade s...

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Review of the Makita Drill/Driver BHP452

Review of the Makita Drill/Driver BHP452

01-05-2009 04:58 PM by toolman | 3 comments »

We just got done testing this Makita drill and love it. Anyone who has worked with or owned one of these drills knows what we are talking about. Lots of power provided by the 3.0amp Lithium Ion battery, which also helps reduce the weight. We ran it trhough some test and took some video, quit impressive. Overall this drill has great balance and lots of power

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