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Porter Cable Air Compressor

Porter Cable Air Compressor

03-05-2009 12:58 AM by JayDee | 10 comments »

I replaced my old Husky air compressor with the one shown. This model is much quieter with twice the horse power. It is a two stage, oil free compressor with a 25 gal. tank. I find the whole unit is built much better than the Husky I had. I brlieve it was worth the extra money. I also ran about 60 lin. ft. of hard air lines with three drops. Each drop has a petcock to release condensation build-up and a quick disconnect. The air lines cost me about $200.00 in materials and about 7 hours labor...

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4 star blade for a 3 star price

4 star blade for a 3 star price

12-31-2008 02:46 AM by marcb | 1 comment »

I purchased this blade for a few dollars more than a standard cheapish Oldham. For this price it is an unbelievable value. The blade is quite and does both rips and crosscuts with very good results. I gave this blade 4 stars compairing it to other blades in other price ranges. I feel that this is fair because a $10 blade usually gives you 1 star worth of performance and the only recommendation is to upgrade to a more expensive blade. Compared to the Oldham blade this is a no brainer,...

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Porter Cable Router Power Tool Review

Porter Cable Router Power Tool Review

07-15-2008 03:27 AM by toolman | 11 comments »

We have always liked the Porter Cable Routers, but they still need to go through our power tool review steps. The first thing we noticed was the case. When we opened the case, the router was a tight fit. We usually like a little room for bits or other items that belong with the tool. We took the router out, unpacked everything, and tried to put it back. Obviously it fits back into the case, but there is no room for any other related items. At first we though it might be heavier than ...

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

07-03-2008 07:57 PM by FloridaUFGator | 27 comments »

I purchased this after seeing it at a woodworking show. Man did it look good. The guy was doing all kinds of stuff with it (including sucking the money out of my wallet). He cut half blinds, through, sliding dovetails, variable spaced, fixed space, etc. I then proceeded to watch Norm do the same thing on the video that was running next to the demo. It was about 1/2hr long and I think I watched it 3-times throughout the day (before I bought it). The great part is that is a $599 retail ma...

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Great Deal

Great Deal

06-30-2008 03:17 PM by DannyBoy | 6 comments »

After being overly frustrated with the Craftsman router that I started out with (which still makes a good router for my router table), I finally broke down and bought this one this last weekend. I intended on picking up the Bosch combo at Lowes, but this one was on sale and I’m price minded to a fault. However, I can’t see how I could have made a better decision. The router is solid. 100%. I’ve not had the luxury of working with a mid-grade router like this before, bu...

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Just not the same anymore.

Just not the same anymore.

03-31-2008 08:06 AM by hobbylogger | 22 comments »

I have been using the porter cable 690 for over 20 yrs. About 4 yrs ago I was at a Home depot, and they had them for $99.00. I thought, what a deal, so I bought two. “Well”, I got them home and packed them away to use as backups because my old ones still ran great, but eventually I did need them, and the first thing I noticed was the poor fit and finish. The threads on the collar were rough and did not feel the way they used to, and after about six or seven months of normal use, t...

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Don't buy forstner bits individually.

Don't buy forstner bits individually.

02-29-2008 11:15 PM by kshipp | 2 comments »

Got this twelve piece set about a year ago and they are great bits. To be fair I have never used other forstner bits but I have not complaints about these. The hex-shaped shank is very nice for a no-slip fit in the chuck. I can imagine there is a lot of torque on a 2” forstner bit so that hex-shape will help tremendously. They cut a very clean hole with a flat bottom except for the small point in the center. I would estimate is about a 1/16” of an inch. I have even used t...

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Plenty of power in a small package

Plenty of power in a small package

02-29-2008 03:43 PM by Sawdustmaker | 11 comments »

I purchased this sander after reading numerous other post and reviews. Several post I’ve seen talked about the tracking adjustment screw and the spring being weak with the need for constant readjustment. I have not found that to be true with mine at all. The unit is kind of wide for my hand but I’ve found like others that the place where the cord enters the unit is a good location for holding it and works fine for controlling the unit. I don’t have a large shop but I’v...

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Porter- Cable 423 Mag Circular Saw

Porter- Cable 423 Mag Circular Saw

02-28-2008 09:47 PM by John Gray | 4 comments »

My old saw went to the I bind all the time not cutting well file so I went looking for a new one. I read good reviews on the saw and I was looking for light weight saw with a right hand blade drive this one fit the bill so I purchased one from Lowe’s on their handy credit card. I do not use the saw every day but have used it to cut 3/4” plywood, 1” knotty cedar, and rough sawn 1” red oak and it cuts like a dream. I would recommend it to anyone. I’ve listed th...

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Porter-Cable Razor - 10" TS Blade

Porter-Cable Razor - 10" TS Blade

02-05-2008 01:48 PM by Jeff | 13 comments »

NOTE: the model number for the TS blade is 100VT50 Just as stated in the review for the circular saw blade, this is a great blade. I went to my local supplier for a thin-kerf Woodworker II but they were out. The guy I usually talk to told me I should give it a try. He makes picture frames for his father (an artist) on the side and swears by the miters you can get with it. He gave me a personal guarantee that if I didn’t like it after 30 days. He would take it back. No questions asked...

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