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Orbital Work Horse

Orbital Work Horse

06-09-2008 12:48 AM by DustyNewt | 16 comments »

This sander was purchased because I needed one for the workshop but I also needed something to sand the floors we are refinishing in our 76 year old home. This guy proved to be a champ. The floor I started on is about 400 sq.ft. This is pretty much how the entire floor was when we ripped up the carpet; These are the results; This sander, $130.00 plus tax, paired with my Fein Turbo III vacuum busted through carpet adhesive, gouges and scratches in the old yellow pine f...

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Nifty saw made even better by nifty upgrades

Nifty saw made even better by nifty upgrades

03-19-2011 11:44 PM by ferstler | 16 comments »

I have owned this Ridgid R4510 for about two weeks. During that time I have cut a fair amount of wood with it, and the unit works very well, indeed. The blade growls a bit as it comes up to speed, but once there the operation is smooth as silk. The fence was aligned square out of the box, as was the blade (which I replaced with a new Freud unit for precise ripping work, saving the Ridgid blade for rough-and-tumble stuff), and even the wheels were attached when I unpacked it. I did several ...

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R4512 Table Saw Assembly tip - Lubrication / Table Cleaning

R4512 Table Saw Assembly tip - Lubrication / Table Cleaning

12-11-2013 05:48 PM by basset7 | 16 comments »

I recently purchased and assembled a Home Depot Ridgid R4512 table saw. I took my time assembling the saw and enlisted help (it’s heavy). I have two suggestions during assembly. One – while the saw is upside down and before you attached the dust chute and base legs, lubricate the gear shafts of both the bevel and up/down adjustments. My saw had minimal grease. Easy to do at this stage – not so sure later. Two – to get rid of the nasty oil film from factory on...

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Needs More Mag

Needs More Mag

08-06-2012 04:56 PM by pintodeluxe | 16 comments »

I have been interested in these magnetic featherboards since they first came out. Recently I saw Ridgid came out with their version so I gave it a try. The idea is masterful. The execution is not. Although the fingers are supple, with just the right amount of pressure, the featherboard will not hold its position well. It would be hard to pull the featherboard straight up from a cast iron surface, however it slides too easily. One of the main reasons for having a featherboard on the tabl...

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Makita & Ridgid  - Looking back to the precursor of the modern age.

Makita & Ridgid - Looking back to the precursor of the modern age.

08-03-2013 04:41 AM by vipond33 | 16 comments »

In 1983 Makita came out with the model 6010D cordless drill.I bought one. While it was not the first to market, it was the real beginning of what we enjoy today. But what a contrast that would turn out to be. The feature set of 83 included: A single speed – 600 rpm.A real long charge time with a real short run time.A small cheap keyed chuck.One 7.2 volt Ni-Cad battery packLow torque with no clutch.A dumb charger and a real limited warranty,A sickly blue colour andthe ongoin...

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Great jointer for a great deal

Great jointer for a great deal

11-06-2010 12:17 AM by Vrtigo1 | 15 comments »

I picked one of these guys up second hand about 6 months ago and haven’t regretted it. It was already assembled, so I can’t speak to that aspect of it. Aside from having a little rust on the bed from sitting in a storage shed, it was in great shape. I’ve used it on a few projects and it’s always done everything I need it to do. I typically do not use a DC with it just because the area in my garage where it’s located is too far away. It does tend to fill up w...

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Initial Review for Rigid R4151

Initial Review for Rigid R4151

03-23-2008 11:27 PM by steve3604 | 15 comments »

Been shopping for Miter Saws since last fall, read the reviews, searched the web, yada yada, 20% off sale on rigid tools at Home Depot so went and checked it out. I currently have some Rigid tools, (TS3650 table saw totally love it, TP1300 2 blade planer love it, floor model drill press don’t love it but its decent), looked at sliders, and non-sliders 10 and 12 inch, they even had some factory refurb 12” sliders for 349.00. I eventually went with the new R4151 and here’s wha...

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Ridgid MS1290LZA & MS-UV Mobile base

Ridgid MS1290LZA & MS-UV Mobile base

06-12-2010 11:56 PM by lilredweldingrod | 15 comments »

I’ve had my Ridgid miter saw for two years now. At first I found it required more room in my shop than I had. After working around the large footprint, I bought the MS-UV mobile cart. I feel that I have the perfect combination now. The saw with a Freud D1296N blade is a dream to work with. And now that I have added the mobile base, my problem with the footprint is a thing of the past. Being in a wheelchair makes moving most shop equipment a dreaded chore. But the large wheels and the b...

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This is mostly a tool gloat.

This is mostly a tool gloat.

01-07-2011 09:18 PM by docholladay | 14 comments »

I picked up this jointer earlier this week off of an add that I saw on Craigs List. It is only a couple of years old and I bought it for only $125.00. I haven’t had much time to work with it and it is my first power jointer, but so far I am very pleased with it. The adjustments are pretty simple and easy to figure out (I have the manual, but haven’t even looked at it yet). I took a piece of wood that I had salvaged from a pallet and jointed one side and then squared an adjacen...

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Ridgid MS1290LZ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Ridgid MS1290LZ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

10-12-2008 05:38 PM by ferstler | 14 comments »

I am reasonably new to woodworking, if one can call getting into it seriously only four years ago as “new.” I will also note that it was four years ago that I retired from a 35-year career at a university library. Once I retired I told my wife that I wanted to get a few tools so that it would be easier to do home-improvement projects. One thing led to another and now I have a workshop full of tools. My woodworking neophyte status notwithstanding, I am not new to reviewing produ...

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