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Measuring non-wood things in the shop.

Measuring non-wood things in the shop.

08-02-2016 04:19 AM by oldnovice | 4 comments »

Many times in the shop you need to measure things that are not wood but is useful for your other tools. The Craftsman Digital Clamp-On Ammeter is a reasonably priced meter that measures both AC and DC current up to 400 Amps. I used it to measure some DC currents in the 80 Amp range and none of the typical DVM, or the three I have, or the old RCA analog meter have a range above 10 Amps. Other features of this Craftsman Digital Clamp-On Ammeter is auto-ranging AC/DC voltages temperature both...

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Craftsman jointer

Craftsman jointer

06-12-2016 10:50 PM by Spoctor | 7 comments »

I work at Sears and had walked by this jointer many times, noting its $229 price tag. I walked by it again the other day and saw that it was being closed out at a fraction of that price. I jumped.It had been on display for a good while. The blade guard had been broken off and the spring lost. The push blocks were also missing, but those are easy to replace. The safety key was missing from the power switch. Fortunately, three of my other power tools have keys that fit it.This jointer weights 5...

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Quality saw right out of the box

Quality saw right out of the box

02-28-2016 01:10 AM by edwood1975 | 4 comments »

I was replacing a Craftsman Miter saw for a better sliding version amd I stuck with Craftsman becaise the other saw was perfect until I stsrted working with wider boards and was tires off setting up the crosscut slet on my TS. Anyway I like this model for the following reasons..1. It was on sale and got this $300 saw for $207.2. Its a quick learning curve from owning a non sliding miter saw to a sliding model.3. The saw came with a 60 tooth blade that is great for hitting the ground runnin...

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Impressed, good value so far

Impressed, good value so far

02-05-2016 08:28 AM by momalle3 | 5 comments »

I had for years been using an old Delta 12 inch saw that I got on Craigslist. It was wearing out in multiple ways all at once and all the problems were hard to fix since it’s long discontinued, plus it only has a 6 inch resaw capacity and for most of what i do eight would be about right. I did a lot of research, including reviews here, and settled on the Craftsman BAS 350 which is the same as the Rikon 10-321, only @200 bucks cheaper. I was thinking about the Rikon 10-325, but itR...

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A Lot of Value for the Money

A Lot of Value for the Money

02-01-2016 04:02 PM by jaysuzi | 8 comments »

This package comes with a lot. First as the product says, it has both a fixed base and a plunge base. It is 2 HP, plenty for most hobbyist, especially if used as a hand held router. I think the build quality is very good. I have not used it for a long time, but I certainly like it much better than the Craftsman router that I bought 12 years ago. The price is also very good. The website says regular price is $214, but I have NEVER see it for that much. The sale price online is $106, whi...

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Craftsman Drill guide

Craftsman Drill guide

01-22-2016 07:18 PM by hairy | 8 comments »

I used to buy a lot of Craftsman, then for a while I wouldn’t buy anything Craftsman. I probably would not have bought this, except that they were the only local retailer that had 1 in stock. I saw several online, but due to my poor planning I didn’t have time to wait for shipping. I needed it to drill holes into wall studs for floating shelves. I used 3/8” x 8” lag bolts to support the shelves. Once before I tried that without a drill guide. It did not end well. ...

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Nothing wrong here

Nothing wrong here

11-14-2015 01:39 AM by Tedstor | 8 comments »

I realize biscuit joiners aren’t as popular as they once were. In fact, I don’t even use mine very often. I bought this Craftsman joiner a few years ago (2012?), and only just now feel as if I’ve used it enough to write a competent review. I originally bought it to help align a glue-up for a coffee table. I was pretty close to buying a Porter Cable joiner from a local pawn shop. Its was a solid looking tool, and seemed to be very well built. However, they wanted $175 for it....

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Works good for my needs

Works good for my needs

10-17-2015 11:59 PM by Willowlane | 7 comments »

Decided to purchase a bench top planer to use in my limited space garage (car, boat, mower, snow blower, kids bikes). My only experience with planers has been with grizzly and powermatic 220v units. I researched which bench top unit to buy for a few weeks. My factors were cost and availability. I make a lot of small projects and typically work with rough cut lumber in 2-4’ lengths. The planer was easy to setup out of the box. Tables are small but have adjusters to help with ...

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Craftsman BAS 350 "Special Edition" 14" Bandsaw

Craftsman BAS 350 "Special Edition" 14" Bandsaw

10-03-2015 07:16 AM by Marv88 | 9 comments »

This is the Rikon 1 HP 2 speed 10-321 clone with upgrades that include: All black knobs instead of red Magnetic safety switch Semi enclosed base with integrated dual port dust collection Integrated Delta style mobile base Aluminum rip fence with resaw guide Aluminum T bar miter gauge Battery powered LED work light Runs very smoothly/quietly, has plenty of power for me, comes with ball bearing guides that work well however are a little bit of a pain to adjust and the ra...

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Mini-Review

Mini-Review

02-23-2015 02:41 PM by Puffball | 28 comments »

I bought a Craftsman 14” BAS350 bandsaw a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to get a 14” bandsaw for my workshop. I am basically an aspiring hobbyist that likes to make furniture and other woodcraft. I don’t own a table saw nor do I plan to, so a bandsaw seemed like the next logical tool to add to the suite of tools. So after doing the standard bandsaw research I settled on the Craftsman. I picked the Craftsman for a few reasons:1. They had one in stock at the local Sear...

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