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Fantastic 110v Tablesaw

Fantastic 110v Tablesaw

01-25-2008 06:15 PM by HybridIndie | 12 comments »

I’ve had this saw for just over a year now and love it. The saw has plenty of power and is very accurate. Repeatable cuts are a breeze as long as you don’t need more that 25” of capacity. This being my only complaint about it. The saw itself is smooth with no noticeable vibration even with my 8” stacked Dado installed. I have ripped long pieces of Red Oak strips for face frames using this with a pretty generous feed rate and no noticeable bogging down in the motor. I ...

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So-So Entry-Level Bandsaw

So-So Entry-Level Bandsaw

02-29-2008 09:17 AM by Hawgnutz | 6 comments »

This bandsaw looked really good on paper with bearing guides, 7” resaw capability, and “adjustable” fence. Well, after all that hype dissapeared, it turned out to be only a so-so machine! I am dissapointed and wished i had saved my money and bought a Jet, Rikkon, or even a Grizzly! Within 4 months of very sporadic use, one of the bearings siezed on me. (Thank God I bought the extended warranty!) The service tech ordered set for me, but it still has a funny sound when ...

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Craftsman 12" Bandsaw

Craftsman 12" Bandsaw

02-29-2008 11:50 PM by DennisC | 16 comments »

This is everything you could expect from 12” saw. It is manufactured by the same factory that makes Rikon saws. It has good power, 3/4 horse; capacity, 7”; and can be adjusted to cut pretty straight. The guides work nice and can be adjusted up tight. The factory fence is junk. I built one to use with the factory front rail and it works just fine. I’m using a 1/2” 3 tooth blade and have my fence set for about 1/8” drift from front to back.The trunion can be adju...

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My new tablesaw

My new tablesaw

02-29-2008 12:57 PM by ripper | 10 comments »

My wife got me this tablesaw,my old one was on it’s last leg it was a ryobi 10 in.As you can see it full extension to 50 in. on the sides, has a rear outfeed table extension that go’s out 22 in.

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Craftsman "All-in-one" Rotary Cutting Tool

Craftsman "All-in-one" Rotary Cutting Tool

02-29-2008 05:47 PM by Dadoo | 12 comments »

I bought this tool off of Ebay a couple years ago and although the price was very good (less than $60.00) this tool just don’t “cut it” with me. First off, it’s very loud. Loud enough that you need hearing protection. Secondly, it creates a ton of dust and blows it all around, requiring respiratory protection, a shop vac, mop and bucket, as well as a shower when you’re done. So here’s some more pros and cons that I have found. PROS Plunge router base, c...

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Craftsman NEXTEC Multi-Tool

Craftsman NEXTEC Multi-Tool

07-10-2009 06:30 PM by Workbench_Warrior | 5 comments »

Craftsman NEXTEC Multi-Tool Their Product Description The compact 12 Volt battery provides the power of a full-sized battery in a smaller, lighter weight, longer lasting Lithium-Ion battery. One tool performs multiple tasks by using high-speed oscillations (15000 OPM), a 2.8 oscillation angle and six various attachments. The body of the tool features a soft grip handle, LED work light and an integrated dust bypass for comfort during use and enhanced visibility throughout any application...

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Sometimes, Smaller is Better!

Sometimes, Smaller is Better!

02-29-2008 09:09 PM by Hawgnutz | 4 comments »

I don’t cut crown molding or much of anything with my miter saw except picture frames. I also have to use a crutch to walk, so any tool I can carry with one hand is attractive to me. I do most of my cutting outside, so this “little” miter saw, that can be easily carried with one hand, is great! I sold my 10” miter saw because it was so hard for me to carry that I just got tired of using it. This Craftsman only weighs about 16 pounds and has a carrying handle unde...

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Great drill press if you get it on sale.

Great drill press if you get it on sale.

02-29-2008 10:43 PM by kshipp | 1 comment »

I got this drill press in December and I have been really happy with it. Here are some basic stats on it: HP: 3/4 Continuous, 1 1/2 Maximum Volts: 120/240 (Ships wired for 120) Amps: 10/5 RPM: 1725 (No Load) Number of speeds: 16 (215 – 2720) Quill Travel: 4 7/8” Spindle Taper: #2 Morse Taper Chuck Type: Jacobs 5/8” Keyless Height: 68 1/2” Depth: 28 1/2” Weight: 206 lbs The work surface easily adjusts in 4 axes. (Up and down, s...

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Lasers aren't as good as Austin Powers thought.

Lasers aren't as good as Austin Powers thought.

02-29-2008 10:58 PM by kshipp | 10 comments »

I got this laser drill attachment with my drill press that I reviewed here. I’m really happy with the drill press but this laser sight is quite useless. Contrary to its name, it does not actually drill holes with a laser. Now that would be cool. This mounts on the column of the drill press and projects two laser lines which are supposed to cross at the exact point where the bit will touch the material to be drilled. It is, in fact, possible to set up the laser to do this. The adju...

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Good stand with innovative features.

Good stand with innovative features.

02-29-2008 11:30 PM by kshipp | 1 comment »

This is a very versatile stand for the price. My previous stand was basically a metal tee that tipped easily and had some cheap plastic for rollers. This stand is heavy enough (and has a wide-enough stance) to not tip over but is still easy to store and move. For storage it folds flat and can hang on the wall. The height is adjustable from 27” to 44” and there is a positive stop at the top so you don’t have to worry about lifting it right out of the tube. The locking m...

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