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Craftsman Planer...not as good as I hoped.

Craftsman Planer...not as good as I hoped.

12-16-2011 03:42 AM by RibsBrisket4me | 25 comments »

Well, I guess I got what I paid for. FYI, this is the 3rd planer I have owned over the past 15 years. The first was the best, the venerable Dewalt 733. I should have kept that tool forever. Bought on sale for $299 in the 1990’s, it was a workhorse and I had it tuned to miminal to no snipe. But when 3 knife planers came out, I sold it and “upgraded” to a RECONDITIONED Ridgid 3 knife. It was “okay” but the cutter head elevation crank was a bit tight. Planed pr...

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Does it's Job for a Great Price

Does it's Job for a Great Price

12-15-2011 08:07 PM by Kelen | 8 comments »

I had been in the market for a combination belt/disc sander for quite some time and read as much as I could on all the various brands. I landed on the Craftsman one primarily for the attractive price (and the encouragement of my father-in-law who has had one for who knows how many years), however, comparing its specs to other competing sanders, in nearly every category it scored as good if not better. For starters, this sander is heavy at around 85 lbs, and so much so that I have not had ...

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Craftsman 12" bandsaw

Craftsman 12" bandsaw

09-25-2011 07:52 PM by mustang958 | 13 comments »

Hello fellow lumber jocks! Scored a Craftsman 12” bandsaw and mobile base this weekend off of CL. $50 for the saw and $10 for the base plus the owner still had the original manual. When I went to check it out it had been sitting in a basement unused for at least a year. It had the usual crud buildup on the table from sitting there but I could see that there were only a few spots of rust on the table itself. Plugged it in and it fired right up and made a nice straight cut with no bl...

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Great little Jointer

Great little Jointer

09-05-2011 11:03 PM by zer0bot | 26 comments »

I decided last night that I could not live without a jointer for a gate project I am working on but did not want to spend the money on a larger jointer as my wife just started her own business last year so I did some searching and came across this little guy on sale at sears. Regularly $209 but on sale online for $169.57 right now. got it home and set up was a breeze. It was also easy to get the granite fences nice and true.Within about 45 minutes I was jointing boards and so far it works ...

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Craftsman Revolving Turret Doweling Jig - circa 1950's through 1970's

Craftsman Revolving Turret Doweling Jig - circa 1950's through 1970's

07-17-2011 09:01 AM by David Grimes | 9 comments »

I don’t dowel very much, only every now and then. The same goes for biscuit joints and pocket screws… every now and then. But I wanted a jig so that when I do any more, they’ll be easier/faster/more accurate. I had been looking at all the new doweling jigs for quite some time and was not overly impressed. So I started looking at some older jigs. I thought at first I wanted a Stanley 59, but most have one or more of the drill guides missing, or are in bad shape, and som...

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Blade alignment issues all of the sudden

Blade alignment issues all of the sudden

06-15-2011 07:06 AM by NormG | 15 comments »

I purchased this saw as an upgrade February 2010, at a very good price with the blessings of my wife. I initially had some of the same issues others had with the set up of this TS. My son saw an entry in LJ’s that very helpful and I joined. I changed the bolts, washers, etc. What was the most help was an entry that suggested loosening the 45/90 set screws in front of the blade and everything just fell right into place. The saw was packed well, it did not have damage and/or missin...

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Craftsman 12'' bandsaw

Craftsman 12'' bandsaw

06-09-2011 02:54 AM by WoodworkingGeek | 18 comments »

Hi lumber jocks!! I got some great news!! I got a used 12’’ bandsaw!! I found it on cregslist for $85 great deal don’t you think. We brought the saw home and set it up in the garage and did some test cuts, gave the blade guards some adjustment and the saw did great in the test!! The saw has a 7’’ 1/2’’ cutting capacity. And has a powerful 1/2 hp motor. The fence is very nice, but it appears that the table is mounted backwards because the adjustment ha...

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Multi tool Multi Problems

Multi tool Multi Problems

05-17-2011 03:42 AM by Chipy | 15 comments »

I bought this tool to cut jams while installing some hardwood floors.Not much good to say about this tool.For one thing the blade will not stay tight I had to re tighten it more times than i can count.It is under powered, won’t even continue cutting through soft pine casings.The exhaust is in a ridiculous place it is so close to the grip that you burn your hand while starving the motor of cooling! $90 HA! took it back the same day no second thoughts about this one!!!!! If I could put ...

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Craftsman Digital Torpedo Level (part #948295)

Craftsman Digital Torpedo Level (part #948295)

04-20-2011 09:05 AM by David Grimes | 5 comments »

Got this today at the local Sears store. Price was $34.99. Two (2) AAA batteries required and are not included. It comes in a nice zippered case. Warranty is one year. The unit is plastic (not necessarily fragile, but not a Sherman tank), so it will need to be treated like a multimeter, a moisture meter, a thermal leak detector, or your high dollar stud finder. Stated accuracy is +/- 0.1 degree. The unit also has bubble tubes, but after using this instrument digitally, I think mostly ...

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Craftsman Automatic Power Switch

Craftsman Automatic Power Switch

04-20-2011 06:52 AM by David Grimes | 10 comments »

I just purchased this item recently, but it works exactly as described and is a problem solver for me. I searched Lumberjocks to see if there was already a review. I see many references to this product, but no review. I did not know that this product even existed until about a week ago, so maybe my review will make it easier to find for future new Lumber Jocks. I found mine for $24.99 at the local Sears store. I used a $10 off coupon and so actually paid 14.99 plus tax. This grey pl...

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