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Good saw if space is tight or you need portability

Good saw if space is tight or you need portability

12-04-2008 09:44 PM by ferstler | 6 comments »

I read a review of another Ryobi table saw elsewhere on this site and the owner was not happy with it at all. He basically criticized the small size of the saw and the lack of quality in the fence. Well, we have to remember that saws of that kind are low-priced items, built for use in tight spaces and for owners (or woodworking dabblers) on strict budgets. The reviewed saw was different from the BTS20 reviewed here, but it is possible that the fences for each unit were the same, or at leas...

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Rigid 2410LS

Rigid 2410LS

06-19-2009 02:42 AM by Teaza | 6 comments »

I purchased the Rigid 2410LS saw from Home Depot yesterday. The saw was retailing for $499 and after tax it came out to $530. I managed to fit the entire unit in the back seat of my 99 Lincoln Town Car by taking it out of the carton. I stuffed the packaging materials in the trunk and slid the saw in the back seat. It was easy enough to lift right in, a bit of a tight fit but compact enough to get in there. That in itself impressed me. I got it home and before I unwrapped the plastic, I too...

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Deluxe Gopher Pick-up Tool

Deluxe Gopher Pick-up Tool

03-24-2014 05:16 PM by MrRon | 6 comments »

This is not a woodworker tool, but it is a tool none-the-less. Made of plastic, aluminum and spring steel; operated by hand, it is used to pick up items that are out of reach with suction cup like grippers. Originally intended for older people who have difficulty picking up items that are out of reach, I have found more uses for this tool than it was intended for. Although I’m not an old person (only 79), I do have difficulty picking up small items that fall to the floor in my shop. Th...

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Clean Your Bits & Blades

Clean Your Bits & Blades

05-28-2012 03:11 PM by plantek | 6 comments »

I’ve always heard about the virtues of cleaning you saw blade when you think it’s time to get it resharpened.Well I finally did it and ended up with a blade as good as it was when new.I wanted a environmentally friendly cleaner to do and decided to try the degreaser I use to remove the shipping grease that comes on new tools…This stuff worked fantastic. I used a lid from a Homedepot 5gal bucket and let the blade soak for about 2 – 5 mins. I then only had to gently br...

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A good impact driver for the money

A good impact driver for the money

12-05-2008 08:08 PM by ferstler | 6 comments »

I own two of these (one for each hand; OK, that is a joke), and you can see both in the photo. I obtained one a few years back and picked up the other a few months ago when I was feeling flush. I do not feel so bad about buying two of the things, since together they cost about the same as one such unit from any number of more upscale manufacturers. These are 18-volt jobs and they are part of the Ryobi One + battery-powered tool catalog collection. This means you can buy the driver without ...

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WIXEY DIGITAL SAW READOUT

WIXEY DIGITAL SAW READOUT

01-15-2008 05:15 PM by Tony | 6 comments »

I originally undertook a review of this item http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Tikka/blog/1195 in 2007. here are some of the comments I made then. WIXEY DIGITAL SAW READOUT The first thing I noted was the excellent packaging inside the carton. Things were held in place to stop them moving about during shipment. (Other suppliers of equipment take note) You should read the blog if you want all the associated pictures. In summary – with my failing eyesight a great asset for accurate measuremen...

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Powerful saw for carpentry work

Powerful saw for carpentry work

12-05-2008 08:12 PM by ferstler | 6 comments »

OK, there have been lots of reviews published about this saw, both in magazine reports and on the internet. However, I have not written any of those reviews. So, here goes my shot at fame. This is a great saw, BUT it is a saw built for use by strong men with strong arms, or at least one strong arm. Why, well, its magnesium case notwithstanding, at 14 pounds it is still very heavy for a circular saw. However, what you get in return is a left-side blade that makes it easier to guide to a scr...

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Nice budget blade

Nice budget blade

07-12-2010 01:31 PM by Countrybay | 6 comments »

The Forrest temptation will always be there….. When you tell your wife you need a new blade, she automatically thinks “15 bucks”, little does the boss know you’ll be cleaning out her wallet…you know your’s is empty to begin with, or else she didn’t even need to know. Well I mustered up some Lowes gift cards and a little cash and bought a couple of their CMT ITK plus blades. The CMT website does not mention the ITK Plus blades so I assume the info off ...

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Great Lathe for Limited Room

Great Lathe for Limited Room

05-28-2012 03:54 PM by plantek | 6 comments »

I bought this lathe last February. Since then I have turned a bunch of pens and a few bowls/vessels.The lathe is great. I haven’t had any trouble with it bogging down. The reverse is big plus when it come to finishing.The variable speed is a must have.I have a couple of chucks to go with it (Nova G3 & Nova 2) which makes for versatility. I have the lathe on the stand also sold by Delta fitted with Rockler Workbench Casters which make moving it around the garage when not in use a br...

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