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Ridgid R4511 10 in. Granite Top Table Saw

Ridgid R4511 10 in. Granite Top Table Saw

06-23-2009 06:02 PM by PurpLev | 160 comments »

To be fair , I was waiting to write this review after I tackled the last (and only) issue I’ve had with this saw as to give a proper review of it’s operation, and not limited by any aspect of missing/malfunctioning parts out-of-the-box. my ‘limitation’ was that the fence had a slight disposition issue once locked all the way down (was fine if locked half way – it would stay put and stay on the mark – but if the lock handle was pushed further, it would skew ...

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4" x 30" V-Drum Sander kit....Build your own Drum Sander!

4" x 30" V-Drum Sander kit....Build your own Drum Sander!

02-12-2008 09:06 PM by JonH | 17 comments »

I saw this link via the wood whisperer website. This company, Stockroom Supply (www.stockroomsupply.com) sells the parts to built a face sanding drum sander. Granted its not the full blown thickness sander, but this method suits my needs better. I teach high school woodshop and I would not feel comfortable letting kids run a thickness sander, but this is a machine that is nearly idiot-proof once it is assembled. It doesn’t squeeze the wood between two drums, it instead mounts just u...

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Medium Density Overlay (MDO) Plywood for Jig Building and General Use

Medium Density Overlay (MDO) Plywood for Jig Building and General Use

10-12-2009 08:31 PM by Jerry | 31 comments »

As an alternative to the less than ideal MDF, a cabinetmaker friend of mine recently turned me onto “MDO”, aka “Signboard”. It is made up of phenolic resin coated paper laminated between layers of ply (11 layers of wood in 3/4”) and twice again as many of the phenolic- resin impregnated paper. Its what roadsigns are made of, its waterproof, flat , flat, flat and did I mention waterproof? You wont find it in Home Depot or Lowes, I have looked. I have had success at many of the local lumbery...

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Hitachi Table Saw

Hitachi Table Saw

01-19-2008 06:12 PM by Obi | 72 comments »

On first look the Hitachi C10Fl looked like a great deal but after using it for 2 years the following has become evident: FOR EVERYONE WHO THINKS I PUT THE DUST COLLECTION ON FACING THE WRONG DIRECTION !!! NOTE THAT THE PORT IS OPPOSITE THE OPERATOR. THE PORT WAS INSTALLED ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTIONS. Rated according to the manufacturer at 3 hp found out that it is actually 1 1/2 HP a bold faced lie that they should be sued for. This is a terrible design, and although bigger and be...

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Ridgid R4512 Table Saw -- Full Review

Ridgid R4512 Table Saw -- Full Review

03-28-2011 07:09 PM by Furnitude | 39 comments »

The Ridgid R4512 saw has features—including an integral lift/caster mechanism, a tool-less blade guard and riving knife, an accurate fence and good dust collection—on par with much more expensive saws. While it’s easy to get caught up in comparing tolerances, the most important thing to know about a table saw is whether it will do what you need it to do within your budget and space constraints. I generally make furniture and small items in my basement shop. I need a table saw that...

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Porter-Cable 10" Job Site Saw PCB220TS

Porter-Cable 10" Job Site Saw PCB220TS

04-03-2010 07:55 AM by bobdobbs | 19 comments »

Thanks to Laffayette Jack, for having one of the only reviews anywhere on this saw. I was in the situation of having my old craftsman portable die mid-project. I was never very happy with that saw anyway, so I started looking at craigslist for real saws and just stopped by Lowes to see what they had for prices. Being surprised to see the Porter Cable saws (both PCB220TS $299 and PCB270TS $599) as well as all of the other Porter Cable tools that I’ve never seen (Planers, Jointers, S...

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Ridgid JP0610 Jointer/Planer

Ridgid JP0610 Jointer/Planer

10-12-2008 06:13 PM by ferstler | 35 comments »

OK, before I purchased the JP0610 I owned a 30-inch Delta JT160 tabletop jointer/planer. (Shown to the right in the wider-angle photo.) I still have the thing and now store it on a shelf where it can be quickly hauled out onto my shop’s workdeck for rough-and-tumble work that does not involve longer boards. The 45-inch-bed Ridgid JP unit has replaced it as a precision tool (some have complained of table alignment problems, but mine seems perfect in that respect), and of course the ne...

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Great Sliding Compound Miter Saw for Woodworkers on a Budget

Great Sliding Compound Miter Saw for Woodworkers on a Budget

10-06-2010 08:00 PM by PocketHole69 | 10 comments »

I’ve had an old Ryobi $99 Home Depot special miter saw for years and was looking to upgrade to a sliding model for wider cut capacity. I really wanted a laser too, because lasers are awesome. I did a lot of searching on Amazon and at the usual woodworking sites and pretty much resigned myself to spending $400-500 for a decent sliding compound miter saw from Milwaukee or Dewalt and started saving money. That was until I walked through the tool section at Lowes and noticed their ne...

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Makita MLT 100 not much good about it

Makita MLT 100 not much good about it

01-13-2012 04:06 PM by anobium | 18 comments »

The Makita MLT 100 is the smaller sister of the 2705. Here are the specs Makita provides. Main table 610×590 mm with Sub table 760×790 mm Bore mm 30 mm (1 ¼ inch) Depth of Cut @ 90° 93 mm (3 ¾ inch) Blade Diameter 260 mm (10 inch) Depth of Cut @ 45º 64 mm No load speed 4500 rpm Net weight 38 kg (80 lbs) Wattage 1500 w Voltage 220 V 50/60 Hz Price: 410€ – 720€ (530$ – 950$) E...

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Ridgid TS3650 Table Saw

Ridgid TS3650 Table Saw

02-28-2008 09:15 PM by John Gray | 53 comments »

I’ve had this saw for about a year and love it. It was pretty square out of the box and the fence is really steady in contrast with earlier reviews on older models. The ability to move it on wheels is great, it comes with the wheels attached a bonus. There is a 2 1/2” dust collector hook up up under the saw which is so so, it’s hard to control the saw dust on any contractor’s saw. I have had no troubles with it and would highly recommend it.

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