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12-1/2" benctop planer

12-1/2" benctop planer

01-08-2009 05:57 AM by rwyoung | 7 comments »

For the same reasons I wanted a benchtop jointer, I wanted a benchtop planer. There are a few reviews of the 13” model around and looking at their manals on line, the 12-1/2 is quite similar and somewhat cheaper. The unit came well packed with two pieces of form fit styrofoam and a nice heavy poly bag to protect the planer. Also in the box was a chip collection shroud with a 4” port in addition to the stock deflector. As near as I could tell, the collection shroud is a ̶...

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JET 16" x 42" Variable Speed Wood Lathe WL-1642-2EVS ~ 2HP, 230V

JET 16" x 42" Variable Speed Wood Lathe WL-1642-2EVS ~ 2HP, 230V

09-07-2016 12:17 AM by XDM525 | 7 comments »

After 10 days of research and comparison I decided on a Jet . Many factors were resolved but the hangup was finding a lathe at the best price from a company that would give confidence in the purchase and the process. I wanted to save the $170 sales tax dollars too. So I got on line looking for the lathe. What I found was lots of companies that did not have the 1642 in stock. Finally, I found one on ebay (eqss1) and at a price 600 bucks less than anyone else. Too good to be true. Long...

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Digital Height Gauge

Digital Height Gauge

06-30-2009 08:51 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 3 comments »

Some indulgence on my part and to treat my self to more digital technology.This height gauge (although by no means a requirement in the shop) sure makes height adjustment a breeze and fun for saw blades, dado stack and router bits. The read out can display inches, mm and fractional with ABS and hold functions.It is extremely solid built with heavy thick base that has magnets. The rest/measuring arm is also ¼ inch thickSo it rests nice on the blades and bits. Has a smooth travel with no play a...

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Couldn't figure out how to make them so I bought them

Couldn't figure out how to make them so I bought them

06-19-2012 02:17 AM by lumberjoe | 16 comments »

Since the Ridgid R5412 is such a popular saw, I figured I would review these. They are available everywhere online – woodcraft, Amazon, rockler, etc. Woodcraft has them in the store as well. Because of the design of this saw’s throat insert, it’s really hard to make your own. After seeing how these are crafted, I don’t think I could safely make one. LikesBoth of these are very well made. The instructions included are clear, and I don’t think they are outrageo...

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Not a bad little mini-driver but would look for the TEK4 version

Not a bad little mini-driver but would look for the TEK4 version

01-19-2010 05:00 PM by David Craig | 12 comments »

I have been looking for a mini-driver that I could put in my pocket for small tasks around the shop and assembly work. I have the Ridgid 18v cordless for the larger tasks but it is sometimes a pain in the hip (literally) to have on my holster. Since I pre-drill all my holes before adding fasteners, I just needed a light duty driver for screws. This would give me the flexibility of having a drill already prepped with a bit for drilling and another set for driving. I didn’t want to invest...

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Night and Day

Night and Day

08-22-2013 06:56 PM by mummykicks | 16 comments »

Bought one of these at HD last night and changed out my Bosch 60T blade that came with my Bosch gcm12SD miter saw, and the difference is indeed night and day between the two. I was getting clean cuts with the stock blade, but it was burning the cuts regardless of how fast or slow I seemed to feed it. I read good reviews about other freud blades here, so I decided to give it a shot.Wow! absolutely effortless cuts. There is just no comparison to the stock blade. I can’t even hear it cutti...

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A Very Solid Machine - With easy results.

A Very Solid Machine - With easy results.

02-05-2017 12:44 AM by Matt | 15 comments »

This was purchased from a local Woodcraft with the help of SuperMax tools putting together a package (the SKU didn’t exist) with the closed stand instead of the open stand that comes with it by default. The sander goes together very easily, as does the stand and getting it tuned up is also very easy to do. My sander was off a little on the conveyor tracking, but that was easily fixed in about 5 minutes. The results that I’ve seen with it so far are nothing short of outstanding...

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It worked good three times.....just not in a row

It worked good three times.....just not in a row

02-11-2014 08:45 PM by jakeprater | 13 comments »

I bought this back in December, and it worked great right out of the box. It has a nice fit and finish, and doesn’t feel like cheap plastic. I like the rubber handgrip. The mail tray feels a little light weight, but it functions smoothly, so no real issue there. I also bought Bostich 1 inch nails to go with it – I tried not to skimp too much. So I opened it up, put a few drops of oil in the inlet, and a couple in the oil slot on the front, and hooked it up to my comp...

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MJ Steel Splitter PRO

MJ Steel Splitter PRO

07-06-2010 05:45 PM by JimDaddyO | 8 comments »

As an owner of an older, inheirited saw with no guards this was the best and easiest solution I have come across. The saw had the stock splitter/guard disposed of after my dad’s first use of the saw…it was not good and deserved being tossed. I only have room on my saw for a single steel tab, and not for the kerf keeper behind it. Even at that I had to drill into the iron top to accomodate the tab. This is a reflection of the saw and not the splitter. The instructions seemed ...

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Couple annoying setup issues, but all in all... I'm pleased.

Couple annoying setup issues, but all in all... I'm pleased.

02-10-2011 04:15 AM by 2bigfeet | 7 comments »

It cuts very nicely. Leaves a glass like finish, is quieter cutting than my old 6” Powermatic model 50, the depth of cut lever moves effortlessly, table and fence are flat as a pancake… bonus. I was a little concerned early on with vibration. I had started it before I had the fence assembly on just to be sure the motor/cutterhead alignment was good. The on/off switch post was vibrating considerably, but after the weight of the fence assembly went on it was steady as a rock. I will...

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