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Out of the box review and initial impressions.

Out of the box review and initial impressions.

12-14-2010 08:59 PM by dbhost | 29 comments »

A full review post use, and swapping blade to a proper blade are going to be in the works, but I figured I would post this up now to give you guys a heads up. I may just edit this review when I am ready, who knows? This is NOT a usage, or long term review, this is just a fit and finish sort of thing. So if that is what you are interested in, read on… I picked up a Chicago Electric #98194 on Friday with a coupon I have been sitting on for a few months that expired on Sunday, so it ...

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Hitachi C12RSH Double Bevel Sliding Miter Saw

Hitachi C12RSH Double Bevel Sliding Miter Saw

12-18-2011 05:47 AM by mrg | 16 comments »

I bought this saw last month after doing quite a bit of research and looking for the best bang for the buck. This saw had very good reviews on the internet and I spoke with a couple of contractors that had this saw and got good reviews from them also. If you are going to be using this saw on job sites you will need a portable stand for it, this thing is no light weight it weights in at 65 pounds. I checked the back fence, bevels and miter angles and this thing was set perfect from the f...

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Performax Sliding Miter Saw

Performax Sliding Miter Saw

01-06-2011 05:06 PM by Raymond | 27 comments »

This Christmas, my wife bought me a PreformaX 10” sliding miter saw from Menards 164.99$. I was surprised to find out that they are part of the same company that makes Jet and Wilton tools. The box was huge, and everything was well packed. Set-up and adjustments were very easy. The manual was not the greatest though. The laser was “factory set” not sure in what factory that was perhaps by Mister Magoo without his glasses on. It was off by at least a 3/8 of an inch. Adjusting was simple and th...

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Bargain Tool Review - HF 10" Sliding Miter Saw (Chicago Electric)

Bargain Tool Review - HF 10" Sliding Miter Saw (Chicago Electric)

07-01-2012 05:47 PM by SchottFamily | 22 comments »

For the past three weekends, I’ve been cutting down some melamine sheets to use for cabinet cases. I happened to notice that my June 20% HF coupon was about to expire and I’ve had my eye on the 10” sliding miter saw for a few months. I already own the 10” miter saw (it was a gift from my in-laws – cool, huh?) and I’m very happy with the performance of that tool when used with a Freud cross-cut blade and a zero clearance plate. I was able to convince the ...

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Harbor Freight Tools Work Bench affordable and useful

Harbor Freight Tools Work Bench affordable and useful

07-10-2009 09:11 PM by PKP | 20 comments »

I bought this Bench on sale for 159 dollars. plus tax for a total of 175.( I know TN sales tax is high). The Bench was easily put together in about 2 hours. I have to say for the money I dont think you could buy the wood to make your own workbench. I needed a workbench instead of using a door setting on top of 2 old speakers as a work table. The table top is flat and is finger jointed oak, The drawer sides and bottoms are not solid oak but MDF. All the rest of the bench is oak. The inst...

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Blue Hawk?  May want to just keep on walking unless...

Blue Hawk? May want to just keep on walking unless...

01-02-2013 06:50 PM by Tennessee | 6 comments »

I saw this on sale at my local Lowes with a table for $84, (also available on Lowes.com), and with my military discount it got in at $76. You get this nice looking router, 1.75HP peak, (Rightttt), 1/4” collet, good dust collection port, very smooth plunge, lightweight. It pretty much stops there. The motor is the only one out of my seven router collection that when I hit the start button, my lights dim for a second. Not even my 2.5HP Bosch does that, nor my HF. Cheap motor…...

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Shopsmith Thickness Planer

Shopsmith Thickness Planer

02-29-2008 01:12 AM by bkhop | 15 comments »

Here’s my review of the Shopsmith thickness planer. I’ve had mine for about 2 years now and it is a great planer. It replaced a Delta TP305. Let’s start out with the specs – 12” x 4” capacity; 28” long bed; for HP, read #1 below. 1. The Shopsmith Thickness planer comes in two variations that are basically identical except that one is mounted on the Shopsmith Mark V and the other is a “free-standing” tool with its own stand and motor;...

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Bosch Table Saw

Bosch Table Saw

09-16-2008 03:34 AM by Tony Z | 26 comments »

This saw is great. I needed a portable saw that was accurate and this fit the bill. All I can say is BUY THIS SAW if you are in the market for something portable. It has everything you want in a table saw. Dust collection is good with a shop vac and I like that the miter gauge is full size and not a ‘mini’ one that come with most portable saws. The fence is aluminum with built in T-track which is very nice. It’s quiet and has a soft-start. I was especially impressed with t...

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Grizzly Jointer/Planer Combo w/ Spiral Cutterhead

Grizzly Jointer/Planer Combo w/ Spiral Cutterhead

01-31-2014 11:34 PM by Matthew | 22 comments »

I recently purchased this machine, as a replacement for my Jet 8 inch jointer planer combo machine. Here’s my thoughts so far. Background:As stated above, I bought this machine as an upgrade to my 8 in Jet combo machine. This came as a necessity when I began working on building a traditional style workbench, and found the long and heavy slabs to be way too big for the small machine to handle, specifically for the planer function of the machine.I went back and forth on whether to get ...

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Earlex Spray Station 5000

Earlex Spray Station 5000

03-28-2008 06:59 AM by thewoodwhisperer | 43 comments »

To sum up, I thought the Earlex did a darn good job spraying pretty much everything I put in it, including oil-based poly, water-based finishes, lacquer, and latex paint. I would probably recommend purchasing some of the smaller tip sets though, since they will increase performance on the water-based stuff. The 5000 does lack some of the spray controls typically found in higher-priced 3 and 4-stage units, but sometimes those extra features are just unnecessary. I found the simplicity of the u...

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