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Handy, Cheap Utility Handsaw

Handy, Cheap Utility Handsaw

06-05-2016 01:30 PM by CharlesA | 4 comments »

I bought this Do It Best handsaw when I needed one on the road and I had very limited choices. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but thought it would get me out of a jam, and it’s only $13. Turns out I use it all the time. Now when I need to cut a piece off of a rough cut board for milling, etc. I don’t reach for my jigsaw or always stick it on the miter saw. If it is just one cut, I grab this little handsaw and usually have the cut done before I’d have the power ...

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Powertec 70001 Dust Collector Bag for HF dust collector is a great improvement

Powertec 70001 Dust Collector Bag for HF dust collector is a great improvement

06-05-2016 02:14 AM by DW833 | 5 comments »

I had used the bag that came with the HF 2hp dust collector since purchasing it a couple of years ago.Always had lots of fine dust everywhere in the shop. Knew that it wasn’t doing a very good job and decided to upgrade. I purchased this bag from Amazon for 29.99 with free shipping. Installation is no different than the original bag.It is certainly a thicker bag, but still fits the same as the original. The improvement in the reduction of fine dustin the shop is amazing. I estima...

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Cuttermasters C.B.N. wheels are cool, fast, smooth and superb!

Cuttermasters C.B.N. wheels are cool, fast, smooth and superb!

06-02-2016 06:41 PM by CyberDyneSystems | 3 comments »

Cuttermasters C.B.N. Grinding wheels have made drill sharpening easier, cleaner and faster. I had read about these wheels on another sight, and when I had finished rebuilding my 1980s era Darex drill bit sharpening grinder, I decided to splurge on what I had heard was “the best” I am so pleased, I can see myself buying more of these wheels for my regular bench grinder soon. Some advantages of C.B.N. (Cubic Boron Nitride) wheels. -Cool Running: I’m not sure how mu...

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First impression - very well pleased

First impression - very well pleased

05-31-2016 08:08 PM by Jack_D | 13 comments »

This Veritas BU LAJ plane is an upgrade from my Stanley sweetheart BU plane. After months of researching pros and cons between LN and LV BU LAJ, I finally made my decision to purchase the LV. My first impression – very well pleased, no regrets. During my research, I wanted to see actual and latest pictures of both items but google search images seem to look the same. So, now that I have the item, I took pictures in different angles to see every inch of it. See my flickr Hand Plane albu...

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2nd Joy upon my eyes

2nd Joy upon my eyes

05-30-2016 08:20 PM by Holbs | 2 comments »

This follows my “Wixey WR 550 remote planer readout review for my Jet 15””, but this review is for the the smaller Wixey WR 510 upon my Rigid 13” planer. Yes, I have two planers so need 2 Wixey’s! I’ve been using the WR510 for a year and loved it for it’s accuracy and ease. I almost only give it 4 stars because it does not use the popular AAA batteries it’s bigger cousin WR 550 uses but instead uses the lithium coin type of battery (not somet...

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Oh the joy upon my eyes

Oh the joy upon my eyes

05-30-2016 08:11 PM by Holbs | 0 comments »

I bought this Wixey WR 550 for Christmas but just got around to installing in on my Jet 15” planer. I followed fellow LJ “jwisbey” for installation after reading his review. I did not have spare metric socket head bolts so had to go to Ace Hardware to grab a couple. Whalla. Easy installation and easy calibration. Verified with calipers. The first run was off by 0.003.I originally purchased this because my eyes are starting to get old so the big numbers on the LCD scree...

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Precision Machinist Square at a reasonable price

Precision Machinist Square at a reasonable price

05-27-2016 10:40 PM by dschlic1 | 9 comments »

I have been looking for a precision square to align may machines and also my combination squares. I found the PEC tools solid square on eBay. Un like most other low cost squares, it comes with a squareness specification : 0.0006”/6”. I checked it using a dial indicator, it indeed looks to be within that accuracy. You can find this square for sale here. Made in the USA, High precision all for $26! The only downside (if you could call it that) is that it does not come in a cas...

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Mixed Opinion About This Bandsaw...

Mixed Opinion About This Bandsaw...

05-21-2016 07:47 AM by Edwardnorton | 34 comments »

About 15 months ago I purchased my Grizzly GO555 bandsaw. After it arrived I unboxed it and put it together. I normally put the boxes of items I buy in a shed I built just to keep them in until the warranty expires, but one of my kids tossed the boxes out without my knowing it. As soon as had it all together I grabbed some scrap and fired the saw up with the anticipation of a 5 year old on Christmas day only to be a bit disappointed in how it operated. The blade lead was horrible to say th...

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Small Cheap Chinese Laser

Small Cheap Chinese Laser

05-20-2016 08:21 PM by RootandBranch | 9 comments »

Gave this 4 stars since it’s almost exactly what I expected going in. Cheap, small scale and does a decent job so far for what it is. Playing with a laser. What could possibly go wrong? This gizmo is a mini 500mW engraver. Blue and purple beam, proprietary drag and drop software, 2 axis movement with a burn area of about one and a half inches square. It’s small but scaling up in laser capability increases the cost by a bunch. When you get up to Death Star wattage; well then, you ...

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An Excellent Small Shop Unit

An Excellent Small Shop Unit

05-19-2016 10:12 PM by Wondermutt | 6 comments »

This is a non product spec hands on review. In a few words, dump your harbor freight 2up unit and get this unit. Here’s why: IT WORKS. Bether than I expected it to. I needed a portable DC. I have a stationary 2hp unit and it works great. What I don’t like is the continual failure of the dust collection bin level alarm and it’s real tall, so making it portable may prove difficult. I tried to make my old hf 2hp unit with a super dust deputy portable, but again, not...

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