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Newest 12 Volt Lith

Newest 12 Volt Lith

01-07-2011 09:05 PM by Hermando | 4 comments »

I just wanted to share the latest addition to my cordless tool set. I have been building my Makita LXT inventory throughout the years. In the past I have used several brands of the 12 volt lithium sets. I first bought a Sears Nextec drill/jigsaw/flashlight set. It actually was a good set, but I found a few annoying things about the tools. The sears drill had a sticky speed switch and the jigsaw was awkward to hold in your hand and switch on. It worked better as a reciprocating saw. To ofte...

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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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Harbor Freight Bench Grinder Stand: Solid, great value

Harbor Freight Bench Grinder Stand: Solid, great value

01-05-2011 04:49 AM by Mark Colan | 4 comments »

With Harbor Freight, it really pays to go into the store and see what you’re getting, because their product quality varies a lot. I looked first at their “universal tool stand” (big enough for a planer), and found it more than a bit flimsy, due to thin sheet metal construction. But the bench grinder stand is very solid, made of steel that is 1/16 thick. The parts fit together with holes lining up perfectly, and the design makes the assembly very stable. The bolts and n...

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Porter-Cable PCB575BG Bench Grinder: a good value

Porter-Cable PCB575BG Bench Grinder: a good value

01-05-2011 02:56 AM by Mark Colan | 13 comments »

I have been using a washing machine motor with a grinding wheel attached to its one axle – without any kind of guards or grinding stands. Power wires attached by screw terminals that are exposed. The whole thing mounted to a board. It worked well enough, but I decided that as safety features go, this one was a dinosaur. I decided to find a bench grinder that I won’t have to replace later. Variable speed, 8” wheels, 3/4 HP or better were key features. My usual shopp...

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Angle reader/finder

Angle reader/finder

01-03-2011 11:14 PM by Dan | 21 comments »

I recently learned how to sharpen my own chisels and plane irons. I was having a hard time when it came to all the different bevels. I bought a cheaper honing jig that works well but it does not measure the angle I am honing. I tried using a protractor and had some success but I still felt I was off. I was looking at Rockler tools online and saw this item was on sale. It had good reviews and the price seemed good so I ordered it. The item arrived ready to use. There were no complicated ...

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Triton Router Catches fire.  Helpful Customer Service.

Triton Router Catches fire. Helpful Customer Service.

01-03-2011 07:22 PM by Ken90712 | 28 comments »

For those of you that read my safety in the shop post, Thank-you for all the kind thoughts and words! http://lumberjocks.com/topics/23154 I will be replacing my fire Extinguisher today, glad I have them. First let me say, I have Love my Triton router that I bought in March. I was so bummed all weekend when it caught on fire Fri. It took me a while to find a service center on line, as there is only one Authorized Service Center for Triton in the country, in Fair Haven Mich. Of course wit...

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Another winner for Harbor Freight

Another winner for Harbor Freight

01-03-2011 06:28 PM by b2rtch | 23 comments »

These anti-fatigue floor mats are very inexpensive, especially when on sale 50% off. They are very easy to install , they fit very well, easy to clean and they look good. Of course I bought them for my comfort but more important I also bought them to save my tools. A Stanley plane or a chisel dropped on the concrete are dead meat, with the mats they have a fair chance to survive.Highly recommended.

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SD508 Freud 8" Dado Set

SD508 Freud 8" Dado Set

01-03-2011 01:14 AM by Ken90712 | 9 comments »

I was making some candleholders and my Dado Blades were junk and chipping wood on every cut. Then my local Rockler Store sent me a coupon with 40% off any single item excluding Power Tools. Sweet!, I tell Blondie I’m off to Rockler to save some money… LOL…. The set is $199.00 so that’s 80 bucks off. She brainwashed my sometime ago to always look for sales. Another story sometime, LOL…. Man, I thought my Forrest Woodworker 2 Blade was something. This set is more than impressive! Th...

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Undersized Router bits for Plywood.

Undersized Router bits for Plywood.

01-03-2011 12:53 AM by Ken90712 | 9 comments »

I bought these only because they were 1/2 off during Xmas at Woodcraft. I usually just messed with my dado set, or walked it on the router table. These bits match the plywood that is undersized that we all buy from stores. It makes the joints perfectly and very tight! This makes it very quick to cut in perfect fitting dados on the router table quickly without messing with you table saw. The bits are for ¼, ½, & ¾ inch plywood.Very nice set to have on hand and would recommend them to you.

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Dust Collector.

Dust Collector.

01-03-2011 12:39 AM by Ken90712 | 9 comments »

The only reason this did not get a 5 Star, is the Directions & the casters! I have to get new ones as they’re junk! Why they would not include better casters, I have no idea. For the money and CFM rating along with the 1 Micron Bag being standard, I felt this was the best bang for your buck. At $259.00 plus shipping I thought it would be better than trying to make a Harbor Freight one work. Not there is anything wrong with a HF one for those of my Fellow LJ’s that have them. I have be...

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