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Great for occasional work- But plastic fence is a problem.

Great for occasional work- But plastic fence is a problem.

02-03-2011 02:19 AM by StumpyNubs | 21 comments »

I almost never use biscuit joinery, but when the Chicago Electric Plate Joiner went on sale at Harbor Freight for $30 I bought one. Since nobody’s reviewed it yet, I thought I should give my observations. First of all, Harbor Freight is a wonderful store full of a LOT of great tools, some of very high quality and all for very low prices. But as a general rule I never buy their hand power tools. There’s just too much orange plastic! But I took a chance on this one and the result...

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100x better than the stock miter gauge

100x better than the stock miter gauge

02-03-2011 12:23 AM by Vrtigo1 | 15 comments »

Just picked this up from Amazon last week and it arrived two days ago. Assembly took about 30 minutes and was straightforward. I especially like the adjustability of the bar that fits in the miter track. It was close right out of the box, but after adjusting it, there is literally zero play and it still slides like butter. The abrasive that sticks to the face of the miter gauge really works. I cut a few test miters and the workpiece stayed exactly where I put it. The extendability is ...

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Go548z

Go548z

02-02-2011 07:49 AM by widdle | 10 comments »

Just assembled and fired up my first dust collector. the 2hp grizzly with the canister filter. Went together quickly with no problems.have not hooked it up to any machines yet ( no hose) sounds powerfull.But loud. I have nothing to compare with …But that beast is loud,may have to find a closet outside..Seems well made and sturdy

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Polar Bear in Arizona (4-1/2 stars)

Polar Bear in Arizona (4-1/2 stars)

02-02-2011 12:16 PM by paulzall | 30 comments »

- Delivery and Assembly: I recently bought a Grizzly G0175P Hybrid Table Saw, mainly to get dust collection capability with relatively low operating noise, and I wasn’t disappointed. Delivery was prompt and the packaging was effective with no visible damage. Lacking a forklift or loading dock in my garage, I did have to pay Grizzly an extra $34 freight charge for lift gate delivery. Fit and finish at first glance looked excellent. The components, including the 2 hp motor,...

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A Whole Lot Cheaper for Almost the Same Quality

A Whole Lot Cheaper for Almost the Same Quality

02-01-2011 04:01 AM by StumpyNubs | 6 comments »

I am not an expert carver. I did most of my carving with a rotary tool and longed to own one of those big power carvers like I saw at Woodcraft for $400. So when I saw one at Harbor Freight for 50 bucks you can imagine my excitement. Here’s the details… This is essentially a 1/4hp rotary tool. It is a motor that hangs from a wall bracket with a long flexable shaft with a little adjustable keyed chuck (like an drill) on the end that’ll accept any size carving bit. It’...

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HOLY CRAP- Why pay $100+

HOLY CRAP- Why pay $100+

02-01-2011 03:07 AM by StumpyNubs | 34 comments »

Gotta say I never had much luck with the Harbor Freight (central pnuematic) brad nailer. But after trying out the micro pin nailer, I may just give the brad nailer another shot. This is a great buy- one of MANY diamonds in the rough at Harbor Freight. Here’s the details.. First of all, I was surprised that it was not made of plastic. The body is all is cast metal like the more expensive ones, and it feels good and heavy in the hand. Not that this is a vital feature, but it distrac...

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Review of Jet 10" Jointer-Planer Combination Machine

Review of Jet 10" Jointer-Planer Combination Machine

01-31-2011 08:23 PM by Furnitude | 2 comments »

I removed my review because after using this machine, I can’t say that it is even decent quality. I no longer recommend it. I didn’t want people to buy it on my recommendation.Mitch

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Circa 1850 Try Plane

Circa 1850 Try Plane

01-31-2011 03:23 AM by Dave | 19 comments »

I was in need of a joiner plane. I had come across this plane at a antiques shop in MS. For a grand total of $27.00. It needed a little work. The mouth was missing a chunk in front of it. On the blade is stamped [dwights french and co.]. On the nose of the plane is stamped [H. J. Nazero and co. of Milwaukee]. And all over the plane is stamped [B. F. Pfeiffer]. Doing some internet research. I can place the manufacture of the blade and the plane between 1850-60.Now with a piece of red oak. I r...

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Finest out of the box machine I've ever owned.

Finest out of the box machine I've ever owned.

01-31-2011 12:56 AM by Dedvw | 10 comments »

As soon as I opened the box, I could tell Delta really put forth an effort to release a quality product. Much more Styrofoam than I am use to, making the box for this unit is very big. Everything was very well organized and in very good condition. Fit and finish was the best I have seen on a sub 1000.00 piece of equipment. Everything took about 20 minutes to assemble (including removing it from the box). Assembly consisted of placing the Live Center and Spur Center in the lathe and setting...

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Great Purchase - Refurbished Nonetheless

Great Purchase - Refurbished Nonetheless

01-30-2011 08:57 AM by OhioPumpGuy | 9 comments »

I bought this planer a few months ago from ToolKing.com (http://www.toolking.com/) for about $450. It has been one of the best purchases and additions to my shop. I read reviews about people having issues with dull blades, etc. I have ran a tone of wood from pine to oak to maple through this planer and the factory blades are perfect. The key is not running too much wood at once. The only issue that I have had is that the rollers need to be cleaned every so often and the feed plate should...

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