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Makita Contractor Bag

Makita Contractor Bag

2029 days ago by toolman | 0 comments »

We just got done reviewing the Makita contractor bag. Very nice bag. Lots of outside and inside pockets for tools and other items. We really liked that Makita went the extra distance and used metal clips for the shoulder strap instead of plastic. One item that some may find useful, even though we doubt we would ever use, is the rollers on the bag. Basically Makita made the bag like a suitcase with a telescopic handle and small wheels on the bottom to roll your tools to the jobsite. Again s...

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An Old Master

An Old Master

2029 days ago by DannyBoy | 3 comments »

I happened across a suggestion for this jig in a modern day Arts and Crafts furniture book. I was surprised that I found an old tool like this suggested there since usually books like that are full of merchandise someone paid to have put in there. Anyway, I found one on Ebay and paid about $32 with shipping to have it in my hands. Then, I stuck it in a drawer. And it got covered in dust. Then it was shoved to the back of the drawer to make room for some inferior Craftsman screw drivers...

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12-1/2" benctop planer

12-1/2" benctop planer

2030 days ago 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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6" Benchtop Jointer

6" Benchtop Jointer

2030 days ago by rwyoung | 15 comments »

I decided that I would like to have a 6” jointer for my garage shop. The combination of limited working space and the size of my expected projects pointed me to a benchtop jointer. Depending on what review you read, most of the models in this class are limited to 3 ft or 4 ft workpieces. That length limitation was not an issue for me as most of my projects in the queue are cabinets and small furniture. I received the unit in good order and the packaging was quite well done with tw...

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Makita LXT Reciprocating Saw - BJR182

Makita LXT Reciprocating Saw - BJR182

2030 days ago by toolman | 3 comments »

We used this saw the other day and it is a great saw. I have always been a fan of the Sawzall, but this has sold me. Obviously it doesn’t have the power the V28 Sawzall has, but I love the blade change system. When the blade is in place, it stays in place, even if it binds. If you want to take it out, it will come out very easy. The best thing is you can change the blade with one hand. The locking system will lock into place and allow you to insert the blade easy. Besides the blade s...

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Grizzly 8"x75" Deluxe Jointer Model G0586

Grizzly 8"x75" Deluxe Jointer Model G0586

2031 days ago by RichClark | 18 comments »

It Arrived Yesterday, The full Sized Freight Truck was coming and I had ran off to find some help to get it offloaded, when I got home it was in my garage! (I love my local UPS Freight!) Anyway Here goes. Packaging—The Jointer was packaged in 2 boxes. The HEAD/FENCE/ARMS in a wooden crate (Picture 1)The BASE and the Power Switch in Box 2Everything was intact and all parts (nuts, bolts etc) were inventoried and nothing was missing. It came with hex keys to adjust gimbals and Metri...

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Very happy but with a bit of drama of course

Very happy but with a bit of drama of course

2032 days ago by PeteMoss | 23 comments »

Saw Overview:Well, I decided it was time to purchase a new tablesaw. After quite a bit of research, budgeting, and window shopping I decided to go with the Steel City granite top saw. Since I only have 120 VAC power, I went with the 1.75 HP version. I have called Steel City several time and received excellent customer service as you will see as this review continues. Anyway, I asked Steel City if there were any structural differences between the 1.75 and 3 HP models and was told that they are...

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Very impressive 1/2 inch driver.

Very impressive 1/2 inch driver.

2032 days ago by spaids | 10 comments »

I got this drill for Christmas and have been very impressed with everything about it. It does what you expect a drill to do, it has the torque you need. Where it goes beyond that is its light weight and power use. I used this drill extensively for several hours on a single battery. When I finally used up the first battery I was initially afraid that the drill was broken. I thought it was broken because it was behaving as though it had full strength right up to its last drop of battery li...

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Review of the Makita Drill/Driver BHP452

Review of the Makita Drill/Driver BHP452

2032 days ago by toolman | 3 comments »

We just got done testing this Makita drill and love it. Anyone who has worked with or owned one of these drills knows what we are talking about. Lots of power provided by the 3.0amp Lithium Ion battery, which also helps reduce the weight. We ran it trhough some test and took some video, quit impressive. Overall this drill has great balance and lots of power

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Santa Brought Me  A Landshark

Santa Brought Me A Landshark

2032 days ago by Patrick Jaromin | 4 comments »

Or, more accurately a "Shark Guard" by LeeWay Workshop. Installation I’ve only had the opportunity to install this today, so I haven’t really had a chance to fully put it through its paces. However, so far I am impressed. The improvised packaging the unit arrived in was demonstrative of its small shop origins; the actual contents, however, were not. Installation was straightforward using the directions provided on the site. They warned that some owners of my saw (Craftsman 2...

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