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Craftex 18" bandsaw review

Craftex 18" bandsaw review

2336 days ago by Bob #2 | 28 comments »

My new 18” 2 hp bandsaw on a mobile base.The upper wheel assembly is mounted to a channel steel support doing away with the older style castings. The safety switch as well as the power switch are mounted at waist height for easy accessibility. The table is about 3 inches lower than that of my old 14” bandsaw making it more comfrtable to use for “certain ” people around my shop. The aluminum fence is mounted on ball bearings and clamps down with one hand li...

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Carter Bandsaw guides

Carter Bandsaw guides

2337 days ago by rikkor | 12 comments »

My main reason for getting a large bandsaw was for resawing boards up to eight inches wide. The performance I was getting from the Grizzly was less than satisfactory. Then, I was at a woodworking show, and the guy from Carter was sawing slices less than 1/8” thick, and very smooth from a chunk of walnut. He said it was due to guide bearings that were specifically designed for resawing. I had to have this! I almost choked when I saw the price, but I bought it anyway. It took about 45 min...

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My new tablesaw

My new tablesaw

2337 days ago by ripper | 10 comments »

My wife got me this tablesaw,my old one was on it’s last leg it was a ryobi 10 in.As you can see it full extension to 50 in. on the sides, has a rear outfeed table extension that go’s out 22 in.

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Box Joints Made Easy on Your Table Saw...

Box Joints Made Easy on Your Table Saw...

2337 days ago by cajunpen | 12 comments »

I love box joints, they are easy to construct, look great and when cut and assembled correctly are as strong a joint as any you can cut. The Freud 8” Box Joint Cutters do one thing and one thing only – they cut perfectly flat box joints on your table saw. You have two size joints that you can cut, either 3/8” or 1/4”. The slot width is determined by the way that you arrange the blades. It all begins with a shop made jig, which attaches to your Miter Gauge. Basic...

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So-So Entry-Level Bandsaw

So-So Entry-Level Bandsaw

2337 days ago by Hawgnutz | 6 comments »

This bandsaw looked really good on paper with bearing guides, 7” resaw capability, and “adjustable” fence. Well, after all that hype dissapeared, it turned out to be only a so-so machine! I am dissapointed and wished i had saved my money and bought a Jet, Rikkon, or even a Grizzly! Within 4 months of very sporadic use, one of the bearings siezed on me. (Thank God I bought the extended warranty!) The service tech ordered set for me, but it still has a funny sound when ...

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Fantastic Storage Chest -- Saves Me LOTS of Time

Fantastic Storage Chest -- Saves Me LOTS of Time

2337 days ago by Hawgnutz | 4 comments »

Boy, where was this years ago?!? I would give it 6 stars if I could! It is deep enough to hold my cordless drill, circular saw, pneumatic nailers, tool bags, planes, nails, screws, spare batterys and still have room for a little more. (It holds LOTS of tools!) Plus it has a wheel that allows me to move it from garage to pickup to site. Now, when I have a large project that will take a couple of days, I can store all my tools in one place until I complete that job! Woo Hoo! The top ha...

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Fantastic little workhorse!

Fantastic little workhorse!

2337 days ago by Hawgnutz | 2 comments »

This has turned into my go-to sander for most of my initial or coarse sanding jobs. It uses inexpensive sandpaper that you can cut yourself. It has great power so you can complete a sometimes tedious job quicker and more efficiently! The built in dust collection works fantastic, too! It is very rare to find a sander that leaves so LITLE sawdust behind when it is hooked up to a 2 1/2” shop vacuum! It includes a punch plate so you can pierce your sandpaper if you wish to cut it yours...

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Powerful little shop vacuum!

Powerful little shop vacuum!

2337 days ago by Hawgnutz | 1 comment »

This little shop vac is a key player in my fight against dust and debri in my shop. While I use the larger 12 gallon Ridgid shop vac as my primary dust collection for my router, bandsaw and drill press, this one has a flexibiliity that allows me to move it from machine to machine indoors. Its 2 1/2” hose plugs directly into most machine’s 2 1/2” dust collection ports. Its light weight allows me to easily carry this outdoors when I sand, use my planer, jointer or portable...

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Powerful 18 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver with Lifetime Warranty!

Powerful 18 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver with Lifetime Warranty!

2337 days ago by Hawgnutz | 16 comments »

Right now, February, 2008, Ridgid is phasing out its line of NiCad batery tools and phasing in their new Lithium Ion line. So they are making their tools capable of accepting either style batterys! But that will not make a big difference because they offer a lifetime service for the tool and the batterys that power them! After replacing my Craftsman batterys just last year and having them going south now, I decided top grab a Ridgid tool set while Home Depot has them on clearance sale. I ...

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Turns All Your Nail Guns Almost Cordless

Turns All Your Nail Guns Almost Cordless

2337 days ago by Thuan | 11 comments »

I realized that my air compressor was too big and noisy for the little amount of time I use it, so I traded it in for a new systems that works very well for the the little work shops. Lowes’ came up up with this neat CO2 regulator that powers most pneumatic nailers. This unit with the 20 oz CO2 canister can shoot 600 16 gauge brads or 1200 pins. This is the same system that paint ball guns use, so refills and extra tanks are readily available. The kit cost around $100 at Lowe’s an...

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