New Table and Miter Saw - thoughts on some hand tools

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Forum topic by The__Dude posted 08-12-2015 02:55 AM 659 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2015 02:55 AM

Before we moved I sold my 10 Craftsman Pro Portable table saw and Craftsman 12” mitre saw.

At the new house I purchased the Delta 10” saw from Lowes and the 12” Hitachi Dual Mitre saw.

Put both tools to work putting in railing and balusters on the deck.
Had to rip 2×4 down to 2×3 and lots of cuts for the 2×2s

First I thought the Hitachi was a dud.
Too quiet and didn’t seem like it was spinning fully.
The craftsman was load and jerky from the start up torque.
With the stock blade the hitachi cut like butter. Really a nice upgrade from the Craftsman.

I will say that I never got the full potential from the old table saw.
I hated to use it, never felt like it was secure or safe to use.

I was a bit worried with the 1/8” wobble on the delta blade, I thought it was the arbor.
I wanted a new ripping blade, so after the new blade I have no visual wobble.

This saw is secure and I feel safe operating it.
I picked up two Rigid tilting outfeed stands, and my portable setup works great.

I picked up some old planes from ebay, waiting for this.
Dug out my 5 year old stanley, read how to set it proper and it worked fine.

Now I just need some small things.
Good square to set the table saw and mitre saw
Good tape measure
Good scale/ruler
Good Mitre saw blade for good wood after I am done with the treated stuff.
Means to sharpen planes and chisels. I do have an Arkansas stone, three sided. Need to dig it out and see how it works.

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#1 posted 08-12-2015 04:17 PM


Get the best quality marking and measuring stuff you can,
Don’t buy those Johnson combo squares they are horrible.

I suggest you look into some other sharpening like sandpaper, diamond, water,
Those old Arkansas stones are good for honing, but lousy for sharpening (removing metal).

Sounds like you’re fixin to get ready to build some things ;-)

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 08-12-2015 08:26 PM

Can someone point in a direction.
I currently have a craftsman adjustable square and worn out stanley tape measures.

I have been looking at Ebay diamond stones.
But there are so many options, not sure what I need.

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