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Forum topic by Tennwood posted 04-08-2011 06:00 PM 1081 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2011 06:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: review resource

I wasn’t sure what section to put this in (Blogs, Review, or Forums), but hopefully this will hit a note on all three.

My favorite section of Lumberjocks is the Reviews section. I have used several of our fellow jocks’ analysis of their tools to help me decide on a purchase (or not). This is how I stumbled on LJs originally when I was looking for a table saw. For that, I say thank you to everyone who has posted. One problem with the reviews, as with most reviews in magazines and on-line, is that they tend to look at the product right out of the box. Let’s face it, whether it is a new saw or and new car, that nice shiny new gizmo will always blind us on how it really functions. I would love to see a section, or a special tag in the review section, on Not-So-New tools, say one to three years old. This will give a true analysis on how the tool has performed in most conditions, and let the newness wear off. As most wood working tools don’t change much over a couple of years, most of these reviews should be as relevant as they were when the tool was purchased. Many jocks do post comments in a review about that tool they may also have, but you have to dig through all the comments, and it usually does not have much detail. Do you feel this would be useful how this could be best incorporated onto the site?

As a PS, I have purchased several tools over the past couple of years but have been delinquent on posting any reviews (my apologies). I promise I will post some reviews soon, even if they are Not-So-New tools.

And, as long as I am on the subject or reviews, I think it would be great to see reviews not only on tools, but on retailers, suppliers, wood working schools (one was posted just recently), etc. Not only would this be useful for the buyer (and possibly the retailer), but help us find resources that we don’t know exist.

Happy building


-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 08:11 PM

Indeed, I think by waiting to get hands-on use of the tool before reviewing it is the BEST thing ALL reviewers should do. The last thing I want to hear is what amounts to nothing more than a tool gloat that serves only to justify that person’s purchasing decision. IMO, everyone should own the tool for 3-6 months before reviewing it, but that is just my opinion.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 08:17 PM

i think you are absolutely right.

i bought a new tablesaw-shaper, planer-jointer and hollow chisel mortiser almost 5 months ago and have been putting off a possible review for the moment i feel that i really know the machines.

out of the box reviews are fun because you are excited to share your news, but useless in terms of use experience.
and then there is personal experience that plays a role, what value is a review if the reviewer has had no previous experience with similar tools from different brands. and recent models if possible.
saying “wow this new X sander is fantastic, way better than my 20 year old Y sander” says enough!

but then, don’t we also tend to take for granted the quality of our tools after a while, most of my tools are less than 1 year old. after a few months i would have said they were fantastic, after a year i think they are good.

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 08:40 PM

It’s good to have reviews on tools folks have had in use but just out of the box reviews give some info but not the whole picture they need follow up reviews to make their report complete.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 04-15-2011 04:17 PM

Please, Let me chime in here on this subject. I must say that a agree with everybody’s comments above. I’ve written a few reviews and the one comment that I remember getting was someone saying the why re comes before views. Overwhelmingly the comments have been of a simmilar nature.
Like the author above there are some more tools that I plan to post a review on when I get off my lazy backside and doing it. I considered doing one day before yestreday about a heavy duty drill that I used instead of my drill press because it was easier and faster than setting up the drill press for one hole.
But I had to finish the project, so I didn’t want to stop and take pictures of the drill or the project. The project was so simple that pictures weren’t warranted until I got done with it. Besides I have to give my mother back her blow dryer.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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