|Forum topic by Tennwood||posted 04-08-2011 06:00 PM||915 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
04-08-2011 06:00 PM
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.
-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"