What is the most reliable tool in your workshop????

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Bob Kollman

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05-28-2011 04:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tools

Being a holiday weekend I thought it would be cool to brag about the tools we use
and love to use…..

The above is me in my old shop last December, surrounded by my loved ones.

Over the years I guess the tool I love most is my under powered TS 3650.
It is a great saw that has been neglected and abused but always cuts a great
strait line.

So what great tool do you love because it makes you look so good????

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#1 posted 05-28-2011 04:56 PM

Have to be my hammer. I think it has something to do with the fewest moving parts. :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 05:07 PM

My 3520B Powermatic lathe, she is the centerpiece of my shop.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 05-28-2011 05:16 PM

My 10’’ Unisaw, and my 9’’ DeWalt RAS.

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#4 posted 05-28-2011 05:28 PM

My JET 10” cabinet saw and circa 1939 Delta-Milwaukee floor drill press; my 1940’s BMC locking pliers. They have never let me down and never need attention.

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#5 posted 05-28-2011 05:45 PM

My Delta 28-206 14” bandsaw… and my “Special 15” Rockwell Drill press” (circ 1971)

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#6 posted 05-28-2011 05:58 PM

Light Switch

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 05-28-2011 07:31 PM

Light Switch… That’s a good one! LOL

I think I’d say my Grizz. G0555 bandsaw and DW735…

but… there’s that lil block plane that seems to meet my hand quite often…

and…. and… and…

I guess it’s really hard to say…

My BS is the #1 saw I usually use…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 05-28-2011 07:38 PM

My Delta 10” TS and sears 12” BS, Don

-- Don, northern Maine

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 05-28-2011 08:03 PM

You know I gotta say it’s my Excalibur scroll saw! It is so vibration-free that I can cut the tiniest details without effort. I think it brought my skill up to another level. I love it! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 05-28-2011 09:01 PM

Has to be my overarm pin router set up. I do a lot of pattern cutting and this is perfect for it.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#11 posted 05-28-2011 09:05 PM

My Powermatic 66, although I have other machinery that never has failed me either.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 05-28-2011 09:11 PM

doninvegas: How is using a pin-router easier than using a flush-trim or pattern bit?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 05-28-2011 09:50 PM

I’ve had my Dewalt 733 thickness planer for over 12 years and 100s of board feet of material. It just never fails me.

I have other tools that have also been very reliable, but none of them have the such a long history of reliable service.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#14 posted 05-28-2011 10:16 PM

I would have to say
The Chance to do Woodworking and any tool would work.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#15 posted 05-28-2011 10:29 PM

It would have to be either my new saw when I get it up and running LOL or my lathes especially the big ex copy industrial machinewith a six foot bed .I use that a lot but the saw gets more use than anything else. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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