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Forum topic by Marcus posted 07-08-2013 06:36 PM 903 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2013 06:36 PM

Does anyone have any experience with these? Looking for something out in the garage, nothing too fancy, so was browsing craigslist. Found a 961-325, but really cant find much on the web about it.

http://woodworker.com/fullpres.asp?PARTNUM=961-325&LARGEVIEW=ON


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#1 posted 07-08-2013 06:48 PM

I can’t vouch for any other product, but I can and will say their pneumatic nail drivers are top-notch. At least 15 years ago I bought a Craftsman and it would NOT drive 2-inch nails in oak or any other hardwood, regardless of gun pressure (not going over their recommended maximum). So I took it back and got the heavy-duty WoodTek which advertised nail power up to 2-1/2 inches (15-16 gauge). The cost approached $200 but except for a rare nail jam, quickly fixed, I’ve had no troubles. I just put 2-3 drops of oil in the line every month or two and it’s a winner. Most of my nailers of other brands are more troublesome.

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#2 posted 07-08-2013 06:56 PM

I just Googled WoodTek and Woodworker Supply sells your model for $499. However, for $469, which is $30 cheaper you can upgrade to their 2 HP model by giving up a short hose, 2 clamps, and quick-connects, which you already likely have. Or you could add those three items for not much more than the $30 and gain the extra power of the 2-horse as opposed to the original 1-1/2 horse. Such units mechanically are pretty much all the same regardless of brand, except for the color of paint as they’re likely all made in the same Taiwanese factory.

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#3 posted 07-08-2013 09:40 PM

Well good or bad, I now own it. I got there and it was pretty much as new. The only dust was what was on it from a couple years of sitting around. No scratches or scuffs on any of the paint in the motor or bag area, so it backs up the guys story that he just preferred to use his broom. It fired up and was pretty quiet and sucked just fine. For 1/4 the price of new, I’m sure it will suit my purposes.

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#4 posted 07-08-2013 10:09 PM

congrats on the buy, but where’s the pics? and remember to add a baffle to the drum ring to send more of the collected material to the collection bag as opposed to the filter.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#5 posted 07-09-2013 12:26 AM

I’ve had a Woodtek dust collector for 15 years and it’s been fine. If you’re putting the unit inside make sure you have the 1 micron bag on it, otherwise all the worst stuff will go through the bag and back into the air for you to breathe.

-- Scott, NM www.CustomFurniture.us

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#6 posted 07-09-2013 12:33 AM

With the right discounts, you can get a Harbor Freight model for about $150.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 07-09-2013 09:06 AM

That’s what I was debating on mike. I got the woodtek for about $50 cheaper than I could get the HF dust collector for (with coupon and tax). Every indication is that it has been used very little.

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