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01-16-2015 01:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tools duplicate duplicates

Maybe it’s because we bought the cheap one first or because we got tired of switching bits all the time, but a lot of us have two or more of a given type of tool. I know some people have multiple bandsaws so they don’t have to change blades when switching between scroll work and resawing, and other people dedicate an older table saw to a dado stack. Of all the “duplicate” tools you have, which ones do you actually use?

I only just started acquiring stationary tools, but here are some examples based on my smaller duplicate tools:

Lithium-Ion cordless drills – not having to switch between drill bits and screwdriver bits saves a ton of time
  • 12v Bosch drill to keep at my wife’s shop
  • 18v Bosch drill for drilling
  • 12v Bosch impact for driving screws
  • 12v Black & Decker – got it free, but I’ve been using it more and more because it’s nice and lightweight…though I might swap it with the 12v Bosch at my wife’s shop since I don’t like the B&D’s chuck
Routers – one in the table, one out of the table. It also saves time to have multiple routers when I would otherwise have to switch back and forth between two bits
  • Bosch
  • Craftsman
Miter saws – I always hated it when I got my settings locked in, then had to crosscut a 2×4 quick and had to spend time dialing the settings back in. For a while I was also using one in the basement and the other in my garage/outside, but now that I have a table saw, I’ve been using one miter saw (for crosscutting long boards).
  • Lowe’s Kobalt 10” sliding compound miter saw
  • DeWalt 12” compound miter saw
Chisels – one set for “rough” work and another for finer work
  • Irwin Marples set of 4 – these were actually given to me and they work great
  • Lee Valley 3/8” and 3/4” – haven’t used much, but they’re ready and waiting for finer work
Jigsaws – I was going to get rid of my Skil jigsaw when I bought the Bosch barrel-grip saw, but the first time I used the Bosch I ran into a situation where the side-mounted switch was blocked and unusable. <sigh>
  • Skil (top-mounted handle)
  • Bosch (barrel-grip)

Tape measures – too many to count, but I think I’ve finally reached the point that I can usually find one when I need one.

Man, that list really makes me out to be a Bosch fanboy…but I swear, of the better brands, it seems Bosch is almost always the cheapest.

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#1 posted 01-16-2015 01:36 AM

Recently I’ve acquired a lot of drills. I’ve had a Dewalt for a long time along with a cheap cummins and a little black and decker that I got for like $17. This summer I got a ryobi set with drill and impact driver. Then last month I couldn’t pass up a new DeWalt 20 volt drill and recip saw set. Finally for Christmas my father in law gave me a 12v kobalt set with drill, impact driver and jig saw. I’ll use them all for different things. Some for taking with me and some for leaving in the shop.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 01-16-2015 01:44 AM

Well, besides the obvious, like pencils, tape measure…etc etc., the only duplicate tools I can think of are my routers. I have one permanent inside a router table and just bought a palm router for the routes on large pieces. I do have a plunge router, but I don’t know if you consider that duplicate as that has a different function (my stationary didn’t have a plunge base, nor could I find one). Everything else is one off. I gave all the other duplicates to charity, which included my old table saw, jig saw, drill press, and old router table.

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#3 posted 01-16-2015 01:47 AM

The 2 bandsaws: one for curves and one for resawing are my most useful “duplication”.

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#4 posted 01-16-2015 02:18 AM

Router, hand planes, drills, sanders, saw blades.

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#5 posted 01-16-2015 05:44 AM

2 lathes, bought a small one then a bigger one. Kept both because I keep planning to make a buffer station with the small one.
3 miter saws, one I bought, 2 more given to me. All kinda crappy.
Multiple sets of drill bits, each set has something the others don’t, but lots of overlap.
2 bandsaws, bought a 9” then someone loaned me a 14”. Might sell the 9”
2 jigsaws, a crappy B&D bought when I was a kid, and a decent Bosch bought when I grew up.
Used to have 2 circular saws but sold one at a yard sale.
Multiple drills, 1 hammer corded, 1 regular corded, 1 cordless
2 ROS, an old one that needs repair and a new one.

Man, I never realized how much duplicate crap I have. I’m going to get rid of some of this stuff.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 01-16-2015 12:49 PM

For me, two bandsaws, one 14” that usually has the 1/8” or 1/4” blade, and one 17” Grizzly, usually set up for resawing.
Then I got to thinking…I keep three Rigid drills, all the same, two batteries each, and actually set up all three when I assemble a guitar.
ROS, I have about seven of them, but three are used all the time with three different grits.
Routers, I have seven, but I have four of them set up with the four most used bits.
Stationary sanders, I have two spindle, and two belt. One spindle has half a paint roller in it for buffing, and one has a sanding tube. Stationary, the 6 X 48 is used for flat only, and my Rigid is used more for sanding curved surfaces.

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#7 posted 01-16-2015 02:29 PM

Phillips head screwdrivers.

In my lifetime I have easily purchased a hundred of those suckers. They are much worse than socks when it comes to “evaporating”. Every time I need one I can never find one and usually wind up using the one on my Leatherman multi-tool in my pocket.

The original question was about which duplicates you actually use. Perhaps one day my phillips head screwdriver supply will reach saturation and I can start actually using some of them.

If they ever come out of hiding all at once it will be like an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

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#8 posted 01-16-2015 02:44 PM

^ +1 on the screwdrivers. Otherwise, my shop is too new to have collected spares of anything.

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#9 posted 01-16-2015 02:47 PM

Just a few routers for me.

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#10 posted 01-16-2015 02:51 PM

Routers are my weakness, I have one in the router table. I have plunge router, a trim router, and 2 fixed base routers, one of those has a circle trammel on it at all times. Awls are another fetish, I used to have just one and I could rarely find it when I needed it. A few years ago, I learned how to make them, now I have them all over the shop in different styles and shapes and there is always one at hand.

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#11 posted 01-16-2015 04:36 PM

routers never have enough. 3 shapers all dedicated and I hate changing bits to much set up time. 2 drill presses and wish for one more. 1 table saw but 2 would be nice. cordless drills and drivers with extra batteries several. palm sanders a couple. lathes I have two, hf for small stuff and a home made one with 16 inch swing and 8 foot bed for larger turnings. OK you never can have to many tools, I started with alot of crap and replace with better ones and kept the old as a lot of the so called crappy tools work great and I have learned to like them. when I drive by the tool store like Acme Tools the sign seams to say stop in this a tool porn store for you woodworkers, you got to stop. lol

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#12 posted 01-16-2015 04:58 PM

Hey guys, thanks for sharing, and everyone else, keep ‘em coming!

It looks like drills and routers are the power tools that most people seem to collect almost like hand planes and screwdrivers.

2 bandsaws, bought a 9” then someone loaned me a 14”. Might sell the 9”
Man, I never realized how much duplicate crap I have. I m going to get rid of some of this stuff.

- Rick M.

Ha, so is it safe to say that 14” is on permanent loan?

I have a lot of duplicate or unused crap in general, and no matter how many times I say I need to get rid of it, usually that’s easier said than done. “I’ll sell that on eBay or craigslist…” or “Oh, but that might be useful if…” or “We’ll need that when…” which hardly ever happens!

2 drill presses and wish for one more…

- dozer57

A drill press is one tool I wouldn’t have expected to be particularly useful in multiples. Do you have them set up with different bits or sanding drums or jigs and work in assembly-line fashion? If you had a third one, how would you use each one?

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#13 posted 01-16-2015 05:26 PM

Ha, so is it safe to say that 14” is on permanent loan?
- Rob

Indefinite loan was how I think he put it. Basically he doesn’t want it but it has sentimental value so he doesn’t want to sell it. Works for me.

What I need to do is find someone who wants to trade a router for one or more of my extras. A router is one thing I would like to have extra.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 01-17-2015 02:46 AM

Phillips head screwdrivers.
- JeffP

I seem to have the same thing with Sharpie pens. I musta bought at least 40 of ‘em over the last 1.5 decades, and only know where about 5 or 6 of ‘em are now.
i once did buy a Kobalt (Lowes house brand) #2 Philips when all of mine went AWOL. 5 screws later, it was stripped. I returned it and got back my $7 and change.
Now if you wanna talk runaway tools, #2 Phillips bits takes the cake. I would buy multi-packs, because they would seem to dematerialize in the dead of night.

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#15 posted 01-17-2015 02:51 AM

I’d like to know how you get away with dumping all your crappy tools in your wife’s shop.

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