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
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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