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Out of the box review and initial impressions.

Out of the box review and initial impressions.

12-14-2010 08:59 PM by dbhost | 29 comments »

A full review post use, and swapping blade to a proper blade are going to be in the works, but I figured I would post this up now to give you guys a heads up. I may just edit this review when I am ready, who knows? This is NOT a usage, or long term review, this is just a fit and finish sort of thing. So if that is what you are interested in, read on… I picked up a Chicago Electric #98194 on Friday with a coupon I have been sitting on for a few months that expired on Sunday, so it ...

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Great product, excellent company.

Great product, excellent company.

12-07-2010 09:58 PM by dbhost | 14 comments »

Now you guys and gals know me, I am a bang for the buck kind of guy, and in order to separate my cheap fingers from those bucks, your product or service better offer some real tangible additional bang… Enter the OneWay Manufacturing Wolverine jig. I initially got this because I had no idea that PSI had a cheaper clone, and after a couple of frustrating plywood copies later, I opted for the steel of the Wolverine to avoid the flexing that was messing up my angles. To call the Wolve...

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First one was a dud, second one is fine.

First one was a dud, second one is fine.

09-29-2010 11:29 PM by dbhost | 8 comments »

Mind you, pnuematic nailers are honestly very simple tools as far as air tools go. The driver is simply a piston, with a simple connecting rod sort of arrangment. You would think that if a company is going to build a product that has a piston, a connecting rod, and motion, that there would be a wrist pin right? Well not in my first one. Now #2 is working great. It leaks a tiny bit of air, but that is my fault. I took the thing apart to inspect it and managed to tear one of the paper gaskets. ...

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Not exactly a fine woodworking tool, but it sure does drive nails!

Not exactly a fine woodworking tool, but it sure does drive nails!

09-29-2010 07:57 PM by dbhost | 17 comments »

I have now owned mine for about 6 months, and put it through plenty of hard paces. The good, the bad, and the ugly of it… The good…Purchase price $49.99 (had a GREAT coupon)...Drives a good variety of nail sizes.Safety works very well.Reasonable magazine capacity. The bad…Uses a LOT of air. My little HF compressor cycles a LOT when I use this thing.Shortest nails this will shoot 2-3/16”, would like to shoot 2” nails with it.Limited to 28 degree nails.Lack o...

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Low hit to the budget and shop footprint, not the best capacity.

Low hit to the budget and shop footprint, not the best capacity.

09-17-2010 06:01 PM by dbhost | 10 comments »

Specs are pretty straight forward… Max working pressure 115PSI.Air delivery: 5 SCFM at 90 PSI, 6 SCFM at 40 PSI. Simply put, I have had it for over a year now, and run the snot out of this thing. It sufficiently runs all of my nailers, impact wrench, air ratchet, etc… As long as I keep in mind it has an 8 gallon tank, and don’t expect to not have to wait for the compressor to catch up with me it’s fine. This is not my first compressor, so I can compare it to 2...

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Great planer for what it is, and what it costs, lacking finer features.

Great planer for what it is, and what it costs, lacking finer features.

09-17-2010 05:21 PM by dbhost | 12 comments »

Well, after 2 and a half years of trouble free service, I figured I should write up a review of my Ryobi AP1301 planer for you folks. Like many other owners of these planers, I have found the lack of infeed and outfeed support annoying, at least at first, and it DOES snipe if you just shove wood through it, and let it just dangle out the back end. I have found that supporting your lumber by hand as you feed it in, and take it out of the planer takes care of the snipe issue almost completel...

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Excellent grinder for the money.

Excellent grinder for the money.

09-16-2010 06:36 PM by dbhost | 13 comments »

When I had decided on the Wolverine jig system for my tool sharpening needs, I more or less knew I needed an 8” grinder as the wheels on my 6” were pretty narrow… Upon reviewing the recommended grinder speed on the owners manual of the Wolverine Jig System (Page 1, lower right hand corner), and seeing that THEY recommended an 8” 3450 rpm grinder, I decided to do a little digging on what grinders I wanted. I see a LOT of folks going with the multi speed, and slow speed ...

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Initial impressions of the Grizzly G0572 Hanging Air Filter w/ Remote.

Initial impressions of the Grizzly G0572 Hanging Air Filter w/ Remote.

09-14-2010 04:25 PM by dbhost | 21 comments »

For starters, I am not claiming this is an all inclusive review, but rather this is an initial impressions write up for the Grizzly G0572 Hanging Air Filter w/ remote. I have been watching price tags on these machines for quite some time now, and had considered the smaller Jet, Penn State, Delta, even Harbor Freight models, and had been put off by either the price tag, or the features. The G0572 had the CFM I was looking for, and was on sale for a price tag I was willing to spend. For the ...

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A bit on the pricey side, but extremely well made, and solves a huge problem.

A bit on the pricey side, but extremely well made, and solves a huge problem.

06-16-2010 02:32 AM by dbhost | 9 comments »

A few months ago, I added Norton white oxide wheels to my 8” grinder that I use for sharpening only to be rewarded with a grinder that tried dancing across the shop… The pitiful bushings that Norton includes with their grinder wheels, well… Norton should be ashamed of themselves for including them. These things are a waste of money for Norton to include, and a waste of shipping space. SHAME ON YOUR NORTON!!!! These things have TONS of slop in them, and allow the wheel to ...

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Groz JP-5 initial impressions.

Groz JP-5 initial impressions.

04-20-2010 03:48 AM by dbhost | 22 comments »

While I have had far more on my mind than planes, I have been wanting to fill out my collection and the Groz #5 has been a resident of my wish list for a while now. I know a LOT of guys out there wouldn’t even consider one of these, and maybe more is the shame for them…. While this write up is based on initial impressions of un-boxing, cleaning, and initial setup of the plane, if my early impressions, and prior experience with Groz planes holds true, then this will be a fine plane...

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