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Great value, can be honed to a razor edge and holds it well

Great value, can be honed to a razor edge and holds it well

12-22-2009 05:36 AM by jake | 7 comments »

These are a great value and should be in every tool chest if your working with wood and can’t afford the high end tools. These are far and away a step up from the cheap tools you find at the big box discounters but not too much more money. They hold an edge well and with a little work can be honed to a razor edge. They hold their edge well, as I completed entire projects without sharpening them. One prior off brand set I bought were being sharpened more often than I was wood the wood. T...

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Does a good job with the right power

Does a good job with the right power

08-28-2009 01:01 AM by jake | 7 comments »

I wanted a small nail gun for woodworking projects but didn’t always like firing up my compressor. The Arrow shoots 18 gauge nails up to one and a quarter inch long. Good for the 3/4 inch lumber from the big boxes I often buy. I use quite a bit of oak and it drives the nails fully through solid oak, with the nail head just below the surface for a clean look. The reviews on Amazon were amazingly poor, but a few spoke of it doing a good job with the right power. I found out first hand tha...

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Avoid this one

Avoid this one

08-19-2009 04:10 PM by jake | 9 comments »

I thought this may be an answer for benchtop tool dust collection. I often move and sometimes use my bench top planer and jointer outdoors in nice weather on portable carts due to my small shop space. It was rated at 300 CFM. When buying it, I thought taking dust right at the port and not having to travel through long hoses would help. It did not! The suction is poor, you could get a similar result from a shop vac if you reduce down the dust port to the smaller hose size on the vac. Like a sh...

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Low price but lacking in important features

Low price but lacking in important features

08-07-2009 02:05 AM by jake | 4 comments »

I purchased this saw due to the DeWalt name, reasonable price and past experience with DeWalt power tools. While this tool is powerful enough and seems well built, it lacks features that make it’s performance only average at best. The most frustrating aspect is that it lacks a blower and the wood debris from the cut obscures the sight line/markings that you try to follow. It is surprising as my last jig saw was sold by Walmart under their own private label at the time called Quantum Pro...

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powerful and heavy duty

powerful and heavy duty

08-07-2009 01:42 AM by jake | 10 comments »

This tool is heavy duty in every aspect. It cuts hardwoods like butter. I like the basic nature of the tool, no lasers etc. They often obscure the sight line by getting in the way, and I would rather clearly see myself than rely on a laser. It base plate is aluminum, but is heavy enough it doesnt flex and I’m sure it helps keep the weight down. The adjustments are straight foreward and are easily operated. The motor sounds smooth in it’s wind up and use. The cord is nice and long,...

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Nice but pricey, really a DeWalt at heart

Nice but pricey, really a DeWalt at heart

07-21-2009 01:49 AM by jake | 2 comments »

As we all know, Craftsman is a private label and Sears makes none of the line. This unit is actually a DeWalt at heart, with minor changes like the handle. While I believe I like the more traditional handle of other brands the knob works fine and is easy to get used to . While I think a handle on the front of the machine would add stability, most are configured like the Craftsman/DeWalt being on the body of the motor and gearcase.Pro’s: It’s very well built, heavy duty is an under...

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Great accessory for the shop

Great accessory for the shop

01-16-2009 10:50 AM by jake | 8 comments »

I often make furniture for my home and family. I have a larger miter saw but it is too big and heavy to easily move around and I have a small shop space to deal with. I had an old 8-1/4 Delta miter saw that died after 20 years of faithful service that I would often pull out to use, instead of the 12 incher. I missed that little guy and saw the Craftsman 7-1/4 sliding miter on sale for 99.00. It is usually about 169.00. The small blade is fine for one inch material that I usually use and it wi...

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