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Great lathe workhorse

Great lathe workhorse

03-01-2021 09:25 PM by CraigR1 | 1 comment »

I got this lathe June 2020. This is a workhorse unit. It has power to spare, I love the rotating headstock and I have never had anything so easy to change voltage input on. I made a 12” pigtail with 220 male plug and 120 female plug, plugged it in and it auto recognizes the voltage. I love not have to change jumpers or move wiring inside the unit. I have without an outrigger turned 22” platter. The great thing about the rotatable headstock is me having several aftermarket replac...

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Pre-purchase comparison PM 1500

Pre-purchase comparison PM 1500

02-28-2021 06:21 PM by Herbb | 20 comments »

Well the saw has not yet arrived, but i did want to share my reasons for choosing the Powermatic over a few other brands. I got a chance to compare the Powermatic to similarly priced Jet and Rikon units. The comparison did not include any actual use, as the units were on display at the Indianapolis Rockler store.To me, the PM just felt more substantial . I especially liked how solid the blade guard felt when fully extended. The crank handle also felt better and operated more smoothly. Note...

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Grizzly 0815 Planer Review: Must read if you own it or want it.

Grizzly 0815 Planer Review: Must read if you own it or want it.

02-24-2021 07:26 AM by rbtools | 4 comments »

5 star planer that has a “but” which makes it a 1 or 2 star planer This is a marvelous planer: absolutely zero snip [as long as you lock the cutter head], 8” of travel, 2 speeds, no huge expensive cabinet, heavy, no need for adjustments worked great right out of the box. Zero snip even when planning 7’ hardwood without infeed nor outfeed tables. Grizzly sells the Shelix helical cutter head for this planer. I purchased and installed it. The results are perfectly smooth boards th...

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Rockler Slip Knobs

Rockler Slip Knobs

02-24-2021 01:11 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 22 comments »

Boys and Girls, If you happen to be one of the bunnies that use long threaded rods in your workshop for jigs and outfitting, and don’t want to whittle away your time endlessly threading rods, you may find this item interesting. If you know about these knobs then it’s probably ho-hum, if you didn’t know about them, now you do, and if you thought they were a load of crap, they’ll still stay a load of crap to you. These are retailed by Rockler who call them quick release knobs, but what...

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Evans 2" Maple Leg Vice and Walnut Garter

Evans 2" Maple Leg Vice and Walnut Garter

02-21-2021 06:54 PM by mmartin55 | 1 comment »

Extremely high quality product and customer service to match. I have and will continue to recommend Matt and his products highly.

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The best dust collector I've owned

The best dust collector I've owned

02-20-2021 02:06 PM by EarlS | 22 comments »

Summary: 35 gal unit dimensions: 24” x 24” x 72” max vacuum: 97” WCInlet: 4” hoseoutlet: 5” hosepower: ~5HP from 3 motorsFilter: MERV 16 – 40 sqft, 99.97 removal of 0.3 micronnoise: 80 dBAmax air flow: 465 cfm Pros:plenty of suctionworks as both dust collector and shop vaccompact sizeback pulse mechanism to clean the filtervery heavy duty, quality product Cons:Expensive &#...

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The TSO GRS-16 PE does what it says and makes making square cuts much easier

The TSO GRS-16 PE does what it says and makes making square cuts much easier

02-19-2021 06:17 PM by Bill1974 | 7 comments »

I was struggling with making square cuts with my tracksaw (cordless Makita with 3 different lengths of tracks). I could do it but it was time consuming and tedious. Measuring, marking re-measure, check with 3-4-5 or similar method, then try to align the track. I did some searching on what other’s have done and used and came across a few right angle guides that attach to the track. The TSO GRS-16 PE seemed to fit the bill and get great reviews, but a lot of the reviews I saw were g...

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Heavy Duty Wall Storage

Heavy Duty Wall Storage

02-14-2021 01:58 PM by EarlS | 6 comments »

I’ve been reorganizing my 1 stall garage shop to re-claim more floor space and generally get the tools I use most often organized so I can find them quickly and easily. One obvious way to do that is to install a wall storage system such as peg board or a slat wall system. After looking at the pegboard system I decided it wasn’t heavy duty enough to handle the weight of the unifence and miter bars that I want to hang behind the table saw when they aren’t being used. In a...

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UV protection in a clear finish

UV protection in a clear finish

02-11-2021 11:06 PM by BillGo | 8 comments »

I have been working with woods that have bright colors when freshly cut and worked. The problem with these woods, is that the color fades quickly over time. I was going to give up and move on, when someone recommended this finish for it’s UV protection, so I thought I would give it a try. Availability:https://www.amazon.com/TotalBoat-Halcyon-Gloss-Marine-Varnish/dp/B07SD89LZF?th=1&psc=1 Pros:HARD CLEAR FINISH: The end finish is hard and smooth, and looks great.COLOR: The color...

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I Finally Got An 8" Grinder  23-197 Delta

I Finally Got An 8" Grinder 23-197 Delta

02-08-2021 06:06 PM by Rodango | 5 comments »

Been hoping to get a slow-speed  grinder for a long time, for chisel snd plane blade re-grinding andother general tasks. Never saw one come up on CL or FBM that I could buy before it was gone or that looked decent for less money than NEW! While I’ve tried to swear off both Delta, grrr, and to a lesser degree Taiwan, the real China,now here’tis, and she’s pretty decent. (As that apocryphal boy said, ‘see how she schoons’) Specs & observations- 5A...

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