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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 09-18-2009 08:44 PM 3634 views 0 times favorited 95 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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09-18-2009 08:44 PM

Hey guys: Have you ever bought something you wish you hadn’t of? I think we all have experienced this before, and don’t fib. I have one tool in my shop that after buying, gettin it set up, and using it a couple of times, regret ever thinkin I needed it for the shop. It’s about 1 year old, practically fresh out of the box, has all the essential things to get it going, but I found I really don’t have a use for it.
I thought when I bought it, I would use it pretty often, but that hasn’t been the case. So now I have a tool that just sits and collects dust!! I spent good money on something I could of spent the money on to get another tool I wanted, but passed it up to get this sucker. I used one one time I borrowed from a ww friend to do a job for a customer and thought then”I better get me one” just in case— bad idea! What tool am I talking about————- the DeWalt DW788 scroll saw and stand. I found out I’m not a scroller, and don’t even like it. It’s too slow and time-comsuming for me. I can put a 3/16” blade on my bandsaw and get the job I need done quick. I realize it not scroll work, but I’ve had no call for it. There are a lot of really good scrollers out there, but I’m not one. I would like to get some feedback on this topic—pro and con, on your thoughts.
By the way—- it’s for sale if you’re ever in my neck of the woods!!!!!!!!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#1 posted 09-18-2009 09:00 PM

Hi Rick
Been there done that and bought the t-shirt. I have a router, make that 2 routers, Scrapers, miter saw, small band saw that I just had to have, clamps up the ying yang, and many more, but i think they will all be used before it’s all over, I know the feeling. My wife does too. Hang in there, you will use it. My old scroll saw is a Beaver, about 1955 vintage, when not scrolling I put a fairly stiff piece of sand paper in it for intricate sanding jobs.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#2 posted 09-18-2009 09:08 PM

I have a dremel scroller that keeps collecting dust in my shop…I got it for one project thinking the same as you – that I would have all kinds of uses for it….Instead I do most of my fine work on the band saw….and don’t really use the scroller that often…maybe we could make a package deal for someone that needs a slew of these saws??? I also have some tools that I was given that need to find new homes (Mostly Craftsman and Black and Decker stuff…)....I was going to put a list up as soon as I can get that organzed….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 09-18-2009 09:25 PM

PC 1/4 sheet palm sander! i used it basically once and since i started hand planing and scraping i have had absolutely NO use for it. what’s the point?

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#4 posted 09-18-2009 09:55 PM

I have a couple of purchases sitting on the shelf totally unused after several months of ownership. Looking back, I guess I didn’t need these things too badly if I have not even tried them out yet.

In case inquiring minds want to know:

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-18-2009 09:59 PM

i make alot of kids puzzles and there is no way i could do it without my scrollsaw. bandsaws are great don’t get me wrong i love mine, but you cannot do a pierced cut with one.As for that one tool that just sits there collecting dust i can honestly say i don’t have a big enough budget to have any of those. hey reggie drop me a pm if want to get those blades out of your shop.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#6 posted 09-18-2009 10:02 PM

I’ve got a few that I dont use. The porter cable(I think?) profile sander, and a craftsman 1/3 sheet sander. They are both not really worth the electricity since it’s just as easy to use a block sander/ card scraper or a folded piece of sandpaper.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#7 posted 09-18-2009 10:03 PM

Not because I don’t use its type of tool, but because this particular one was soooo bad…

Black and Decker Firestorm FS1200RP Plunge Router… This crunkmuffin has got to be, without a doubt the poorest excuse for power tool quality control I have ever experienced. Stuff simply falls off of it. It’s DANGEROUS, so it sits in the bag…

I have an MLCS router collet extension that I have only had a reason to use once. It came as I recall as a freebie along with some bearing lube with my 66pc bit set. And I use those all the time…

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#8 posted 09-18-2009 10:19 PM

Most people will think I’m nuts, but my Albatross is my Ridgid 14” band saw. Old gray model I bought in 2001. Used my little 9” Ryobi a lot and thought I might need a bigger saw. I have used it a few times, but not very many. It just takes up space in my shop. I use my TS, Router table, Lathes, and drill press all the time, but rarely use a band saw and most of the time I use the little one still. Rick, I don’t use it very often, but I’ll never part with my scroll saw, I love that thing. Mine is a Delta 16” that uses both blade types and is variable speed.

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#9 posted 09-18-2009 10:22 PM

Just like most women seem to have to have chocolate, most men just seem to have to have tools. I think its a gene thing…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 09-18-2009 10:33 PM

but that 3-in-1 seems so COOL!!!

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#11 posted 09-18-2009 10:59 PM

All of the above makes me feel a whole lot better. I can now justify buying more, but don’t tell my wife. great post Rick.


-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#12 posted 09-18-2009 11:53 PM

I bought a black and decker power hand planer the belt pops every five mintes of use for no reason it’s designed to snap I am sure.I also have an elu and it works works works without the slightest hesitation .Therefore now I have an as new black and decker planer thats sitting on the shelf without a belt .I am sure they designed it this way as many others have had this problem too the belts are expensive too about $10 each.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Craftsman on the lake

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#13 posted 09-19-2009 12:01 AM

I look at it this way. Usually when I get a tool it’s because something came up that I needed it or even if I didn’t have it I would have had to juryrig something or do a lot more work to get the results I wanted.
So, I get the tool. Now, I really needed it at the time but might not use it again for awhile. Sometimes quite awhile. But, I figure I needed it then and I might need it again. When that time comes, without it I will have to busy myself figuring out how I’ll get around it. So, some tools are used all the time, some tools are rarely used, but when I do need it, little else suffices.
I too recently purchased a scroll saw. First time I needed it. I could cut it with a bandsaw but didn’t look forward to cutting lots of inside edges of oak with a coping saw.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#14 posted 09-19-2009 12:23 AM

I don’t have a band saw yet so my scroll saw does stuff I can’t do otherwise. I use it to cut holes and curves sometimes. I can end up with a nice vertical surface as compared to what I get with my jig saw sometimes. I used it to notch out PVC pipe to shrink the diameter of it (think bender board). It’s my only Craftsman tool purchase and I got it at Sears Hardware 50% off. Speaking of tools you only use a few times. I have a BD Firestorm hammer drill that does the job when I need it (although I would never typically buy a tool of that quality). One big regret is thinking the tool I’m buying will be the end-all and finding out later I want to upgrade…but usually that’s price related.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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Rick Dennington

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#15 posted 09-19-2009 12:42 AM

I knew there were a lot of us out there that have bought tools we thought we needed, and maybe we did at the time, or like Craftsman said, will in the future, but not right now!!!
Got some good feedback on this subject, but come on guys, I know there are a lot more of you out there.
So come on in, join the conversation, and “fess up”.
No matter what the tool, WE ALL WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THEM!!!!! Out of 12,000 plus members, let’s hear it.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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