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Forum topic by ToolCrib posted 01-02-2007 10:05 PM 4189 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2007 10:05 PM

Hey Jocks,

We are going to publish the Top 10 Tips for Buying Woodworking Tools Online and need your help.

We are going to pose this question to a number of forums and pick best replies and work them into our top 10.

So, what would you say would be the most important gems of knowledge that you could share with other woodworkers when they are shopping for power tools and equipment online.

Here are some questions we thought of to get you started:
What are the best times to buy power tools?
What kinds of comparisons should be done?
What are the best brands?
What kinds of warranties should you look for?
What sites are useful and why: ebay, msn shopping, froogle, others?
Are there certain tools that you should never buy online?

Also, if you have tool specific tips, we want to hear those too!

Thanks for your help!

If you have any questions, let us know.

-- Editor,

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#1 posted 01-03-2007 12:05 AM

OK, I’ll respond.
Personally, I don’t think your approach to this site is in the spirit of the LumberJocks membership. I note that you signed up just two hours prior to launching your survey. I think it would be fair to conclude that the survey is the only reason you did so.

Now I am not suggesting there is anything sinister with the survey in itself, or that you violated on of the rules of this site. But to put it directly, your intention is to ‘use’ rather than contribute.

One of the things that is unique about LumberJocks is that it is a community of contributors; professionals and recreational woodworkers alike, apparently motivated to give as much (usually more) than they take.

From my perspective, I believe this kind of post would be more palatable had you established yourself as a person who was eager to contribute in the spirit of this site. But on the contrary your profile reveals your motive – _”Hey Jocks,

We have a lot of people on our site asking tool questions that we can’t always answer.

We also will be making a lot of changes to our site and hopefully getting your feedback and letting you tell us what you want so we can in turn be a better resource.


Did you seek permission to post this? If you didn’t, and I am assuming that you didn’t as likely you would have stated so, then I see this as an attempt to hijack a viewership.

My LumberJack buddies may disagree with my response, but that’s how I see it.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 01-03-2007 12:16 AM

I’m with Don,
We don’t need to commercialize this site.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 01-03-2007 02:25 AM

I must agree with Don and Dick. We’re not a surveyer’s pool to question for another website or company to use to set their selling campains by. We’d love your contribution to this site, if you have something to offer that will advance the woodworking knowledge and/or skills of the LumberJocks.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 01-03-2007 03:29 AM

Now, now, fella’s no need to get huffy. They’re only trying to be helpful to their readers, and in the true spirit of the Lumberjock, I’d be more than happy to answer the questions… if they were valid. I compare every tool to what the manufacturer writes about it. And as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor says … more power. Go to Home Depot and Lowe’s and Sears and see what they have. If you buy a good tool then you don’t really need to concern yourself with warranties (at least i don’t). Keep your fingers away from the blades while tool is operating, wear your safety glasses, and don’t drink while you’re on the job. Have a nice day.

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#5 posted 01-03-2007 05:42 PM

Don, Dick and oscorner,

I apologize for coming out of the gate here like a bull in a china shop and asking for value where I had yet to bring it. I have already left a message for Martin to get his feedback too.

Our goal is to create a buying guide that helps people buy the right tools for the job – at the best price. This guide will also expose them to the resources and communities available to them online including

We will give full credit to individuals and the forums they contribute to by linking and frequent mentions in our soon-to-launch tool blog, which will send new potential LumberJocks to your site (we get around 1000 visitors a day and growing).

What are your thoughts? Are there other ways you would like us to contribute to your community?


-- Editor,

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Martin Sojka

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#6 posted 01-03-2007 06:17 PM

Hey Adam,

I’m responding directly here instead of on my profile.

I tend to agree with Don that it is slightly unethical to come here and ask for the content that you want to use for your own purposes. And I know that other forum sites don’t like this kind of behavior as well ( from the personal experience too ;)

But since you stated that you plan to give proper credit to this community I don’t feel too negative about this. This part was missing in your original post so it looked like you want the answers for republishing in exchange for nothing. It’d be even better if you can be more specific about how exactly you plan to use the content – where on the site it is going to be located?, sent to your subscribers as well? etc.

Then the buddies may decide whether they want to answer these specific questions for your visitors. Just give the credit where it is due.

And if you have some projects or skills to share – then even better for you ;) Because that’s the core principle driving this GREAT community of talented jocks.

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#7 posted 01-03-2007 06:48 PM

I spent over $5,000.00 on tools in 2006. A table saw, Dust Collection System, Drum Sander, 2 Orbital Sanders, 2 cordless drills, a cordless impact driver, 2 compressors, 3 nail guns, 3 routers, a chop saw, a dovetail jig, two router table tops (both made of 3/4” phenolic), a planer, biscuit Joiner, an airless sprayer, pocket hole jig … I read untold articles and maufactures specifications. I actuall DIS-aggree with Don, Dick and Os, but nobody asked me anything specifically, and the questions were so vague that one can’t give a good answer. These tools include Milwaukee, Dewalt, Hitachi, Ryobi, Skil, Back & Decker, Performax, Porter-Cable, Delta, CMT, Rockler, & Graco. I read every manufactures instruction manual. Now, having said that, if anyone has a specific question, I’d be more thna happy to answer it.

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#8 posted 01-05-2007 12:20 AM

Hey guys,

I have been doing some thinking and pondering on how we can contribute to your community in a way that adds value to everybody.

Our users ask us a lot of questions and we can’t always find a great answer for them. What I would like to do is bring you guys some of these questions and when I respond to our users, let them know where and who the answers came from and that they should join up.

I am going to post one of the more advanced questions that we have gotten and I would love to get your feedback on it’s value to your community.

I will follow up with a link to the post.

-- Editor,

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#9 posted 01-05-2007 12:35 AM

Hey, Adam, this sound like a much better approach, and I’m sure one that will appeal to our members.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#10 posted 01-05-2007 02:02 AM

Thanks Don!

Here it is:

-- Editor,

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#11 posted 03-01-2017 01:03 PM

My personal opinion, for what it is worth, I do not care for this commercialization of LJ. Of course, this is completely up to Martin. I see it as a way to use the site for the direct benefit of a company.

I like this site because of the people even if some do not agree with me all the time.

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#12 posted 03-01-2017 01:39 PM

I wouldn’t worry about it too much. It’s been a decade since this thread was posted ;-p

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 03-01-2017 01:45 PM

Thank you …duh.. not enough coffee

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