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A lot for very little

A lot for very little

04-25-2013 03:09 AM by Woodknack | 49 comments »

I thought my saw was reasonably vibration free for a contractor but on start up and especially shut down it would give a slight shudder. After years of ignoring advice to buy a link belt I did and am sorry I waited so long because it’s like having a new saw. I only thought my saw ran smooth but now there is no more shudder even at shut down and I’d swear it cuts a little smoother though that might be psychosomatic. If you’ve been wanting to try a link belt and have been putt...

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Outstanding countersink/bit combination

Outstanding countersink/bit combination

02-19-2013 03:32 AM by Woodknack | 13 comments »

My rating has changed over time, originally this was a 5 star review. See updates at bottom for an explanation. Over the years I’ve tried a number of countersink + drill bit brands, most use a replaceable bit but they are all pretty mediocre and few lasted a year. I’ve owned this Dewalt set for several years and they still perform like the first day I brought them home. Some folks believe combination bits are gimmicky, preferring to use separate products but these might change...

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Worst tool I've ever purchased

Worst tool I've ever purchased

02-17-2013 04:49 PM by Woodknack | 21 comments »

Some years back I needed another adjustable wrench and thought this might be handy. Rather than a worm gear at the head there is a slide on the handle that adjusts the jaws. Fit and finish of the tool is excellent and I like the color scheme but that’s where the positive ends. The slide mechanism is positioned where your hand or thumb will rest on it while using the tool and it opens very easy, way too easy, but typically binds when closing which means that it’s constantly creepin...

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Compact size works well on smaller lathe *updated*

Compact size works well on smaller lathe *updated*

01-31-2013 06:23 PM by Woodknack | 19 comments »

Easy Start tools are the entry level carbide lathe tools by Easy Wood Tools. With a 9” maple handle and 3/8” cutter the Easy Start are 3-1/2” shorter than the Mini series. The rougher comes with the Ci2 square cutter while the finisher comes with the Ci3 round carbide. Cost was $59 each + tax. I debated which tools to buy for a long time, in the end two things swung my decision: 1) I wouldn’t have to sharpen another tool. I already have planes, chisels, knives, etc....

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Better than I expected.

Better than I expected.

01-22-2013 10:03 AM by Woodknack | 18 comments »

I was skeptical of electric chainsaws but when a maple blew down in our yard I decided to give electric a shot. A gas powered saw would rarely get used and probably the next time I needed it, wouldn’t run. What I really wanted was an Earthwise, not a brand I’m familiar with but they have rave reviews. Unfortunately my only choice locally was Poulan. Once home I filled it with bar oil, plugged in and went to work on a 14” wide limb and it zipped right through it. Spent the...

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