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  • Ridgid 18v Cordless Drill Driver and Impact Driver combo

    Ridgid 18v Cordless Drill Driver and Impact Driver combo

    Hi there, Back in 2010 my wife insisted we install mirrored doors in both our master bathroom, and my daughters bedroom. At that time I owned a Skil 14.4v drill driver that was on it's last legs and would no longer hold a charge. So I donated that to Goodwill, and set about finding myself a new updated drill driver system. I went to Lowes and picked out a Porter Cable 18v Drill Driver with two Lithium-Ion batteries and a charger. I have other Porter Cable tools so I felt confident in the brand. To ...
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  • Harbor Freight 5" Random Orbit Sander

    Harbor Freight 5" Random Orbit Sander

    I am in the process of restoring my cedar deck and knew that there would be a lot of sanding in the process. Rather than overwork and potentially destroy my PC Random Orbit sander, I chose to pick up a cheap HF sander--on sale for 24.99. FOr the basis of this review, I will compare to my PC 333 5" Random Orbit. The HF specs will always be listed first: Motor: 2a vs. 2.4 No power issues. I ran this sander last night for almost 3.5 hours non stop. It got slightly warm, but nothing serio...
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  • PennSt:Variable Speed Midi Lathe Conversion Kit: for Turncrafter , Jet & Delta Lathes

    I bought this unit to turn my Turncrafter lathe into a variable speed lathe. In the kit, you get the new brush motor, speed controller, and associated hardware to make the conversion. I bought this unit in Dec 2011. It worked like a dream for 6 mos. Had good linear speed control. Then, during a project I was turning for my sister's birthday this weekend, the unit died. The controller has failed. This was just with occasional use. The motor brushes are fine, the fuse is fine, reset switch is f...
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  • Stihl 441 w/ mtronic carb

    Stihl 441 w/ mtronic carb

    I know chainsaws aren't exactly considered fine wood working tools but...I gotta share this.

    Took a new Stihl 441 w/mtronic carb and 25" bar and reg chain out for break in this morning. I only ran through several tanks before the weather went south. This thing is smooth and doesn't bog down. I was blocking 20" to 24" round wet cottonwoods and fir.

    I can't wait to see what kind of monster this would be after full break in and skip chain.
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  • Rockler-glue-brush-vs-Betty-Crocker-Basting-Brush


    In this corner, we have the Rockler Glue Brush, champion of woodworkers all over, known for it's distinctive "Rockler Blue" design.


    And in this corner, we have the challenger, the Betty Crocker Basting Brush, the darling of cooks everywhere, entering the woodworking ring to become the heavyweight gluing champion of the world!

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  • HF Air impact screwdriver Central Pneumatic #90059

    HF Air impact screwdriver Central Pneumatic #90059

    On a lark I bought this from HF for $14.39 (17.99 less a 20% off coupon), it's currently still $17.99.


    I have a couple of cordless impact drivers, one 12V from B&D and the other a 19.2V Craftsman C3; keeping batteries is an expensive proposition. The advantages of an impact driver have been discussed before, notably driving high torque screws by impact rotation which is different than constant torque drill drivers...
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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 06-28-2022, 02:42 AM.

  • Ryobi JS 480L

    Ryobi JS 480L

    Some time ago, local HD gave me a Ryobi JS 480L as a thank you for finding a pricing error (they slapped a ryobi planer price tag on a Ridgid planer --- wish they would have given me the planer, though!). More recently, my daughter commissioned a woodworking job (a cradle for her doll) - so I finally had a good opportunity to use this saw. The saw has a handy LED light that makes work a little more visible. Newer saws have lasers - which I think are over-hyped. The LED is nice. Anoth...
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  • DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw

    DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw

    There are those who are great scroll saw masters who can make works of art using any scroll saw......then there's me. After trying the Ryobi and the Shop Fox scroll saws, I was beginning to think I could never scroll saw. Ryobi vibrated very badly (I have messed up hands and the vibration wreaks havoc) and the Shop Fox's easy pinless blade change system was a nightmare for me (again, bad hands). LOML just blessed me with the DeWalt DW788. This saw is amazing. Here's my review: Ordered from A...
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  • Jigsaws; Hitachi CJ110MV vs. the Bosch CJ260

    Jigsaws; Hitachi CJ110MV vs. the Bosch CJ260

    Menard's had both these tools on sale and I bought the Hitachi from them. Lowes price matched on the Bosch tool, plus an extra 10% off, so I ended up getting the Bosch tool for about $1.50 cheaper. It gave me a nice opportunity to compare these tools. I was looking to replace my cheap - and broken - bandsaw and 20 year old B&D jigsaw. I acknowledge that the Bosch 1590 jigsaws are probably best - not that I've ever tried one - but since this is a tool I don't use every month, I was hoping for...
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  • Groz #5 (Jack) Plane Review

    Groz #5 (Jack) Plane Review

    Recently posted about the clearance on Groz planes at Woodcraft (in the Bargain Alert forum). That posting received a lot of comments, so I decided to share my results once my jack plane arrived.

    The short story is that the workmanship from the factory was not great. But after a 1/2 hour of tuning it up the plane cuts great and I would not hesitate to do it again. I feel like it was a great value.

    Updated (1/31/2012 - adding text from pdf file to cover for my...
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  • Rockwell Bladerunner

    Rockwell Bladerunner

    I rec'd the BR for Christmas from my wife. Based on the mixed reviews, I wasn't sure whether I'd like it or not. Finally got time to open it up today and try it out. Here's my 2 cents: 1. I didn't find the blades or allen wrench in the box. I thought they were missed at the factory or I'd rec'd a repackaged unit. I kept looking. After looking longer than I'd care to admit, I finally saw the little bin at the top with the picture of the white blade on it. Can we all say "Eye Exam"? The bin on the ...
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  • Harbor Freight 2-in-1 18gauge stapler/nailer contractor series

    Harbor Freight 2-in-1 18gauge stapler/nailer contractor series

    I was wanting to get a staple gun and based on some good feedback from another poster here, I decided to give Harbor Freight a try on this model

    http://www.harborfreight.com/18-gaug...7524-3795.html This is the blue contractor series and not the red and silver. The gun is normally $29 and it was on sale for $15.99 so I thought I'd give it a try. Out of the box, the gun feels good in the hand. The trigger is metal as are all other major parts. The gun is slig...
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  • Grizzly G0555P (Polar Bear series)

    Grizzly G0555P (Polar Bear series)

    My GrizzlyG0555P Polar Bear 14" Bandsaw arrived yesterday (Thursday) from the Muncy, PA warehouse. It was ordered Monday AM. Pretty quick for truck delivery over 1000+ miles. I was called on Tuesday by UPS and given a time between 1PM and 5 PM as delivery by a UPS freight truck (not their normal delivery vans). I was asked if anyone would be here to accept it. I said "SURE!" Well, they were here promptly at 1 PM. Light rain, 45F, 200 lbs, no lift. I backed my Ranger up to the trailer and we slid...
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  • HF 67241 3-Piece 11 drawer Tool Chest

    HF 67241 3-Piece 11 drawer Tool Chest

    HF had their 67421 3 piece tool chest on sale for $149 Thanksgiving weekend and I have been looking at that model for some time. Since moving back to the States, I have been "space short", especially for my mechanics tools and even woodworking tools. With permission from LOML, I purchased one and happily brought it home. I was a little concerned after reading a review on the HF web site that listed them as being dented and light weight. My impressions: The tools boxes were in great shape, not ...
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  • Ryobi AR2074 Ryobi Speed Load Plus 17-Piece Titanium Drill Bit Set

    Ryobi AR2074 Ryobi Speed Load Plus 17-Piece Titanium Drill Bit Set

    What can I say about these? The bits are well made, each with a semi ball ended hex shank. When chucked directly into the drill, they are spot on accurate, or at least within a thousandth of an inch accurate. No discernible runout from any of the bits. The set consists of fractional bits in 1/16" increments up to 3/8", and a Speed Load bit holder all housed in a fairly well made plastic case. Where the inaccuracy comes into play is with the whole Speed Load thing. The holder and bits click t...
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