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  • Bosch CM10GD Sliding Miter Saw

    Bosch CM10GD Sliding Miter Saw

    I have had several good encounters with the CPO Bosch web site and decided to look there first for a new compound miter saw. I noticed that the Bosch #CM10GD was available as reconditioned item at $499. Yes, I know that is a chunk of money but I want quality and not at the green line of tools price. I have purchased a few reconditioned Bosch items in the past and been happy with the results.

    Now that I have an idea what I want I am off the reading everything I can about that partic...
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  • Hammer drill Harbor Freight Chicago Electric 68169

    Hammer drill Harbor Freight Chicago Electric 68169

    I had to attach a header to my brick wall and I tried to use my 1/4" masonry bit and a regular cordless drill. After quite a while of drilling I had almost no penetration to show for it. So off to the internet on how to drill concrete and masonry. They suggest a hammer drill and one place sort of suggested an impact driver and yet another must have been confused because they talked about an impact drill. And some Brits talked about a percussion drill. But I checked and the big difference is tha...
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  • Grizzly Track Saw Observations...

    Grizzly Track Saw Observations...

    I had the opportunity to purchase a grizzly track saw, the accessory kit, and two sections of 55" track "used" for $200. If purchased directly from Grizzly the "master pack" (which includes the accessory pack) would cost about $316 (plus tax). Allow me to qualify my comments so you can take them for what it's worth. I have never seen a festool anything in person, let alone had the opportunity to use one. I've not seen the dewalt or Makita versions of the track saw either. Also I am an amatuer ...
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  • HF 12" SCMS Model 69684 dual bevel

    HF 12" SCMS Model 69684 dual bevel

    First I want to express that the saw will be used for home repairs/remodels. I am not a woodworker by trade, so those in the professional business of woodworking may have a completely different opinion of this saw. The saw takes up a large area from front to rear. With the saw in the return position, the total distance from front to rear is 45 inches. There is nothing in the manual regarding the use of the laser guide. It appears that two items on the laser have been improved from the previous 12 s...
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  • Harbor Freight 18V cordless impact wrench

    Harbor Freight 18V cordless impact wrench

    I asked my son about borrowing his Milwaukee impact wrench and he told me it had been stolen but gave him an idea. Almost 2 weeks ago he came over to help me install new floats under my dock with an early Christmas present. He bought me the Harbor Freight impact wrench, a spare battery, and a set of sockets. We then used it to remove 8 floats and install 10 in half a day. I have a 18V Ryobi impact driver but it puts out significantly less torque than the Harbor Freight wrench. Hot Rod magazine...
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  • Rikon slow speed grinder

    Rikon slow speed grinder

    Got this for Christmas. So far I really like it. It is quite heavy and has both a 60 grit and a 120 grit wheel, both of which run very true. This thing is very quiet and, combined with my new "Blackhawk sharpening system" from Captain Eddie, does a very good job of sharpening my lathe chisels. I had been using a 6" Craftsman grinder running at 3500 rpm and the difference is night and day. The Rikon was only $99 at the time, although a local store now lists it at $149.
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  • Chicago Electric 69820 Initial impressions.

    Chicago Electric 69820 Initial impressions.

    I needed a way to knock down floor leveling compound for my concrete patch and staining project, and I figured a disposable belt sander would be workable. I wanted to get a sander that shared belt size with my Ridgid EB4424. Upon unboxing and inspection, I found it to be much heavier than I felt the demo model at the store was. I plugged it in and took a test pass at some exceedingly high leveling / patch compound in my floor... I plugged it in, and pulled the trigger, watching the belt track...
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  • Shopsmith Mk5

    Shopsmith Mk5

    Review of my used Shopsmith MK5 model 500

    No Kool-Aid
    I owned a shop-full of pretty decent individual tools when I had the opportunity to buy a like-new Shopsmith MK5 for $250. Since I was looking at buying a Midi Lathe in this price range, it seemed like a good option. I am pleased with my purchase. I have noticed that some people have "drank the Kool-Aid" and are a bit scary in their enthusiasm for the tool (similar to some Mac/Linux users and Amway sellers I have known). ...
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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.

  • Central Machinery model 32208 4 speed 14" bandsaw initial impressions.

    Central Machinery model 32208 4 speed 14" bandsaw initial impressions.

    The Central Machinery Model 32208 4 speed 14" band saw, and its single speed sibling the 32206 (only difference appears to be the pulley setup), can be an amazing band saw bargain. I purchased mine with a markdown from $329.00 to $299.00, and then used a 15% off any one item in store coupon to get the saw at $255.00 + tax. Aside from a well used saw, even 10" saws are hard to come by in that price... The overall fit and finish of the saw ABOVE the stand appear to be on par with the bottom end ...
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  • Craftsman 17539 Biscuit Joiner Review

    Craftsman 17539 Biscuit Joiner Review

    This review should also apply to the Ryobi JM82K, since other than color they are basically the same unit. I believe this is also my first review of a tool here on BT3, so please forgive me if I offend. I'm just trying to offer my honest opinion of a tool purchase. I recently noticed that since I am a Craftsman Club member, I could get a discount on this unit. Also, by cashing in a bunch of rewards points and by ordering online, I was able to walk out the door with the unit for less than $48. N...
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  • Craftsman BAS350

    Craftsman BAS350

    Recently, I became the owner of a Craftsman BAS-350 14" band saw. I thought you would be interested in hearing about it, even tho I haven't had a chance to use it much yet. I have owned 2 bandsaws in the past. One was a B&D 10" 3-wheeled job, which I got rid of and bought a Delta 9" model. Turned out it wasn't an upgrade, and I've been watching for a replacement. The wife finally gave me the go-ahead to buy another. Having read good reviews of Sears 10" model here and other web sites, and ...
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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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  • JimD's DeWalt DWS520LK Track Saw

    JimD's DeWalt DWS520LK Track Saw

    We used to always have a "family gift" each Christmas. My kids have homes of their own and my wife is in heaven but I've continued the tradition by buying myself something : ). This year is was a DeWalt track saw with the 102 and 59 inch tracks. I ordered it from Amazon but it was actually supplied by CPO tools. Pretty pricey at nearly $600 but part of my reasoning is that I will probably be doing more for my kids away from my shop. I can't bring my table saw but can bring this. I was also...
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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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