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Bosch 1587AVSP Progressor Top-Handle Jig Saw Kit
Bosch 1587AVSP Progressor Top-Handle Jig Saw Kit

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super fast, quiet, even realistic on metal., January 19, 2000
This is a fast saw with a nice case and useful dust control and orbital settings. In many respects, this tool reduces the need for a bayonet saw or a circular saw to very rare cases. Blades are cheap and of good variety. This thing really goes on 3/4 MDF which is the standard for Jig saws. I like the DeWalt too, my friend has one. I think the jig saw is DeWalt's best tool except maybe the drills, but this one is lighter, smoother, quieter, cheaper and better.


DEWALT DW443 6-Inch Electronic Variable Speed Right-Angle Random Orbit Sander
DEWALT DW443 6-Inch Electronic Variable Speed Right-Angle Random Orbit Sander
Price: $158.99
25 used & new from $158.99

67 of 78 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Competitive, January 18, 2000
You can't see what you are working on well for a detail sander...that's the biggest problem. It goes down from there. High vibration, fairly noisy, and uncomfortable handle. I am surprised that DeWalt released this. It is beneath their standard. It's really just a grinder I think that has been reworked to do random orbit. Not competitive with Bosch or PC.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 14, 2012 7:23 AM PDT


DELTA 37-380 Professional 8-Inch 1-1/2-Horsepower Jointer, 120/240-Volt 1-Phase
DELTA 37-380 Professional 8-Inch 1-1/2-Horsepower Jointer, 120/240-Volt 1-Phase

51 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it., January 18, 2000
Would look at JET in the 6 inch class. This is the tool though if you want a solid 20 year jointer to handle big boards. Scary powerful. Like all Delta tools, quiet is not its strong point, but smooth results and good square setup is easy.


Lamello 101250 C2 Classic 6.4 Amp Plate Joiner
Lamello 101250 C2 Classic 6.4 Amp Plate Joiner

64 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply worth it...., January 18, 2000
If you use biscuit joinery a lot, it is worth it to have a better tool. Lamello simply makes a more solid, powerful and clean tool than the competition. It costs more to not get the mass production vendors, but it is a better tool. Like a Fein shop vacuum, the quality is just worth it here versus PC or DeWalt. When I used the DeWalt, it threw sawdust all over me. Wierd engineering that.


Tormek 2006 Super Grind, Includes How-To Video
Tormek 2006 Super Grind, Includes How-To Video

44 of 93 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Price, January 18, 2000
This is a simple electric motor, a low speed grinding wheel and a water bath. It costs $390! Sure it works well. If you are a rich nut I suppose it is THE machine. Otherwise, this is just crazy. Why someone hasn't built a similar tool for $120 is a big question I have. There is nothing in the engineering of this simple tool or its jigs which justifies the very high costs.


Hitachi FDS10DVA 9.6 Volt 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver Kit includes 2 Batteries, Flashlight, and Bit Set
Hitachi FDS10DVA 9.6 Volt 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver Kit includes 2 Batteries, Flashlight, and Bit Set

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough power..., January 13, 2000
A friend of mine bought this kit after I gushed about my Hitachi 14.4v system. I loved the chuck, the weight distribution and the fast charger. His 9.6 seemed too heavy, and while the charge held out for a good while, it simply wasn't up to running a masonry bit or driving deep wood screws. He felt like he had bought a weak screwdriver and an expensive flashlight. I just felt bad for recommending Hitachi drills in general. Usually their engineering is such that they don't offer a weak tool. Don't buy this except for fairly light duty. The 14.4 is as good a drill as is out there however, and I have used the 24v Bosch and can still say that.


Makita 2414NB 14-Inch Portable Cut-Off Saw
Makita 2414NB 14-Inch Portable Cut-Off Saw
Price: $169.99
36 used & new from $169.98

24 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad economics of abrasive disc saws, January 13, 2000
The metal blade chop saws such as DeWalt's sell for 2x to 2.5x the price of this one. However, they work better, and the blade is much more reliable. This was a bad idea from the outset...soft cutting wheels. I argue they are too quick to fail, possibly even dangerous when they do. This is a saw for light aluminum work or for steel studs for drywall or maybe electrical conduit. Any of those applications would be better served by an investment in a metal blade tool.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Feb 13, 2011 6:40 AM PST


Practical Blacksmithing and Metalworking
Practical Blacksmithing and Metalworking
by Percy W. Blandford
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.05
89 used & new from $3.47

68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars General Introduction...Worth Owning, January 13, 2000
Percy Blandford writes on a lot of shop craft topics and has clearly thought about them a lot. He writes well. This is a general introduction to metalwork primarily from a smithing perspective...that is, carbon steel work. It touches on other areas but really isn't suitable to the beginning welder, sheetmetal worker, or tool and die hobbiest. It would be best for the person who wants to make historic replica items from a forge who one who wishes to supplement historical replica woodworking with some basic metal work in brass or iron/steel.


Bosch 3725DVS 5-Inch Random Orbit Variable Speed Dustless Sander/Polisher
Bosch 3725DVS 5-Inch Random Orbit Variable Speed Dustless Sander/Polisher

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Results...Fair Design, January 12, 2000
I don't have any complaints about the results of the 3735 I own. It has handled small and large jobs and moves well from rough work probably better suited to a small belt sander to fairly fine polishing tasks. I like the lock-on feature and I like the rapid loading of discs. Dust control is weak. The bag drops off and the holes in even Bosch discs don't line up well without too much tinkering. Got to be a better place to put the bag. It has popped off on me twice and dumped a fist-full of dust everywhere.


Delta 36-070 10-Inch Power Miter Saw
Delta 36-070 10-Inch Power Miter Saw

29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic Tool in a Class with Others that are Better, January 12, 2000
A person would buy this saw only because it is cheap. There are better engineered saws (Hitachi), more accurate and bigger cut (DeWalt) and saws that are similar but not that much different in price from a bunch of vendors. This is a beat-it-til-it-dies contractor saw for meat and potatos cuts on crown and studs. Buy it if you like to beat your tools or if you want only very basic functions with 90 degree capabilities on 4x4.


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