Received my November issue of Wood magazine today. On page 7 is a full page
ad for Tradesman Power and Pneumatic Tool available only at Lowe's. I guess
this will be there house brand now that Delta is gone.
Anyone have any information on Tradesman Tools?
The Old Goat
email is dummy. Please reply to group.
I've used a Tradesman bench drill press, and a Tradesman 8-1/2" Miter
saw. Part of a sales rewards program, so there was no other options
at the time.
The Drill press is pretty heavy, the motor being most of it. The
table is smallist, not very deep, and does not have a geared rise and
fall. With large bits the chuck spins on the shaft if too much
pressure is used. I've decided not to buy a new chuck, and instead
eventually buy a large drill press. Preferably a radial design.
The Mitersaw I recently disassembled the base from the table, relubed
it with lithium grease and the saw now operates better than ever. I
picked up a Vermont American chop blade from a local habitat for
humanity store and wish I had bought all of them. Pretty low tooth
count, but fast cutting and clean if done slowly.
The angle setting is visual, so I usually use a drafters triangle for
bevels, and relay on the miter scale with its small detents.
I would rate the saw slightly underpowered, but adequate. The
capacity is small, with a 8-1/2" blade, I often have to tip up wider
pieces to cut all the way edge to edge. I have read a raised platform
will also increase width, but decrease height.
The saw is light enough to pack around places, accurate enough that
it's me that screws up all the time.. :) Those damn pieces get cut
twice and they are STILL too short!
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