I have five Bosch cordless drivers and drills (two copies of one - freebies).
I really like 'em. I also have their saber saw (nice), an antique
reciprocating saw (it works - bought it well used), Colt router (nice),
hammer-drill (not used enough to have an opinion), and SCMS (nice but dust
collection could be better). Other than the sander, it's all been well worth
the money. It was only about the price of a piece of Festering sandpaper,
I thought their drills were pretty expensive. Sanders, too. I have a Festool
router and the TS-55 (and parallel jig). Expensive stuff, all. If I bought a
saber saw now it would probably be a Festool, but I just can't bring myself to
go that high for a drill or sander. Likely just a hang-up.
On 8/31/2011 12:35 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Here is the new drill I was referring to.
I have 2 Festool sanders and IMHO they are worth every penny I spent on
them, Having already owned the CT22 dust extractor the sanders require
no dust clean up and the Rotex can be as aggressive as a belt sander or
as gentle as a polish finish sander. You really don't realize how much
dust those sanders are picking up until you do a little 180 hand sanding
to ease corner edges and then there is dust every where it seems.
I couldn't locally find a bandsaw blade in the size (56-1/8) I needed
for my Black & Decker 3-wheeler other than a Bosch, so I am currently
trying one. So far it's working good. Cut through bone like butter,
tracked great and even kept the dust down. I'll see how long it lasts.
So I took it back to Lowes and traded it for another. After about
fifteen more pickets - it snapped in half! I'm on my third blade and
planning on taking it back, as well as the second broken blade.
Neither broke at the weld seam.
OK, what I'm looking to learn is the brand of Band Saw Blade I can
depend upon and a source or two for same.
Betcha the blades are made in China. China steel and accurate heat treating
sucks. Find better blades.
-- Jim in NC
Like everything else, you get what you pay for. China makes perfectly good
steel (the steel for the signature tower of the bay bridge is from China). China
also makes cheap goods for purchase by cheap consumers in the US with lower
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