I just came in from my shop where I had occasion to use two of my favorites.
One was a Porter Cable 1/2 sheet sander, the other a Porter Cable bayonet
saw. Both have not been made for years, both have heavy aluminum castings;
IOW, they were made when PC made excellent tools.
The bayonet saw is basically a saber saw that doesn't tilt and which has
blades which hook around a set screw. I like the it because it has a
sizeable platen; about 4x5" and 1/8" thick. Steel. I've never understood
why they make saber saws with a match box size platen. I don't miss the
tilt, don't recall ever usinig it on a saber saw. I use mine for all manner
of things including cutting 4x8' sheets of ply wood into manageable pieces.
The sander is wonderful as a finish sander. It has a 1/2"+- thick felt pad
and just the weight of the saw - and time - gets stuff flat and smooth.
Yes, I have a ROS - and use it - but prefer this one most of the time.
Do you have favorites?
I have a Porter Cable Sawzall, all metal except for the motor, it
twists every which way and I can use jigsaw blades in it too. It has
got me out of some really tight situations.
Then my Radial Arm Saw, only 10" Non-electronic.
Various hand block sanders
Planes, I can't explain it, but like good sharp chisels, there is just
something about working with them. and draw planes.
And my old arm breaker a 1/2 inch, forget what brand, but everyone
raves about it, that is until a bit takes a very hard bite and then
the drill motor throws you around like a rag day, that is if it
doesn't tear off your arm first.
Sounds like the old shopmate? that did in my Dad's finger. It pretty
well took him off the ladder several times too. I inherited it from
him and finally took out the reduction gears and scrapped it. Dad
bought it in 1966 when he started in business and I scrapped it about
5 years ago, It was one NASTY drill-motor!!!
On Tue, 24 May 2016 20:31:48 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Naw, it is a portable one with a pipe handle, and trigger handle and a
carrying handle, used when your can't fit a piece of pipe because of
space. I vaguely recall using a lengthy pipe on it so my whole body
could keep it from spinning, the material was so tough, but then it
started catching and binding and loosening and beat by guts to death,
it is a mistake to lock the trigger on more often than naught.
It is geared down and heavy.
I was going threw some stuff a couple weeks ago, found a lot of tools
that were set aside, all metal ones, because they need cords replaced.
Hate to have a yard sale or some such thing as people would consider
them next to trash because of a frayed cord. I even found a very small
skill saw, I don't know if they even make blades that small anymore.
On Wed, 25 May 2016 17:30:29 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
Specs are about right, I dug it out, had to clean up the brass name
plate. "Independent Pneumatic Tool Co" with a list of cities where it
could be repaired. On the body is cast "Thor" lol, which should give
anyone you used it a clue right up front.
Also found my late '60's 7 1/4" Skil Saw 1 3/4 HP all metal, cleaned
it up, now to find some blades I bought a couple years ago.
Amazing how time flies.
Favorite portable tools?
Its gotta be a drill motor. Corded or cordless. They have probably made me
more money as a contractor than anything besides a screwdriver, and the
cordless drill often doubles as a screw driver. Once or twice the corded in
+1 on the PC half sheet. Perfect balance and can be as aggressive or as
gentle as you like. Minimal vibration transmitted to the user and if
you want you can let it glide by itself steering with the cord's strain
Hard to pick a favorite from my stable though. If push came to shove,
I'd probably give the vote to my Bosch 12v VS Multi-tool. One of those
tools I had looked at and taken a pass on several times before saying,
"What the hell, what can it hurt?" (as is the case with oh so many of my
Simply love that tool and it finds itself called into service on most
any project that I tackle. It goes and get into just about anywhere. I
should probably call it my power fingernail!
My favorite is probably the Ryobi cordless drill/driver. It has the
widest range of clutch settings of any cordless drill I've tried. I
use it on small screws for very small hinges to the screws that mount
the blades on ceiling fans to the 3 iinch deck screws that hold
together the 2x4 frame of pressure treated wood that supports the
raised bed where I grow tomatoes.
The original Ni-based batteries had pathetically short run time but
the newer lithium batteries are very good.
On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 3:50:55 PM UTC-4, dadiOH wrote:
It depends on what you define as a "tool".
Harbor Freight Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc
I use them not just for kneeling (old knees) but for so many other uses.
Padding when loading the trailer and van (the girls keep moving from
college apartment to college apartment). They protect not only the contents
of the van, but the interior of the van itself.
Anti-slip/protection mats when sanding.
I've got a piece attached to the top of my cooler so my dog can stand on it
and look out the van window (much less sliding off and hitting the floor)
The list goes on. They cut really easy on the band saw so I can make any
shape or size I need.
Nice! This is becoming an interesting thread when we begin talking
about new uses for old tools, etc. Before I had my Multi-tool, I needed
to undercut some door jambs to install flooring. Looking for an easy
way out without renting or buying a new tool, I spied my PC 577 Biscuit
Joiner sitting there. . .
I lowered the blade and made sure it was at 90 degrees and went at it.
five jambs undercut in less than 5 minutes and the finish cut was perfect.
Now, how about some more alternative uses for tools most of us have
sitting around and may not be using to their fullest capability?
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