So I see this ad in Craigslist for a 12" Table Saw for $125. Craftsman, it
says. Older model it says. Only about 30 minutes away. So I say I'd like
to see it if it's still available. About 8 hours later, a reply with a
phone number and a note "It's still available". So I call. The guy who
answers sounds like he's in his twentys or thirtys. Doesn't seem to know a
lot about the saw. "It came from a machine shop or something." "Yes, it's
available." "Yes, it runs." "I'm moving."
So off I go. Thirty minutes later I'm looking at an old 12" Craftsman band
saw. The guy calls it a table saw. Sometimes he calls it a bandsaw. The
words seem interchangable to him. I politely decline, and return to my car,
secure in the knowledge that....If it seems too good to be true, it probably
Been there, alright. Read a Future Shop ad, in which they advertised a
'Colour Laser Printer' for about $600. This was back a few years ago,
when they were usually about $2000 and up. But, I figured "Hey, it's a
big company. Maybe they got a good buy on them."
Got there and found out it was a standard laser printer. I wouldn't
have minded so much if they had just admitted it was a mistake, typo,
or brain fart, but the idiots had the nerve to try to tell me that you
could put various colours of toner in it!
Well, it *is* possible. I remember the ads when B&W laserwriters first
came out. For chuckles I tried to see if they were still available,
and didn't have much luck finding a color cartridge for my Apple
LaserWriter Pro 630.
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ALL feedback thus far says to buy the Bostitch, and some have been pretty
strong about it, but I'm stuck in limbo ...All roads for the damn thing on
the Internet seem to lead to Amazon and they're "back ordered".
Locally, I don't think Empire Tools handle Bostitch, Circle Saw doesn't have
it in stock, and neither Lowes or HD ever stock the thing.
Ahh well ... we shall wait and see.
Fine Homebuilding advertised a Nikle pinner.. for $ 279.00 US.
In Woobweb forum, it is well received..then a bombshell:
The Craftsman *IS* a Nikle...and I paid $ 149.00 CAN$ for mine..and it
hasn't mis-fired yet.
The big problem with misfiring is that people put the nails in upside
down. Easily done.
It's the coolest little tool!
It drops the pin just enough below the surface for most of the fibres to
close in after the pin is inserted. They're damned hard to find and grab
pretty good. The Nikle (Craftsman) only goes to 3/4" but I have found
that to be enough for those small mouldings I have been putting on some
of my jobs lately. If a piece needs more than than a 3/4" pin, I'd be
inclined to WANT to use a bigger nail like an 18 ga. The nails/pins
offered are 1/2, 5/8 and 3/4.
A friend of mine, who runs a large kitchen door factory, uses a 1/2" pin
to lock the stiles to the rails of his 5-piece doors till the glue sets
( credit Nahm).. they're hard to find in oak/maple/cherry.
It is not a finish nailer.. it is a pinner. People, like yourself Karl,
will appreciate what it does without expecting it to be a panacea.
One job I dislike, is to nail 1/4" thick ply- veneered panels onto the
kicks after I install a kitchen. With the pinner, however, I do not need
to go back and fill any holes. Time saved... more fun...easier on the
Well, I'm the first to admit that I don't know everything, so I did a quick
check a Sears.com & found a Craftsman 12" Table Saw Model 22802. Seeing
that, I figure that hey, I don't know hold long Sears has been making these
things, but I do know that they used to make a lot of good tools when I
worked there back in the 60's, so what the hey, let's give it a try.
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