Yeah - I know what you mean. Here are mine:
Belt Sander: Porter-Cable
Recriprocating Saw: Milwaukee (absolutely)
Circular Saw: Porter-Cable
Band Saw: Laguna
Table Saw: Delta or Powermatic
| Router: Porter-Cable
| Belt Sander: Porter-Cable
| Drill: DeWalt or Milwaulkee
| Recriprocating Saw: Milwaukee
| Circular Saw: Skil
| Band Saw: Delta
Wow, I got more hits than misses. I'm in the market for a router and my
uncle (pro woodworker) recommended the Porter-Cable with the dual
Belt Sander: Skil -- piece of crap
Drill: DeWalt -- love it, but I bought the really nice one
Recip. Saw: Milwaukee -- love it; i can saw through a Buick with it
Circular Saw: Skil -- the first power tool I ever bought
Band Saw: Craftsman -- not very good, but works well enough for most of my
That site is sweet. Even thought it did the raised panel door the
"Router Workshop Guys" (or one of them at least) say you should get at
least a 2.5 HP router for that. Even the guy on that website it bogged
down the motor momentarily. Even though the motor 'wound' back up that
doesn't sound good to me - you don't think that's a problem?
Pat Barber wrote:
I'm not keen on the idea of putting electronics in a rotary tool. I'm
afraid of what the magnetic field from the rotation might do to the
PC borrowed (read stole) ideas from Triton? How embarrassing for PC... :(
Actually Triton took ideas from just about every other router manufacturer
and combined them. How embarrassing for Triton. Triton holds no patents
that I know of, they combined features of other routers and suggestions
from router users.
PC borrowed (read stole) is a bunch of bullshit.
The main thing with me and rechargeable tools is that I don't use them
often enough to make a habit of keeping a battery charged. That plus
the batteries would probably degrade and no longer be made by the
manufacturer and I would have to discard a 'like new' tool because the
batteries are dead dead. I can definitely appreciate the utility of
rechargeable tools - I just don't have as much use for them as other
people. Also, rechargeable tools are useful when building a structure
from the ground up before wiring has been run... ;)
I was just suggesting that it was embarassing for P-C because a new guy
had better ideas. It was just a joke.
The Hitachi is a cool green color, too.
I'm sure there are plenty of routers that are as good as P-C and some
that may be better, but I just trust the durability of P-C because
they've been around so long...
I learned a long time ago that you get what you pay for. And what you
say about the drill and recip saw: absolutely. Wow, a circular saw was
your first power tool - damn, it was like my 3rd.
Jay Windley wrote:
| I learned a long time ago that you get what you pay for.
Right. How much I spend on a tool depends on how much I anticipate using
it. I am a hobbyist woodworker, so the economics work out to how much I'm
willing to spend on my hobby.
I bought the Skil belt sander basically for a single project, and wanted to
spend as little as possible. The screw for adjusting the roller skew fell
out a few years ago and I haven't found a suitable replacement. So the belt
walks all over. The pressure plate needs adjustment because when I place
the tool on a flat surface, the rollers bite more deeply than the plate.
(This may be related to the missing adjustment screw.) So maybe it's unfair
to judge a tool based on its performance in a degraded condition, and maybe
it's foolish of me to use it in that condition and expect good performance.
I've used hand drills from Black & Decker and DeWalt. We use DeWalt
cordless in our assembly area at work (rack mounted cluster supercomputers)
and they seem to hold up. My cordless DeWalt worked for three years or so.
The chuck disintegrated and the gearbox developed a hoarse gravelly sound.
I can't really cuss the tool, however, because I think having dropped it
into my salt-water aquarium had something to do with its eventual demise.
And probably with the subsequent demise of the fish. :-)
I have a corded DeWalt drill, which I use for heavy duty stuff like doorknob
holes. I described my current DeWalt cordless in the thread about whether
we save or throw out the carrying cases. I don't remember the model number,
but I paid about $300 for it. I love the three speed settings and the
torque clutch. I use the guy for light-duty drilling (high-speed setting)
and for all my power screwdriving. I like the sensitive torque clutch
because I do a lot of machine assembly where you *really* want to avoid
stripping the screw heads. A long Phillips bit and a torque setting of 1 or
2 is perfect for putting printed circuit boards into prototype housings.
I got a cordless B&D from a place where I used to work. They laid off our
entire field office, so in spite we drew straws for who got to walk out with
the substantial tool collection. I won. Except that the B&D is a gutless
piece of crap.
I bought the reciprocating saw because I'm in the slow process of remodeling
my 1940s era house. The guys who did my windows used a Milwaukee to saw
through the old steel window frames. I asked him how he liked the tool and
he said, "I wouldn't [expletive] pick up another [expletive] saw." Just
recently I had to saw some appliances free from a makeshift frame that the
previous owner had built around them. The Milwaukee went through 2x4s like
butter. And after kicking the mangled frame debris free, I noticed the
thing had cut through a couple of 16d nails like butter. God, I [expletive]
love that saw.
| Wow, a circular saw was your first power tool - damn, it was
| like my 3rd.
It was the first one I *bought*. I think I was 20 or so and just getting
away from dad's tool collection.
My dad and his father in law built the house in which I did most of my
growing up. My dad designed it and his f-in-l was the general contractor
(which he had done professionally for decades using mostly stuff he bought
at Sears). A lot of my early experience was using tools leftover from that
project. For years there was an unused table saw in our basement. I was
told the motor was shot or the shaft was bent or something. Nowadays I'm
kicking myself for not having brought it back to life. We gave it away to
someone who, unlike me at the time, knew its value.
But I found myself doing a lot of carpentry at the time, and a circular saw
was the most useful tool on my budget. If all you do is cut materials and
nail them in place, a circular saw is a good thing to have.
Several years ago I bought a series of shop tools -- a small band saw, a
small drill press, and a small radial arm saw -- with the idea of getting
more serious. They're all Craftsman. Why? Because Sears was close and
because I still had my grandfather's unequivocal praise of that tool line
ringing in my ears. This was a guy who knew every trick to building
everything from cabinets to office buildings. He had -- at some point --
done every phase of the work from mining the iron ore and coal to logging to
refining the steel to sawyering to cutting dovetails with a pocketknife to
mixing his own dyes.
My frustration with these tools in recent years is due, I think, to their
not being of exceptionally high quality to begin with. But it's also a
result of my inattention to keeping them adjusted and maintained.
See, I'm more stubborn because I'll spend the money regardless of how
much I expect to use it. I guess I feel safer with the best tool
sitting on a shelf than a mediocre one I use all the time.
I've never done any major demo work so I don't have a recip saw yet, but
that would be the next handheld tool after a router and it will
definitely be a Milwaukee.
I'm not a fan of cordless tools because I don't use them every day so
I'm not likely to keep them charged and they won't be ready when I need
I'll make a mental note to not put my power tools in salt water. :P
Did you see this site in one of the other threads?
http://www.woodshopdemos.com/nprod-11.htm I definitely bookmarked it...
Jay Windley wrote:
| I guess I feel safer with the best tool sitting on a shelf
| than a mediocre one I use all the time.
Right. It depends on your personal perception of value. Since most power
tools are simply variations on the theme of whirling sharp metal blades
attached to powerful motors, having one presumably built to the highest
standards of safety and reliability would be a good thing. You don't
necessary want to hold a Fisher-Price router in your hands.
| I'm not a fan of cordless tools because I don't use them
| every day so I'm not likely to keep them charged and they
| won't be ready when I need them.
I have spare batts for all my tools. There's the batt in the tool and at
least one that's charged and ready in the toolchest. When a batt goes flat,
it goes right into the charger. I've never had a problem with getting
caught without batteries, but that's because I take precautions.
If you do most of your work at a bench, you probably don't need cordless
tools. But in addition to bench work I also do carpentry-type work where
you walk around a lot and climb up and down ladders. Being rid of that cord
is priceless under those circumstances.
| I'll make a mental note to not put my power tools in salt
| water. :P
Yep. Good safety tip.
| Did you see this site in one of the other threads?
| http://www.woodshopdemos.com/nprod-11.htm I definitely
| bookmarked it...
I did. I skimmed it, bookmarked it, and I'll be reading it carefully before
I go shopping.
Depends on your router. IMHO the only plunge router worth having is
one (like my Freud) that has a good screw-adjust depth adjuster. Many
of them, especially the smaller ones, don't have this. If you have
depth adjust, then you've pretty much got the lot.
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