That's-a-for-sure. Yet, I have a Skil 918Cn 1/2 VS Drill that just
will NOT quit. Has to be 25 years old and still drives screws with no
complaints. Original brushes too.
I also have a B&D 1/4" router. All cast body, rack&pinion height
adjustment, just won't quit.
Those days are over for those 'brand' companies. It is weird, because
those two tools I mentioned above are as good as any 'good' brand
Craftsman is clambering to get some cred back amongst the toolies...
that Bosch router, a Nikle nailer...
Oddly, and about 25 years ago, Skil made a small 3 volt palm sized driver
that looked like a small drill. I had 2 and loved them. I use those before
the cordless drills for wood working really hit the woodworking scene.
Yup, I still have that one, and bought it in 1974 when I was 20.
Yeah, they usta be in the "tools to look" at list.
Yeah, they have had the Bosch for 5 or 6 years now IIRC, DeWalt butilt their
PlateJoiner and used to build their better drills.
How are you liking that Craftsman pinner? I almost bought one but it is
strictly a cataloge item and I cannot look at one up close. I can get the
same model Nikle for $139. I have been doing some research and am also
considering the Grex. Apparently on some pinners you have to adjust the
magazine to the length of the pins and some pinners have a soft tip to help
prevent maring the surface.
I am also thinking that the longer pins might be handy for the odd trim jobs
where I some times, "next Tuesday", ;~) need to attach a piece of 1/2"
quarter round molding that is 8 or 9 inches long to the top of a column cap.
Apparently the Grex will shoot 1 3/16" and longer than depending on the
I used the pinner during the assembly of a bunch of 5 piece cabinet
doors and a few 2 x 3 pane doors with small mullions. One little pin
from the back through the tenon of the cope, and it holds amazingly
well... till you get the clamps on. That was really handy. I milled my
stock just a bit under 13/16 and the 3/4" pins didn't poke through.
Now... having said all that, I now would probably buy a pinner with
longer nail capacity, as I can really see the use of that tool. The
pins have amazing holding power... but they won't 'suck' the pieces
I already have somebody in mind to buy my Craftsman/Nikle and I will
likely go to a Grex at that point.
I see that there are all kinds of 23 ga guns crawling out of the
woodwork at much better prices than when I bought mine. ( I also have
a $ 2000.00 macintosh with 128'K' of ram and an external $ 700.00(US)
5 MB hard drive.. it is in my museum. But I don't feel as bad as a
client of mine with a 42" plasma TV...he paid $ 10,000.00 for the
frickin' thing...oh well. I can wait.)
Grex or Ohmer for me ... maybe after The Domino....*nudge*, *nudge*
The Craftsman is serving me well for now.
PS.. the Porter Cable pinner is apparently working well for a few
people I know after they all ground 1/64"+ off the wood-contact tips
so the pins actually sink in now.
Oh.. and they ALL jam if you put the pins in upside-down..easily done,
Yeah, only good for attaching but not pulling a bow out. ;~) I used
Swingman's Omer. Darn him. ;~) Sweeeeeet.
likely go to a Grex at that point.
Yeah I can actually get the entry Grex for $129 shipped IIRC. I was
thinking it was $10 more.
But I don't feel as bad as a
Not to mention all the GLARE that the Plazma screens have. We bit the
bullet in August and got a 40" LCD for a lot less. ;~)
What's a Domino???? ;~)
Yeah you only do that once. That is what caught my eye with the Grex, they
point out the jam clearing feature.
My Senco finish nail gun is quickly cleared of jams with out tools. Too bad
it hardly ever jams, last I recall was some time in 1999. ;~)
Likewise, I have a 20 year old B&D stinger type chordless screw driver.
It's been a faithful servant all these years. The battery is showing its
age now and of course - no replacements available. It was handy for a lot
of smaller stuff like screwing in outlets, and for some other not so small
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