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I bought a new Bosch jigsaw the other day,and while using it I got to thinking how about a review of all tools to help someone starting out or contmplating a new purchase,so here goes some of the tools in the last 2-3 years to keep it kinda current also give the good and bad I will rate on a scale of 1-10 my opinion of course

Start with most important dust collection...I have a dust deputy from Onieda hooked into my shop vac built into a portable box which doubles as work table this I give a 10
Big dust collection I have a dust collector from Penn State Industries this is really nice with the smallest micron bag available do not have any thing to compare it to but for the $$$ I give it a 9.5 would be a 10 if the braces were just a bit sturdier but so far it is very nice

Table saws had a Porter Cable the mobile version sold in Lowe's, it cut wood but not the best quality and limited in what it could due also a bit shaky and underpowered, I sold mine- rating-5
I now have the Ridgid mobile table saw and will say a much better saw, for the money I give it a 9.5

Sliding compound miter saws I have owned 2 Craftsman 7" and 10" sold them rating would be 6,,,2 Dewalts these were a step up rating 8 , now own the Hitachi 12" and really like the saw and the ability to move close to the wall and still have full sliding is nice, rate -9 only reason not a 10 is placement of laser light switch

Sanders I have a Wilton belt sander 4"x36" belt with 10" wheel on the side got this brand new in Texas for $45.00 great unit just when You change a the belt a bit difficult to run straight usually takes about 5 minutes of setting and resetting for this reason I give it a 9.5

Ridgid oscillating sander this is a nice unit easy to set and reset belts and drums only problem is the on/off switchso I just leave it on and plug in when needed (outlet controlled by a remote switch) rate 9 would be a 10 except for switch


Ridgid drill press not really owning another brand (only having to go and use someone elses) I give it a -8 only cause I wish it had a bigger table but for the money very hard to beat....

I will go over some more tools tommorow...I hope this helps someone and would like anyone else to chime in good or bad .....

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I was wondering if any of Ya'll have tried floor mats.
I have the interlocking squares from Harbor freight, I do not buy many things from there but these are one of there hidden gems ( under them a some other thin mats can't remember where they came from) anyway these are nice and help with fatigue for the $$ give them a 9.5

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Dewalt Jigsaw owned for years durable ,strong, but blade hard to keep at 90 degree angle rate-6
Bosch jigsaw only had a week or so but used many times and this is much better than the Dewalt and the blade blower is a big plus rate - 10

Dewalt skilsaw great tool plenty power nuff said -10

Dewalt drill pretty much same as saw but only a rating of 9

Dewalt sanders - vibrating and 5" 8 hole disc both are used alot and continue to perform with no problems rate - 10

Dremel sander used when needed to clean tight areas very useful rate-7 would be higher but hard to find the velcro triangle when they where out

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Ridgid 18 v driver very durable good power lightweight no complaints - 10

Milwaukee 12 volt drill model 2410-rate 10... did try a different model and returned the very next day as it was weeker













This is a list of some of the tools I use on a daily/weekly basis hope this helps

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I recently added a Dust Deputy to my shop and agree that it is a 10. I have emptied the Dust Deputy container 3 times so far and still nothing has made it to the shop vac container. A great addition to the shop that is affordable, takes up little space, and actually works as advertised.
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I agree on the Dust Deputy... I was being alittle generous on some of these ratings by maybe a point or 2 either way but these are the ones that have served me well with no problems I have left out some that purchased and either returned or got rid of one way or another because did not perform to expectations

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I have the super dust deputy on my 1 hp craftex(off shore)dust collector.It also has a pleated filter.Works great.Working in my basement only magnifies the importance of dust collection,we must be healthy to enjoy our hobby.I also have a "air scrubber " on the ceiling.All but the filters bought used.
If your budget is tight,do like me and buy used,lots of lightly used equipment out there,just don't go without some sort of dust collection
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I had the same experience with my Dewalt jigsaw and keeping the blade square. I sold it and got a Bosch as well, and it's TONS better.
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Warren, Oliver, and Al....What model(s) of the Dust Deputy do you have? I'm thinking about getting the cyclone and making my own out of a 10 gallon container.

Warren, I don't mean to hijack your thread so if this should be moved to a different place, no problem. Dave

Edit: I have a Dust Deputy DIY on the way so it's a moot point now......

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