A real review
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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Don't fix it if it Ain't broken
Makin sawdust now in South Louisiana
Last edited by papawd; 06-14-2012 at 10:26 AM.