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Hi, I want to share with you some useful information on Power Tools.

There are many power tools out there that are available to people who want to get involved in wood works. These power tools intend to make the lives of these people easier and make their works become more precise and more professional-looking. You will definitely spend a hefty amount of money if you buy a full set of power tools but of course, there are always choices which will make buying easier on the pocket.

Different power tools are used for different purposes. Each is designed to be able to perform a certain task for a certain material, in order to come up with a specific result. Listed below are some of the more popular power tools on the market. This will serve as a guide for people who want to buy power tools.

Radial Arm Saw

This kind of saw has a motor which is suspended from an arm. This feature allows the saw to rotate in multiple angels. The motor is connected to an overhead arm which goes through the length of the arm when it is pulled. The assembly can be locked in different positions. This kind of saw was first created in 1922 by Mr. Raymond Dewalt and was initially marketed as the “wonder-worker.” Its rights were sold to the American Saw Company.

Band Saw

There are different variations of band saws. Some saws have two wheels while some have 3. The blades can be 1/8 up to 1 inch in width. It has several uses such as cutting straight corners or small curves.

It is a definite alternative to a table saw and many people opt to have a band saw if they can afford to because these saws are very versatile. The downside that comes along band saws is that these saws require much more effort in setting up than most of the power tools. It can be very complicated because it requires different blades and they need to be changed frequently. Most shops have two band saws, one is intended for heavy loads and the other one is for finer wood work.

Jointer

A jointer is a tool for planing on edges and faces. This is the initial tool which was used to straighten boards by trueing an edge on the face.

Belt Sander

A belt sander is comparable to sand paper. Basically, all the belt sanders out there utilize the same basic principle, it is a sandpaper belt which is wrapped around two rollers: the rear and the front. The roller which is connected to the motor spins and this causes the belt to move. The belt sander is more aggressive than other types of sanders and is usually utilized to remove materials off certain surfaces.

Disk Sander

The disk sander is an attachment that is used on electric drills. This is attached as a replacement for the drill bits and can be used to smooth out different surfaces. Initially, there were problems which were related to the markings which were left by the first disk sanders but there have been solutions to eliminate these problems today.

Scroll saws

These are saws which are considered one of the safest on in the market. This is also considered as a start-up tool for anyone who wants to get involved in wood works.

In handling different power tools, you must always take the necessary precautions. Major injuries have been documented as people aren't always keen on being safe amidst power tools. Here are some of the protective precautions that you can do to be able to ensure safety in the work shop.

1. Always wear protective glasses

The eyes can easily be damaged by flying wood debris. Make sure that you put on a good and sturdy pair of work glasses before chipping away.

2. Wear ear plugs

The noise from the power tools can actually damage your ears.

3. Make sure the blades are properly attached

Check all the parts before turning on the machine, especially the locks of the blades.

4. Ensure that the guards for the saws are in place

Saws are very dangerous if not handled properly. Make sure that the guards are on before sawing anything.

These is just some useful information for people who want to get into wood working. You must use power tools to be able to enjoy working more and get better results.
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A disk sander is exactly that, a disk for sanding. While there are lots of adapters for sanding in drills(and die grinders) I find it far more useful to have a motor driven disk sander which could also include a belt sander. Another type of disk sander is the air powered Dual Action or "DA." A DA can be set to rotate or sand in a random orbit and is what I use for a large portion of my sanding.

All of these are just the tip of the ice berg but it does cover the basics.

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Mike- That looks like a start for the forum's woodworking glossary? I wanted to talk to you about that...
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There are blades that go beyond 1 inch in width. Most woodworkers don’t go beyond 1 inch in blade width. BTW, as you get along in setting up a band saw, it isn’t as difficult as you think. Changing the blades may not be that frequent if you have the right type of blade to use and comes with good quality. There are different blades suitable for cutting different materials. Most people use bi-metal blades as general purpose blades. I learned a lot of this from my online blade supplier:
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Mike, we had a very extensive glossary but lost it in a system crash years ago. It is a huge amount of work to set it up again. One day perhaps.

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Good post regarding basic safety. Oftentimes, we have come so far that we tend to forget the basics.
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Mike, we had a very extensive glossary but lost it in a system crash years ago. It is a huge amount of work to set it up again. One day perhaps.
Mike, can you say "back-up?" OOPS.

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"Scroll saws
These are saws which are considered one of the safest on in the market. This is also considered as a start-up tool for anyone who wants to get involved in wood works."


They are also useful beyond start-up as they permit very tight curves, blades can be removed from work and reinserted in another hole to permit fretwork and other internal cuts.

Interesting to mention RAS and Bandsaws and no mention of Table Saws, Miter Saws, Routers and on and on.

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These are saws which are considered one of the safest on in the market. This is also considered as a start-up tool for anyone who wants to get involved in wood works."


They are also useful beyond start-up as they permit very tight curves, blades can be removed from work and reinserted in another hole to permit fretwork and other internal cuts.

Interesting to mention RAS and Bandsaws and no mention of Table Saws, Miter Saws, Routers and on and on.

Yes, I wonder where this information is coming from........

Please, Icon, can you update your profile so that we can see what experience this information is based on?

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I guess this idea is not from Icon. He might have read it somewhere and shared it to us. Thanks!
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