Category Archives: Wood Working Tools
For years we’ve battled bulky motors sticking out of the side of the miter saw and though why can’t they figure out how to get this thing out of the way completely. It just takes a Worm Drive and BOOM the motors way back there, which potentially more torque. The STAFDA launch was just a sneak preview this thing isn’t going to hit the shelves until April 2019 with a $579 price tag which makes it right up there with other premium miter saw options. It is very light for a 12″ at only 51 lbs and has all the bells & whistles you’d expect for that price. Check out SkilSaw on Ohio Power Tool, Pre-Sale options for the SPT88-01 will be available soon!
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Dewalt jumped right in with an impressive upgrade to their cordless woodworking arsenal, new brushless jigsaws (top handle & barrel grip) are a no brainer but also now had 5” random orbital sander, planer and trim router which we’ve found to be extremely handy cordless tools. None of these are new to the cordless world but for those on team yellow these are a very welcome addition. We are excited to get our hands on all of these, some launching pretty quickly, others early 2019. Check out the full Dewalt press release below, more info to follow!
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We are about a month away from Makita releasing a bigger 12″ version of their already successful 10″ Compound Saw LS1019L ($549) with the front facing slide rails. The Makita 12” Dual-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser LS1219L ($599) combines capacity, accuracy and efficient dust extraction in a more compact size. Just like the 10″ model, it offers a unique 2-Steel Rail Sliding System that reduces the footprint for an against the shop wall, flush operation. (more…)
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Last year Makita got us all excited over a cordless version of their excellent plunge saw. We first wrote about it in August when we had a short time with it. We concluded that it had a lot of power, and was easily as accurate as our jobsite saw.
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Some great holiday stocking stuffer gift ideas that never seem to fail are LED Lighting and Pocket Knives but don’t underestimate the power of fire, sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! Hand torches are incredibly useful tools and not just for sweating pipe. The Bernzomatic torch TS8000 ($39) or as a kit with MAP/PRO gas TS8000KC ($54 + $10 off Black Friday deal) is pretty much the best option out there with all the bells and whistles, on/off trigger, swirl flame for maximum output and a super easy to use design. We just upgraded from our manual option and for the small price difference there is really no reason manual should even still even exist.
If you’re still not sure why complete mastery of the flame is such a really cool holiday gift idea below are a few videos that’ll likely spark some project ideas from woodworking to corn on the cob. (more…)
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The Bosch Colt Palm Router for the longest time was really the only trim router you would see out there, people loved it so much we started seeing all sorts of customer adaptations, mini router tables and other accessories people hand built or from 3rd party manufacturer’s. A few years back Makita and Dewalt jumped into game with palm routers with plunge bases and now we even have a 18V cordless versions from Ridgid and Makita XTR01 palm router. Not to be out-done Bosch has now revamped their classic Colt with the new GKF125CE ($129) adding more power with 1.25 HP motor (up from 1.0 HP) but also more control with Soft Start and Constant Response circuitry.
There is also a Kit version GKF125CEK ($139) which adds a straight guide and a case. For more info on the new Colt check out the full Bosch Press Release below. These units should be shipping early November and should be in high demand this Christmas season. Check out all the corded Bosch Routers unfortunately no word yet on an 18V cordless router unit… fingers crossed it will happen at some point. (more…)
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Bosch has increased their cordless reciprocating saw range substantially over the last couple of years. From just a single (mediocre) 18V standard model, to compact, one-handed models in both 12V and 18V, and now the premium brushless GSA18V-125N.
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Until their recent 18×2 tools started turning heads, Makita hasn’t seemed to get a lot of credit in the US. But over here in Australia, Makita has completely dominated the power tool scene for decades, cordless and electric (Note: Milwaukee cordless has drawn level in recent years). Makita have almost had a monopoly on woodworking tools such as circular saws, planers and in particular routers.
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Makita has always been a strong name in miter saws, and this year they are releasing two new competitors in the ring that will be sure to impress. We got our hands on the two new saws at the 2017 Makita New Products event and were able to get some live demos before they hit the shelves.
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Every summer, JET Tools grabs the attention of woodworkers in providing at 10% off ALL woodworking machines & accessories! Which makes it a perfect time to buy and invest in your workshop. We all know investing in quality woodworking tools can be pricey, that’s why waiting for a deal is key! JET, one of the industry leaders in woodworking in machines and accessories, provides consumers with innovative solutions such their drill presses, band saws and lathes.
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