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    1. DEWALT DW733 12-1/2" Portable
    $299.00
    2. Porter-Cable CFFN250N Finish &
    $369.99
    3. Delta 22-58013" Two-Speed Finishing
    $499.00
    4. DEWALT DW735 13" Thickness Planer
    $499.99
    5. Bosch 4000-07 10" Worksite Table
    $249.99
    6. JET AFS-1000B / 708620B Air Filtration
    $159.99
    7. Hitachi M12V 3-1/4 HP Electronic
    $54.99
    8. HTC HTC2000 Universal Mobile Base
    $3,199.99
    9. Generac Guardian 0439015000 Watt
    $219.00
    10. Bosch 1617EVSPK 2.25 Horsepower
    11. HyLoft USA 00310 Overhead Storage
    12. Senco 1Z0013N FinishPro 41XP 15-Gauge
    13. Strait-Line 64030 Laser Tape
    $399.99
    14. Hitachi C10FSB 10" Dual Bevel
    15. Strait-Line 64001 Laser Level
    $67.00
    16. Dremel 8000-01 10.8 Volt Lithium-Ion
    17. Black & Decker BDL100S BullsEye
    $199.99
    18. DEWALT DW723 Miter Saw Stand
    19. DEWALT DW929K-2 18-Volt 3/8" Cordless
    20. DEWALT DW9096-2 18V XR+ PACK Extended

    1. DEWALT DW733 12-1/2" Portable Thickness Planer
    by DeWalt
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $718.00
    Asin: B00004OCHZ
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Editorial Review

    DeWalt's sturdy four-column planer is a great addition in any workshop--and, because it's easily portable, transition to the job site is always an option. Thanks to the largest material support table of any portable planer on the market and a tight-locking cutterhead, boards feed through effortlessly with minimal snipe. We also liked how easy it is to measure precise cuts with the turret stops (set at 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 of an inch). There's also a calibrated depth crank that adjusts 1/16 of an inch with each full rotation. Unlike other portable planers, DeWalt's provides an easy-to-read gauge of how much material each pass removes as well as the amount left over on the original board. Rather than using double-edged knives, this model takes two big M2 high-speed steel knives with single-surface cutting areas that deliver an impressive 64.1 cuts per inch. Changing knives took us a mere 10 minutes (and we were new to this design) and--better yet--they can be resharpened multiple times rather than discarded after one use. Powered by 15 amps with a no-load speed of 10,000 rpm, DeWalt's easily transported planer is a nice combination of high performance and convenience. Each planer ships with an extra set of knives, magnets, and wrenches. --Justin Paul ... Read more

    Features

    • Magnetic gauge holds knives in place, making changing knives easy
    • Includes an extra set of knives and dust hood, an $84.99 value
    • Four-column head lock secures cutterhead to eliminate snipe
    • Extra long infeed and outfeed tables provide 33 inches of material support
    • 15 amp motor rotates the cutterhead at 10,000 rpm, making 64 cuts per inch

    Reviews (126)

    5-0 out of 5 stars If a woodchuck could chuck wood
    I like this planer just fine.However I must admit that this is the only one I have ever used.I had a friend who had a maple tree fall in his yard.We went our and ripped about 40, 12" x 30" x 3" blocks with our chain saws. (without a ripping chain).The blocks were in terrible shape.I have run these through this planner and now have 40 pieces of 1" x12"x30 beautiful marbled maple.I had to run each piece through about 20- 25 times to get all the chain saw marks out.So I would guess that is about 2500 board feet of nasty rock hard maple.NO PROBLEM.This thing is like a ginsui knife,I took one of the pieces and ran it through to see how fine I could finish it, a buddy of mine needed a custom size cutting board for his kitchen cabinet.I hardly need to sand it when I was done.The one problem I had was when I bought it the screw that holds the handle on was not long enough and I stripped the hole, but it stays on with gravity just fine. I Also would like two speeds, as with most of my reviews this is my fault for not spending the money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Litte Machine!
    You will be hard pressed to find a planer that will do a better job than this DW733.Set up was a snap, maybe an hour to remove from the box and double check all adjustments.If you do the basics - keep knives sharp, in and out tables adjusted properly and provide support for long pieces - this machine will give you great results.Snipe is minimal to non-existant. The dust hood & my 650cfm dust collector eliminates 95% of all chips.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product
    I bought this planer 10 months ago and just got around to using it.I am impressed!Set up was easy right out of the box.The planer makes super smooth cuts with no snipe.Dewalt has upgraded to a 3 knife model, but it is hard to see how they could improve on this one.The dust hood does a good job with my shop vac attached with very few chips ending up on the table.
    The only negative I have found so far is the carrying handles.If you don't carry it level the planer can shift on the telescopic handles and pinch your hand. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. DeWalt    2. (De Walt)    3. Planers    4. Bench-Top Planers    5. (Planners)    6. (Plainers)    7. (Surface Planers)    8. (Portable)   


    2. Porter-Cable CFFN250N Finish & Brad Nailer Combo Kit
    by Porter-Cable
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $540.00 -- our price: $299.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000DCBKX
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    To be honest, we looked twice at the price, certain the folks at Amazon had made a mistake. But sure enough, they're right--and so is the price. Porter-Cable makes some of the best pneumatic tools in the industry, and these nailers are two prime examples. The 16-gauge is sturdy, compact, lighter and quieter than you'd expect with a grip even smaller hands can get around. Great balance, easy depth-of-drive adjustment, and a pleasure to use. Similarly, the 18-gauge is light but rugged, comfortable and maneuverable, even in awkward places or after long runs. Some other features we like: a special hardened driver blade, a sequential fire trigger, a visual reload indicator, a safety located behind the driver guide for driving brads in tight spaces and an easy-to-adjust depth guide. Both guns have directional exhausts, too. The pancake-style compressor has a six-gallon tank and easily runs both guns at the same time. It's light, portable and doesn't want much from you in terms of maintenance--it's oil-free and Teflon-coated. Some other reasons to like it: a high-flow regulator, an easy-to-read air pressure gauge, automatic thermal overload protection, an industrial-style quick-connect body in the air outlet, and a long-life motor with replaceable brushes. We can't imagine this deal will be around forever.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • 135 psi, 2hp, 6 gallon pancake style compressor
    • 300 PSI, 25' vinyl air hose, one air hose fittings (1/4" male plus & coupler), and pipe joint tape
    • Finish anywoodworking project with this limited edition kit
    • 16 gauge, 3/4"–2-1/2" finish nailer (model FN250B)
    • 18 gauge, 5/8" –1-1/4" brad nailer kit (model BN125A)

    Reviews (59)

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's a keeper!
    Based on the good reviews from the Amazon Community, I bought this for my husband for Valentine's Day.Yes, I agree with other reviewers that the compressor is a little noisy, but they all are, and this one more than makes up for noise with its portability.(And I was able to talk him out of our big old compressor for MY shop...)The first thing he did was whip together a nice display shelf for a friend.After that he told me he REALLY wished he'd had it 2 weeks earlier when he was cussing over installing crown molding and trim around the windows.Since I'm the one who had to fill and sand nail-holes, I wish he'd had it, too.
    It took a little adjusting, but he was able to get the settings just right so the nails go in perfectly flush with both nail guns.
    So far he's enthusiastically built 2 beautiful kitchen drawers---and drawers were something I couldn't get him to build for years---so I'm glad I bought this for him!
    I did my market research, and there was no way I could buy separate components and come anywhere near the price of this package.This is really a good deal, and (of course, since it's Porter-Cable), excellent quality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Funny how it works like that....
    I also couldn't agree more with all of the other reviewers.I got the kit for Christmas from my wife and I absolutely love it.I'm fairly new to the home improvement/carpentry game, but I am very excited to tackle some new projects (mostly putting up some molding).I have used the gun briefly so far to build a desk, and it went SO much faster than it would have otherwise.

    MORE IMPORTANTLY.. I actually first came across this Amazon page because I was upset that I never received my free staple gun (mine was actually bought from Home Depot).It definitely looks as though I am not the only one.Yesterday (4/3/05) I sent a nice little email to Porter-Cable thru their website and told them that I was not alone in my hunt for the free staple gun.Wouldn't you know that about 10 minutes ago the UPS guy just showed up with it!I was blown away.They haven't even had time to respond to my email yet.So anyways, don't give up hope... I imagine they should be coming soon.I mailed my rebate away either in late December or early January, if that helps to give a time frame.

    4-0 out of 5 stars You will never use a hammer again
    I agree with all the other great reviews.Trust the reviews they are right on the money.You can't go wrong with this set. Also, Amazon is definitally the best price.With the $$ off, free shipping, and no sales tax, the big orange store can't compete.
    The only problem is the free stapler that some of the reviews have referenced.I couldn't find any paper work for a free stapler and it doesn't look like anybody is receiving it.It looks like it was too good to be true. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Porter-Cable    2. (Portercable)    3. Air Tools    4. Combo Packs    5. Nailers    6. Brad Nailers    7. (Nail Guns)    8. (Nailguns)    9. Finish Nailers   


    3. Delta 22-58013" Two-Speed Finishing Planer
    by Delta
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $788.00 -- our price: $369.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000648AS
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Editorial Review

    Delta calls its 22-580 a finishing planer, but it's really two planers in one. A dimensioning speed of 60 cpi allows you to shave rough wood to its desired thickness quickly and accurately, with virtually no snipe. Then, with a single pass at the quicker finishing speed of 90 cpi, your wood comes out ultrasmooth and ready to go. The razor-sharp, double-sided M2 steel knives are powered by a 15 amp, 120-volt, single-phase motor. Bells and whistles like a blade zero indicator (which lets you set the cutterhead to the exact thickness of your wood), patented cutterhead lock (which eliminates snipe), and easy blade-change system add to the value, as do the oversize infeed and outfeed tables, which make it easier to glide your wood through the machine. Overall, this is one solid piece of machinery. --Carl Thress ... Read more

    Features

    • Fastest and safest blade change system on the market
    • 2-Speed feed rate system for rough and finishing stock removal
    • Patented cutterhead lock virtually eliminates snipe
    • Full range depth stop for any thickness from 1/8" to 6-12"
    • Blade zero indicator to set the cutterhead the exact thickness of material

    Reviews (76)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not Real Happy with it or Delta
    I purchased my Delta 2 speed finishing planer last Oct or Nov, I could check on which but it is not that important. At first I was thrilled. The unit made short work of rough lumber. The depth stop was outstanding. Snipe? I really didn't notice any. I have only done a couple of projects with it but those I've done entailed planing 4/4 cherry and oak to 3/4" and on some of the cherry 1/2".
    I was working on the cherry project when I noticed the depth stop didn't. It set just fine but I could lower the head without so much as a slowdown. I also noticed sometimes boards would feed a few feet in (these are 4' lengths) then sieze up. I also started to notice the dreaded snipe.
    I called Delta technical support and the woman I spoke to said open up the side with the stop and adjust the nut. She didn't say where to adjust it to so I tried up and down to no avail. She also said the siezing was caused by perhaps dirty feed rollers and if I put the speed control in the middle (neutral) the rollers would rotate freely. NOT SO, to clean the entire surface requires random runs to position the rollers to different stop points.
    I finally took it in to the local Porter Cable/Delta repair facility. When I picked it up the repair guy was noticably condenscending. Perhaps I didn't bother to read the instructions? Did I even have the instructions? Could I read? He accused me of breaking it (causing the stop to not work). He came just shy of saying the snipe was due to the flimsy little feed tables on infeed and outfeed and to fix it I need to build a good perfectly level feed table for both sides.
    Hmmm, ok but have you checked the price? This thing cost more than my Jet (or Delta) table saw. For that money I don't expect to be buying flimsy. At any rate, the Jet Planer is way beyond my budget so I am stuck with the Delta. If the two were close I'd give this puppy only one star, sell it and get the Jet.
    By the way, I have yet to determine if the 2 speeds really do anything. The pitch sounds the same, the feed rate appears the same, and the finish looks the same. If anything, the slow speed finish might actually be smoother. It is close either way.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Feeding problems galore
    Bought the planer mid-summer 2004.Before the end of the year the planer began requiring "help" to keep the boards moving.Periodically it would just hang, burning the board.A quick nudge was needed to continue feeding.

    Normal maintenance includes cleaning the rollers.The manual says to use a scotch pad and soapy water.I also adjusted the outfeed roller per the manual.This would fix the problem for a while, but it would slowly go back to its old ways.Eventually it gets so bad it requires a constant pushing or pulling to get the boards to feed continuously.Dangerous, frustrating, and leads to poor results.The finish when it works is amazing, but I have found the machine to be a poor substitute for a heavier duty unit.I am only a hobbyist, building boxes and some small furniture.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great planer but ....
    I have been making cabinets for the last five years and in that short amount of time I have used three different planers. This is the best one I've ever used. First off what really impressed me was that there was not that much assembly required (unlike most of delta's products). Second the finishing speed on the planer nearly eliminated the need for sanding (a big plus in my book). Lastly the blades seemed to hold up well. The first time out of the box I put it to work on a set of hard maple face frames and doors. Only at the end of my planing opporation did the boards start to show signs of planer marks (by that time I had put over 300 board foot of material through that planner). The planer marks were small and were easily taken care of with a cabinet scraper. Though out the entire process I only found one case of snip in a board and after that I have not detected any more cases of snip. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was the dust chute was not included rendering the planer usless with out it. Luckily I had read some of the reviews before I bought this planer so I knew I had to kick down the extra mony for the dust chute to start planing right out of the box. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Planers    2. Bench-Top Planers    3. (Planners)    4. (Plainers)    5. (Surface Planers)    6. (Portable)   


    4. DEWALT DW735 13" Thickness Planer
    by DeWalt
    Tools & Hardware (15 September, 2003)
    list price: $860.00 -- our price: $499.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CCXU8
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Editorial Review

    Sometimes, half an inch makes all the difference. But that's not the only reason to step up to the 735. Its powerful 10,000 rpm motor will handle anything you feed it--oak, walnut, exotics--with absolute ease. The three-knife cutterhead will make 96 or 179 cuts per inch, depending on which speed setting you choose. Mess is minimized with the fan-assisted chip ejection, which literally vacuums chips off the cutter-head and blows them out the exhaust. The 735's automatic carriage lock will save you from snipe by reducing the movement that causes it--what a great idea. We also love the redesigned thickness scale--it's big and super-visible, even in poor lighting. Those who do repetitive cuts will appreciate the turret depth-stop; set your most-used cuts to it once and you're always assured of accuracy. The home woodworker will be thrilled, and the professional's expectations will be more than met. This is a winner.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Solid 19-3/4-inch cast aluminum base provides for rigidity
    • Three knife cutter-head for superior surface finish
    • Fan-assisted chip ejection system aids in the removal of debris
    • Two-speed gear box, 96 or 179 cuts per inch for the finest finish
    • Automatic carriage lock minimizes the movement that causes snipe

    Reviews (53)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Little Planer
    I got my DW734 on sale at a great price and have used it in my shop with great success. I have used it on all kinds of wood hard and soft and it has done an excellent job. So far no need to sharpen or replace the blades, although I would not have expected to at this point

    I wouldn't even consider purchasing this planer without the optional infeed and out feed extension tables. I think Dewalt should consider including them as part of the package rather than as an option.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Bad design backed up with terrible support
    The planner arived and I was able to use it right away.The snipe was not bad and the finish was fairly good.There is barely any noticable finish diference between the two speeds on hardwoods.After less than 100 board feet, this all changed.

    The sprockets are made from sintered hardened powder metal.They break under light loads and are expensive to replace, even though they are probably purchased for under 20 cents by Dewalt.Dewalt has now changed to a different material sprocket that so far is holding up.It is too bad that they did not stand behind their product and issue conversion kits or issue a recall for the known design flaw.

    The rollers are also weak.Even when removing 1/64" on narrow boards, they do not have the force needed to push the wood past even brand new knives.I'm forced with manually pushing the boards thru the planner.That is until I purchase a new one - not Dewalt.

    The knife design is poor and prone to breaking down the knifes.They can not be sharped.They have an edge on both sides, so you can use them twice at $45 a pop.

    The on-line service is a joke.The narrest service center is an hour away for me and will require taking a days vacation due to their limited hours of operation and no weekends.

    Save your self the headache, and don't by this piece of junk.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Kevin - Appleton, Wisconsin
    Decent planer, but very lousy knives.Planing less then 100 board feet on hemlock and white pine and the blades are already junk, plus they're expensive to replace.DeWalt should really construct some better knives
    ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. DeWalt    2. (De Walt)    3. Planers    4. Bench-Top Planers    5. (Planners)    6. (Plainers)    7. (Surface Planers)    8. (Portable)   


    5. Bosch 4000-07 10" Worksite Table Saw with Folding Steel Stand and Left Side Support (Must Order Below!)
    by Bosch
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $948.00 -- our price: $499.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005JDNM
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Bosch's 10-inch Worksite table saw might just be the best of the current bunch. Benchtop table saws--which weigh 60 to 100 pounds and are light enough for one person to carry from the truck to the job site--have increased in popularity in recent years. They set up easily on a workbench or sawhorses and generally feature stable components that make them great for pros and serious hobbyists alike. Although at 60 pounds the Bosch is lighter than any other saw in its class, this saw is no lightweight. It sports a die-cast undercarriage and powerful 4.4-horsepower, 15 amp motor--burly components that make it a serious, albeit slight, contender. Conveniently, the Bosch comes ready to use right out of the box; we were making cuts about 10 minutes after the UPS delivery. Plus, it's the only benchtop table saw with an arbor lock, so mounting the blade is a one-wrench affair (less chance for busted knuckles). The wrench--like all those that come with Bosch tools--is forged, rather than stamped, and so there are no sharp edges that dig into your hand during blade changes. It's a small detail, but one that matters and one that's typical of the attention to detail paid by Bosch engineers.

    A flip of the paddle-style on/off switch initiates the soft-start electronics, which ramp the blade up to speed quickly without any disturbing jolt. The electronic feedback, popular on many saws today, keeps the blade turning at a constant speed, no matter what the load. The fence is the heart of any table saw and we found Bosch's to be a beauty. It's well machined and locks securely and accurately to the table. The cam-lock handle is padded, seats flush, and feels good to use. Like the comparable DeWalt saw, the Bosch features an extendable fence that makes it easy to rip four-by-eight panel material. It feels solid and slides smoothly, and the scales are easy to read. (There's even a built-in magnifying glass to cut down on the squint factor.) As with all the new Bosch tools, wrenches and removable items store nicely onboard the saw. The fence snaps into a holder on the side of the saw and stays put, and the miter gauge slides into a slot on the front of the tool--yet another small detail that we appreciate. The bottom line? The Bosch is a powerful saw that handles big stock without bogging down. --Mark McDonald ... Read more

    Features

    • Large tabletop measures 29 by 21-1/2 inches (width by length)
    • 4.4-horsepower 15 amp motor delivers excellent power
    • Soft-start technology ensures smoother start-ups and quieter performance
    • Precision rip fence with Square-Lock technology delivers precise cuts every time
    • Response system senses torque demand and instantly delivers more power to the blade

    Reviews (117)

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE Best portable table saw EVER
    I have been a carpenter for over 20 years.I have never used a portable table saw as nice as this one.Very Happy

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent saw but now having problems
    I've owned my saw for almost 2 years and I do finish carpentry along with some general carpentry and I am always loading and unloading this thing from my truck. I love the acurracy, smooth start and steady power. I have always had problems changing the saw blade because the inside blade gaurd gets in the way when taking the blade on and off. I've had to grind the corners off the gaurd to eliminate this problem. More recently the mechanism that tilts the blade wont tighten up and I can'tfigure out how to adjust this, now I have to take it in to a service center. Also the stand has problems locking in the upright position.
    This sounds like I dont like the saw but I really do, I am just frustrated with these issues and I dont have time to drop my saw off for several weeks while it gets repaired.

    4-0 out of 5 stars No Portable Saw Deserves 5, But This Is The Best By Far
    I'm a home remodeler, so I really pay attention to the portability of a job site table saw, as well as its performance. On both of these levels, the Bosch is simply the best. I've used, owned, or researched just about every job site saw out there from the major manufacturers, and side by side, there really is no competition. I know a lot of folks eventually pit the Bosch against the DeWalt, however, I found it impossible to believe that the DeWalt fence system, as smooth as it is, can withstand the day-to-day abuse a job site saw must endure. Yes, the table top of the Bosch is easily marred, and the splitter ain't worth a damn; however, for what it is, and what it is supposed to do, the Bosch is the one to get.

    Oh yeah, as I stated above, no portable table saw out there, not even the Bosch, merits a 5 star rating. The very nature and purpose of a portable table saw means that some things must be sacrificed in its engineering and construction, usually on the performace end, or on the portability end (sometimes both!) It just seems crazy to me to expect the performance of a cabinet saw when portability is required as well. Something's gotta give!!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Bosch    2. (Bosh)    3. Saws    4. Table Saws    5. Bench-Top Table Saws    6. (Tablesaws)    7. (Portable)   


    6. JET AFS-1000B / 708620B Air Filtration System
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $400.00 -- our price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004R9LO
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    A good filtration system is as important as any tool in your shop, and the Jet AFS-1000 is a pretty inspired machine. Like other systems on the market, Jet's uses a two-filter process: an outer filter removes particles up to 5 microns in size and an inner, three-pocket filter traps particles as small as 1 micron. The electrostatic outer filter easily withstands three or four washings, and the inner filter can be blown clean easily with compressed air. On the power end, Jet's three-speed, 1/6-horsepower motor filters to 1044 cfm on high speed. The outer filter is well sealed and provides efficient intake. However, what really sets the AFS-1000 apart from most filtration systems is its remote control and timer features. Since these systems are most effective when placed high or hung from the ceiling, being able to control all of the unit's functions via remote control is a feature we quickly decided we wouldn't want to live without. The timer, which can also be set via remote, affords you the option to set it and forget it. --Justin Paul ... Read more

    Features

    • Comes with an electrostatic filter that is electronically charged to attract many more dust particles than other standard filters
    • Filters 98% of all particles 5 microns in size and 85% of all particles 1 micron in size
    • Runs quietly
    • Includes a remote control for convenience
    • Comes complete with eyebolts to either hang the machine from the ceiling or to sit on on a workbench

    Reviews (77)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Machine, Horible Customer Service
    Over the past three months, I have purchased 4 Jet woodworking machines including this one, to the tune of almost $2400.Until recently, I was planning to purchase a Jet Planer Molder and Performax Drumsander, but based on my recent experience with the WHM Tool Group, who makes this equipment, I am having second thoughts.Although I am for the most part happy with the machines I've purchased, when I was assembling my table saw, the fence that came with the saw did not match the one in the instructions, and I had to spend a considerable amount of time on hold with the WHM customer service department to find out how to mount it to the saw.I can live with that, but as I began to use the saw I discovered that although two arbor wrenches are required to change the saw blade, only one came with the saw. Although I don't think it is too much to ask that they throw in two $6 wrenches with a $1500 saw, I thought, I'd just order one from the WHM website.There I found that the Shipping for the $6 wrench would be $19.99.I sent a note to WHM regarding this requesting a reply, and did not receive one.When I called a week later, I was curtly told that the saw comes with only one wrench.When I asked why it would cost $20 to send a $6 wrench that would fit in a standard letter sized envelope, I was told that they do not ship via U.S Mail, and that was the end of the conversation.I ordered the wrench to the tune of $26.70, and was surprised again to find that it was back ordered with no expected date of delivery. I sent a copy of this rating to WHM tool group to give them a chance to respond, but again have received no response almost a week later.For what ever it's worth, if customer service is important to you and you don't want to have to purchase things that should come with the tool and then be charged three times the value of the item for shipping and handling you might want to consider another brand.

    1-0 out of 5 stars No way to review when new unit fuse blows
    Just purchasd the unit based upon all of the favorable reviews. Maybe I'm in the minority but when connecting the power and hitting "ON"...poof, the fuse trips. I reset the fuse, try again, and...poof, the fuse blows. The third try was not a charm. Based upon a new unit doing this, I have to rate it 1 star. Perhaps I will spend a little more and by the USA-made JDS.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good investment with many applications
    Solid construction and performance all around; the unit is intended for ceiling mount but is just portable enough for my purposes. Considering the many favorable customer reviews here, I'm not alone in endorsing the AFS-1000B and have no regrets having purchased one. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Vacuums    2. Dust Collectors    3. Air Cleaners    4. (Vacumes)    5. (Vaccuums)    6. (Vaccums)    7. (Vacums)   


    7. Hitachi M12V 3-1/4 HP Electronic Variable Speed 1/2" Plunge Router
    by Hitachi
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $541.00 -- our price: $159.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000223K9
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Routers don't get any bigger and tougher than this Hitachi workhorse. It has the solid construction, horsepower, and features we've come to expect in a top-of-the-line router. Its heft goes a long way toward eliminating vibration, working with the soft-start motor to cut out torque at startup. Despite its nearly 12 pounds, it actually handles as well as most 3-1/4-horsepower routers we've tried in freehand applications. It has a 1/2-inch collet and a wide sub-base opening, making it suitable for working with all but the very biggest panel bits. It features electronic variable speed, so the router makes clean cuts in a wide range of different materials. We found the controls to be within easy reach of the handles, and though this isn't the quietest router we've used, it comes pretty close. We like the unique eight-position handles that let the tool be adjusted to the worker rather than the other way around. While this is a topnotch plunge router, it's also an excellent choice for table mounting, and many people choose this model for exactly that reason. This is an all-around solid tool that offers more bang per buck than many competing models. --Brian Trinen ... Read more

    Features

    • Hitachi exclusive 5 year warranty
    • Powerful 15 amp motor
    • Three-position side handle with easy-to-reach controls
    • Electronic dial-in variable-speed control
    • Multislide scale and scale index system

    Reviews (73)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hitachi Router
    This is an excellent router for the price. This is my second one. The first one lasted about 6 years of heavy use.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The bad, the good, the ugly green router.
    I purchased the Hitachi M12V several months ago and have used it quite a bit since receiving it. This is my first plunge router so I do not have a great base to compare from. I'll start with 4 problems that I have with this model. First, since I had no previous experience with plunge routers, I was heavily relient on the user manual for setup and use. This is a mistake. It is a bad translation from some engineer that didn't really no what the tool was built for. It did get me on the road to using this router, but a friend with a plunge router or maybe a book on plunge routing will help out more. Second, the plunge action binds sometimes. I attribute this to putting uneven pressure on base plate and now make a conscious effort to apply even pressure. The first time a bit jerks down into your work, you will know what I am talking about here. My third complaint is that the bit tightening is awkward. I can see how this would be an engineering challenge with any plunge router. Maybe the key here is don't change the bit alot. Have a couple other dedicated routers for chamforing or other types of routing you do frequently and do not need plunging action for. The last problem is not really with the router, but with this $29 micro adjuster. Don't waste your time. The adjuster came as part of my package so I have it...in a drawer. This thing is called a micro adjustment knob although the adjustment is on a course threaded rod. How can you call it micro? Also, the 1/2 straight bit included in the package when installed, and the plunge mechanism adjusted all the way up cannot accomodate the micro adjustment knob. The rod it is on does not have enough threads to keep it on the router. My suggestion here is if you really need this 'fine' adjustment, replace the coarse threaded rod with a fine threaded one and some new nuts. You can get a knurled knob that will substitute and be better than the oem knob.
    Now for the praise. This machine will go through any thing I throw at it (depending on the sharpness of the bit). As well as heavy cutting, I use this for inlays. Some of the review talked about the heaviness of this router, I have not found this to be a problem. In fact when doing the inlay, more mass gives less vibration and better stability. The slow start works great and the variable speed is a godsend. I rate this product with the second highest rating because it has become a tool that I know if it were taken from me, I would buy another.... unless someone gifted me one. hint hint.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Can be a safety hazard
    I have purchased & used 2 of these routers in the past 3 years. They last about 1 1/2 years until the problems start. My first router is a safety hazard if you do not pay attention and are not very careful. First, I must say that I am a professional woodworker, so, this router was used every day. Mainly using core box bits & bull nose bits as well as round over bits. I use it on woods from the hardest of maples & osage to cedars. When the router is working it is a very nice machine for the money. But, the first one just stopped working while pushing through the workpiece. Then, without warning, it took off again. Luckily the soft start helped before it took the wood and tossed it or worse case, a finger. I use these routers under a table. Outside of needing an extension for half inch bits, which is a problem for most machines of this type. Once a depth is locked, it will jump off a little while working. You must keep double checking depths. But, for the money it is a good machine. Well, my second one is now beginning to hicup a bit after about 1 1/2 years. The electronic speed control is not doing it's job and the router begins to speed up and slow down at will. I am now waiting for this one to stop. For the hobbiest, it's probably a nice buy. For the person that uses the equipment every day, pay the extra and get a reliable & safer unit. If this machine just stops on you, unplug it quickly and get out of the way! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Routers    2. Plunge Routers   


    8. HTC HTC2000 Universal Mobile Base
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $59.99 -- our price: $54.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00002262M
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    If you're like us, you've crammed more tools into your workshop than can really fit. Luckily, an HTC universal mobile base (or two) can make a world of difference. The base is sturdy and easy to assemble, plus--unlike any other mobile base on the market--it adjusts to fit virtually any large woodworking machine, forming squares from 12 by 12 to 36 by 36 inches and rectangles as big as 20 by 52 inches. Holes at 1-inch increments let you choose any shape in between, and wheels at all four corners make it easy to maneuver. Roll one tool in; roll another tool out. Moving equipment around a crowded shop has never been this easy. --Jon Groebner ... Read more

    Features

    • Lifetime warranty
    • Four wheels for well-balanced performance
    • Side rails come with holes spaced every inch
    • Can hold shop tools weighing over 400 pounds
    • Easy to unlock and move

    Reviews (105)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Myles Hurlburt/Wausau WI
    I had purchase this for my JET Table Saw. It works great. It worked so well I purchased another one for my Bansaw. The flexibilty in moving your tools around is a great convienence. I would recommend this product to anyone.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not for Heavy Table Saws
    I bought an HTC2000 mobile base to go under a 400 lb. table saw.It couldn't raise the table saw comfortably even though it is rated to handle that much weight.I ended up swapping with the big Shop Fox base that's rated at 600 lbs. from my band saw and put the HTC2000 on the band saw.It handles the 200 lbs. of the band saw just fine.The HTC2000 is a good mobile base, but I wouldn't put over 300 lbs. on it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Does what it's supposed to do
    I couldn't pass up a 1HP 4-speed 14" HF bandsaw for a little over $200 on sale. I realized the need for mobility of this tool in my shop and looked for reasonably priced mobile stands. The HTC2000 is rated for much more weight than I needed and would accomodate a larger base of another tool if it didn't work out for the bandsaw.

    No problem - just one 14" brace front and back and one 18" each side made the stand fit perfectly. It takes a few minutes to put all the nuts and bolts in but the metal is strong and the wheels roll smoothly. When the base is not elevated for moving, there are rubber feet that keep the base steady. The two swivel casters have one step lever each instead of one center lever for raising. I don't see a problem with using it on a closed base bandsaw; the low mounted motor weight is more than the higher weight. I think the base is made well and does what it is supposed to do. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Mobile Bases    2. Band Saws    3. (Bandsaws)    4. Drill Presses    5. (Drils)    6. Jointers    7. Shapers    8. Table Saws    9. (Tablesaws)    10. Universal Bases   


    9. Generac Guardian 0439015000 Watt Emergency Automatic Home Standby Generator
    by Guardian
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $4,029.00 -- our price: $3,199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000068LA9
    Sales Rank: 1630
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Runs on your home's fuel system - Natural gas or LP gas and automatically exercises itself once a week for 12 minutes
    • 15,000/13,000 watt model with 12 circuits that is completely pre-packaged for easy installation
    • System supplies back up power within 30 seconds, so you won't have to lift a finger when utility power fails
    • Includes: Automatic Transfer Switch with built-in emergency load center, 30 ft. and 2 ft. pre-wired conduits, pre-wired external connection box, composite mounting pad, 1 ft. flexible fuel line and "Do-It-Yourself Instalation Guide"
    • Powerful OHVI overhead valve industrial engine with pressurized lubrication and spin-on oil filter for long life

    Reviews (12)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great generator and easy to install yourself
    I was a little apprehensive in deciding to install the Generac myself after reading some of the reviews. I took the plunge and found out that there was nothing to worry about. Before I bought it, I checked with my propane supplier and found out that the gas pressure their regulator supplies was within Generac's guidelines (11"-14" water column is pretty standard).

    It took about 2.5 weeks to arrive after ordering it and came by ABF freight (semi truck). I was able to unload it from the truck with my tractor and pallet forks. I first had to convert it to propane with the supplied orifice, etc. which took about 40 min. I chose to pour a concrete pad which isn't required, but I thought it would be a more stable base. This took 3 hours.

    Next was hanging the transfer box and running the pre-wired 30' BX conduit to the location where it will go through your wall. This took about 2 hours. Since I am running it on propane, I took advantage of the offer of a free upgrade to 15KW (nat. gas runs at 13KW) from Generac by calling their toll-free number. It was difficult to get through to a person (I had to lie to the automated answerer saying I wanted to be a Generac dealer), but once through, it was shipped free of charge within a week. This upgrade requires the swapping out of the 60A breaker on the generator with a supplied 70A and the replacement of the pre-wired 30' BX conduit and the conduit that goes between the generator and the external box with another that has heavier gauge wire for the additional amps. This switchover took 1 hour. Installing the external electrical box and wiring it up took an hour also.

    Next, I had to run about 20' (with associated valves and fittings) of additional LP line from where mine left off in the house to the generator. This took me and a helper 6.5 hours.

    The wiring of the designated emergency circuits was quite easy due to the color-coded, tagged wires that are supplied with the transfer switch. I removed the black wires from my existing breakers (and removed the breakers) and pigtailed them to the new wires/breakers in the transfer switch box. All of this wiring took 2 hours. I then followed all of the testing procedures checking voltages with a mulitimeter and performing the engine break-in (which takes about 4 hours). After the break-in, I changed the oil (with a required all-synthetic oil) and the filter and now it is ready to go!

    If you are going to install this yourself prepare to spend about 18-20 hours, depending on how much gas line you have to run. Also, some things that you will have to buy that aren't really mentioned in the literature are: Automotive battery (550CCA min.) $58, 8' ground rod/cable $13, Circuit breaker that fits your existing breaker box to feed the transfer switch panel $20 (mine was Square-D which are expensive normally, but I got it on ebay), LP pipe/valves $50, Misc. conduit straps, etc. $5, Concrete pad (Quikcrete from Home Depot)$40. Total=$186

    I have had some experience with wiring and construction and am generally handy with tools. If you have that general level of ability, this shouldn't be a problem for you. It sure beats the $900 that Home Depot wants to install it "professionally".

    As far as quality goes, this thing is built like a tank. Everything looks and feels to be heavy duty. Case is weather proof and well thought out, generally. (I wish they would have a bigger battery compartment so I could have gotten a 600+CCA battery in, though) I was really worried about the noise; no need to be. I placed it near a window of the family room about 2' from the wall and only had to turn up the TV slightly when it was running. A low hum is what it sounds like through the wall. Outside, you don't have to shout to be heard while within 10' of it with all covers closed, but don't stay too close for too long with the top open and the front cover off because you could go deaf! This thing is loud without the sound attenuation afforded by the enclosure.

    It had no problem powering everything that is hooked up to it during testing: Well pump, Heat Pump/AC, propane furnace, 2 sump pumps, 2 refrigerators, 1 deepfreezer, several lighting and outlet citcuits, TV/VCR, microwave, septic aerator/sump pump combination. The lights dimmed momentarily when the heat pump kicked in, but other than that, you can't tell you're "off the grid".

    Now we're just waiting for the power to go out.

    Good Luck!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Put to the test, it performs
    We've had this unit for almost 2 years now, currently, we are in the middle of our worst ice storm ever, and the electric has been down for over three days, the 15kw Guardian has been running nonstop.The temperature outside is near zero and we are nice and toasty warm inside, running virtually everything, heat, well pump, kitchen appliances, treadmill, garage door openers, lights, etc.This power outage which will last another week they say, but has caused barely a hickup for us in our daily routine, aside from shelling out the $45 or so in propane we are going through every day.Small price to pay for safety and normalcy.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Generac Poor Quality
    When my generator starts - it quits for several seconds and restarts. The company can't solve the problem and does not answer my letters.
    If you can't live by your warranty you should not sell it. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Generators    2. (Generaters)    3. Power Supplies   


    10. Bosch 1617EVSPK 2.25 Horsepower Electronic Variable Speed Plunge and Fixed Base Router Kit
    by Bosch
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $410.00 -- our price: $219.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005RHPD
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Bosch's 1617EVSPK is a strong entry in the 2-1/4-horsepowercombination router market. Solid, all-magnesium construction makes theBosch durable and lightweight, while special touches, such as woodenhandles on the fixed base and contoured, soft-grip handles on the plungebase, add to the comfort of users and give the tool a look ofdistinction lacking in some of its competitors. Of course, looks areonly skin deep, and this router has plenty to offer below the surface aswell. At its heart, a powerful 12 amp, 2-1/4-horsepower motor deliversconsistent results at variable speeds of 8,000 to 25,000 rpm. Theexclusive precision centering design ensures bits are perfectly centeredin the router base, a handy feature for maintaining accurate cut lines.A wider-than-average base opening provides superior visibility andallows the Bosch to accept larger bits, while a micro bit-depthadjustment system makes fine-tuning fast and easy. Unlike manycomparable routers, the Bosch 1617EVSPK is designed to move from base tobase without the use of tools. Instead, it clamps solidly into place forquick and easy transfers. What's more, the motor never rotates whileadjusting depths, allowing you to stow the power cord on either sidewhere it's out of the way. --Carl Thress ... Read more

    Features

    • Microfine depth adjustment
    • Variable speed
    • Plunge/Fixed bases
    • Soft start
    • Constant response circuitry

    Reviews (78)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Information on switch problem
    Ok, Do you want to put this whole switch issue to bed?I took my non-functioning switch out last night and disassembled it.The switch is fine, there are no electronics inside, it is a standard toggle switch.The problem is it is the wrong switch for this application.When I opened mine there was at least 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of saw dust packed in there.So the only problem was that the contacts were being held open because there was saw dust between therm.I just cleaned all the dust out and put it back together and it worked fine.

    There is a new Bosch part number for the replacement switch, which indicates a design change.I hope the new switch is sealed, but I don't know yet because I haven't received mine in the mail.If it is not I'm going to look to find one that is the right size and amp that is sealed and it should stop this issue altogether.

    I think mine failed sooner than most because I have used it in my router table more than free hand routing and my table has an enclosed area for the router which does get pretty dusty, I think static draws the dust in from the outside because the switch body is pretty well sealed from the inside workings of the router.

    Good Luck

    4-0 out of 5 stars Awsome router kit
    Simply put, this combo kit is the one to get.Powerful and very easy to use.The soft start and variable speed are very nice.The case is comes with is pretty nice, bits and wrenches have a spot inside as well.I've only logged about 15 hours with it and have only one complaint, the switch stopped working.I took it apart and cleaned it up and it worked fine again.But other than that I've loved every minute with it.I'm a carpenter and furniture making hobbiest.Definately worth buying.Bosches portable table saw is very good also.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best tool in my shop
    This is the best tool I own.The second best is my bosch sliding compound miter saw.Coupled with my bench dog router table this router will do anything, raised panels or whatever.It is very smooth and quiet for a router. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Bosch    2. (Bosh)    3. Routers    4. Fixed-Base Routers    5. Plunge Routers   


    11. HyLoft USA 00310 Overhead Storage System
    by Hyloft USA
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $99.99
    Asin: B00007E1L8
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The HyLoft overhead storage system is a clever, clever concept, executed neatly. Just one 4-by-4-foot unit give you 35 cubic feet of storage that space previously wasn't there. Imagine installing these on either side of the garage door opener: you'll create storage space out of nothing. Multiple units can be aligned to fit nearly any space, in a L-shape or T-shape, for whatever available ceiling space you have, and each unit holds up to 250 pounds. The open grate design allows you to see what’s stored above--a feature we really like. The finish is clean-looking and super durable and comes with a lifetime warranty. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of installation, either--only the most basic skills are needed. Tools required are standard household fare: hammer, adjustable wrench, stud finder, and drill. For innovation, ease of installation, and good old American ingenuity, we give this baby five stars.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Patented, unique, and truly innovative
    • 4-by-4-foot storage unit holds 250 pounds
    • Installs with ease and is height adjustable
    • Frees up space intended for vehicles and maximizes unused space
    • Stores large and odd shaped items not ideal for cabinets

    Reviews (21)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Storage System
    The Hyloft is perfect for us, as we have a high ceiling in the garage and lots of things we want to save.I ordered 2 systems thru Amazon and initially tried to install them.I watched the video yet found the studs to be very difficult to locate.

    Via the Hyloft website, I found a local operation to install them.The company, however, needs to make money as well and required me to have at least 4 units to install versus the 2 I bought here.I completely understood, especially given the drive time and fuel costs.

    The Hyloft system itself is a great way to expand your storage and provide an archival system for things you just can't throw away.

    I'm very happy I worked through an expert company who installs these daily.It took them less than 2 hours to install 4.They had to drill thru steel to access the wood stud, which was even hard for them.They Hylofts are now perfectly aligned along the ceiling which looks very clean.The extra cost was well worth it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THESE ARE THE BEST!
    I just recently gutted my garage and played my own version of Clean Sweep. Couldn't have done it without these. We installed 3 and it took several hours but WELL WORTH IT! Highly recommended, you'll be more than pleased!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Space Saver!!
    I bought two of these and cannot believe how much they hold.It took my husband three hours to install with much of that time finding the first stud.Someone wrote a review about their unit only having two support beams, but each of mine has four as pictured.My huband said the instructions are easy to follow and the assembly is painless.I just love how nice they look and how much stuff I was able to pile on them. ... Read more


    12. Senco 1Z0013N FinishPro 41XP 15-Gauge Finish Nailer with Free FinishPro 15 18-Gauge Brad Nailer
    by Senco
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $329.00
    Asin: B0000C6DWE
    Sales Rank: 6286
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • No-mar pads with onboard storage to protect work surface
    • Free FinishPro 15 18 gauge finish nailer
    • NeverLube technology-no lubrication required
    • Two-year warranty
    • Adjustable depth-of-drive and easy-clear latch-to clear jams fastNo-mar pads with onboard storage to protect work surface

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Paid a lot more locally but I still think it's worth it!
    I was installing hardwood flooring and rented the hardwood nailer. I was going to buy a cheaper model finish nailer, but the local tool store had four of these "special" promotion package deals for $279.99. I needed it right away, so I grabbed one and am very happy I did. Shot about 200 2" nails into 3/4" maple flooring with no problems. Have not tried the brad nailer yet, but based on the 41XP I will love it!

    These are the first nailers I have ever owned or used, but I am amazed at how easy they operate. Another comment that may interest someone is that the hardwood floor nailer I rented was also made by Senco. Shot over 3,000 nails with no jams. I will definetely look for another Senco next time I install hardwood!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars See More Reviews
    The 1Z0013N product number is for FP41-XP bundled with 18ga brad nailer.There are many reviews of the FP41-XP under another product number.(You guessed it - FP41-XP.)Of the 17 reviews there (as of 09/19/03) all were four or five stars.Sounds like an excellent gun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great gun!
    I've been installing lots of crown molding with an 18 gauge brad nailer and have been putting off the purchase of a 15 gauge finish nailer, until recently.I decided to go with the best and bought the Senco FP 41XP.I am very impressed with the engineering of the gun.It is well balanced, lightweight, silky smooth and fires reliably without leaving a mark.I highly recommend the Senco FP 41XP(too bad I bought my gun before Amazon decided to throw the FP15 gun in with the deal). ... Read more


    13. Strait-Line 64030 Laser Tape
    by IRWIN
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $59.02
    Asin: B0000ALR30
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Granted, if you're into home repair, you've got a 25-foot steel tape in your toolbox. But how many times have you grumbled at it when it didn't stay rigid from across the room? Tapes have their purpose, but for estimated measurements of up to 50 feet, the Laser Tape is the way to go. Just point, press "read", and the distance is displayed in feet and inches or metric. It's simple to use and would be perfect for the homeowner trying to calculate how many gallons of paint to buy, how much vinyl flooring to get or even how much fertilizer to buy, provided you've got walls round your yard to bounce the laser off. It is, we must say, a little finicky, and it works best on monochromatic sold surfaces, but once you get the hang of it, it's a handy little tool.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Calculates area and volume
    • Measures using sonar from 2-feet to 50-feet
    • Laser to target the point to which you want to measure
    • Large LCD screen
    • Converts feet to meters

    Reviews (43)

    1-0 out of 5 stars handy as laser POINTER, absolutely useless as laser TAPE
    ...this is a good example of "you get what you pay for," I suppose.

    This alleged "laser tape" actually uses a sound wave to take its measurement, the laser beam is there mainly for underhanded marketing purposes to mislead you into thinking that you're buying far more advanced technology than you're really getting.

    Of course, sonar is notoriously unreliable for this sort of application, and therefore it is hardly surprising that it delivers kinda-sorta accurate rough measurements in all of maybe 3 out of 10 tries.All sorts of environmental factors can easily throw it off: the color, texture, and shape of the object you are pointing it at (flat 90 degree white walls seem to enjoy about 60% efficacy, the highest I ever got with it), exterior noise conditions, how much open space there is around you, etc.

    Really the only thing this sonar tape really does well is serve as a bulky, clunky and noisy (it makes a clicking sound during operation, which I wish I could disable) laser pointer---the 9V battery does last a bit longer than the tiny little watch battery that most pen-size laser pointers use.

    Thank God the home improvement warehouse I bought it at has a great return policy!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not accurate
    I am giving it two stars because it may be useful for rough estimates.However, it is a disappointment.I got it on sale (close-out, I think) and for interior walls it consistently reads about 5 inches longer than the actual dimension (properly measuring from base.I am sure I will occasionally bring it out of the toolbox for a quick rough measure, but that is about it.I'd return it if I could.

    3-0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for
    I received this as a gift and for my line of work, it works OK.
    Don't expect exact accuracy, that's not what it is for. It is very good for me on estimates. Sure I get some obvious errors, but if you read the maunal, you will see that most are addressed there. Why would anyone use this to get measurements for cutting trim..??? That is what a tape is for. ... Read more

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    14. Hitachi C10FSB 10" Dual Bevel Slide Compound Miter Saw
    by Hitachi
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $649.00 -- our price: $399.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00007J8CG
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Take the versatility of a fully functional dual bevel compound saw, add in a smooth operating slide, throw a 12 amp, single-phase 60 Hz motor "under the hood," and you’re got the Hitachi C10FSB 10-inch dual bevel sliding compound miter saw. This saw works effectively in both wood and aluminum sash applications. A built-in soft-start feature, electronic speed control, and a no load speed of 3,800 rpm combine to ensure clean, accurate miter, bevel, compound, slide, groove, and press cuts every time. The slide works almost effortlessly and can handle work pieces up to 3-11/32-by-12-9/32 inches or 3-9/16-by-11 inches, with press cutting capabilities for narrower work pieces up to 3-11/32 inches square. For bevel, miter, and compound cutting, the saw bevels 45 degrees right and left of center, with a miter range of 0 to 45 degrees left and 0 to 57 degrees right. Positive stops are provided at the most common miter angles, but the saw can be positioned securely at any point along the scale. For added versatility, the saw’s vice assembly mounts on either the right or left side of the base and can be raised or lowered according to the work piece height. Blades are easy to remove and install. A polyethylene V-belt protects the saw’s motor against overload.--Carl Thress ... Read more

    Features

    • Hitachi exclusive 5 year warranty
    • Belt-driven motor with soft start and electronic speed control
    • Deflection guard that disperses chips away from operator and helps align cut lines
    • Linear ball bearing slide rail system prolonged accuracy
    • Positive miter locking system that holds firm at any angle

    Reviews (6)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great saw, mediocre packaging
    I am restoring my old home, and also spend quite a bit of time helping like-minded family & friends do the same.I have just received my Hitachi C10FSB and overall am very pleased with the purchase.Except for zero degree bevel needing an easy to-do adjustment, all other angles were spot on as delivered.The saw has a great blade, and overall fit and finish is excellent.

    I was not impressed with was Hitachi's packaging.Upon reciept I could see about 1" of the back of the slider protruding from a small hole in side of the box.Upon opening I found the saw had shifted from its cardboard cutout restraints, allowing the slider to poke out of the box.The bevel was not locked or restrained and was free to flip-flop during shipping.Luckily everything checks out okay.

    I cannot comment on how competitors package their saws, but as noted in other reviews it is clear that Hitachi does not package their saws for individual home delivery.This is the only thing keeping the C10FSB from getting 5 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Saw
    I have had this saw for about six months and I absolutely love it.It is very smooth and it cut square right out of the box.I like the smaller size better than the 12" Dewalt Slider and the price cannot be beat.My only minor complaint is that a "D" style grip would be more comfortable.Overall an excellent saw for the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great saw
    Just bought my second saw.My first one still works great, I just couldn't pass up this great price.This saw cuts strong and true.The problem of the dual bevel system was fixed in this newer version.I use this saw every day and it works great. A plus. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Saws    2. Miter Saws    3. (Mitre Saws)    4. (Mitersaws)    5. (Mitresaws)   


    15. Strait-Line 64001 Laser Level
    by IRWIN
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $84.00
    Asin: B000065CE7
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    If only this had been in our toolbox a year ago when westruggled to install a suspended ceiling in the basement. This littleguy puts out an actual laser line vertically, horizontally, or at anyangle. It's wonderfully simple and dead-on accurate. Just position thealignment notch with the guidance of the dual bubble levels, push thetabs to anchor the self-retracting pushpins, and raise the lens coverfor hands-free accuracy. The recessed rubber grip offers sure handling,but this tool also sports an impact-resistant body, just in case.Hardly bigger than a 25-foot measuring tape, this tool will tuck nicelyinto any toolbox and serve decorators, builders, remodelers, anddo-it-yourselfers equally well. It doesn't come with batteries, so havetwo AAs on hand. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Saves time / Easy one person operation
    • Projects a 30+ foot visible laser guide line
    • Laser beam will not harm finished environments
    • Laser skips over small imperfections, moldings, and uneven surfaces, casting a continuous line
    • Self-retracting push pins hold the unit on drywall or wood

    Reviews (58)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Necessity for the Female toolbox.
    Hanging pictures and shelves use to cause friction between my husband and me. Now I do not have to ask for help. The Laser Level is a must have for the ladies toolbox........

    1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of junk
    I bought this thing from a local home improvement store thinking it would be handy to use for hanging items on the wall and providing layout lines for flooring, etc.Wrong!The retractable pins that are supposed to hold it to a wall or ceiling or whatever, retract continuously and it won't stay in place. The laser line is practically invisible so it was of no use even if I had a project where I could just set it on the floor. It does seem to be fairly impact resistant proven by the number of times the pins retracted and it fell off the wall plus throwing it across the room out of frustration didn't seem to hurt it.However, it was a piece of junk before I threw it and it's still a piece of junk.I don't even know where it is anymore and I don't care.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
    Too bad I didn't have this years ago.

    Very handy!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Measuring & Layout Tools    2. Line Lasers    3. Marking Tools    4. Home    5. Tools   


    16. Dremel 8000-01 10.8 Volt Lithium-Ion 5,000 - 35,000 RPM Cordless Rotary Tool
    by Dremel
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $79.99 -- our price: $67.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000DEZL9
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Remember how cool we all thought that first Dremel was? We're reliving the feeling with this one: lighter, faster, smarter, better, and stronger. The main improvement over the last generation is the battery source: lithium-ion. There are so many reasons to applaud. Lithium holds its charge up to six times longer in storage than nickel-cadmium batteries, so it's ready when you are. Remember the disappointment when you were ready and your battery was low? That won't happen with this one. It's got a battery fuel gauge that tells you how much life is left before a recharge, so you won't be caught without your Dremel, and if you choose to keep it on its charger, you won't cause memory and shorten the charge capacity. It's small, it's light, it's comfortable and maneuverable; it's everything the corded models are, but without the cord. We love it.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Small and lightweight for easier handling and less fatigue
    • 50% more power to handle the toughest jobs
    • 40% more speed; the highest speed available in cordless rotary tools
    • Holds a charge 6-times longer than NiCd batteries, so it's ready when you need it
    • Lithium-Ion batteries can be recharged at any time without damaging charge capacity or run-time

    Reviews (16)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Cord or cordless?
    I bought the Dremel 10.8v rotary cordless drill for the purpose of removing tile grout. At first it worked well. But, the battery only lasted 45 minutes. Then the problems started. The 1/16 inch grout bits only lasted a few minutes then broke. I had better luck when I was removing 1/8 inch grout because the 1/8 inch bit lasted for hours before it started getting dull. Since the grout bits are not well made, I found another brand that cuts much better, much cheaper in price, and last longer.

    I HAD to get the grout removed and this was the only tool I found that would do that. But, after a few days the Dremel broke. I still had grout to take care of, so I bought a corded Dremel to continue the work while the cordless was sent in for repairs. To the credit of Dremel, the cordless was promptly repaired and returned along with a free accessory for my trouble. I started using the cordless again and it stopped working again. This time it just stayed on fast speed. So, off it went to the post office again to send in this thing for repair. It is repaired again, but this time I am using the corded Dremel.

    I also tried the tool on other jobs such as removing paint from a window frame, sanding a small section of wood, drilling a pilot hole for a screw, and cutting off a screw that I could not remove. What I found was that the Dremel did a fair job if you have a steady hand. However, some of the accessories either break easily or grind down quickly. And these accessories are not cheap. You can easily spend 3 times the price in bits and accessories than what you pay for the tool itself.

    The bottom line is, this thing is mostly good for small work such as crafts. But, can also come in handy when a large drill or sander just will not fit. Just stay away from the cordless.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best
    This dremel is the best cordless rotary tool out there it has plenty of power with power to spare there just isn't enough room for me to say how good it is.Plus the customer support is just amazing they care about the customer and they are willing to help above and beyond.

    5-0 out of 5 stars State of the Art in cordless Dremel tools
    I have used Dremel tools for over 30 years and have recently found that cordless tools of any brand add another dimension to a tools user friendliness. I tried a number of other Dremel like tools that were cordless, but none could compare to this tool. If you need a rotary tool like this one, spend you money on this one. You will be glad you did. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Dremel    2. (Dremmel)    3. Cordless Tools    4. Rotary Tools    5. (Rotery)   


    17. Black & Decker BDL100S BullsEye Laser Line Generator with Stud Finder
    by Black & Decker
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $85.00
    Asin: B00006S7D2
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Hang new kitchen cabinets, tile the bathroom wall, install a border in the baby's room, add shelving to your home office--the Black & Decker BullsEye laser line generator and stud finder is the tool for the job. In fact, the BullsEye is two tools in one. The built-in stud finder works at depths up to 3/4 inches and provides both an LED and alarm indicator to signal when you've reached the edge of a stud. Once you locate the studs in the wall you're working with, you can then hang the BullsEye at the appropriate height using either the included drywall pushpin (for drywall surfaces) or the keyhole insert with a standard screw or nail (for all other surfaces). Activate the self-leveling laser lines, and the built-in pendulum levels the unit automatically. Depending on the light conditions in your work area, the laser lights should be visible up to 10 feet in either direction. No more chalk lines or straight edges. Just a clean, accurate guide for where to place your fasteners. The included target cones are effective up to 50 feet in either direction of the unit, providing an overall work surface of up to 100 feet in length. The BullsEye works best indoors and is intended for the home enthusiast. Professionals will likely want something a bit more versatile (the BullsEye works only on a true horizontal axis, so it can't determine plumb or set a straight line at any other angle).--Carl Thress ... Read more

    Features

    • Target cones enhance visibility of light at long distances
    • Laser line automatically levels
    • Stud finder detects studs through walls up to 3/4-inch thick
    • Rubber overmold provides comfort and grip when handheld
    • Hanging pin fastens unit to wall for hands-free convenience

    Reviews (25)

    5-0 out of 5 stars How did we live without this?
    This tool is WONDERFUL.It's the best stud-finder we've ever used.It actually is accurate!I just used the laser level to hang borders in three rooms, and the job went a whole lot faster and smoother than I anticipated.Worth the investment!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Handy, but not super accurate
    This is a really good product idea, but unfortunately mine didn't live up to expectations. My laser level is about an inch out of level over 10 feet. That's probably within building specs, but I figured a product packing a laserbeam would be a lot more accurate.

    I have some walls that are 20 feet long. I'd hoped to put this level on the wall and hang a bunch of pictures along a level line, but I can see the few inches of error when I look for it, and that'd drive me nuts.

    I only use it for jobs that my spirit level can't span, but that are still under about 10 feet. Anything bigger and I get the chalk line out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Tool
    I love this tool. We built a new house and I used it for hanging curtain rods, verticla blinds, pictures and shelves. Our wall decorations look organized and very stylish. I like the fact that you can mark on the adjacent wall.

    We have these shelves for my kids room that are beautiful but are a total nightmare to hang. It took me 3 tries at our previous house to hang them because there is no room for variance. I hung them in 1 try using this tool.

    I have read other reviews where people complain about the holes left when hanging the device and it's nonsense. It really is a pin sized hole.

    This is the best tool I have purchsed in 10 years because it saves me so much time when doing projects. ... Read more

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    18. DEWALT DW723 Miter Saw Stand
    by DeWalt
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $392.00 -- our price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005RHPY
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Tired of transporting a bulky miter saw stand from one job siteto the next? The DeWalt DW723 may be the answer. Lightweight and rugged,the all-aluminum stand measures a mere 5-1/2 feet out of the box andweighs in at just 38 pounds. However, when fully assembled, it cansupport boards up to 16 feet long and a full 400 pounds of weight. Thekey to its strength lies in the stand's retractable legs, which locksecurely in place then tuck away when not in use, as well as its slidingcam-lock extensions, which provide a full 16 feet of length whenassembled. A carrying handle makes the stand easy to transport whenfully retracted. Just throw it in the back of your pickup and it's goodto go. Assembly is quick and easy, too. We had ours up and running in amatter of seconds. Mounting brackets adjust to fit most miter saws, makingthis the ideal workspace for the professional or do-it-yourselfer on thego. --Carl Thress ... Read more

    Features

    • Non-marring feet on tool mount won't scratch floors
    • Lightweight aluminum construction (35 pounds) allows for easy transport and storage
    • 5-1/2-foot beam extends to support up to 16 feet of material
    • Legs provide superior support and fold for easy storage
    • Work stops and supports can be repositioned quickly anywhere along the rail

    Reviews (74)

    5-0 out of 5 stars DeWalt Mitersaw stand
    I love the stand it does everything you could ask. It's easy to
    setup and take down, solid easy to square.
    cutting mdf molding is a pain with any stand, a set of plastic
    saw benches that are adjustable and the 12in slide mitersaw from
    DeWalt solves all problems with mdf. I am an inside trim carpenter and I use it everyday.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate convenience
    I've been looking at miter saw stands for a couple years now.So far I've been cutting long boards in my shop on the floor with a homemade box to hold the end of the board up.

    Finally broke down and purchased the DW723 stand.Already my back thanks me.I did some trim work in my basement and what a difference.Took me 5 minutes to setup and it's portability makes it easy to move around where needed.Outstanding design.There are other stands out there, but save your money and get this one, you won't be disappointed!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Made very well (china?)
    Stand is very sturdy and well balanced, you wont regret this
    purchase. I own a 12 inch dewalt miter and saw sit's on this
    stand like it is one piece. ... Read more

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    19. DEWALT DW929K-2 18-Volt 3/8" Cordless Compact Drill/Driver Kit
    by DeWalt
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $368.00
    Asin: B0000649EG
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    For many jobs, a small cordless drill is you need. But if you have more demanding projects in mind, DeWalt's 18-volt 3/8-inch cordless compact drill/driver can get the job done. The DeWalt drill/driver operates at 0-450 and 0-1,500 rpm and delivers up to 400 in./lbs. of muscle to bore through wood, metal or masonry. With an all-metal 5-5-5 planetary gear transmission, this workhorse is built to last. But brute force is by no means the DeWalt's only charm. Handy features like an 18-position adjustable clutch, 3/8-inch keyless ratcheting chuck, integrated lock-off button, and electric brake make this tool as versatile as it is strong. Add to that a comfortable grip, light weight (just 4.5 pounds) and ergonomic design, and you have a pretty good contender in the 18-volt class.--Carl Thress ... Read more

    Features

    • 18-position adjustable clutch torque control
    • Compact size and weight (4.5 pounds)
    • DeWalt-built Series 3000 motor delivers 400 in./lbs. of maximum torque
    • 3/8-inch keyless ratcheting clutch
    • Dual range gearing: 0-450/0-1,500 rpm

    Reviews (10)

    5-0 out of 5 stars good tool, but batteries are weak
    this is a good, solid and reliable drill, can handle rough use and doesnt break.easy to adjust clutch and quick change chuck.only problem is the batteries dont run long even when fully charged, especially when cold. need longer life batteries, get the XRP batteries.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
    My husband has used a black & decker drill for several years and has "served him well" but it always took forever to complete a job because it was so weak.Well now he flies through projects and even after it fell off a 15ft roof.The battery fell out-- he popped it back in and it has worked like a charm.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Indestructable
    I have had one of these for several years and it is my most reliable possession!I dropped it off a roof and onto the driveway and I thought... oh ..., there goes ... down the drain.I picked it up, slapped the battery pack back in and to my suprise, went right back to work! --Bulletproof ... Read more

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    20. DEWALT DW9096-2 18V XR+ PACK Extended Run-Time Battery Combo Pack
    by DeWalt
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $276.00
    Asin: B00009YUI0
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    All batteries are not equal. DeWalt did some thinking and rebuilt these beauties, so the XR+ units offer extended run time with 2.4amp hour Cobalt NiCD cells. It’s a high-capacity battery that actually gives you up to 40 percent more run time, and in our book, time is money. We noticed the new battery latch design and think that’s an improvement, too, for faster, easier battery change-out on DeWalt’s entire line of 18-volt cordless tools. If you don’t have one, you’ll want to pick up the updated 9116 charger, too.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Two 18V NiCd Batteries
    • High capacity cells provide 40% more power that XR batteries
    • Powers entire line of 18V DEWALT tools

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great price and delivered before the estimate
    I was looking for replacement batteries after the originals failed to perform.I looked around and found a another brand that has a direct replacement.Then I found this offer for two DeWalt replacement batteries at the super low price, I had to purchase these.

    So far, the batteries have performed as I expected.In my case, the batteries were delivered before the estimated delivery date.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT VALUE
    THESE ARE A EXCELLENT VALUE. AFTER A LOT OF SEARCHING LOCALLY AND ON THE INTERNET SINGLE 18 VOLT BATTERIES WERE RUNNING REAL CLOSE TO $80 DOLLARS. WHEN YOU CAN BUY TWO FOR $55 DOLLARS WHY SHOP ANYWHERE ELSE AND SPEND MORE FOR QENUINE 18 VOLT DEWALT BATTERIES.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Price on DeWalt Batteries
    Presumably, each DW9096 in the pack works as well as the single item (see reviews on DW9096).This is a great price for a pair.I was looking for cheap batteries for my DeWalt equipment and found a 1.4 Amp hour battery for $54, but at only a buck or two more (per battery) for these, I will get the genuine, high-capacity thing!As soon, that is, as I scrape the money together. ... Read more

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