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    $179.99
    1. DEWALT D51275K 15-Gauge Finish
    $129.99
    2. Porter-Cable 74246" Variable-Speed
    $64.00
    3. Dremel 3962-02Variable-Speed MultiPro
    $2,199.99
    4. Generac Guardian 04582 15,000
    $151.99
    5. Porter-Cable FN250B 16-Gauge,
    $29.99
    6. Black & Decker VP135 VersaPak
    $19.99
    7. Empire Manufacturing TSS-12D The
    $749.99
    8. Generac Portable Products 97774000
    $279.99
    9. Fein 9-55-13Turbo II Dust-Free
    10. Grizzly H3022 Magnetic Base, Dial
    11. Dremel 212D Drill Press Attachment
    12. Grizzly G1029Z 2 HP Dust Collector
    13. Friendly Robotics RL800 Robomower
    14. Husqvarna 350 18in. Chain Saw
    $154.99
    15. Porter-Cable 352VS 3" x 21" Variable
    $549.99
    16. JET 708115K / JWBS-14CS 14" Bandsaw
    $134.99
    17. Black & Decker MT1405B-2 14.4V
    18. Woodstock International G8830
    $1,799.99
    19. Delta 36-L31X-U50 X5 3 HP Left
    Too Low To Display
    20. DEWALT DW734 Heavy Duty 12-1/2"

    1. DEWALT D51275K 15-Gauge Finish Nailer Kit
    by DeWalt
    Tools & Hardware (14 September, 2001)
    list price: $458.00 -- our price: $179.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005NMUT
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Who wants to install 400 feet of crown molding? We'd be thefirst to volunteer, as long as we get to use this finish nailer.Weighing fewer than 4 pounds, it's light, ergonomically pleasant, andhas a great line of sight. We really like the depth adjustment on thismodel, an easy-as-pie five-position vertical slide right next to thetrigger. Nails load in a second, and you have the nice option of lockand load, or load and lock--something we think every nailer shouldoffer. Jams clear in no time without tools, another feature that showsoff DeWalt's attention to detail. The pad is high quality and didn'tmar anything we tried it on. Speaking of trying on, we looked great inthe cool, mirrored safety glasses included in the kit, and we're sureyou will, too. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Swept back contact trip with low-profile no-mar pad
    • Lightweight magnesium frame, weighs only 3.85 pounds
    • Five position vertical slide for indexed depth setting
    • Dual load magazine can be used either as "load and lock" or "lock and load"
    • Tool-free jam clearing and 360-degree exhaust

    Reviews (16)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Good when it works.4 service trips in 10 box of nails
    I bought this when it was on sale @ Home Despot when it first came out and there was a promo on.Let me preface this and say this one has been used by 3 or 4 of us home owners to put in baseboard, crown, and casing as well as a bunch of nailing on some hardwood floors.

    Let me also state that I have $2k worth of other dewalt tools that work beautifully.This is the first and last pneumatic tool though.

    I noticed that it did have a bit of a tendency to double tap.After using it a short bit, I lent it to a friend. He had a jam (we're both been using nothing but Porter Cable nails) of some sort that broke it.Being a good guy, he assumed it was his fault and paid $80 to have it repaired.

    I got it back in working order, and then promptly had it break again.This time, I called Dewalt service and they said it was an early model and they would replace the piston which had been replaced in later models.They tested it and returned it to me working.

    I ran through less than a strip of nails, and went to do something over my head, and discovered that it wouldn't fire upside down.Another trip back to the service center, and it was fixed again.When I took it home, I discovered that they'd replaced my sequential trigger with the other type.

    Arrrggh.

    Anyway, when it works, this nailer is nice and lightweight. It sets nails beautifully.I'm not fond of the composite nail strip, nor the depth adjust and safety mechanism.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best finish nailer out there!
    My company installs hardwood floors and this is the best finish nailer out there. I also have 3 Porter Cable DA250B angled finish nailers and they would be my 2nd choice but have had more quality problems with them. The Senco sfn 35 was junk but the SFN 30 is OK as is the SFN 40. But I would still pick the Dewalt for the best finish nailer. We shoot through some tough wood species and while the Senco and Porter Cable nailers have failed the Dewalt proves reliable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Plain tired of driving nails?
    DeWalt hit the nail on the head (no pun intended) with this great nail gun. Works flawlessly, feels great, well balanced and looks good. This one wins hands down over the rest of the players. Enough said! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Air Tools    2. Nailers    3. Finish Nailers    4. (Nail Guns)    5. (Nailguns)    6. (De Walt)   


    2. Porter-Cable 74246" Variable-Speed Random-Orbit Polisher
    by Porter-Cable
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $212.00 -- our price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004SUQ8
    Sales Rank: 262
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • One year warranty/30-day performance certification
    • 3.7 amp motor for efficient polishing action
    • Electronic variable speed
    • Random, swirl-free polishing action for a fine finish
    • 100% ball bearing construction for durability

    Reviews (12)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool and time saver
    I use this polisher on my trucks and my boat and find it to be an excellent tool for compounding and waxing. Its use probably cuts in half the amount of time necessary to wax a vehicle - perhaps more. On vehicles I use it only to apply the polish removing the glaze by hand. However on the boat I use it for application and polishing. Several reviewers have noted that it is light weight so perhaps it is my age (60+) showing but I find it the polisher gets fairly heavy after a few hours of compounding a boat. I would also recommend wearing a decent pair of leather gloves when operating the polisher otherwise you can probably expect a large blister on the hand hold the side handle.For what its worth I use the orange hook and loop pads from Griot's Garage. I find the quality of the tool itself to be excellent and fully expect it to last for many, many years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool for DIY detailers
    This is the tool of choice for many professional and most DIY detailers.

    As many reviewers have stated the hook and loop (velcro) pad makes using this tool MUCH easier.To do a proper job on you car, plane or boat you will need to use at least two different types of pads.Thus the ability to simply rip off a pad and stick on a the next one is a HUGE time saver.

    As mentioned it is a bit louder than you would expect so you may want to consider hearing protection if you are going to be using it for long periods of time.

    Pad selection will depend on the job you need to do.Choosing the right pads for the job can be determined by visiting www.properautocare.comthey will teach you how to use the polisher and the correct pads as well as the correct wax/polishing products for you needs.

    Establishing and understanding your needs and then buying the correct pads and polish/wax is required to deliver the best results.

    Your end result is completly dependent on how well you do the basics.The Porter Cable is just a tool that makes the job MUCH easier...and in a lot of cases does things that you could never accomplish by hand...however it's not a miracle worker on its own.

    This is a solidly built tool for professionals and I recommend it highly.Don't waste your time with those cheapie versions...buy this and you will never regret it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Wax Applicator ever
    I use it to wax my 45' Boat and three cars. So good, I bought two!!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Porter-Cable    2. (Portercable)    3. Polishers & Buffers   


    3. Dremel 3962-02Variable-Speed MultiPro Tool Kit
    by Dremel
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $131.90 -- our price: $64.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004UDJ4
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    While there are a number of rotary tools on the market made by a host of different manufacturers, the Dremel Moto Tool is the one they all strive to copy. Dremel's MultiPro variable-speed model is great for a huge range of projects, from home improvement tasks to hobbies and crafting. It has a continuously adjustable speed range from 5,000 to 35,000 rpm, which allows the user to effectively work with materials as soft as balsa wood and as hard as ceramics. The kit comes with an assortment of accessories and a handy carrying case. Others may copy it, but Dremel has been making rotary tools so long they've come close to perfecting the idea. --Brian Trinen ... Read more

    Features

    • Sharpen, drill, polish, sand and more
    • Variable speed 5,000 - 35,000 RPM
    • High quality ball bearing construction
    • 75 assorted accessories
    • Storage case with removable bit storage tray

    Reviews (10)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Hate to burst the Dremel bubble..
    Two problems..

    Although I rarely use mine (maybe once every two months), sometime during the first year I started having to fight my charger so it would charge the tool.

    Secondly, The variable switch stopped working.So now I have only one speed..High.

    I plan on shipping it back to get it fixed, but since I rarely use it, it hasn't been a top priority..

    When you pay for a expensive tool, you expect it to be dependable and not stop working right in a few months when you're not using it.

    I guess I should have stuck with Lowes's house brand...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Accept no substitutes...
    Was looking at a cheapo $14 one at the store but after looking at the market place and best bang for the buck, I used up some remaining gift certificates to purchase one of these.

    Perfect for moding a computer case, trimming down some tiles and basic woodwork.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Accept no subsitutes...
    Was looking at a cheapo $14 one at the store but after looking at the market place and best bang for the buck, I used up some remaining gift certificates to purchase one of these.

    Perfect for moding a computer case, trimming down some tiles and basic woodwork. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Dremel    2. (Dremmel)    3. Rotary Tools   


    4. Generac Guardian 04582 15,000 Watt Ultra Source Commercial/Industrial/Residential Portable Generator
    by Guardian
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $2,715.00 -- our price: $2,199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00007J8CB
    Sales Rank: 5153
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    Features

    • Electric start, electronic governor, automatic voltage regulation, pneumatic wheel kit, tune-up kit and starting battery are all standard with this unit
    • Powered by a robust 30 HP 992cc OHVI (overhead valve industrial) engine with full pressure lubrication and automatic idle control
    • 150% surge capacity to 22,500 watts for extra motor starting capability
    • Includes GFCI protected outlets and full power 50 amp NEMA 14-50 outlet
    • Features large 16-gallon fuel tank for extended run time - Up to 10 hours at half load

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


    5. Porter-Cable FN250B 16-Gauge, 2-1/2" Finish Nailer Kit
    by Porter-Cable
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $169.99 -- our price: $151.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006411E
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    With this 2-1/2-inch, 16-gauge finish nailer, Porter-Cable continues to make good on their reputation as one of the top pneumatic toolmakers. The gun's straight magazine is well thought out, made from aluminum, and top loading. This is a sturdy, compact nailer that shoots a conveniently wide range of 16-gauge nails, from 3/4 to 2-1/2 inches. The nailer has a good balance and a nice, thin grip made of porous rubber. (You don't have to have the hands of a giant to comfortably operate this gun.) The gun has a nicely designed depth-of-drive adjustment. There's also a muffled exhaust port, so it's quieter than a lot of other nailers--plus the exhaust port is adjustable, so you can direct the discharge where you want it. The gun's also lighter than we'd expected, always a good thing in a tool a lot of us use all day long. --Jon Groebner ... Read more

    Features

    • Adjustable exhaust port and depth-of-drive for maximum comfort and control
    • Drives 3/4-inch to 2-1/2-inch, 16 gauge finish nails without the need for a nail guide
    • Internal piston-catch ensures full driver blade stroke every time
    • Teflon cylinder for less friction and reduced O-ring wear for long lasting action
    • Quick-release nose piece for fast clearing of jams and less down time

    Reviews (17)

    3-0 out of 5 stars I Expected More From Porter Cable
    Yet another Christmas present from my wife, and a very thoughtful one too, but I own Senco's and this PC just doesn't cut it.To me it seems rather clunky and old school.

    I recently installed some 5/8" plywood shelves that I wanted to pin into the poplar supports.A project this gun should've handled with ease.Not only did I have a difficult time getting this gun into the space, which my Senco fit into, but it wouldn't even sink the nails!!I really couldn't believe it, so I got out my Senco and using the same 90 psi had no problems at all... it even countersunk them.

    PC, like all tool companies, should stick with what they do best...in PC's case probably routers. I'll stick with Senco for nail guns.After reading my own review perhaps I should've given it two stars. Stick with the Senco.

    Thanks and I hope you find this review helpful.And, Good Luck with your own dreams!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Nailer
    There is nothing I don't like about this nailer.It takes a wide range of nail lengths and drives them all perfectly.Its easy to use, easy to load, and is lightweight, yet well made.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I'll pass
    I purchased this item from Amazon refurbished. It arrived leaking oil and the nail depth adjustment didn't do anything. Regardless how high or low I adjusted the air pressure the nailer was shooting 1" nails through 1-1/2" lumber. Save yourself the aggravation and just buy new. ... Read more

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


    6. Black & Decker VP135 VersaPak 2-Port Charger with 2 Batteries
    by Black & Decker
    Tools & Hardware
    -- our price: $29.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000302VA
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Black & Decker’s VersaPak tools are great for the homeowner, and to keep them running, you’ll want some spare batteries. Some advantages to these include their freedom from "memory," which keeps you from getting a full recharge and the fact that you’ll get at least 300 full recharges on each battery. They’ll power all the 3.6-volt VersaPak tools, including the ScumBuster and screwdrivers. Of course, once you buy a VersaPak tool, you don’t have a choice of batteries, but we’ve found these to be reliable and well able to power the 3.6-volt VersaPak line. The charger has a light that lets you know you’ve inserted the batteries for a charge, and three hours later, they’re ready to go. Our only suggestion: We’d like to see Black & Decker revamp the charger to let us know when the batteries are fully charged. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Interchangeable batteries work with all VersaPak products
    • Batteries be recharged over 300 times and has no memory
    • Charger recharges batteries in 3 hours
    • Two year home use warranty

    Reviews (15)

    1-0 out of 5 stars BUM BATTERIES
    THIS IS A GOOD LITTEL DRIVER.BATTERIES ARE NOT WORTH THE POWDER TO BLOW THEM UP.WHY WOULD B&D TAKE A GOOD IDEA AND SCREW IT UP WITH CHEAP OUTSOURCEDBATTERIES?EVER HEAR OF NICKEL HYDRIDE? I LEFT MINE ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND NO ONE WOULD PICK IT UP.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Same problems with batteries and charger
    B&D's claims for the batteries are just not true.I have had the same problems with very short battery life and intermittent charger described in other reviews.I have gone through several sets of gold batteries (don't even try the cheaper ones!).

    And now, to make matters worse, you can't buy replacements locally anymore (they have been replaced by other tools with different batteries) and have to scour the internet trying to keep my tools working.

    I will be replacing my tools very soon, I'm sure.The only reason I give 2 stars instead of one is that the tools do work pretty well when you can get a new battery in them.

    1-0 out of 5 stars bad batteries
    great idea - lots of different tools all use same rechargeable batteries.BUT these batteries die in <1 year.I have a whole set of tools that use these, but now my choice is: spend $60/yr on batteries, or get a new set of tools that will last longer!Pretty easy decision at this point... considering I already have a great Craftsman drill and there are other tools that use the same batteries.
    BE WARNED - if you buy these you will be buying them forever.
    ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Black & Decker    2. (Black and Decker)    3. Cordless Tools    4. Battery Packs    5. 3.6 Volt    6. (3.6V)    7. (3.6Volt)    8. (V)   


    7. Empire Manufacturing TSS-12D The Complete TopSaver System
    by Empire Manufacturing Inc
    Tools & Hardware (30 March, 2005)
    list price: $21.99 -- our price: $19.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000EI96N
    Sales Rank: 591
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Made with pride in the USA
    • Received "Top Product Award" from wood Magazine 2004
    • product contains no silicones and have no staining or other ill effects on finishing.
    • Removes and inhibits corrosion and rust
    • Reduces sliding friction and binding on table saws, scroll saws, bandsaws, Jointers, plainers and other woodworking metal tool surfaces

    Reviews (17)

    2-0 out of 5 stars If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
    Purchased this product (after reading the positive online reviews here) to remove rust from the table of my Unisaw that had been in unconditioned storage for several years.
    Let's just say that the results were less than what the manufacturer claims & other reviewer's experiences; it works, but not very well. I used 3 applications of this stuff, & was able to remove about 50% of the surface rust.
    Now, I'm not suggesting it doesn't work, only that it wasn't a magic fix. After spending a half hour scrubbing the table, & using about half a bottle of this stuff, I figure I could have gotten just as good or better results using another method, like sanding. I'll probably resort to that at this point, & save what's left in the bottle to use as a conditioner once I get the rust removed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tested and passed
    I'm not sure what the ulterior motives are for the negative reviews of this product, but it worked so well for me that I decided to submit my first-ever review online.

    I had an 8" jointer that sat under a tarp (after being coated heavily with spray lubricant) under a carport for two years in humid Houston, Texas. Yes, it rusted. I recently moved to a place out west with a large basement and I've set up a nice woodshop. I read a review of this product, purchased it, and decided to compare it with another product advertised for the same purpose ("Rust Free" from the makers of Boeshield). I used both products on either end of the jointer. The Boeshield stuff worked miserably--and smelled overpoweringly terrible. The Topsaver--with a lot of elbow grease--took off the rust and shined the table almost as good as new. I only wish I'd taken pictures of the comparison. . .

    My only negative comment is that the multi-product package--I thinks its called "Toolsaver"--has bottles that are too small. That's why I'm now buying the larger bottle(s)of Topsaver.

    This is one of the very few products I've ever bought that lived up to the advertising claims.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most Outstanding Rust Remover
    This product does everything it says it will!I live near the gulf coast & moisture is a big problem.I had severe rust in one area of my table saw & light rust in other areas & on my jointer.I followed the directions, sprayed the table tops, rubbed with the scotch brite pads, wiped down with paper towels & the rust was amazingly gone.I've tried some other acclaimed products & they couldn't get close to Topsaver.The table tops look like new & are now ready to be taken care of to prevent the rust from happening again.Empire says to use Table Top which protects the surfaces better than topsaver even though it does provide some surface protection.The Table Top will last longer & not require as frequent re-treatment as Topsaver.I'm trying it out now so that I don't have to treat the surfaces as often as Topsaver would require.Topsaver is a first class product!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Blades    2. Table Saw Blades    3. (Tablesaws)    4. Lubricants    5. Saws    6. Table Saws    7. Table Saw Attachments   


    8. Generac Portable Products 97774000 Watt Extended Life Premium Generator with Wheel Kit and Storage Cover
    by Generac Portable Products
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $879.93 -- our price: $749.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004WHKO
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    A reliable generator is essential gear for contractors, but it's also important for home owners, campers, RV enthusiasts and others who may face planned or unplanned power needs. The Generac 9777 4,000 watt extended-life generator is just such a tool. The generator is ideally suited for either occasional or everyday use. A rugged, 7.8-horsepower overhead valve industrial engine provides 4,000 watts of reliable electricity and up to 13.5 hours of use on a single four-gallon tank of fuel. The unit is versatile and easy to use, with two 20 amp 120V power outlets, one full-power 30 amp 120V twist lock outlet, and one full-power 20 amp 120/240V twist lock outlet. It also comes with charger cables for recharging 12V batteries. The engine runs quietly and is designed with several added smart features, including an oversized dual element air filter, an automotive-style oil filter, and full-pressure lubrication. It also features a pressurized low oil shutdown system, automatic idle control, and a power surge alternator that protects against power fluctuations when starting and operating several motor-driven items at the same time. --Carl Thress ... Read more

    Features

    • 13.5 hours of runtime on a single tank of fuel
    • Powered by a Generac OHVI extended life engine with full pressure lubrication
    • Ultra-quiet large muffler and intake silencers keep noise to a minimum
    • Auto voltage regulation holds voltage steady for use with sensitive electronics
    • Auto idle control saves fuel by idling engine down when no load is needed

    Reviews (21)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Generator (update)
    During the hurricane Charley power outage my neighbor was kind enough to run an extension cord from his generator over to my house and saved all my food.The day we got power back I ordered the 9777 from Amazon with super saver shipping and $25 off promotion.Four days after I received it Hurricane Frances slammed the Florida East coast HARD.This little generator saved our bacon for three days while we were without power.The best thing I can say about it, and the reason I bought this item, is the fantastic fuel economy.I was getting between 3 and 5 hours per gallon while powering a freezer, refrigerator, fans, lights, television, coffee pot and using the built in 12 volt charging function.This compares to my neighbor with his gallon per hour usage.It started up every time with one or two pulls, has pressurized lubrication, an idle function switch and a built in 12 volt charger.I do agree with others that the little foot on the front of the unit could be beefier but still give it 5 stars because of the miserly fuel consumption.Do not underestimate this fact when looking for generators since gas was not available down here in Florida for several days after the hurricane passed.

    After this was written Hurricane Jeanne hit us several weeks later.Again, this little generator ran flawlessly for several days powering all of the above plus the window air conditioner (Panasonic, see separate review) that I had purchased for just such an occasion.Fuel consumption was the same and all my neighbors with thier 5500 Watt overkill units were sure jealous of that.I still heartily recommend this generator.

    3-0 out of 5 stars faulty oil pressure switch
    WE bought this generator as a emergency power unit about 3 yrs ago.we have run it for a total of maybe 40 hours.the last time we used it,itran for 1hr. then shut down. would start right back then do it again. unit is full of oil.unpluged oil pressure switch now it will run. this unit is not very quiet but still quieter than some coleman generators.factory should include extra switch and symptoms of this problem in manual.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Commercial Grade
    I recently purchased my Generac 4000 EXL for my RV. ( Also for my home, in the event of rolling power black-outs.The product is very sound in design with big generator features at a economical price.I especially like the pressurized oil system for the engine as it will extend the life of the engine. The electric start is a "must have" for a portable generator. (even more so for a RV)The automatic idle control is great and helps with noise control. (The unit tends to be a little noisy when under a heavy load.) The generator is compact and can easily be stored in the RV.
    I have found the generator to be able to handle all my power needs. Even when the AC unit is turned on the Generac 4000 handles the power needs without problems.
    One note:
    I did purshase a three year service contract on the unit just to take care of any problems.So far I have had no problems with the unit.
    I highly recommend this generator... ... Read more

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


    9. Fein 9-55-13Turbo II Dust-Free Vacuum
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $325.00 -- our price: $279.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000223XD
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Looking right out of the Jetsons' household, Fein's Turbo II vacuum is one the most effective on the market. With features like automatic start and dust-sealed switches, it's specifically designed to work with shaping, routing, or sanding tools, which create a lot of dust. It's also as quiet as any shop vacuum we've heard, making it easier to use in close proximity to a project, or in an enclosed space, and its internal fabric boot helps keep dust to a minimum. The Turbo II has a 7.3-gallon solid capacity, a 6.8-gallon liquid capacity, and a 1,300-watt, 9-1/2 amp, two-stage motor. Its size and sturdy rollers make it very portable and easy to dump after being filled. Unlike some larger models, you'll still be able to lift and empty this vacuum by yourself. The body is solid plastic and will hold up well to wear. The shape of the vacuum makes it easy to move around a job site--there aren't any big handles or attachments sticking out (other then the hose) to get snagged when wheeling the vacuum around. Fein's Turbo II is--hands down--a very high-quality, very low-noise vacuum, well worth the investment for carpenters, woodworkers, and craftspeople. --Jonathon Tudor ... Read more

    Features

    • 16-foot long hose, and a fabric boot filter collects dust down to 5 microns
    • Auto start for dust extraction when connected to your power tool
    • 2-stage motor with bypass cooling for a longer life
    • Quiet operation at only 57.8 db
    • 7.3-gallons solid, 6.8-gallons fluid capacity

    Reviews (55)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Vacuum, Bad Waranty
    I'm writing this messege with the intent of alerting users to some issues I just experienced with the Fein Model 9-55-13 vacuum.I"m not recommending against buying one, but I do think they should revisit their service policy.

    I had my unit for about a year and a half.During that time I was genrealy very pleased with the unit in many respects.It had fantastic dust collection, a resonable foot print, and of course made a lot less noise than anything else.

    A few days back it broke.I called Fein and was told that I had to send it into either Pitsburg or Hartford.I told them I was a contractor and needed an immediate replacement.The rep asked me if I wanted to buy a new one!

    I sent an email.Below is the response (note he got my name wrong):

    Craig Morrison [cmorriso@feinus.com]
    Hi Vince,

    I am not really sure how to respond to thie compliant, or even if we should. While I think our repair centers probably shouldn't throw repair estimates at our customers, and wait till they actually see the tool, I also don't believe that Sears, or any other manufacture would consider a "no-charge" replacement on a power tool that has been used for a year and half.

    Craig

    Contast this with Shopvac - 5 year waranty (and a cheap unit!)
    http://www.shopvac.com/web/products/detail.asp?ID=100&HdnSource=index&StoreID=
    (Note: I had a shopvac that was a few years old and they simply sent me out a new engine when it broke OVERNIGHT!!!)

    Festool - 3 year waranty (this is what I replaced my Fein with)
    http://www.festoolusa.com/ProductDetails.aspx?id=6&prodid=583360

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not Very Powerful and a Pain to Clean
    I have had this vac for about three years now.I use it a lot when sanding and it does a nice job collecting dust so I don't have to wear a dust mask and I don't get covered with dust whensanding.My sanding discs last a lot longer when using the vac.
    Cleaning the filter is a pain because I have to go outside with a nozzle and hose connected to my compressor.I blow the dust off the filter and it makes a huge cloud of dust outside and I have to hose down the residue on the ground.
    The vacuum loses power as the filter becomes clogged.At first it was very quiet but after a while it became louder and louder and now is about as loud as any other shop vac.
    The sucking power is not impressive.It has no more sucking power than my household vacuum. What is nice is that when you turn it on it doesn't blow a cloud of dust like other shop vacs.The small diameter hose clogs easy with small scraps.The acessories are extra and not cheap.

    3-0 out of 5 stars FEIN Turbo almost a great product
    I bought it for it's relatively low noise level - which it delivers.

    It's hard to believe that a premium priced product like this would have some glaring shortcomings such as:

    ON-OFF switch is concealed from view and the symmetrical design of the top gives no clue where it is every time you look to turn it on or off. I made a bandaid fix by placing a piece of tape on the top above the switch location - (-at this price?)

    The casters must be smallest of any on the market and they are not guarded. Any obstruction on the floor such as an air hose or extension cord will stop them.

    There is no built in provision for storing the powercord.

    There is completely inadequate provision for storage of the vacuum hose. If at least one or two more wire formed brackets were included it would help a lot.

    There is NO provision at all for storing any nozzles or hose extension.

    These shortcomings will annoy every time the product is used - NOT GOOD.

    This is a case of function being sacrificed at the altar of Industrial Design, yet so unnecessary and so easily avoidable.

    Hans Dutchman ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Fein    2. (Fien)    3. Vacuums    4. Wet-Dry Vacuums    5. (Vacumes)    6. (Vaccuums)    7. (Vaccums)    8. (Vacums)   


    10. Grizzly H3022 Magnetic Base, Dial Indicator, Caliper Combo pk.
    by Grizzly


    Asin: B0000DD4GB
    Sales Rank: 1606
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (3)

    3-0 out of 5 stars quality and flexibility are not top shelf
    I didn't open the package immediately upon receipt, so when I finally did and discovered the switch plate for the magnet shattered, it was a little too late to return it.Since I could operate the magnet without the blue plastic plate, I kept it.

    This unit is not easily configured to use.I have a sliding table on my table saw and thought the magnetic base would make this convenient to use to check several metrics.Unfortunately, this unit doesn't easily configure to check the table travel.It's difficult to describe but trust me, getting the dial indicator at the right height to measure the blade is really an ordeal. The two rods have different diameters so, the dial only attaches to rod A which in turn must be attached to rod B.Rotating the dial on the rod it attaches to is also problematic making it difficult to position the dial face to be able to read it, assuming you can contort the mechanism to get it where you need it in the first place.

    If you need to measure from the miter slots (to test fence or blade parallelism), you'll need to buy an accessory elsewhere.

    The vernier caliper is very nice but only displays in decimal.I prefer my plastic caliper that also displays in 64's for more practical use in wood working.

    For the price the caliper alone is almost worth the purchase, but take a closer look at the dial indicator etc. to make sure you can use it as intended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More than you would expect - excellent quality
    When you spend thirty dollars for something like this, you cross your fingers and hope it will be at least adequate. The quality of these measurement tools, both of them, is well beyond what I expected. I almost hesitated to write this for fear some marketing weasel would make his case for bumping the price or substituting lesser quality items.

    This is my first purchase from Grizzly, to say I am impressed and that I will purchase more from this company as a result of this purchase is an understatement. 5 stars!! I would expect to pay much more for this level of quality. Thank you Grizzly. You too Amazon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars They are precise and they are affordable...
    Before reviewing this item I should explain how I came to use it.I was reading a recent special issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine entitled "The Ultimate Guide to Tablesaws 2004".In this magazine I found the article "19 Step Tune-up" by Paul Anthony.This article explained a lot to me and really emphasized the importance of keeping your tablesaw (and other tools) properly adjusted.He explained the many components of a tool that can be checked/calibrated using a dial indicator.I assumed throughout the article that he was probably using some $300 model that would forever be out of my reach.Imagine my surprise when he revealed that he was using the Grizzly dial indicator with magnetic base attachment, and that these items are precise and affordable on every budget!

    Now for my review:I ordered this kit because it contained a decent looking dial caliper in addition to the dial indicator and magnetic base I was really after.Grizzly shipped in their usual speedy fashion and I have to say I am well pleased with this purchase.Once you hold these tools in your hands you understand that they are good quality without being frilly. Their construction seems perfectly adequate, and my tests showed them to be quite precise as well.Within minutes I was able to set up my dial indicator and determine that the aging blade on my tablesaw was no longer flat and needed to be replaced.The dial calipers are equally easy to use and more accurate than my old calipers that were sans dial.

    All in all, this is a smart buy that will allow you to fine tune your tools and check precise calibrations without hurting your pocketbook one bit. ... Read more


    11. Dremel 212D Drill Press Attachment
    by Dremel
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $58.70
    Asin: B0000302Y5
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    If you’re reading this, you’re probably already a Dremel owner, and we don’t have to tell you how incredibly versatile this little tool is. Adding the drill press attachment will expand your Dremel capabilities, turning it into a drill press as well as a great stationary sanding tool. We wouldn’t use this in place of a regular drill press, mind you, but it has its own range of uses that a benchtop or floor model isn’t suited for. Precise micro holes are a cinch with the Dremel in this stand; it’s smooth-riding and sturdy, and you Dremel users know how well it drives the smallest bits, the kind a regular drill press would swallow up. We like that you can mount the Dremel horizontally as well, so your Dremel becomes a mini stationary sander—just bring your workpiece to it. We think there are parts, like the base, that could be beefier, but for the price, we like it.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Convert your rotary tool into a drill press
    • Includes rack & pinion feed lever, large base and many other features of larger units
    • Easily modifies to a tool holder for added versatility
    • Rotary tool not included
    • For use with rotary tool models 275, 285, 395, 398 and 780

    Reviews (12)

    3-0 out of 5 stars useful but not for fine work
    I bought this as a cheap alternative to a drill press (I already have a Dremel).It is useful for most rough work, but cannot be used for fine work since the column is an aluminium tube and the tool holder is plastic - there is too much yield in the structure.By fine I mean, if you need to drill a hole within less than 1/32 inch of a marked location.
    The press also has a little (mysterious) sideways play that I could not get rid of by any amount of tightening.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Low End JUNK
    I purchased one of these to make my dremel into a drill press for wood - mostly softwood and it has been a terrible experience. The collars that attach the tool do not allow for perfect square alignment and the dremel many times cant seat a bit so there is no wobble. I was disappointed with this tool. I found that MicroMark makes a small hobby drill press (as well as other great tools) that is sturdy, reliable and excellent. It maycost more then the dremel but you do get what you pay for.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good for PCB drilling
    I bought this attachment for drilling 0.7mm holes on printed circuit boards. It had a little side-play, but rotating the height guide eliminated the problem. I use it with a Black & Decker RTX (yes, it works if you replace the top holding screw with a longer one and force the holding ring a little bit) and the Dremel multi-chuck for holding such small drill bits, and it works great.

    I couldn't imagine using a standard 10" drill press with a 1/2" chuck along with 0.7mm (less than 1/32") drill bits, and the drill press adapters for conventional hand drills had WAY too much play. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Dremel    2. (Dremmel)    3. Rotary Tool Accessories   


    12. Grizzly G1029Z 2 HP Dust Collector w/2.5 Micron Bag
    by Grizzly


    Asin: B00012WUGO
    Sales Rank: 2836
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • 6" inlet with removable "Y" fitting with two 4" openings
    • Air suction capacity: 1550 CFM
    • Motor: 2 HP, 220V, single-phase, 12AMP, 3450 RPM
    • Standard bag filtration: 2.5 micron
    • Static pressure: 11"

    Reviews (1)

    4-0 out of 5 stars solid machine at a good price
    After about 15 years of fighting with the junk and long term storage stuff in the garage, I exersized my right as the king of my castle, the lord and master, the big cheese, the head honco, the alfa male of my home ... (with my wifes permission of course)...to turn the garage into the shop I had always wanted, needed, and had been reading about for years.
    Like most quality minded woodworkerswho must keep within the limits of a blue light special budget, I did a lot of shopping around before deciding on the grizzly G1029Z.Not having much experience with dust collectors other than various shop vacs, I studied the reviews and spec's for a number of machines.The 1550 CFM of the Grizzly in combination with the relatively low price made it a no contest.Altho this machine does the job of dust collection in my small one car garage shop quite well, I was expecting more power.The others I looked at in this price range claimed much lower CFM than the grizzly.I don't think anything less than the power of this dust collector would have been acceptable even for my small shop.Its possible the .3 micron top bag restricts the air flow a bit too much.However, that was a deciding factor in that most other systems claimed a filtering capability of 30 micron.
    All in all I'm very happy with my dust collector.It runs fairly quiet and does the job.However, if you have a larger shop, especially if you run more than one machine at a time, you may want to step up to a bit more power. ... Read more


    13. Friendly Robotics RL800 Robomower
    by Friendly Robotics
    Tools & Hardware (31 March, 2003)
    list price: $999.99
    Asin: B000087QPC
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Early Adopters Pick: May 2003. The first fully robotic lawnmower that can learn parts of your yard.

    The Robomower is convenient, easy, robotic, and clean--and it transforms the world of yard work! Set up (once), turn on, and the Robomower cuts the grass on almost any surface--all by itself. Getting the system set up in your yard can take most of an afternoon, but the well-written manual makes the job easier. The biggest part of the set-up task is stringing the perimeter wire around your yard, marking the boundaries the Robomower will stay within. Once you're set, and the mower is on, the machine simply senses the perimeter wire and uses three mulching blades to cut down everything inside the wire. Thanks to the onboard computer, the Robomower can even learn parts of your yard as it mows, making it quicker next time. The mower is quiet, automatic, and the mulching blades mean that when it's done you don't need to bag or rake.

    The Robomower is outfitted with safety features. It won't run at all if it's flipped over with the blades exposed. Likewise, it turns tail and backs off if its soft 360-degree bumpers encounter any foreign object (like a pet or toy or favorite rose bush). A theft deterrent system keeps the unit safe. The Robomower is very quiet compared to other lawn mowers, although because it takes longer to get the job done than a human with a walk-behind mower, what noise there is lasts longer. The mower works best on level yards smaller than 3,200 square feet, with the grass reasonably tame to begin with. It does not work well on hilly or overgrown yards. While it takes a full day to recharge the battery, a full charge is enough to mow most lawns. (The mower is definitely no lightweight, either; it takes two people to remove the machine from the box when it arrives.) The Robomower is definitely a smart idea for folks with physical conditions that make strenuous activities like mowing difficult, but it's also a great product for anyone who feels like there's always something better to do with a weekend afternoon than lawn mowing. Rechargeable power pack comes included.--Brian Trinen ... Read more

    Features

    • No need to worry about theft with the new theft deterrent system
    • Runs on rechargeable power pack--eliminates the need for oil and gas
    • Press one button and mower starts working, you are not needed on the lawn while it operates
    • An excellent mulcher, so you won't need to collect and bag any grass clippings
    • Loaded with built-in safety features to protect children and pets

    Reviews (38)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Robomower clips Houston
    I've had my mower since about March 2004 and I've been very pleased with what it has done for the lawn.

    Positives.
    1. It mows the lawn wonderfully and the crossing action cuts and mulches as well as any mower I've seen.
    2. You can stand and watch it or go lay in the pool. (important when it's 95F and 95% humidity here in Houston.)
    3. You get to meet your neighbors and complete strangers who stop to ask how it works.
    4. I've had good response from Friendly Robotics support (I've read some of the notes that weren't so positive, not sure why mine was different)
    5. Payback is about 1 year (40 weeks mowing X $25/wk for lawn services) (although I do have to do my own edging)
    6. It's quiet enough to use anytime day or night.

    Negatives.
    1. The perimeter switch failed 2 times, although I received a new switch within the week each time I called.
    2. I waited a couple months before adjusting the perimeter wire to better cover all the areas of the lawn and the St. Augustine grass had buried the wires and made it hard to move (lesson learned, adjust right after it mows the first or second time)
    3. If the grass is tall and/or wet there can be a traction problem with the mower.Although support did help and say to raise the mower to the highest setting when that happens.

    Overall, it's been great and I look forward to using the Robomower for a long time to come.I saw the review from the person with St. Augustine grass and an uneven lawn.Well mine's St. Augustine and the developer certainly didn't go to any pains to smooth the dirt before laying the sod, but I've had no problems with the mower completing it's task.I have 3 zones with trees in the middle of one, a pool and 3 bush/tree areas in another and the Robomower handles them all really well.

    What I've learned about the electronics is, if there is a problem where it appears to get 'stuck' I remove the battery for about 15 seconds and then let it restart,that's solved any problem in that area.

    I'm almost hoping that I can move so I can sell this Robomower with this house and buy one of the newer models at the new place!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product.
    Would have given 5 stars but owners manual was missing, called Amazon and was told to call manufactuer. It arrive after a week. No problems with mower. Cuts grass better than the old walk-behind mower did. Set-up was a breeze and perimeter wire was a snap to lay. A bit pricey and accessories/optional items are a fortune. For price paid a rapid charger should have been included. Only concern is service, nearest service center is a couple of hundred miles away.

    Would I purchase one again? Probably (Most likely if price was lower). I live in central Florida and during summer months grass requires 2 mowings per week.If I lived in a cooler/drier area price paid would have covered lawn service for a long time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not perfect
    I purchased an 850 about three months ago.My thumbnail review: good labor saving device, if you do not set your expectations too high.

    This tool saves me a LOT of work.Not necessarily time, but work.I don't feel comfortable leaving Raoul (our name for our "gardener") running when I go out.It takes him about two hours to cut one of our two zones.(It takes me about an hour to cut the whole thing by hand.)So for those two hours, someone has to be home.At first, we just sat and watched him cut.Now I usually work on something else.But I have to stay home.And he does not cut in an orderly fashion.Raoul just wanders around the yard in a long, cris-crossing fashion.What he does not cut in one pass, he might get in the next.Or maybe the one after that.So if you stop him early, you will have to look for the places he has missed.But I have gotten into the habit of just turning him loose whenever I happen to be at home for the evening.

    You will end up with a nice lawn.You will have to edge.It leaves about two or three inches all around (more on that in a minute), but it cuts well and mulches much better than anything else I have used.When the lawn is done, it looks good.

    It appears to be pretty safe.In my opinion, you will have to work to lose fingers, or a pet.The bottom of my Robomower is relatively flat, with three bowl shaped indents.The indents are arranged in a triangle, two in front, one in the middle behind.At the bottom (top?) of each indent, about an inch above the bottom of the mower, is a blade.In order to get your finger in the blade, you must reach under the mower about two inches from the side (a good trick while the mower is moving), or about six inches from the front, then stick your finger up inside the indent, without lifting the mower, or bumping a sensor.(If the front wheel comes clear of the ground, the blades appear to stop.)Of course, you will have to make your own evaluation, and I accept no liability, and am just stating a personal opinion...

    All of my problems have had to do with the state of my lawn.We just moved into a new house.We have five trees and a lamp post on the property.There are numerous low spots.Two of the trees have a significant surface root system.To be honest, I was impressed with how well Raoul copes with the roots.Usually, he rolls up, the front wheel bounces over the root (stopping the blade for a moment), he mutters to himself for a moment (something about removing the battery before lifting), then he proceeds on.Sometimes, though, he will try to go along the tree root, lifting his rear driving wheels, without lifing his front wheel.In this case, he really does not realize that he is not going anywhere.Sometimes he seems to figure out that he has gone further than is possible, and he reverses out, but sometimes that doesn't work either.I have stopped this for the moment by placing a rock partway up the problem roots.He bumps them and reverses.But I will have to come up with a permanent solution as we landscape.

    The other environmental problem is the low spots.In some cases the front wheel will get in a low spot, the blades stop for a moment, and Raoul will drive out of it, but sometimes it seems to stymie him.I am filling in the low spots with a topsoil/grass seed mixture and I think this problem will go away.

    Bottom line - Would I do it again?I think so.It took me a while to set him up and learn his foibles, but he is a neat toy and at this point, I just don't worry about cutting the lawn! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cordless Tools    2. Landscaping Tools    3. Mowers    4. Cordless Mowers    5. (Lawn Mowers)    6. (Lawnmowers)   


    14. Husqvarna 350 18in. Chain Saw
    by Husqvarna


    Asin: B0000AX0WT
    Sales Rank: 15295
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • 18in. bar
    • 3.1 HP
    • 3.0 cubic inches
    • 50cc
    • Smart Start? for easy starting

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a Gerat Saw
    I bought a Husky 350 after making the mistake of purchasing a Craftsman.The difference was like night and day.It satrts easy, and runs like a champ.The guy with the gastank problem, I don't know what to say.I haven't had any problems with mine.THe guy who cant start his might want to try reading the manual.Try the decompression valve and a freshly sharpened chain may help cutting logs instead of sanding them in half.Keep your chain out of the dirt and thin down your bar oil when it's cold (-10) and you'll have no problems.If you do break something on it (I spun my oiling gear by not thining my bar oil when it was -10)parts are readily available, inexpensive, and easy to fix.

    2-0 out of 5 stars 350 Buyer beware! Defective Gas tanks!
    I recently bought a new Husqvarna 350 Chainsaw.I have owned many Husqies and let me tell you they are a great machine.That is why I did not hesitate to buy another.I ended up buying the the 350.Got it home loaded it up with fuel and would'nt you know, gas started coming out of a seam at the base of the plastic handle.Apparently The base of the handle is also used as a resevoir for the fuel capacity.The handle is a molded plastic and has a seam right down the middle.If you check the instruction manual they recomend putting your foot through this to hold it steady whiloe starting the motor.What Genious thought up the idea of using an injection molded handle to become a resivoir for the fuel tank???Anyone remember the Ford Pinto gas Tank from the 70's???Must be the same engineer working on this design?I notified Husqy.I'll be interested to see how they handle this one?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Learn how to use a saw
    Obviously the person who wrote the first review has no idea about how to use a chainsaw or what to do if problems are encountered. Professionals praise the Husqvarna saw line for dependability, power, availability of parts and "customer support." If you bought the saw at Lowes, then go to a real saw dealer. Learn how to sharpen the chain, if you have it on correctly. A Husky should last you years of use. Don't base the purchase of a saw like this on one review. ... Read more


    15. Porter-Cable 352VS 3" x 21" Variable Speed Belt Sander with Dust Bag
    by Porter Cable
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $353.20 -- our price: $154.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000222XA
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Porter-Cable's 3-by-21-inch belt sander features an all-metal housingthat gives the tool a solid feel, makes it tough to damage, and lets you sandeffectively without having to press down. This sander also does a great job ofkeeping belts centered, a terrific bonus because there's nothing morefrustrating that having to constantly re-center a belt. According toPorter-Cable, the all-metal housing accounts for the centered placement of the belts.The sander remains rigid, even during heavy use, and the metal helps dissipateheat, keeping the belt relatively cool and in place.

    This sander also has a variable-speed dial that lets you match the speed of thebelt with the application, so you can speed up for aggressive removal or dialdown for more precision. We really like the 360-degree adjustable top dustnozzle--a feature you won't find on many belt sanders--because it lets you pivotthe dust bag (or hose if you're hooked up to a dust vac), a huge conveniencewhen sanding in corners or along edges. And, lastly, this is a quietsander, thanks both to Porter-Cable's newly designed gear system, which meshesmore accurately, and to the sander's serpentine drive belt, which makesconsiderably less noise than a more common cog system. For a belt sander, thistool is surprisingly easy on the ears, and that's a very good thing. --JonGroebner ... Read more

    Features

    • One-year warranty/30 day performance certification
    • Powerful sanding action
    • Variable-speed dial
    • Belt & gear drive
    • Designed for flush sanding

    Reviews (36)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great belt sander
    I bought this sander after having bad luck with the Dewalt 3x21 belt sander.---After many hours of using the PC352vs, I will have to say--THIS IS A KEEPER!.Very well made,powerful,sands smoothly with better balance than I expected. It is made and runs just as well as my 4x24 porter cable sander. I now have four Porter Cable sanders--two orbitals and two belt sanders--they all have been great performers. I highly recommend Porter Cable sanders!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good sander
    I picked one of these up in exchange for a DeWalt that died after a half hour of use.So far it lasted the afternoon.I used it to sand a workbench top.

    The dust collection was very good.When I finished I had a couple of pounds of dust in the bag.

    1-0 out of 5 stars OPEN DRIVE DRUM
    I agree that this is a powerful sander. Has anyone else had
    any type of problem with the open drive drum? Some users have had the power cord get sucked into the sander.
    Thanks and HAPPY HOLIDAYS
    ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Porter-Cable    2. (Portercable)    3. Sanders    4. Belt Sanders   


    16. JET 708115K / JWBS-14CS 14" Bandsaw with Enclosed Stand
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $729.00 -- our price: $549.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006ANS4
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    JET's 14-inch band saw offers woodworkers two big improvementsover other band saws in this class. The blade guide with light springtension inside the mechanism was the first thing we noticed. It staysin place when you loosen it instead of crashing down on the tabletop(or your fingers) as guides from other saws can. This allows fortwo-handed height adjustment, letting you set the guide precisely whereyou want it quickly and easily. The blade guide also offersoil-impregnated plastic parts rather than steel, so the blade stayssharp longer. We were also impressed with the blade tracking device,which locks in place so there's no need for readjustment after the testrun. The saw has a 1-horsepower motor that's fan cooled and fullyenclosed for dust protection, and computer-balanced, die-cast aluminumwheels for smooth operation. The 15-by-15-inch cast-iron table isslightly larger than tables on competing band saws, and it tilts 45degrees to the right and 10 degrees to the left.

    Other advantages include a heavy-gauge metal housing and a powdercoating (rather than paint), meaning the saw will hold up to regularusage and still look good. Another user-friendly feature is thequick-connect electrical plug, so you don't have to follow long cordsto their outlets before each blade change. Band saws aren't thedustiest machines around, so the 2-inch dust port for the shop vacseems just right, but a 2- to 4-inch converter can be added for usewith a more serious shop-dust-collection system. This saw is best forshops doing smaller pieces or serious hobbyists who want to do finework. Owners will enjoy quick and easy setup by following a clear setof instructions. --Nancy Gleason ... Read more

    Features

    • 1 hp, single-phase, 115/230-volt motor moves the blade at 3,000 sfpm
    • Features a 6-by-13-1/2-inch cutting capacity
    • Graphite-impregnated polymer blade guides deliver a cooler-running blade
    • 15-by-15-inch cast-iron tilting table provides extra support for work pieces

    Reviews (27)

    4-0 out of 5 stars First of Two Reviews
    After hours and months or reseach and review reading I came to purchase the Jet 14" bandsaw.I am only going to review what I have seen in the limited time that I have owned it.It took about two hours for complete set up to include the mobile base, fence system, and riser block.Only very minor adjustments were made which you would expect from any new tool purchase.I encountered no problems with the enclosed hardware and the fit and finish on the machine was excellent.First time out the machine passed the nickle test with all stock parts to include the belt.

    After I log some major hours on the machine I will be back with what I really think of the tool.After all it's what your money buys in the long run that really matters.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding choice
    I have spent a year looking at the different band saws. At first I was looking at Delta and comparing it to the other saws. I got stuck on Delta because I own other Delta tools and I liked the quality and performance of these machines. So, I ordered a Delta 14 inch band saw. But after reading the reviews (excellent source of information) I quickly cancelled the order. Then about the same time a Jet 14 inch band saw caught my eye. It was the same price and the reviews were excellent. So I purchased it. I was impressed right from the start. I received the saw 3 days early (way to go ABF). It took a little time to assemble the saw but it went right together. After a few fine adjustments were made on the blocks and the bearing the saw was ready to go. The operation was smooth and very little vibration. Only one recommendation, purchase the mobile base at the same time. It will save time and your back moving it around the shop.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Really nice band saw
    In this price range, this band saw can't be beat.I've ued mine for ripping, resawing, precision work, hardwoods, softwoods, plastics. The only time the motor bogs down is when I'm resawing thick stock.

    But there are a few things I'd change:

    1. The guide blocks wear awfully fast. I bought a set of Cool Blocks and they are wonderful.

    2. The fence isn't so hot. After just a few weeks, it wouldn't lock to the table.I now insert a piece of sandpaper in the locking cam. It works but this could be designed better. (Fences are not new technology--this really shouldn't be a problem.)

    3. The table top is just too small.

    4. Buy the riser (height extender). Before long, you'll want to resaw a 10" wide board.Trust me, you will.

    5. The dust control port is stupid, awful and a waste of time. The port is 2 1/2" on the exit side. But, if you look inside the port, the internal restriction is 1" x 1/2" !!! Whoever designed this should be fired. (Don't designers test their products?) You will want to cut a hole on the door and install a 4" dust port. Relatively easy to do. And it is worth it.With a 4" dust port, you could run the band saw in the living room.JET really needs to fix the dust port.

    Overall, I'm satisfied for the price. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Saws    2. Band Saws    3. (Bandsaws)   


    17. Black & Decker MT1405B-2 14.4V Cordless Multi-Tool
    by Black & Decker
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $168.57 -- our price: $134.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006S7D1
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Black & Decker has taken five popular home workshop tools and put them together into one compact, cordless unit in the Black & Decker 14.4-volt cordless multi-tool kit. The 14.4-volt model offers five interchangeable, locking heads that provide drill/driver, circular saw, jig saw, router and sander/polisher features. While not as powerful or feature-laden as most stand-alones, the multi-tool provides an excellent starting point or addition to a home enthusiast's arsenal. The drill head operates at variable speeds of 0-700 rpm. A 24-position clutch provides up to 115 in./lbs. of torque. And a 3/8-inch keyless chuck makes bit changes easy. The 3-3/8 inch circular saw features a 20-tooth carbide tipped blade and operates at 0-1,100 rpm. A spindle lock allows quick blade changes, while a thin kerf minimizes waste. The jigsaw features Black & Decker's exclusive, tool-free QuickClamp blade change system. A see-through bezel offers a cleaner view of the cut line, while a blade support roller keeps the blade straight for an accurate finish. The router features a 1/4-inch collet and spindle lock. Good visibility, micro-depth adjustments and an operating speed of 0-8,000 rpm make it well-suited for small, high-speed project work. The sander/polisher is also versatile. It reaches into tight spaces, accepts Mouse attachments, and spins at 0-8,000 opm.--Carl Thress ... Read more

    Features

    • Detail sanding pad works in tight corners
    • One tool with five attachments for drill/driving, sanding/polishing, cutting and decorative edging
    • Drill/driver has 24-position clutch and keyless chuck
    • Saw has 3-3/8 inch blade for cutting 1x material
    • Router operates at 8,000 rpm for high-speed applications

    Reviews (16)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the occasional fixes around the house
    LIKES
    1) Great price. This use to be 99$ back then.
    2) Multi tool. 5 tools in one! Thats like 20$ each tool.
    3) Comes with spare battery and a nice bag.

    DISLIKES
    1) Not powerful enough for the router, circ saw
    2) Circ Saw doesnt cut really deep
    3) Router is really miniature
    4) Batteries die fast w/ the router, circ saw
    5) A little on the heavy side

    1-0 out of 5 stars Low power? No power!
    Well, the jigsaw ain't great, but at leaset it works-just don't try to use it one handed. The ridiculous placement of the "safe start" button means you have to have both hands on the tool to use it. High vibration means jagged cuts despite a finishing blade. And no top control means "swervy" lines. Fine for most, but it bothered me. The sander drained BOTH batteries within minutes. It worked well for those minutes, though. And don't get me started on the drill! No power whatsoever. My wifes 9.6v Bosch out-drilled/out-drove this P.O.S. So, a $200 jigsaw that isn't very good. Yowza. I think I'll try Ryobi. I've heard good things.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Handy for the House
    This kit is excellent for the house. I've used it many times for all sorts of stuff. I'm glad it doesn't take up too much space; you don't have to lug a different tool to a project...they are all right there. If you plan to use it for serious woodworking, I'd imagine that it wouldn't be too great in that the battery will drain somewhat quickly when using it as a jigsaw(but then again it comes with two batteries.) For a handy and sufficiently powerful household tool package, this is both effective and even fun. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Black & Decker    2. (Black and Decker)    3. Rotary Tools   


    18. Woodstock International G8830 4-1/4" Hose Hangers
    by Woodstock International


    Asin: B0000DCZEA
    Sales Rank: 4367
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Only a REAL COOK would need these
    If you make messes big enough to need a 4 1/4 inch hose for cleanup, you probably learned your trade in the Army. These clamps will keep your cleaning gear neatly bolted to the wall or ceiling, as needed. ... Read more


    19. Delta 36-L31X-U50 X5 3 HP Left Tilt Unisaw with Unifence
    by Delta
    Tools & Hardware
    -- our price: $1,799.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A25YK
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The X5 is one of the finest pieces of machinery we've seen. It's the left-tilt version of Delta's magnificent Unisaw, and everything from the motor to the finely machined T-slots is of the highest standard. Take the motor, for example. It's a 3 HP, single phase 230-volt with full-voltage starter. It flawlessly powers a positive-traction, three-belt V-drive that runs between two massive lifetime ball bearings for no--and we mean zero--vibration. The table is cast-iron, smooth as glass, along with two cast-iron extension wings and a beautifully laminated table supported by rock-solid, leveler-footed steel legs. Riding along the huge 76-by-27-inch table surface is a 50-inch Unifence guide with an adjustable flip-stop; if you've ever used one, you know the precision. It glides like it's on air and locks down with not a hair's breadth of error, even at its maximum 50 inches to the right of the blade. Even the arbor is a piece of perfection, precision-ground, stress-proofed and flange-faced after production. Inside this 600-pound saw's cabinet is a clever slope that directs sawdust right to the 4-inch duct collector chute to eliminate clogging in the cabinet. Quality saws always have a T-slot for the miter gauge, and this one's no exception, allowing you to extend Delta's super-precise Auto-Set miter gauge far beyond the front edge without tip-out or instability on both sides of the 10-inch blade. The left-tilting arbor allows you a max cut of 2-1/8 inches at 45 degrees, putting big gorgeous bevels well within your reach. If it's precision and power you're after, this is the last saw you'll ever buy.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Five year limited warranty on machines, parts and accessories
    • Includes machine with left tilt, 3 HP single phase motor for powerful cutting
    • 50" Unifence saw guide with adjustable flip stop
    • Carbide tipped 50 tooth ATB&R saw blade, laminated table board, adjustable steel support legs
    • Two cast iron extension wings, standard insert, miter gage, motor cover and 4" dust connector

    Reviews (2)

    1-0 out of 5 stars items improperly shipped
    Amazon shipped this item using ABF as the freight company. Either the table saw was not secured to the pallet or ABF removed the strapping, because the tip indicator had been activated. In addition, the box was crushed on one side and there was a 6 inch and an 8 inch hole in the box. A quick inspection also revealed the motor cover had been crushed and the styrofoam packing was laying in pieces. The drill press, shipped on the same order, had punched through the box and had indications that the shaft impacted with another item. The jointer also had punched through the box and styrofoam packing material.

    All items were on pallets however, none of the items were strapped down to the pallet and no shrink wrap was used to secure the items to each other.

    After a full day of deliveries by this truck, there were no signs of tie down straps, loose or otherwise, anywhere on the truck nor were the other two crates on the truck strapped down. Boxes listed as 'This Side Up' were laying on their sides. Boxes clearly labled 'Top Heavy' were not secured to pallets.

    After seeing this level of shipping abuse, no further inspection was necessary as the entire shipment had to be refused.

    Interesting enough, Amazon is glad to cancel the order and provide a refund however, I somewhat expected them to offer to resend the items using another carrier... which they did not.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Last saw you'll ever need
    Size, power, flexibility, power, precision, power, power, power.I'm a casual woodworker.I'd like to think I'll someday get good enough to find some obscure feature this saw lacks.I doubt I ever will.My 2nd and final saw purchase.No regrets, not even the cost. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Saws    2. Table Saws    3. Stationary Table Saws    4. (Tablesaws)   


    20. DEWALT DW734 Heavy Duty 12-1/2" Thickness Planer with 3-Knife Cutter Head
    by DeWalt
    Tools & Hardware (15 September, 2003)
    list price: $660.00 -- our price: Too Low To Display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CCXU6
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Walnut glides like butter under the three-knife cutterhead of this superb portable planer. And say good-bye to end snipe, that enemy of thrifty woodworkers. Stock comes out with a near-flawless finish because the three knives make an impressive 96 cuts per inch. You won't need to trim off the damaged ends anymore either, because the four-column carriage lock stifles the movement that causes snipe. Replacing the knives isn't complicated, another plus. The dust hood is even included, and we say bravo to that, because planers make a mess. The depth of cut and thickness gauges are well-placed and easy to read; the handles make toting this 80-plus-pounder a little easier. We think the weight's a plus, though, as it adds to the tool's stability. Home woodworkers, do-it-yourselfers, and contractors will love this planer.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • M2 laminated knives are disposable and reversible
    • Three knife cutter-head for superior surface finish
    • 96 cuts per inch for a smooth finish
    • Extra-large folding tables and a four column carriage lock minimize the movement that causes snipe
    • One tool knife change system allows the user to easily seat new knives

    Reviews (13)

    1-0 out of 5 stars The Best in Throw-away Tools
    Being a professional woodworker since 1985, I gave it one star because out-of-the-box it did a great job and the 3 M2 laminated steel reversible blades are superior to the HS steel, hands down. I couldn't believe how much antique heart pine I planed in one blade change. Then came the blade change: Oh, boy !
    They should have never used an aluminum head to house blades.(A definite no-no for a company that advertises it's tools as "industrial".) I stripped a head out of a supposed hardened steel blade bolt with the dinky little hex-head hand-jobber wrench supplied with the tool. The wrench is designed to keep us from over-torqueing the bolts when we change the blades. But that did not prevent the boys in Taiwan from over-torqueing the cheap things with their air tools before shipping. Not a cheap fix, nor a quick one. If DeWalt would have given me a steel head for this thing and some good bolts I would have kept it, but me and my business cannot afford the wait(or the "hurry-up-and-wait"). I guess if the U.S. Army cannot get good steel, then good hardened steel bolts are also too much for me to ask for:
    "You weren't sent to work with the tools that you need; you were sent to work with the tools that you got !"
    We definitely pay for what we get as American "consumers".

    4-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing start, but a wonderful machine
    I purchased this machine about six months ago after being extremely impressed with my neighbor's DeWalt DW733 planer.

    After just a few uses with some Pine boards, I felt that something wasn't quite right.After calling DeWalt and explaining the problem best I could, they were stumped and suggested I take it to my local DeWalt service center, which happened to be just a few miles from my house.After a week or two, the said they had found nothing wrong with it.After testing it upon return, I could definitely tell that something had been fixed, tightened, adjusted, whatever.It worked great for a very short time after that on Pine and Cypress boards, but more problems began developing.Dull blades seemed to be the culprit, so I attempted to flip them.But guess what -- one of the blades had already been flipped!I replaced all the blades with new ones and the difference in performance is incredible.It is now the wonderful machine that impressed me so much at my neighbor's.But I'm puzzled as to why my blades needed replacing after very little usage on soft lumber.

    Quality control seemed to have skipped my machine for some reason, but now that the bugs are gone (I hope), this is a great planer.I'd give it 5 stars, but I'm giving it 4 for the bugs I had to deal with.One other quality control problem: the data sticker on my machine says it's a DW735 13" Thickness Planer!The folks at DeWalt sure were shocked and confused at that big oversight.

    By the way, buy or build a stand for this machine.I built a 2-tool, flip-top stand for about $50.Unless you always have a helper handy, you can forget about moving it on a regular basis.Besides, the vibration tends to move the machine if not bolted down.

    Lastly, buy hearing protection.Unless you're already deaf, you'll need it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is one cool tool
    I can't belive the great job this does.I get hardwood scraps from cabinet shops to make panels for my scroll saw art(also a dewalt) and this machine goes threw the cherry wood like a hot knife threw snow. I haven't had to put a sander on anything that has gone threw this planer yet and I give it a good work. Way to go Dewalt. I have tryed other brands but nothing has come close to this machine save your money and buy this one first. ... Read more

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


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