Buying Advice

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  • 3 Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed

    I like tools, especially good-looking tools. Often I buy a tool solely based on looks. I know that’s a really bad criteria, but what can I say? I’m a sucker for a pretty tool! Some of the “cool” tools I buy never see the light of day, others I find moderately useful, and a rare few surprise the heck out of me as either being extremely useful or really well suited for a specific task. The latter is the category of tools I will share with you in this column.

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    Ask WWGOA: Bandsaw vs. Scroll Saw

    Question: “I have a 10″ band saw. I am considering selling it and getting a 14″ band saw. Would I be better off keeping the 10″ band saw and getting a scroll saw?” Submitted by: Daryl Bender WWGOA Editor Response: While band saws and scroll saws are slightly similar, they’re not the same. The big

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  • FastCap ChopShop Saw Hood

    Dust Collection for any Miter Saw. Miter saws broadcast sawdust like sprinklers broadcast water. And it’s nearly impossible to get effective dust collection on them, especially if the saw isn’t permanently mounted to a bench. It’s bad enough when you’re working in the shop, but when you’re using the saw someplace you want to keep

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  • Bosch Multi-X Battery Operated Multi-Tool

    A multi-tool is a pretty handy thing to have. Like the name implies, it’s capable of handling lots of different jobs. Cutting, sanding, scraping, these tools can do a lot of work for you. They’re already convenient, and Bosch has made them even more convenient by going cordless. Their new Multi-X Cutting Kit, $185, runs

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  • George’s Top 5 Must-Have Stationary Woodworking Tools for Your Workshop

    I’m asked all the time, “What’s the first tool I should get?” My tongue-in-cheek answer is, “A credit card with a high limit.” But since people really do want advice on stationary tool purchases, I’ve developed “George’s Top 5 List.” It’s important to understand that this is my list of preferred tools and there will

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  • Compound Miter Saws from Hitachi

    Hitachi Power Tools announced two new 8-1/2″ slider compound miter saws, the C8FSE, $349, and C8FSHE, $379. At 31-lbs (C8FSE) and 32-lbs (C8FSHE), these are, according to Hitachi, the lightest and most portable 8-1/2″ slide miter saws on the market.Both the C8FSE and C8FSHE are powered by 9.5-Amp motors and have a no-load speed of

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  • JET 22-44 Drum Sanders

    Two new versatile, production-class sanding machines – the JET 22-44 OSC Drum Sander, $2,451, and JET 22-44 Pro-3 Sander with Digital Readout, $2,647 – feature exclusive SandSmart variable feed control from 0 to 10 feet per minute. Variable feed control enables the operator to use the best sanding rate for each job and helps prevent

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  • Kreg Multi-Purpose Push Stick

    The new Kreg Multi-Purpose Push Stick, $18, has built-in features that make it a good value and a handy tool. It’s more like a small tool kit than a simple push stick. The on board steel rule can be used as a depth gauge for setting cutter height. A built in pencil holder keeps your

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  • The Festool OF 2200 Plunge Router Reviews

    The Perfect Combination of Brains and Brawn. Festool’s OF 2200, $800, is a big router with a light touch. Weighing in at over 17 pounds, the OF 2200 sports a 3-1/4 hp (18-amp) motor to power through just about any routing task–from deep pocket mortises to heavy molding cuts. But the beauty of this beast

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  • 5 EXPENSIVE, BUT WORTH EVERY PENNY WOODWORKING TOOLS

    5 Expensive, But Worth Every Penny Woodworking Tools

    These expensive woodworking tools pay for themselves in accuracy and efficiency. I’ve been building custom furniture for many years and, like most of you, I’ve acquired my woodworking tools as I can afford them. The tools in this list might seem expensive, quirky, and even redundant, but stay with me and I’ll prove their worth.

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7 Responses to “Buying Advice”
  1. JAMES

    Hi, Im interested in purchasing a JET Drum Sander… Between the JET 1632 and 1836… I’m on the fence… Any thoughts on one vs the other… it is about $200 more for the 1836… also the 1836 is 2″ bigger and has the 1.75 hp vs the 1.5 on the 1632. I like the 1632 but hate the thought of a year down the road I should have spent the extra $200 for the 1836. Thank you for any advise/thoughts on which way I should go. My email is eilers2020@gmail.com. Thank you!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi James. Power and capacity are important with a drum sander. Between the two that you are looking at, I would lean toward the 1836. Before you pull the trigger, I’d also suggest taking a look at this one: https://amzn.to/2Lj2gCh. The same people who designed the Jet drum sanders left to start SuperMax, and these guys know what they are doing. George has one in his shop and loves it. It’s a very impressive machine, and roughly the same price as the Jet 1836.
      Thanks
      Paul-WWGOA

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  2. CLINTON

    where do i start? i am wanting to make nice things not for money just to keep me busy. I have ran big saws chainsaws ect. not small equipment. I have a good table saw band saw router. It is overwhelming to me.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Clinton,

      I would start with one tool at a time. For me, the best place to start would be by mastering your table saw. Make a few boxes out of inexpensive wood. Experiment with different joinery techniques; butt joints, miters, splines, biscuits, etc. Once you feel like you have the hang of that, move to the band saw. Build a couple bandsaw-centric projects like a reindeer https://www.wwgoa.com/video/post-haste-project-how-to-make-wooden-christmas-reindeer-010244/. If you can get the hang of making those reindeer, and they are not that hard, you will be well on your way to mastering the bandsaw. Then move to the router, and so on. We have a section of free plans for beginner woodworkers that you might want to check out as well: https://www.wwgoa.com/projects/beginner-woodworking-projects/.
      The trick is to start slow and be patient with yourself. We all start out by making some firewood in our early projects. It’s fun to learn, and you’ll be making “keepers” before you know it.

      Cheers,

      Paul
      WoodWorkers Guild of America Video Membership

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  3. Fred Savoy

    Want to buy a corded Miter Saw , looked at Dewalt 780 12″ < Jet 12" , Kaypex Festool 10' . Could you please let me know which corded Miter Saw to buy ?And if any other good ones to look at Thank You , Fred

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Fred. Those are all good options. You might want to also take a look at this one, which is what I have: https://amzn.to/2HUJu1K
      In my opinion it delivers cut quality that is on par with the Kapex saw, although the Kapex is a smooth operating saw and people who own them seem to really like them. My choice came down to the DW 780 vs. the Bosch Glide. I went with the Bosch mainly because of the space savings vs. the 780. The glide mechanism is efficient and doesn’t require as much space behind the saw, which is nice in my small shop. I was able to upgrade my 10″ miter saw without re configuring my benches.
      Thanks
      Paul-WWGOA

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