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Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Tool Repair Problems | 1 comment

2nd Annual Spring Clean-Up and Tune-Up for Your Woodworking Tools

As spring looms near many are getting ready to bring their woodworking tools out;  a little time spent now with a good cleanup routine can go a long way to making sure your tools are in good working order. Don’t forget, that well maintained tools are also safe tools.

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First, make sure that your power tools are disconnected before performing any maintenance on them. Yes this would seem to be a no-brainer but it is very easy to get in the groove and simply forget this one basic but critical step.

The next thing you want to do is open up your motor and switch boxes and get rid of the sawdust that has accumulated in there. I don’t know about you but no matter how hard I try to avoid it, sawdust somehow manages to get in there anyway,

While cleaning out the motor and switch boxes make sure you have a good tight connection at the plug, the motor and the switch. No matter how smooth your saw, planer or joiner run, the vibration they create will, eventually, cause these connections to loosen enough to cause arcing problems. Or, worse yet, your tool won’t even start.  Of course this is bound to happen right in the middle of a project, right?

You’ll find more tips from last year’s tune-up tips post; plus you can review all of our tool repair recommendations and you can be sure to keep your motor running.

Take the time now, you’ll be glad you did.

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Woodworking Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

Advantages of Self Leveling Lasers

The title says it all.

gll2 laser makes your carpentry tasks simple

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I know there are still people who do not believe a laser is as accurate as their trusted transit or plumb bob; but, I’d venture to guess that is because they have not tried one. The reality is these lasers do exactly what their name says – they are self leveling and, more importantly, they are accurate.

The next time you see a road crew or a surveying company in town, check out what they are using. Most of the professionals have switched to lasers and that is why transit companies are now making lasers. If the lasers didn’t work professionals wouldn’t use them and the market for them would not dictate that transit companies start producing them.

Any place or application where you would use a chalk line or a plumb bob there is a laser to do the job, faster, easier and just as accurately.

Need to lay floor tile ?

use the gtl3 for laying tile , gives 90 degree and 45 degree lines projected on the floor

Use the gtl3 for laying tile , gives you a 90 degree and 45 degree lines projected on the floor.

For example, here are a few applications you may not have considered:

  • hanging wallpaper –  or anywhere you need a true vertical line on a wall or in the middle of a room
  • drop ceiling applications – for getting that ceiling level
  • fencing – the easiest way to get your post all the same height i have ever used
  • setting upper cabinets for height do i need to explain this ?
  • running chair rail- what can i say  it produces a level line around a room or down a hallway
  • transferring stud locations for hanging cabinets – have you ever missed a stud when hanging cabinets, well no more
  • ceiling light fixture placement – lay out your new light fixtures on the floor and transfer the location to the ceiling. this is where a dot or point laser excels and works perfect for vaulted ceilings and great rooms

For even better accuracy and versatility add a tripod, instead of having to measure from a reference point you can put the line wherever you need it

gll3-50 includes some really neat feet and a wall bracket with a nagnet built in

gll3-50 includes some really neat feet and a wall bracket with a magnet built in

Convinced? You will find just the laser you need, many of them at special prices. Plus, for a limited time we include a free tripod. All you need to do is start shopping! 

 

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Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in New Tool Info | 0 comments

Lithium Ion Batteries are Changing

It doesn’t seem like that long ago we were happy to have a 2.0 lithium ion battery. Lithium was such a better battery than ni-cad, we thought we had died and gone to heaven.

Then there was 3.0

Next came 4.0

Today we have 5.0 and a number of manufacturers are working on a 6.0

But the transportation community may have something to say as there are shipping restrictions on shipping lithium batteries over 5.0

The challenges of free enterprise!

Just how much power do we need? Or, is it that we want all we can have. Just like the computer industry, as computers get faster software keeps improving.

Cordless is the fastest growing sector of the power tool industry, with the introduction of brushless motors which deliver between 20-30% more power and in many applications rival an electric tool from a power standpoint.

Take a look at the video on the Milwaukee 7-1/4″ Circular Saw if in doubt.

Just had a visit from a major power tool company who has a prototype out for a cordless table saw.

Stay tuned as we race toward a better cordless tool

Check our previous comments on cordless

 

 

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