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Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Tool Repair Problems | 0 comments

Don’t you hate when a tool quit’s in the middle of a project

Don’t you hate when a tool quit’s in the middle of a project

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Bearing and belt replacement

 

 

 

 

 

Just when you were making some real progress on your project, you hit the switch on your router and–nothing happens.

A few tips to keep your tools running.

Keep the dust out, blow the dust out of your tools using your trusty compressor, just make sure you have drained the tank. You want to use dry air to blow the sawdust out not air mixed water. This might be the time to do a little pm on the compressor also. Check your air filter as well as the oil level, unless of course it is an oil less compressor. Might even change the oil if you can’t remember the last time you changed it. Make sure you are using a name brand compressor oil or a non detergent oil per the compressor manufacturers recommendations —not regular motor oil.

Handheld tools– check the brushes for wear, and the strength of the spring.

Inspect your cord.

If you hear bearing noise stop and replace them before you burn up the motor. As bearings start to fail they but unbelievable stress on the motor. Just a few tips.

Take a look at some of our previous post on tool maintenance below .

Do you have a question, you can post your questions here or email me @ bill at circlesaw.com

just replace the at with the @ symbol.

Planer Repair

Nail Gun Repair

 

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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 Aug 27, 2014 in New Tool Info, Tool Repair Problems, Woodworking Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

Ni-cad vs Lithium-Ion Batteries

Check out our latest video on Ni-ad Cordless Tools and Batteries vs the newest Lithium-Ion battery technology

Filming courtesy of Tom Tynan and Home Show Radio  

 

 

Steady advances in voltage and applications have made cordless tools the first choice on most projects for you and professionals. For years NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries reigned supreme. Recently, though, they’ve been displaced by newer Lithium Ion battery technology.

Lithium-ion batteries are smaller in size, require less maintenance and are environmentally safer than Nickel-cadmium (NiCad) batteries. While they have similarities, Li-ion and NiCd batteries differ in their chemical composition, environmental impact, applications and costs.

Which battery is right for your cordless tool?

That depends on the job and your wallet. Typically, Lithium-ion batteries are smaller and lighter than a NiCad battery. Lithium-ion also two to three times more expensive than NiCad. On the other hand, Lithium-ion has virtually no self-discharge. This allows a lithium ion battery to be stored for months without losing charge.

One does not provide more power than the other. An 18V Lithium-ion battery has the same potential to deliver power as an 18V NiCad battery.18V is 18V. How long it provides it is another story. The best measure of run time is how many holes are drilled or how many boards cut on a single battery charge. In this test, Lithium-ion battery-powered tools win.

That has more to do with the efficiency of the tool than the battery itself. Brushless motors in most Lithium-ion-powered tools make better use of battery power. That leads to the misconception that the battery has more power.

NiCad batteries range in capacity from 1.3Ah to 3.0Ah. In comparison, Lithium-ion batteries range from 1.1Ah to 3.0Ah. Just as the gas tank size is only one factor in how far a vehicle can drive on a tank of gas, applications per battery charge factor in voltage, capacity and the efficiency of the tool. Clear as mud?

NiCad batteries

Nickel-cadmium batteries suffer from a “memory effect.” The battery remembers the point in their charge cycle where recharging began. During subsequent uses, voltage will drop at that point as if it had been discharged. That’s why it’s wise that you use a NiCad battery until it’s totally dead before recharging With this kind of proper use, a nickel-cadmium battery can last for 1,000+ cycles before losing capacity.

Lithium-ion batteries

Lithium-ion batteries, on the other hand, are low maintenance. They resist the “memory effect” and tolerate a wider ranged of temperatures. Their only serious drawback is fragility. They also require protection circuit to keep working safely.

Both will perform for roughly the same number of cycles. While the Lithium-ion battery may provide more voltage, it does so at significantly higher cost compared to a NiCad battery.

Since absolute performance is roughly equal, choosing between Lithium-ion and NiCad batteries come down to simple differences: Lighter, longer-lasting and more expensive, or heavier, more consumable and cheaper. The choice is yours.

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in New Tool Info, Show off your latest project, Tool Repair Problems, Woodworking Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

IMPORTANT! Porter-Cable Recall

We’ve just learned that Porter-Cable has determined that because the handles on the 3 H.P fixed based routers are not insulated, a user could be shocked. Clearly, this represents a serious potential hazard which has prompted Porter Cable to issue this recall. The following models are affected by this recall:

  • 7518 5-speed
  • 7519 1-speed
  • 7519 EC 1-speed/has an extended chuck22
  • 7519-60 1-speed/uses 220-volt power source
How to resolve:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled routers and router bases, unplug the routers and contact Porter-Cable for a free replacement router base with insulation on the handles. Porter-Cable can be contacted toll-free at (888) 344-7973 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday; by email at support.portercable@sbdinc.com , or online at www.portercable.com. On the website you will need to click on Important Safety Notice/Recalls (at the very bottom of the page), then select 2014 for more information

Porter Cable Recalls 3-1/4 H.P. Routers

Porter Cable Recalls 3-1/4 H.P. Routers

Courtesy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Posted by on May 23, 2014 in New Tool Info, Tool Repair Problems | 0 comments

Oneida Dust Deputy and Festool Vacs

This is a notice we received from Festool concerning the use of the Dust Deputy on their vacuums and how it affects your Festool Warranty

Use of Non-Festool Accessories or Consumables – Dust Deputy

Over the past year, we have received numerous complaints resulting from the use of non-Festool accessories with Festool tools. Of greatest consequence, “The Ultimate Dust Deputy” by Oneida Air Systems appears to have generated a significant number of CT Dust Extractor failures, breaking the anti-static loop and ultimately shorting out the circuit boards. Until now, we have repaired the units at no charge to the customer, in our continued effort to deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction with our products.

Unfortunately, this course is not sustainable, especially since we can be fairly certain as to the origin of the issue. As is clearly stated in every one of our product warranties, the use of non-Festool accessories and consumables with Festool products has the potential to void said product’s warranty. Furthermore, Festool cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims related to the installation or usage of such an untested and unapproved device.

Excerpt from the owner’s manual regarding use of such devices:

Use only original Festool accessories and Festool consumable material intended for this machine because
these components are designed specifically for the machine. Using accessories and consumable material from other suppliers will most likely affect the quality of your working results and limit any warranty claims. Machine wear or your own personal workload may increase depending on the application. Protect yourself and your machine, and preserve your warranty claims by always using original Festool accessories and Festool consumable material!

Excerpt from the warranty policy regarding use of such devices:

Festool does not condone nor support the use of any non-Festool engineered, designed, and manufactured accessories or consumables with Festool products. Use of any non-Festool products may affect performance or void the warranty. Festool is not responsible for any damages or losses incurred and user assumes all risk and responsibility with non-Festool derived products.

We strongly discourage the use of the Oneida Dust Deputy, or any other non-Festool product (unless otherwise stated) in conjunction with any and all Festool products. As a result, we ask our dealers to seriously consider the entire customer experience when marketing or selling items that could be viewed as add-ons to the Festool System.

 

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