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IMPORTANT! Porter-Cable Recall

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

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

How to Pick the Right Table Saw Blade

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in New Tool Info, Woodworking Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

When looking for the perfect saw blade for your table saw one of the first things to consider is the horsepower of your saw. While a 3 horsepower 220 volt or larger will do fine with a full kerf saw blade, lesser powered table saws such as contractor saws and bench top saws will do better with a thin kerf blade.  A thin kerf  blade will put less drain on your motor so that it does not slow down as much as a full kerf blade. You can certainly use full kerf blades on the lower powered saws, just realize they will not cut as fast. A full kerf blade is determined by the thickness of the carbide.  A full kerf blade is .125″ while a thin kerf blade  usually runs in the neighborhood of .093″ For ripping material on a 10″ table saw you want to be in the range of 18-30 teeth. For crosscutting, 60-80 teeth will give you a cleaner cut. If you are a one size fits all type of person a 40 or 50 tooth blade will do ok in all  operations, but excels in none.

Table Saw zero clearance insert

Zero Clearance Insert

For applications where you need a splinter free cut on both sides of sheet goods (plywood and melamine) a blade with an ATB or a Hi-ATB top grind and a hook angle ranging from a +2 degrees to a -6 degrees will give you the best cut; and, if you want the absolute best cuts add a zero clearance blade insert and size it to the blade you are using for sheet goods. My favorite for a great crosscut or for cutting sheet goods  is an ATAF blade. While not every manufacturer offers these, Tenryu, Diablo and Freud do. If you look closely, not only is the top of the tooth an alternating bevel ( hence the term atb ) but the face of the tooth also has a bevel, actually referred to as a shear angle, which slices through the material drawing less power from the motor but also giving a super clean cut. This tooth geometry is similar to a spiral router bit in that it shears more than cuts. ATAFR_ToothGeometry           Image courtesy of Tenryu Saw Blades         Saw blades are like shoes,  pick them wisely and they will give you long service for years to come,buy cheap ones and you will be replacing them soon and complaining all the time.  

NEW! Freud and Diablo Blade Does 75x the Cuts on Laminate Flooring

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in New Tool Info | 0 comments

The great thing about Pergo and other brands of Laminate Flooring is the great look and the long lasting finish that you get with them; and, all without the hours of waxing floors like your mom used to do – bless her heart. But, with every great new invention there are always pro’s and con’s.

The aluminum oxide that is used in Laminate Flooring makes it last and last, that’s the good news. The bad news is that this same aluminum oxide is murder on carbide saw blades and other cutting tools. Yes, we’re talking about aluminum oxide, the same mineral used in sandpaper. No wonder saw blades don’t last cutting sandpaper.

The preferred way to cut this stuff is either on a table saw or with a slide miter. Still, most people are using a conventional miter or chop saw because this is a faster way to cut it. Unfortunately, carbide tipped blade life is typically only 20-50 cuts per blade, depending on the blade and, to some extent, the operator.

Good news! Freud and Diablo has a solution – a Diamond Tipped Blade designed just for cutting laminate flooring with 75 times the life over even their own carbide tipped blades.

The sound, speed and performance of this blade are light years apart from your typical flooring blade. One of the most impressive things to me in the videos is the speed and ease of cut with the new diamond blade as compared to the carbide tipped blade.

Here are just a few of the key points of this new blade:

  • Ultra long cutting life; saves the PRO installer time, money and increases productivity;
  • Only chop saw solution for laminate flooring, increases productivity for the PRO installer;
  • Superior quality of finish for a ready to install edge;
  • Test results for this blade have shown 1800 cuts per blade using a conventional miter saw.

This blade is available in 10″ D1012LF** and 12″ D1216LF** , with a 7-1/4″ D0708LF coming later this year. You’re going to want to add this new blade to your tool box today and you’ll be telling everyone..,

The Freud and Diablo blades** is the best blade available for cutting laminate floors.”

the diablo Laminate Flooring Blade will out cut carbide blades by 75 times

Get the Pergo Diamond Blade

 

Oneida Dust Deputy and Festool Vacs

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

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.

 

What Is the Best Cordless Tool

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in New Tool Info | 0 comments

Ok so I know you thought I was going to talk about what brand is better. That would be like the Ford vs Chevy debate.

Instead, I am going to talk about  battery technologies and motor types, and why one is better than the other.

Brushless

Porter Cable 390 Sander

Brushless History

THE Porter Cable 390 Series of Sanders  is one of the first 120 volt electric tools to use a brushless motor which means there are no brushes to wear out. Since we brought this sander in in August 2008 we have sold only 1 switch and no motors. Why you may ask? Well, since there are no brushes to create heat, friction and wear, the parts last a long time. Take this technology and apply it to cordless.

With the latest improvement to cordless tool motors all of the major manufacturers have embraced the brushless motors.

With an increase of 30-60% more work done, faster speed and longer life take a look at brushless before you buy a new cordless anything.

In a brushless motor the brushes  the windings and magnets are reversed and the brushes are replaced with a special circuit board. The elimination of the brushes allows the motor to run cooler which in turn generates less heat, resulting in motors that last longer, a lot longer.

Since  brushless motors use an intelligent circuit board they can sense when there is load on the motor and deliver only the power needed based on load. Battery life just increased. This is opposite of the way a brushed motor works. A brushed motor develops full power all the time.

Brushless motors create more power but with less battery drain; plus, they are simply more powerful. Since the commutator does not have the drag on the brushes there is less drag on the motor which results in more power.

While the cost to build a brushless motor is more, as these tools gain popularity we expect the cost to come down. Given the power increase,  the increased battery life due to a lower battery consumption of the motor coupled with the advances in battery technology, the price is well worth it, especially on the jobsite where you might not always have a way to charge your batteries.