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Old 12-10-2014, 12:08 AM  
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We should have started a poll with this forum. vote for your favorite brands



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Old 12-10-2014, 03:32 AM  
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Problem with those kits is when one thing goes, a lot of the other parts are useless. I tried that with Craftsman drills. But a year later, i couldn't find a battery to fit it, and the drill was almost the same price as the battery alone.
Good point. I actually have an extra battery just in case. It came with one that I got earlier. But I inherited my father's inclination to collect more tools. He would even buy duplicates of ones he already had just in case we needed an extra (and also because he couldn't find things).


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My wife is out of the kitchen for a bit so I can mention the word tools, but just in writing, not out loud.
I have just about 3 of every tool made for woodworking. I cannot afford Festools. I do have some old B and D tools which still work very well. Favorite router is an old Makita Redline. I also have a couple of Craftsman Routers that I only use with my dovetail machine. I also have a Bosch router that's nice to work with. I have a monster 3hp Freud router as well.
I used to work part time with my cousin framing homes here in Calgary so I have an old Emglo 2hp compressor to tote around along with me on odd jobs. I have looked after it so it looks like new. It's almost 25 yrs old.

My pride and joy is my 10 inch tablesaw. It's a 3hp Rockwell Unisaw. Turn it on without a blade in it and all you hear is a low hum. With a blade in it, you hear the whistle made by the blades teeth. Totally accurate cuts. It has a Biesemeyer fence and I like my Incra Miter guide. I have an Elu miter saw and a Makita 10 inch slider.

I am of the opinion that a lot of the more recent power tools are built to be used for a month or two and then thrown away. I have a lot of battery powered tools but like some others here I have been caught reaching for corded tools more and more.

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When I'm working on something in the workshop and can attach a cord to one of the hanging plugs (My father rigged the place to have plugs available hanging down with extension cords-- I'll have to get pics) I prefer to use the corded tools.

Unfortunately, a lot of the stuff I work on is not in range of an outlet or extension cord so I use the battery powered ones in a pinch. I've been pretty happy with the B&D Matrix thus far.

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Imo black & decker is for light weight use, good for the wife to use. Craftsman rachets are junk. If you only want to purchase an angle grinder one time consider metabo.



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