Archive for the ‘Reviews’ category

Around the web: Shoddy Reporting – TOH’s Tool Test

September 16th, 2010

This Old House has recently published a “Tool Test” on compound miter saws.  Now this sounds like an excellent article for anyone looking to buy a new miter saw right? Well not so much, instead of doing a detailed article rating each saw, and giving buying advice TOH gives a handful of specs and then a one sentence impression by an expert.  That’s all you get.  This article is of course constructed as a slide show as if the pictures of the miter saws is the most exciting part.   This of course is done just to stick more ads in front of your face.  The article is pretty much the most useless piece of “reporting” that I’ve come across lately, and is  one of the main reasons why I’ve started this site.

The truly sad thing about this is that TOH gathered together $4,000 worth of miter saws, hired a professional carpenter to use them a bit, hired a professional photographer to photograph them,  and after all that produced something that holds absolutely no value to the consumer.  TOH instead relies on the popularity of their excellent TV show, to drive traffic to their website to be fooled into clicking through these articles hoping for some actual useful information.  I’ve attached the link to the ‘Print” version of the article, which contains the full article on a single page.

Source: This Old House

Recall: Black and Decker Orbital Sanders

September 14th, 2010

Black and Decker is issuing a recall on about 192,000 orbital sanders.  The models number RO400, RO400G, RO410, RO410K, RO410LW and FS3000ROS that have date codes between 200701 and 200920 are all being recalled due to a potential issue where the sandpaper backing plate can fly off or break apart or fly off altogether.  If you have one of these sanders call B&D at (866) 220-1767 and they will send you a new backing plate.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Around the Web Reviews: Cordless Finish Nailers at Popular Mechanics

August 11th, 2010

Cordless nailers are becoming more and more popular these days however, there are many different styles of cordless nailer on the market.  The most common is Paslode’s fuel-cell gun, which works in a similar manner to a 2-stroke gas engine.  Dewalt has had a gun on the market for awhile now that uses a battery powered motor to spin up a mechanical flywheel, and recently Senco has come out with the Fusion nail gun.  The fusion uses a battery powered motor to compress a small nitrogen tank, which is then used to fire the nail.  All of these have their pros and cons, and Popular Mechanics takes a look at each one, as well as throwing in a traditional air-compressor powered Bosch into the mix.  The Paslode was their favorite, all though they weren’t a fan of the smell, or the extra cost of the fuel.  The Dewalt was easy to use, but a bit under powered and extremely heavy.  The Senco basically split the difference, weighing more than the Paslode, but with the easy of a pure battery solution.

Source: Popular Mechanics

Around the Web: JET JWBS-14DXPRO Band Saw Review

June 29th, 2010

The folks over at NewWoodworker.com have just put out a great review of the new Jet JWBS-14DXPro Bandsaw.   The big deal with this saw is its beefy cast iron frame, allowing a claimed resaw capacity of 12″ without the use of riser blocks.  NewWoodworker found that it lived up to its claims, resawing an 11″ poplar board with a regular general purpose blade.  The saw retails for $899 and is available now.

Source: NewWoodworker.com

Dewalt DW3128P5 12″ Miter Saw Blade Combo Pack Review

June 29th, 2010

Up for review today is the Dewalt DW3128P5 Combo Pack.  This Pack consists of two 12″ thin kerf saw blades designed for use with miter saws, the DW3128 and the DW3123.   The former is a 80 tooth cross cut blade for fine finish work, and the latter is a 32 tooth cross cut blade for general purpose use.  Both blades have carbide teeth and are meant for use on hardwoods or softwoods.  The combo pack retails for $59.99 which will save you about $20 vs buying the blades individually.

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Around the Web: Stanley 4-in-1 Mobile Work Station Review

June 23rd, 2010

Old House Web (not to be confused with This Old House) has posted a short review of the Stanley 4-in-1 Mobile Work Station. They quite liked it, saying it is a great size, and easy to use.  It’s not to big that it becomes unwieldy, and not to small that it doesn’t hold much.  Organizational tools are generally overlooked, but if you think about how much time you spend looking for the right tool or materials, they can be far more valuable than any power tool.

Toolamanjaro Teaser!

June 21st, 2010

The UPS Freight guy just dropped off a big new tool for review to the Toolamanjaro shop.  Anyone wanna guess what it is?  Here’s a hint, it came it two boxes, totaling 690lbs.  The wooden crate in the picture is a about 7′ long.  The full review is coming soon!