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Ridgid R2740 Belt Sander Review

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Porter Cable Pocket Screw Quik Jig

September 13th, 2011 by Jim German No comments »

Pocket screws are a great joinery method for everything from cabinets to tables, and almost everyone who uses them in a non-production environment uses one of Kreg’s jigs.  While they’re jigs are excellent, well made, precise, easy to use and reliable, a bit of competition is always welcome.  Porter Cable has just launched their own pocket screw jig, which looks quite a bit fancier.  Most of the Kreg jigs use a locking pliers type clamp to hold the jig to the workpiece.  This method works fairly well, but require another piece, and needs to be adjusted for each thickness of wood.  The Quik Jig uses a self adjust clamp, that firmly holds the jig in place without the need for any adjustment.  The jig also has built in storage for the drill bit, making it harder to lose.  The Quik Jig has a n automatic depth control system removing yet another step, and potential for mistake.  Lastly the jig has a great hole spacing adjustment system to provide lots of flexibility on hole placement.  The only down side is the price, which at $179 is rather steep.

Source: Porter Cable

Milwaukee’s New Reaming Pliers

September 8th, 2011 by Jim German 1 comment »


Milwaukee has just announced an interesting new set of pliers, designed mostly for electricians.   At first glance they appear to be fairly standard push-to-adjust pliers.  They have nice V-groove jaws which are sized to perfectly fit on electrical connectors.  The jaws are also meant to be thin enough to easily work in electrical boxes.   All pretty standard stuff.   The party trick of the new pliers however is the tip of the handles and the back of the head.  Electricians will frequently just strip the plastic off the handles of their pliers and use that to ream conduit.  Milwaukee has taken this to heart and designed the pliers to be used like that from the start.  The tip of the handles are bare metal and shaped to ream out up to 1″ conduit.   For larger pipes this can be awkward though, so the back of the head is also specifically designed to deburr 1-1/2″ to 2-3/4″ conduit.  Look for them to show up in stores in October.

Source: Milwaukee