Ok, I dont know those underwear brands on the other thread...

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    Nov 30, 2007 4:13 AM GMT
    But when it comes to powertools, I love Festools!

    Has anyone else tried Festools? Or which brand do you like?
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    Nov 30, 2007 4:16 AM GMT
    Perhaps you just haven't examined those underwear brands at close range Caslon.......
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    Nov 30, 2007 4:20 AM GMT
    I was hoping for more chatter about powertools.
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    Nov 30, 2007 6:39 AM GMT
    I used to work with an editor who changed jobs to work on a magazine called Powertools Power.

    Unfortunately the magazine didn't last. Guess there aren't enough straight men out there who like power tools that much.
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    Nov 30, 2007 3:44 PM GMT
    Well, I am really looking forward to getting my strength and stamina back so that I can get back to woodworking. I have just been accumulating projects in my head. I still have a cherry bedside table to finish. I got the pieces all cut and that is where it ended. In fact, it was my inability to do woodworking that got me to the dr and led to the discovery of my cancer. When I couldnt get motivated to go out and work with my tools, I knew something was wrong.

    But I highly recommend checking out Festools for anyone interested in doing woodworking. They are amazing. ...and no I am not a paid representative of Festools ... icon_lol.gif ... but like any enthusiast, I cant help touting something good that I have found.
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    Nov 30, 2007 3:49 PM GMT
    I haven't ever heard of Festools before now. I guess I am way to mainstream. I tend to stick to Makita, B&D. icon_cry.gif But then I don't do much woodworking per se, just carpentry/remodeling. But I do love looking at my powertools. I am just a gadget freak.
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    Nov 30, 2007 5:18 PM GMT
    Sometimes, it's hard to remember what life was like before 18V and 24V drill guns, but I don't have a lot of brand loyalty with them. Behind the nameplate, most of them are made in the same Chinese factories anyway.

    There are a few stand-outs in my workshop.

    My Milwaukee worm-drive saw and sawzall seem to be indestructible. I doubt that I'll ever have to replace them.
    I've gotten a lot of good use out of heavier Bosch tools (the 1.5" rotary hamer and "brute" breaker hammer) but have worn out some of their smaller tools.)
    I'm still using my Granddad's Sears Craftsman model 100 table saw (I've added newer fences & table extensions) which is older than I am. But that was made back when they used cast iron, not the cheap aluminum & plastic they're currently made of.
    The oldest power tool I have is a cross-cut reciprocal saw powered by a horse-power. I don't know who made it, but would like to find out. The wooden parts of the horse-power are completely gone and I'd like to restore it some day.
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    Nov 30, 2007 6:28 PM GMT
    I've learned that the cheap, consumer-grade tools like you'd find at Walmart are a huge waste of money. My small collection:

    Makita: cordless drill, angle grinder, orbital sander, reciprocating saw

    Dewalt: cordless reciprocating saw, circular saw

    Porter-Cable: electric drill



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    Nov 30, 2007 6:29 PM GMT
    Power tools!?!?!?!? What the heck are you guys talking about? I thought power tools and tool belts were exclusively in the lesbian domain. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 30, 2007 7:13 PM GMT
    Powertools are in the lesbian domain...we are just getting in touch with our feminine side. ... icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 30, 2007 7:16 PM GMT
    Festools are a new brand. Been out for a few years now. They have a track that you lay down on the wood for guiding the circular saw or router. The edge of the track is precisely where the cut will be. The circular saw with the track has totally replaced my table saw. I can get much more precise cuts on with it.
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    Nov 30, 2007 8:45 PM GMT
    Wish I known about this brand before remodeling a rental last year. That circular saw track system in particular looks very useful and wouldn't waste storage space like my table saw. I've bookmarked the website.

    Thanks, Caslon!
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    Dec 01, 2007 1:52 AM GMT
    You're welcome, Dean. I am glad to know that someone got something from this thread.

    I can tell ya for the precision work of furniture making the precision cuts one can make with Festools is a god-sent.
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    Dec 01, 2007 2:41 AM GMT
    my favorite power tool is my Ryob electric drill, my dad got that for me as a collage gift...it soooo comes in handy, but my father has a pretty bitching Black and Decker drilll that is small enough to almost fit anywhere, but really powerful...he kinda puts mine to shame. But I really want this Black and Decker Drill that goes from a str8 drill, to a drill with a handle...I like that alot.
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    Dec 01, 2007 3:04 AM GMT
    I watched the video of that circular saw track thingy, and it's very impressive. If I ever need to do more than my usual, crude, slap-dash carpentry projects, I'd seriously consider such a rig.
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    Dec 01, 2007 10:02 AM GMT
    powertools are for girls! when i moved into my apartment i put up shelves, a ceiling, radiator covers all with my bare hands. i ripped the wood apart with my teeth....i also made some lovely curtains and cushions to match.icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 01, 2007 2:09 PM GMT
    Is a washing machine a power tool? I had to buy a new one yesterday. I got a front loader, as much as I prefer the sound of "top loader."
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    Dec 01, 2007 2:23 PM GMT
    I love my lathe. It may be only a Craftsman (all I could afford) but it does the trick. It'd my fav.

    Of course, my DeWalt Drill is what gets the most use.

    My project that I've been procrastinating on is a small music bench made out of Cocobolo, Ebony and Purpleheart.
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    Dec 01, 2007 2:31 PM GMT
    The problem with some exotic woods is that they are overexploited and have become endangered.

    Cocobolo: "Because of its great beauty and high value, this species has been heavily exploited and the tree is now in danger of extinction outside of national parks, reserves and plantations."

    I say away from such woods.

    Also, becareful using such wood because they can cause allergic reactions.

    Cocobolo: "Care must be used when cutting Cocobolo, as the wood's oils can induce allergic reactions if inhaled or exposed to unprotected skin and eyes. A dust collection system, coupled with the use of personal protective equipment such as respirators, is highly recommended when machining this wood."

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    Dec 01, 2007 2:49 PM GMT
    I seem to have a hodge podge of Craftsman, DeWalt, Makita, Porter Cable... purchased either at Sears or through Woodcraft as the need arose.

    All my car tools are Craftsman.

    Not that I get to use them much these days.

    I have seen the FESTOOL's brand around, but just haven't needed any new tools in a while...

    Yes, shockingly heretical I know. icon_lol.gif

    Iain wants to buy a lot of new power tools to work on the new place we just bought.

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    Apr 09, 2014 4:06 AM GMT
    rigsby saidPower tools!?!?!?!? What the heck are you guys talking about? I thought power tools and tool belts were exclusively in the lesbian domain. icon_lol.gif

    Once when I was renovating a house, a contracting crew owned by two lesbians was working next door. They called themselves "Women on the Level."

    I own almost every power tool known to man. I buy the professional brands, because they're the same price as the cheap ones when you shop at a pawn shop. But I'm loving this cheap tool from Harbor Freight that cuts by vibrating. Do y'all know the one I mean? I think they sell it on infomercials, but it's freaking awesome.
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    rigsby saidPower tools!?!?!?!? What the heck are you guys talking about? I thought power tools and tool belts were exclusively in the lesbian domain. icon_lol.gif

    Once when I was renovating a house, a contracting crew owned by two lesbians was working next door. They called themselves "Women on the Level."

    I own almost every power tool known to man. I buy the professional brands, because they're the same price as the cheap ones when you shop at a pawn shop. But I'm loving this cheap tool from Harbor Freight that cuts by vibrating. Do y'all know the one I mean? I think they sell it on infomercials, but it's freaking awesome.


    I've got that one. It's a $20 knock-off of a $200 milwaukee tool. The only problem is that the name-brand "blades" won't quite fit it correctly. It's the best for cutting holes in fiberglass in tight spaces, and other misc. jobs on the boat.
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    Apr 09, 2014 4:25 AM GMT
    This isn't quite the same horse power that I have, but it's the same general idea:


    This one is almost exactly like mine, except I don't think that we have the circular saw parts any more. Dad must have given it away when I was off at college. Or blackberries have grown over it or something. At least I know where the reciprocating saw parts are.
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    Apr 09, 2014 4:56 AM GMT
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    shortbutsweet said
    I own almost every power tool known to man. I buy the professional brands, because they're the same price as the cheap ones when you shop at a pawn shop. But I'm loving this cheap tool from Harbor Freight that cuts by vibrating. Do y'all know the one I mean? I think they sell it on infomercials, but it's freaking awesome.


    I've got that one. It's a $20 knock-off of a $200 milwaukee tool. The only problem is that the name-brand "blades" won't quite fit it correctly. It's the best for cutting holes in fiberglass in tight spaces, and other misc. jobs on the boat.

    It was a dream making precise cutouts in drywall, and what other tool can trim molding that's already installed? I expect you can get the proprietary blades the same place you got the tool.

    Only thing it doesn't seem to want to do is cut off nails that were shot into the concrete ceiling with a powder actuated tool. Guess I'll have to whip out the Sawzall.