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  1. Shopping for a benchtop "jobsite" table saw

    I would absolutely do that if I weren't about to build a bench around the saw.
  2. I'm getting ready to build a new workshop. One of the things I want to do is build an island workbench with a flush mounted "jobsite" table saw (because I don't have the money or the space for a proper floorstanding table saw). Finding the right saw for this has been unexpectedly difficult. I've looked at, and rejected, in more or less this order: DeWalt DWE7480 - can't use a dado; otherwise, this is what I'd buy. Bosch GTS1031 - only 18" rip. Delta 36-6010 - universal bad reviews on the rip fence. Hitachi C10RJ - many reviews stating low reliability and unavailable repairs. Kobalt KT1015 - can't be easily used without its rolling stand. Ridgid R4516 - uneven user reviews for quality, many warranty service complaints. Ryobi RTS-22 - Ryobi. I've only found two saws that don't have any of these omissions: Skilsaw SPT70WT-22 - priced same as the DeWalt, can use a dado up to 1/2". Makita 2705 - well-regarded, can use wider dado, but very expensive. If I had five Benjamins burning a hole in my pocket, I'd grab the Makita in a heartbeat. But I may have to settle for the Skil, unless someone else has another suggestion...? Also: Why doesn't Milwaukee make a table saw in this category?
  3. What tools did you buy today?

    I don't have it yet, but my wife ordered this for me for my birthday: Should see it in a week or two.
  4. Recommend me a cordless drill

    I assume you mean any other DeWalt tools that use the same battery? I have an impact driver that came with it. Other than that, no.
  5. The DOUBLE NOUN game.

    Dan? Dan Quayle, is that you? Pancake compressor.
  6. Recommend me a cordless drill

    I have a DeWalt DCD780, about seven years old. It's been fine, but it does struggle with heavier work from time to time. (Don't know if that's the batteries or the tool; I'm guessing the tool.) So I'm thinking of getting something else, maybe a little beefier, but not a behemoth. With those requirements, what would you recommend and why? Assume for the sake of discussion that Hilti is too expensive, but any other pro or prosumer brand is on the table.
  7. What tools did you buy today?

    Oh, and I think I may have forgotten to post this when I got it a month or so ago: You can see I've already broken it in a bit.
  8. What tools did you buy today?

    Got these Irwin pliers and dikes: Made in Germany, not China.
  9. The DOUBLE NOUN game.

    Potato gun.
  10. The DOUBLE NOUN game.

    Signal flare.
  11. What tools did you buy today?

    You might remember recently I reviewed the Milwaukee 25' magnetic tape measure. I was so impressed with it that I went back to HD for the 16' version, and picked up one of the compact ones too: While there I saw a steal on a Fiskars splitting axe, marked down from $39.97 to $10.03: There were three of these left at that price, all a bit shopworn, but it's an axe, not a doily. Nonetheless I picked the cleanest of the three. The instructions for getting the tape measure out of its package are stupidly complicated: I understand why they have to do that, I guess, but it seems kind of silly that you need a tool to take a tool out of a package.
  12. Fess up to your latest bonehead mistake

    What'd you do? Just sister it up and move along?
  13. What tools did you buy today?

    I saw someone do YouTube teardowns of some of those HF power tools. There's a lot of corner-cutting to get them out at those prices, as you might imagine - flimsy bearings, cheap gearing, sloppy switches. They have a 90 day warranty for a reason. I am a cheapfugger. That's why I buy expensive tools. It's cheaper to spend $80 once on a Makita or Milwaukee than it is to keep spending $25 on Chicago Electric over and over and over. And that's not even taking into account the wasted time and ruined work from substandard tools.
  14. I'll start. The other day I was replacing lights in the basement. The old lights were shop lights plugged into ceiling mounted outlets. The new lights are hardwired fixtures. What I was doing was mounting each new fixture, then turning off the juice, removing the outlet and metal cover assembly, and hardwiring the new fixture to the metal box. I was on my seventh fixture of seven. I mounted the new fixture, unscrewed the outlet cover from the box, and cut the wires to the outlet with my lineman pliers. BANGflash! And everything went dark. I forgot the "turn off the juice" step. Dead short of the two wires through the pliers' jaw. Got it right the first six times, slipped up on the seventh. Fortunately I have a long habit of handling any wire or device as if it's live whether it is or not, so I never touched the outlet contacts while I was taking down this inadvertently live outlet. So it was nothing more than a momentary surprise, an interesting new mark on my old pliers, and a rueful walk to the breaker panel. Could have been a lot worse.
  15. How to kill a cordless power tool battery????

    I imagine about five seconds in the microwave ought to do it.