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Dear folks, I have been in a quandary lately, I have some extra funds for this year, and I would like to purchase a table saw. But I cannot decide which one I want, so I am coming to the membership to help me decide. You'll see a poll I created with the table saws I have in mind to purchase. Can you please participate in my poll, and vote for the brand you find most reliable in your experience. Thanks! This is a test topic for our new polling feature, please see tutorial at:
I keep getting e-mails about free DeWALT (sic) tools, samples, or something. E-mails end up in my SPAM folder, right among the offers for girlfriends, or pictures thereof, from various parts of the world, Viagra pills from CanadanPharmcy (sic, again), insurance and tactical flashlight offers. If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn't. Or am I missing out on something?
I bought it new in 1997 and used it off and on for the first 17 years but in the last 3 I have used it a lot, sometimes daily. It has always run fine but today I turned it on and it ran for 1/2 a second then quit. Here's what I know: 1) It is getting power, I even switched to different circuit altogether 2) I pulled the switch out to verify that it is good 3) The brushes, though original, are still 1/2" long and show no signs of chipping or abnormal wear 4) The wires on the brushes are intact and the springs have plenty of tension 5) The motor is easy to spins (took the side covers off to verify) 6) The 18 amp built-in breaker on the top of the motor is in the position it should be in 7) In shining a light onto the commutator I see no chips or bridged arcs between segments I don't really want to spend the money on a new planer and would rather get this one running again. I can order new brushes just to rule that out but again, the current ones look fine to me. Ideas? David
OK, so today I listened to my wife and stopped at the new in my area Habitat for Humanity store. Well, I ended out getting a Rockwell 15 inch bench mount drill press (15 090) and a Dewalt 12 inch sliding miter saw. Here is where I am questioning my actions. The drill press runs fine with the exception of the quill return spring. The spring is missing. I did a quick check for one on the net and they want about $65. I'll check again and look for a used one. Other then that it works fine. Keep in mind that I already have 4 others and really don't need one. I only gave a quick look at the Dewalt and decided to buy it. When I got it home I noticed that the cord was not even present. Someone had cut it off right at the rear of the saw. What I originally saw was the rest of the cable as it snaked through the saw. So now I am questioning is it even works. I know it not a big deal to check I can just remove the existing wire and jump it. The saw was not sliding on the rails so I had to adjust and lube (OK, so not problem). I then noticed that the table was just flopping around so I disassembled the saw. What I found is the aluminum casting had been broken at the pivot point and no longer worked. So this requires some studying. I am thinking that I can do a decent repair by turning a piece out of aluminum or brass and make a press fit on one end and a running fit on the other. I will need to set both the table and base on the mill and bore the two pieces to ensure they are clean and perfectly round. I may be able to Lock Tite the upper table section to the new piece as it is pressed in. At least that is what I am thinking right now. I really don't want to spend any unnecessary money on this project. I guess the first thing is to make sure the motor works. This is another project that I really did not need. I already have 3 chop saws, but none are sliding. I have a radial arm, but it is hard to keep in alignment so I don't use this either. Its a good thing that I did not spend a lot of money, $50 total. I just did not need the additional work. I'll let you guys know how I make out. Paul
Sunday afternoon and I'm planing off about 1/32 of an inch in two passes to a beautiful 8' piece of 10" wide Red Oak. Going to take two 1/64" slow speed passes on one side, turn it over and take two more passes on the other side. To my knowledge, the procedure is correct for this species and width of wood. This piece is going to make a "Table Top Nativity" set. First side come out beautiful Smooth with no defects. Time to do the other side. First pass goes as planned. OK - you KNOW what's coming next ! ! ! ! Second pass grinds to a stop and before I can get to the On/Off switch, the lights go out. Reset the breaker, take the board out of the planer and here is what I see: Hmmmmmm, not to so pretty good. That is one heck of a gouge out of the wood. Time to see what the planer looks like. Take the top off and get to the planer knives. Hmmm, the plastic cover is broken on the right side. Investigate a little deeper OHHHHH, crud - - - so NOT good. That is the stiffener sticking up in the air. The bolt on the end is in place and the second bolt has lost its head. I removed the rest of the bolts to see what else happened. A better look at the stiffener and knife. What hurts even more is that this planer is only 4 months old. Fortunately, we have a DeWalt repair center about 10 miles from my house so I will take it down there tomorrow. Warranty job???? IT BETTER BE. Will report more when I know more.
I am finally looking to buy a bench top planer. I am looking real hard at the Dewalt 735 (with table attachments and blades). With coupons and military discount, the best price I have found is $580 at Lowes. However, other than my lathe, this will be the largest single purchase I have made for my shop (though if I figure in all the upgrades to my bandsaw over the years, it might drop to third place). This will also be the first purchase I make that is fully funded from the sale of various woodworking projects. To those that have a dewalt, what's your opinion of it? Do you recommend this to others? How is it with some of the tougher exotic woods? A few years ago I had a chance to buy rough cut, 6/4 Bubinga in 8" wide sections for about $3 /bf. Needless to say I have a hundred feet or so of this type and will be running it through the planer first thing (well maybe second after a dozen practice runs). Will the dewalt handle this? Do you feel its worth the price? If you have a different make: Do you recommend it over the dewalt 735? Other than price, why did you go with the one you have? I'v read A LOT of online reviews. But vast majority write a review an hour after they get the machine. I want to know about longevity, maintenance issues, customer support, etc. 20 years ago, my tool shed was black and yellow. Then about ten years ago, Dewalt started pushing out some inferior products and the color of my tools began to change (no real consistency). So I am a little hesitant when it comes to dewalt, though, if their quality has returned, I'd gladly buy again. Thanks Kevin
I have had some time with my new DeWalt contractors saw now and I must say that it is super at about every thing so far. However there is a problem............me. The start switch is on the left and I am right handed and so was my old Sears saw. I keep going to the old switch that is no longer there Then there is that very innovative fence. I love the idea of how it works, but it takes me time to figure it out because I seldom need to make it expand. There is that old "me" factor again. I installed a new remote switch for my vacuum. It has two controls, one on my DeWalt saw and one on my Jet band saw. Now when I start either saw, I still reach for the old switch hanging from the ceiling that activated the vacuum. But now I just laugh at myself, because all the guys my age are doing the same type of things. AREN'T WE?
I needed a new shop saw. I have limited space and it had to fold away, yet be a really good saw. I did my research and the chose the Dewalt. It had terrific reviews and I could not believe its versatility and accuracy. I will miss my on board router, that my old saw had, but it is worth it. The only down side on it so far was the assembly instructions. They could have done a better job. Check out this video.
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