The first thing I will do is set price aside and focus on the tool and why I bought the Domino.
I have orders for a few dining tables and chairs. I have made one prototype chair, while I have all the tools to make angled tenons etc., the time it takes me is ungodly. Having made quite a few farmhouse tables and benches for clients, it only seemed like good business to offer chairs vs. buying unfinished chairs to finish to match, but in order to make money I need to be…Continue
I have built many kitchens and finally decided to buy the Foreman, because my latest kitchen consisted of 28 cabinets and I was over my hand hurting from all the drilling, moving the clamp etc., it seemed like a smart choice.
The only complaints that I have seen is that the base is molded plastic, but at a $400 price-point ($360 with a coupon from Acme), it's $700 cheaper than any other pocket hole machine you can find.
Dust collection when hooked to a Vac is…Continue
I received the SuperMax 19-38 "open end" drum sander about 3 weeks ago before starting my latest kitchen. I ordered it through Acme Tools, shipping was great, machine was packaged very well and arrived on time. I have not used the Jet/Performax sanders, but have seen them in local stores, this machine by far surpasses them in size and how it's machined. This unit is extremely heavy and impressive. I was a little leary in the 1 3/4 hp motor and how it would handle larger jobs, but it…Continue
The things I like about the saw:
-Dust collection is better than my previous saw, the blade is encased in a shroud and the overarm collector works; the only dust that…Continue
I got the cyclone installed yesterday and am most impressed with it. I have owned the 2hp Harbor Freight and then upgraded to a 2HP Shop Fox (1550 CFM) so as with every machine I've ever owned I seem to buy 3 before I get to the one that really works. Some form of dust collection is better than no dust collection at all, with my previous bag collectors I used a Delta Air…Continue
I have finally decided to do some proper dust collection in the shop and it was a painstaking process. I have ordered the Oneida V-3000 system (which hasn't arrived yet) and will do a review on that when it shows up. Onto the pipe; I ordered it through www.blastgateco.com, which I found on the internet. The pipe and the…Continue
Finally got the Byrd Shelix Journal Head installed on my planer. Ordered it through Holbren, Sawmill Creek members get 10% off, SMC10 is the code. First off, I installed the head by myself and it was completely painless, I was shocked to say the least. I will say that I am thrilled that I had Byrd install new bearings for me and I would suggest if you are thinking of upgrading that you do the same thing. I also ordered a new gasket for the gear box while I was at it, I would recommend…Continue
I ordered this 18" Rikon through Highland Woodworking about 3 weeks ago. Highland had it on sale for $999, shipping was $125 and I ordered a mobile base at the same time, so all in all $1200 delivered to my door. I will start with the only 2 low points…Continue
What an awesome little machine! The machine comes with a 1/4 and 1/2 inch collet for router bits and a 1/2 and 3/4 inch spindle for shaper cutters. Changing of the bits are extremely easy from a lock on the underside of the table, belt tensioning is a dream. This is a little…Continue
I have been using a Dewalt 735 for the past 3 years and knew I needed to upgrage to something with more power and I finally did, this Jet is 15 inches and 3 HP. I've read many reviews on many planers and they are all mixed. The only thing I miss from…Continue
Got the Shop Fox setup with help from my 9 year old son in 45 minutes. * Note: a 220v plug is not included so if you decide to buy, you need to purchase one*. I moved up from a HF Dust Collector with 15 feet of piping and a trash can separater before the collector. I can't measure the CFM of the HF, but I can tell you that this Dust Collector outperforms hands-down. The Collector was $360.00…Continue
Ok, like many DW735 owners have already noticed, this planer eats knives like a fat kid on cake. Are infinity knives the solution like many have said in their reviews? In my opinion, yes and no. The pros are that the knife life is much longer than the standard Dewalts, but the cut quality is not there. You will see a picture enclosed of a piece of Maple that I sent through the planer on it's second pass and how the blades pulled the grain and left small grooves. These knives are 2 sided…Continue