Woodworking Product Reviews
Welcome to the Fundamentals of Woodworking Tool Review Page. You will find tool review for products the we strongly feel a positive or negative reaction. If a tool is merely adequate we generally will not be reviewing it. But more often than not a tool that is exception for a hobbyist is just adequate for the professional, or vice versa. We try to point this out in the product review so that you have a good idea whom the tool is intend for use.
The Bosch 4100 10-inch Portable Table Saw offers enhanced features to help make the saw more precise, safer, and more durable then the previous 4000 series Bosch Saw. The 15-amp, motor generates a up to four horsepower and 3,650 RPM for clean cutting. Bosch engineered into this saw numerous feature unique for the portable table saw category. The saw features a Smart Guard System, a durable sub-base with carry handles, a Rip Fence with auxiliary fence slots, and a t-slot miter gauge.
Bosch PS31-2A 12 volt Drill/Driver is an update of the PS30-2A and an up-sized version of the PS21 pocket tool. While the PS21 accepts 1/4 inch hex shanks without a chuck, the PS31 uses a 3/8 inch keyless three jaw chuck which greatly reduces the wobble while accepting a wide array of bits solidly. The PS31 is slightly heavier and longer than the PS21, but at 7” length and height and just over 2 pounds is still a small package.
DeWalt DC825B Cordless Impact Driver is a very compact yet powerful tool that is excellent for driving screws in nearly every application. This Impact Driver produces a maximum 1330-inch pound of torque that enables it to perform a wide range of applications, and having a top-speed of 2700 rpm and its frame-less motor has replaceable brushes for extended tool robustness and life.
A corded Dremel tool has one obvious weakness, the cord. Cordless tools solved that problem, but have been universally under-power, with low torque, and short battery life. New lithium-ion tools have solved the problem. A Dremel tool is great universal tool to have around the house. Your not going to be building any furniture with one, but they are great for touch-up work and other small job. When working on smaller projects, a Dremel tool quickly can become a useful tool. What makes it useful to own is its variety of capabilities that can be use for light touch-up around the house, or simple clean up jobs. It not always obvious you need one, until you have one and find all the little things you can do with one. It’s just convenient while less expensive than relying on a range of different tools and accessories.
The Hitachi C10FCE2 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw and accessories can be in a few minute, and comes accurately calibrated. The saw provides accurate and effortless cuts through most types of wood. It can cut through 2x6 and 4x4 easily with little motor lag. The strong 15 Amp motor rotates the blade at up to 5000 RPM easily making crosscuts and miters, even on the tough cutting projects. The soft start mechanism allows for trouble-free smooth operation.
The JET JWBS-14DXPRO Band Saw is deliver in 2 boxes - one with the base cabinet and the other with the upper saw unit. Unless you have a hoist available, assembling the two halves, one atop the other is a two person job. At over 200 lbs it's a bit heavy for one person. After bolting the saw in place, only the cast iron table need be installed. Now you can begin the band saw set-up process.
The Makita 4329K Variable-Speed Jig Saw combines a 3.9 amp motor with a variable-speed dial control (500-3,100 SPM) to help optimize cutting. The saw provides a 11/16-inch stroke and three orbital cut settings as well as standard straight cutting. It has a compact design measuring 8 7/8 inches long and weighs 4.2 pounds. The limit of cutting wood is 2 9/16-inches deep. The die-cast aluminum base adjusts up to 45 degrees right or left and positive stop at 90 degrees, the die-cast aluminum base dampens sound and helps in reduce vibration.
It seems like a good idea, elements of a Saber Saw, a Jig Saw, Band Saw, and Scroll Saw, combo all in one small package. And it will work for some woodworkers. If you're looking for something to take to a job site, need to do some heavy-duty cutting, or need something to replace out a couple of other saws, this is not it. The BladeRunner is portable, versatile product that combines features of a Sabre, a Jig Saw, Scroll Saw and Band saw into a tool that can cross cut, rip, and scroll through various materials like wood, plastic and metal. Although light-weight it has a solid base, sitting on four non-marring rubber feet, with low vibration when running. Although it can handle some simple cuts, it is best thought of as a Sabre Saw, with extra little capabilities.