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Re: Seven Steps to Choosing the Perfect Circular Saw

The design isn't just for safety. On a sidewinder, the motor rests on the baseplate which rests on the workpiece during a cut. With a worm drive, the motor and baseplate rest on the scrap piece which will fall away at the end of a cut. I used worm drives for years, but switched back to a sidewinder when I noticed a slight bevel on the workpiece from the saw tilting just a bit as the scrap piece fell away. I was a die-hard worm driver for years.

I also have a caution for composite baseplates. Manufacturers claim they'll withstand longer falls than ametal baseplate. The composite may not break, but check it for squareness to the fence (parallel) after the fall. A sawblade that is not parallel to the fence is very dangerous, it will increase your chance for kick-back tenfold. It can happen to metal too, but for some reason the composites seem more vunerable. I went through two composite saws before I swore never to buy one again. The second one came out of the box so crooked that I never even made my first cut with it. These weren't cheap saws.

As a matter of fact, it amazes me just how many $100 saws that come out of the box that are not parallel. The Makita that I bought is ever so close but still just slightly out of parallel. I checked every saw on the shelf and for my budget, the Makita was as good as it got. For that kind of money, you shouldn't even have to check them. I'm just a part time sawdust junkie, bought this has been my experience.

Re: How NOT to Wire a Garage Door Opener

thats door rated cable (and extension chords), and he has plenty of electrical tape and staples. What's the problem?

Re: Are Modern Power Tools Junk?

I don't think that they were necessarily intentionally made to last decades. Metal and rubber were really the only materials they had to make tools with back then.

I'm in the middle here too. I've got an old router that weighs 20 pounds by craftsman. I had an old siding nailer but replaced it with the newer model yesterday. I actually used them both today. The older one was heavier so less recoil. It seemed to feed the coils a little better, it didn't skip as much. The new one was two pounds lighter. It seemed to use the air a little more efficiently. Its depth adjustment was better. Did I mention it was lighter? Either tool could have done the job.

I still have my late grandfathers handplane, though. I find myself reaching for that thing more and more lately.

Re: A Building Debate That Just Won't Go Away

I know that they are dangerous here in the Tennessee Valley. I haven't seen them alot, but particularly some high end condos built in the mid or late eighties had a poly vapor barrier in the bathrooms connected to the exterior. Mildew everywhere. The wall perpendicular to it with the toilet and sink plumbing had no vapor barrier and no mold and mildew. I'm not saying just a little, I'm saying from one corner of the bathroom to the other. Homeowner had me bleach it, busting out the brick was not an option. I told him the vapor barrier was the culprit. He didn't believe me until he asked another builder. The new bathroom didn't get one.

Re: Is Hitachi a fading brand?

And Porter Cable? Used to be a staple of the industry. Now they have apparently quite making industry grade tools and cater to Harry-the-handy-homeowner. Where is your article critisizing them? Hitachi is a fine brand, plain and simple.

I just need to take a deep breath and calm down. I've heard some silly things, but all in all you guys are doing a bang up job.

Re: Is Hitachi a fading brand?

This article confirms my belief that FHB is out to get Hitachi.

The first thing I noticed about the comments is "well I own four Hitachi tools, but......." , and some of the negative reviews about their tools are just downright wrong.

The cordless framing nailer mentioned above? I own one. Just like the Paslode it is great for smooth shank nails in green lumber but will bounce off of any wood that has been around for awhile. I remember leaning over a roof jack and tacking hip rafters together and thinking to myself what a great tool it was. Before that I had a Paslode, and was well aware of its limitations and advantages. Three inch ring shank nails through sheathing? Forget it, but my air nailer will choke on that. FHB lost alot of credibility with me on that one.

I owned one of their 14v impact drivers and used it on a daily basis as well. One of the best impact drivers I've had. I was sad when work got slow and I had to sell it. I have a Makita now, but that little impact gun was light as a feather and tough. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.

I own one of their 10' alien chop saws as well. I had to square up the fence, but that thing is dead to nuts every time. I've had it for two years now and even bought a slider to replace it but refuse to get rid of it. If I just have a few cuts or miters to make, it is my go-to saw.

I've also got their 18 gauge brad nailer. I don't use it alot, but when I do I know exactly what to expect from it. It is a good solid tool.

It is my experience that all major tool brands have been having serious quality control issues lately. Even your favorites. Why FHB has chosen to single out just one is beyond me.