RE: [MedievalSawdust] Cordless Power Tools
Yes. Dad has developed a habit of employing indigents. At first he unlocks the shop and supervises the removal and return of tools. But soon he’s too tired, too busy, or too confused to do that, and gives them the keys and doesn’t supervise. Then, there’s a cold snap or bad weather, and he lets them sleep in there overnight.
And then he lets them move in.
I’ve just changed the locks. Currently Dad doesn’t have a key. That’s not going to last forever, but in the short term they can’t get in there.
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well all, since it was stated that it was a long story and his father trusting someone, my assumption was someone that was given ACCESS to the shop that shouldnt have, not a break in late at night.
On 12/19/06, Trevor Payne <littleaiden@ yahoo.com> wrote:
Sounds like I am the only guy on the planet that uses Craftsman pretty much exclusively and likes it. :)
A friend and I have a shared shop, and we have pretty much exclusively Craftsman tools, from Drill presses, table saws, planers, etc. to corded and cordless Drills, jig saws, saber saws, etc. With a couple DeWalts thrown in.
We started with a set of cordless Black and Decker tools, AND an identical set of Craftsman cordless tools. Through our work we put the 2 different tools to the test. We found that the B&D tools did not hold a charge nearly as long as the Craftsman, did not have nearly the Torque as the Craftsman, and were generally more flimsy than the Craftsman. Right now we have 2 cordless drills, a 19.2, and 18 volt drills. both work great, drive screws drill large holes, etc.
One thing we did find is that while the charge lasts for a while on the Craftsman, having a bank of 2 or more batteries charged up and ready to go, makes it SO much easier. Craftsman batteries with chargers run about $50. The chargers will charge the 18 and 19.2 volt batteries. Going on 3 years of use and we have not had to to toss a battery yet.
Also, I agree with all the others, it sounds like you need to invest is a serious deadbolt, alarm, and steel door. You have a greater chance of getting robbed again, now that they know you had to go out and buy all new stuff. PLUS, scratch your Soc # into EVERY single tool you have. It makes it MUCH harder to fence property that is IDed with a Soc #.
"McNutt Jr, William R" <mcnutt@pobox. com> wrote:
Well, it's a sad story, but the short version is that the granite-hard
man of my childhood, who paid three lousy dollars for lawn mowing when
the going rate was ten . . . has become a soft touch.
The result is that the shared workshop where my Dad and I do our
woodworking has been ripped off . . . again.
The up side of getting your tools boosted is that you get to buy new
ones, and that's always fun, particularly if you can choke down the bile
every time you think of WHY your buying new tools.
It's been a couple of years since I've been in the market, so I'm
starting my research anew. I would like to solicit your opinions on
your experiences with battery operated power tools.
I'd like to hear about your direct personal experiences. No hearsay,
please. Please comment on weight vs. power, overall power, reliability,
service, and accuracy. All replies are subject to being published at my
web site, Will's Woodworking. When I've finished my research, I'll
cobble together an article based in part on your opinions.
But the main reason for asking is to help me make up my mind on the
Master William McNaughton, CL
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At 11:50 AM 12/22/2006, you wrote:
>I do almost all my tool buying via mail-order. Locally all we have is
>the two "big-box" stores and a handful of lumber-yard/specialty shops.
>Actually the big-box stores have been a relief, when it was just the
>other I once paid as much per -blade- for same saber-saw blades for
>the Bosch, as I would have paid per -pack- mail order.
>Woodworkers Supply is one of my standards http://woodworker.com/
>I used to buy a lot from Tool Crib of the North, then Amazon bought
>them (still good prices)
>Of course there is Lee Valley, Craft Supplies (turning), Best Wood
>Tools, Hartville and GarrettWade (and that's just the catalogs I have