Overall, I’m very pleased with the machine. It is well engineered, it has plenty of power, and the helical head tackles even the toughest grain. I think JET has found a real sweet spot here, offering features normally found on much more expensive machines, and in a very compact form at that.
Ahhhh, the much awaited and very controversial SawStop tablesaw. There is so much good to say about this saw I’m not sure how to get it all in, but there are some complaints worth mentioning.
What the heck is a Bowclamp you ask? It’s a caul. Okay, maybe that wasn’t enough to make the picture in your mind crystal clear (and neither will be inadequate photos now that I see them). Let’s just say the Bowclamp is one of those total unexpected surprises when you see it in action
Campbell Hausfeld recently began offering a 2 gallon air compressor geared towards the home/hobby user. Typically a compressor this size wouldn’t excite me, but a perfect storm of a direct need and killer deal meant one would be landing in my shop.
The monster of wood lathe chucks and arguably the best on the market is the Oneway Stronghold chuck. Weighing in at 4.5lbs, this chuck is a beast and built like a tank. The Stronghold is made for lathes with at least a 16″ swing, and while it would work on smaller lathes the Talon may be a better fit (same design, just smaller).
The Grizzly G0513X2 is a 17″ bandsaw and the second rendition of the popular G0513 (thus the “X2″). After experiencing two previous 14″ bandsaws, I was certain that the next upgrade would be to a more solid contender.
If you are a wood turner and haven’t heard of the Easy Rougher Ci1 and Ci2, then you might just be living under a rock. These tools are offered by Easy Wood Tools and since making their launch in 2008 have really gained some momentum. These immediately became my tool-of-choice for most all roughing cuts involved in preparing bowl blanks. They are beautifully crafted, built with quality materials, and work BETTER than advertised. I can’t say enough … I’m in love.
Wesley Graham, metalworker and owner of www.metal-made.com, sells custom-made tool rests for the lathe. Hand-crafted in Charlotte, NC each tool rest consists of a stainless steel post, 1/4″ steel support frame, and 1/4″ hardened steel runner along the top.
The Trend Airshield Pro is a face shield and fine dust collection system all-in-one. Add the Ear Defenders (an additional accessory) and you’ll have hearing protection too. The new Pro model is a completely redesigned take on the original. Trend obviously went back to the drawing board with everything they learned the first time around and attempted to release a superior product.