As I've mentioned in other posts, I'm trying to build a very small workshop. Prior to today I had purchased a Foredom TX and a Foredom LX for powercarving. I also got a day or two ago, a Fein Turbo II HEPA for dust control. I ordered a Dust-Deputy Deluxe kit to attach to it.
So, today was the last day of a pretty interesting sale at a local hardware store that seems to specialize in woodworking tools.
I picked up:
(After speaking to the reps for Milwaukee, Dewalt, Bosch, and Makita about cordless tools)
LXPH01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2” Hammer Driver-Drill
LXDT04Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver
Makita Model 824812-5 Hard Case for above two tools
BSS611Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2" Circular Saw
BJR182Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Reciprocating Saw
BML185 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Flashlight
DC18RA 18V LXT Lithium Ion Rapid Battery Charger
2x BL1830 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Battery
Makita Model 831284-7 Contractor Bag
(After speaking with Dewalt and Makita reps regarding track saws... I wanted to talk to the Festool rep but I couldn't find him... and I also asked for input from the store staff regarding which they would buy if it was for them)
SP6000K1 "Track Saw" AKA 6-1/2" Plunge Circular Saw with 55" Guide Rail, clamp set, and hard case.
(After speaking with Porter Cable aka Dewalt rep and Bosch rep regarding routers)
1617EVS 2.25HP Fixed Base Variable Speed Router
This was a tough one for me. I know the Bosch has to be modified via an adapter to work with most templates/guides, so I was tempted to go with a Porter Cable, but this one had a full half HP (or maybe even more) than the Porter Cable that I was looking at, and when I focused on the fact that it's really only going to be used as a dedicated router for a planing/skarfing/etc. sled setup it made sense given the price.
I want a slightly stronger (but doesn't have to be much stronger) router for a router table - which I'm debating whether to buy or build, and I want a good plunge router, probably a Porter Cable, for hand work.
The two cordless saws are really just for use at the lumber yard. I don't want to use the yard's "hasn't been sharpened in 10 years" hand saw ever again.
I feel like I got a good deal accomplished today towards putting together a set of tools - and eventually putting it all together as a mini shop. I still need a lot of stuff though! A ton of clamps for the glue ups I need to do to build my worktable for example. Maybe a jigsaw since I can't fit a bandsaw here. A good attachment for a makeshift drill press too. I know it won't be as good as my drill press or even my mini drill press (both in FL) but there has to be something better than the "General" brand one. I tried it a few months ago when working on a piece that was too big for the drill press and it jumped and wobbled horribly.
Anyways, how did I do today? Was the Bosch a mistake?
: 3/5/2013 Added a few more