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Brett DiMichele

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I went to the Flea Market on Sunday like I do most Sundays.
I usually go to buy die cast automobile miniatures which I
collect. But I happened upon an older gentleman selling
tools.

I walked off with a $300.00 Craftsman Professional Multimeter
that tests Caps, Diodes, Surface Temps, AC Voltage to 750 ,
DC Voltage to 1000, Ohms, uA's, Ma's and Hz/Duty Cycles
plus has an RS232 for PC Interface so you can record and
capture live data (plus a nice leather case and shock protection.

Price at Sears $299.00 I paid $45.00 :)



I also picked up a Sears Craftsman 10" 3.0 (Maximum Developed
Horsepower) Table Saw for $150.00 brand new also.



This is a decent table saw. It's not the best in the world
but it's a nice direct drive with an aluminum table, rip
extension, side extensions, intregal dust catcher, cam lock
rip fence etc.. Very nice.

I did good! :)
 

Brett DiMichele

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Mike,

Well, I need the Table saw for my audio rack project which
I have been designing and scrutinizing and trying to get
someone to machine me parts for! I am going to order everything
I need and start doing the parts that I can do myself while
my friend tries to locate me the material to machine the
parts I can not buy (sorry perfection doesn't happen over
night and this ain't no flexy rack) :)

And my Mother also wants me to build her a simple naked oak
audio stand for her Onkyo mini system (she can't buy anything
she likes so I came up with a design for her).

And my friend also needs to use it.. He's letting me use
his brand new 2200 PSI Pressure washer so I am letting him
use the TableSaw :)


The Multimeter has a million uses (none of which I will
probably ever use) but hey I just needede something that
will read 330 Millivolt so I don't FRY anymore tubes! And
why waste 20 dollars on a basic multimeter when I can have
something an EE would own for $45 :)
 

Allen Ross

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actually my audio buddy had almost that exact same table saw, i think, direct drive and all. When he was ripping down his 1 inch MDF for his loudspeakers he got about 3/4 of the way done and the direct drive seized on him, it was still under warrenty but still it took about a month for them to get it back to him. I think it was all the dust gettinging into the direct drive which caused the problem. oh well, good luck with it though
 

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Allen,

That could happen.. That's one of the plusses of belt drive
that and they can stuff a larger motor in there since they
don't have to worry about table clearance issues. But then
there are belt issues also.

For what I will use it for, it will work just fine :)
 

Allen Ross

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yeah he was ripping down 2 4x8 sheets of 1 inch MFD into about 10 pieces so he was really working it, he did have a 60 tooth cabide blade though.
 

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We just got the same table saw... works great on 3/4" MDF and the blades it comes with
 

Brett DiMichele

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Allen,

They don't list a max cut depth on straight cuts but I know
it doesn't have enough balls to cut 5" deep on a 45 degree.

I wouldn't expect a $150.00 tablesaw to do that though :)
 

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FWIW, a professional cabnet maker told me to keep your blades you use on MDF for MDF only, MDF has small amounts of metal and puts small nics in the carbide blades that will make them cut poorly on hard woods. I found this to be true.
 

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Try a "thin kerf" blade with that table saw. It should allow your motor to have a little more torque when cutting hard woods and mdf.;)

Good luck, Colin
 

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Try a "thin kerf" blade with that table saw. It should allow your motor to have a little more torque when cutting hard woods and mdf.;)

Good luck, Colin
 

Brett DiMichele

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Mark,

Small bits of metal in MDF? That's a new one to me.. I was
under the impression that it's the glue they use to bind the
layers that is so rough on the blades. But hey anything is
possible I guess. And yep I agree it's good to have some
blades set aside for MDF cutting only.


Colin,

Thanks for the tip!
 

Allen Ross

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tomarrow i will be picking up a new 10 inch blade and some MDF to bring our aging radial arm saw. It has some POS steel blade on it now that i sware is compleatly worthless. Also the MFD if for the table portion it is currently partical board and it had seen better days, if i lay a foot long 2X4 on it, i compleatly rocks on the bottom, it is not flat what so ever, Also the back fence has so many cuts in it i am amazed that its still there.


Ahh the projects just to get to the big projects :D
 

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I don't know if MDF has metal in it, but I know it dulls carbide blades like no other wood.

On our $15k industrial 10HP 12" tablesaw with scoring blade uses a 72tooth carbide blade that seems to last a long time before it gets professionally sharpened. It's used on MDF, while a different table saw is setup for solid woods which has less teeth.

I saw my friend accidentally drop a 4'x4' sheet on top of our table saw when it was running full speed and the sheet was launched. He also told me that he was once cutting a 4" thick board of oak which slowed down the blade to catch and create a nice kickback.
 

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thats some dangerous stuff, i have only been realy scared of my equipment that i used was when i first used the joiner, i was doing 1 1/2 inch stock and i was a little nervous, luckly i still have all my digits.
 

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Nice saw
I also got a craftsman belt drive at a garage sale for about US300.
But for most big serious project I get the stuff cut at my local lumber/hardware store. They charge $1 per cut and it is quite clean and accurate. And I dont have to cary 4x8 sheets of anything around. I build a nice oak wall unit/entertainment center and some melamine pantry units.


EdmondZ
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PS for montrealers: Reno Depot Point-claire is pretty good with their cutting service. Rona in St-Laurent is not good. They wasted a few sheets of oak veneer because they where sloppy.
 

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