Yesterday was a good day for me.. Got a TableSaw and a new Multimeter cheap!

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  1. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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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 [​IMG]



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

    [​IMG]

    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! [​IMG]
     
  2. Michael R Price

    Michael R Price Screenwriter

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    Nice! Now, the more important question is: what are you going to use them for?
     
  3. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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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) [​IMG]

    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 [​IMG]


    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 [​IMG]
     
  4. Chris Tsutsui

    Chris Tsutsui Screenwriter

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    It's Craftsman Power so go easy on them. [​IMG]
     
  5. Allen Ross

    Allen Ross Supporting Actor

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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
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. JoelTW

    JoelTW Stunt Coordinator

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

    Mark_E_Smith Second Unit

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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.
     
  9. Colin Goddard

    Colin Goddard Stunt Coordinator

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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.[​IMG]

    Good luck, Colin
     
  10. Colin Goddard

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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.[​IMG]

    Good luck, Colin
     
  11. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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  12. 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 [​IMG]
     
  13. Chris Tsutsui

    Chris Tsutsui Screenwriter

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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.
     
  14. Allen Ross

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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.
     
  15. EdmondZ

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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
    montreal

    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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