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Tool Time in Vegas: AWFS 2009 Roundup

comments (6) July 10th, 2009 in blogs

Ed_Pirnik Ed Pirnik, Senior Web Producer
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The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers' (AWFS) annual fair is about to kick off in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, which runs from July 15th through the 18th, will highlight new product innovations and offer attendees a new feature for the 2009 show, a "Green Desk," where folks can drop by for information related to sustainable practices and products.  

Right now, we're not seeing too many new developments, but Fine Woodworking will be sending crack tool sleuths (maybe junkies is a more appropriate term) Asa Christiana and Patrick McCombe to dig up whatever scoops might be hiding amid the neon glitter. Asa has personally assured me that he'll be maintaining his professional decorum, staying away from all those tempting casinos and nightclubs.

UPDATE: The Latest from AWFS

A SawStop Cabinet Saw for Under $3,000
The safety-centric tablesaw maker unveils a more affordable saw with improved dust collection.

Saw Stop Dust Collection
Easy-to-Install Spiral Cutterheads for $250
New spiral cutterheads by Shinmax offer easier retrofit for existing planers and jointers. 
Beefier Delta Midi-Lathes
Delta releases two new mid-sized lathes that offer more power, capacity and mass. 

New Makita Slider Debuts
Makita's latest slider offers a 12" capacity in a smaller package

12$ Bench Cookies Make a Big Hit
They may look like simiple hockey pucks, but Rockler's new "Bench Cookies" are a big hit.

New DeWalt Batteries Fit Older Tools
DeWalt becomes the first toolmaker to produce new lithium-ion batteries that also fit
older tools.

Laguna Debuts Two New Bandsaws
Two new machines offer a whopping 14" resaw capacity and rock-solid construction.

Laguna Cyclone is User-Friendly and Powerful
A new cyclone by Laguna offers a step up in dust collection.  

New Router Bits Make Hassle-Free Beads
Kreg's new line of router bits put an end to pesky face frame corners.

Grizzly Releases Euro-Style Sliding Tablesaw
At around the same price as a standard cabinet saw, Grizzly's new  G0700 could be your first sliding tablesaw.

Rockler's Ready-Made Jigs Get You Working Faster
For those of you who'd rather save time by using ready-made jigs, Rockler has several new answers.

Disposable Cups Save Time with Spray Guns
Hate the hassle and mess of cleaning your spray gun after a job? Try Sata's new disposable cups.

To whet your appetite, I've put together a few tidbits on some of the products expected to make their debut at the fair. Be sure to check back for more updates on new products and scoops throughout the course of the show.

Makita Leading the Pack with New Releases

It seems like Makita's product developers have been working at breakneck speed. You can expect to see several new releases including:

Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander

Makita's new BO5031K random orbit sander offers woodworkers variable speeds from 4,000 to 12,000 OPM. It's also outfitted with a new system meant to control pad speed on start-up.

10" Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw

Makita's new LS1016L is being billed as offering woodworkers the largest cutting capacity in its class. The new saw boasts what Makita is calling "Deep and eXact Cutting Capacity (DXT). According to Makita, DXT means that this 10" saw will have the crown cutting capacity (vertically nested) of a 12" model. 

Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless Motor Impact Driver

Makita's new BTD144 offers craftsmen and women a three-speed power control, an 18V battery and a brushless motor said to provide up to 20-percent more battery life. A brushless motor also translates to less friction and less heat. Sounds like longer motor life to me.

New Laguna Bandsaw Offers 14-Inch Resaw Capacity

Laguna's new LT14 SUV Bandsaw offers users a full 14" of resaw capacity-more than any other 14" bandsaw.

Rockler Crosscutting Sled for Smaller Tablesaws

Rockler has effectively scaled down their original crosscutting sled for use with compact tablesaws. As we all know, the miter gauges that typically come with smaller saws are woefully inadequate. Rockler's new Portable Crosscut Sled  offers a large and stable platform that's outfitted with a sturdy fence, clamps and easy-to-read protractor.

New Trim Saw Blades By DeWalt

DeWalt is launching a new series of "Precision Trim Saw Blades" intended for high-end trim work. The blades offer a thin kerf and harmonic slots cut into the body. These slots are aimed at dampening vibration for more accurate cuts. The blades are also outfitted with 30-percent more carbide than their leading competitor. According to DeWalt, splintering was reduced by 30-percent when cross cutting birch plywood. Is there a correlation there?

 



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Comments (6)

Ed_Pirnik Ed_Pirnik writes: zenon001,

For some jointer/planer-related news, make sure you check out Asa's post on the new spiral cutterheads. It's in my list of updates above.

Cheers,

ed

Posted: 11:58 am on July 16th

zenon001 zenon001 writes: Enjoy AWfS for the rest of us. Looking forward to the news. How is Steel City Tool Works doing? Please check-out the offerings from Steel City. I'm interested in all their new offerings, but particularly interested in the new 8" jointers. I heard a few months ago from their tech support that the machines are to become available shortly after the show.
Posted: 6:21 am on July 16th

Ed_Pirnik Ed_Pirnik writes: Nice, Ralph!

Hybrid model available, perhaps?

Cheers,

-Ed

Posted: 1:22 pm on July 13th

RalphBarker RalphBarker writes: re: Laguna's new LT14 SUV Bandsaw

"SUV" - does that mean it consumes more amps than one would expect? ;-)

Posted: 12:23 pm on July 13th

Ed_Pirnik Ed_Pirnik writes: Hi Ted,

I just noticed your comment and wanted to keep you folks all up-to-date.

Anissa wasn't able to travel to the show so Editor Asa Christiana will be filling in for her.

Be sure to tell him Ed said hello.

Cheers,

-Ed

Posted: 12:04 pm on July 13th

ted ted writes: I'll be sure to look for you folks. And you forgot to mention that Anissa Kapsales will be participating as a judge in the Fresh Wood student competition.
Posted: 6:58 pm on July 11th

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