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General should take a lot of the heat. Their distribution network in the US is imperceptible. Their prices were outrageously high. Even their General International was priced above Powermatic. Very few nonprofessional woodworkers could justify or afford the outlay. Too bad for the elitists who yearn for the good old days. They're not coming back. Live with it.
You should do giveaways every month, especially ones tha treat more advanced topics.
I have nothing against FB, but when I followed the links, the best I could do was get to the drawing only to find a dark gray curtain over the the page.
Not a god idea.
the contest I mean. Feel sorry for you editors who have to select one from over 300 scintillating entries each month. Let's stick to woodworking. We do that best.
I hate to be at the tail end. Everything that can be said about the topic probably has been said, but I can't resist defending an old friend.
I bought mine in the late 1960s. It was my first stationary tool, a Craftsman. Two casualties: (1) burned up the motor very early on because of dull saw blade (no carbide then); (2) got a slight laceration between thumb and forefinger while rushing a crosscut. Have had nothing but success ever since. I still have the saw (and another later model as well).
I use the saw for its versatility. One of my earliest projects was a series of 8 foot high interior shutters. Used the molding head and the dado head for ornamentation and coped joints. Even made a coping sled.
I dis see the need early on for a table saw for ripping. Other than with sheet goods I could not get it to cut a straight line or get through thick hardwood without stalling.
The one complaint I had (past tense) was alignment: squareness to the table and and the yoke. Invariably this problem was triggered by my allowing the saw to to climb and stall on a crosscut of thick lumber. It finally dawned on me that I was not sufficient torque.when tightening up the cap screws that are relaxed during the alignment. Nowadays I check the alignment about once every three months, but haven't had to make an adjustment in a very lonmg time (probably years, but I don't keep track. In addition to using more torque, I take extra care to ensure that I have a sharp carbide blade installed to minimize those crosscut climbing episodes.
No hints necessary. I knew it was a fake right away. Rube Goldberg died years ago!
You can never have too many clamps.
You can always remove more dust.
As I grow older I tend more and more to appreciate hand craftsmanship. I have a lot of edged tools, antique and contemporary. don't need any more, so my list reflects an appreciation for beuty as well as utility. Besides, my sveral LN planes and saws are eager to make new friends.
After more than 40 years of woodworking, I have nearly everything, so this planer represents an upgrade, not a must have.
Simple solution to vexing problem.
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