Tools to look out for this fall
New tools: South Bend 16-in. bandsaw, Armor Tools pocket-hole jig, two Grizzly planers, G0939 and G09340
South Bend’s new 16-in. bandsaw was designed with resawing in mind. It has 14 in. of resaw capacity paired with a 3-hp motor and a two-position fence that can switch between low and tall profiles. It has ball-bearing blade guides, a foot-actuated blade brake, and a quick-change blade release and tensioner. To tilt the table, there’s a micro-adjustable rack-and-pinion mechanism.
Self-adjusting pocket-hole jig
Armor Tool’s latest pocket-hole jig self-adjusts the guide and drill bit’s depth stop. It does this via a pair of calipers. As the calipers measure the thickness of the stock, they also change the settings of the block and depth stop. It can measure stock up to 1-1⁄2 in. thick. A flip stop sets the jig’s appropriate distance from an edge. It also has a magnetic clamping pad.
A pair of planers
Two new 2-hp benchtop planers have entered Grizzly’s lineup. One, the G0939, has a three-knife cutterhead and a stainless-steel table. The other, the G09340, has a helical head, a granite table, and a depth stop. Both can plane boards up to 13 in. wide and 6 in. thick. The dust ports on both have a 4-in. adapter. Each model also features handles for portability.
Photos: Courtesy of the manufacturers
From Fine Woodworking #292
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