Lorenz PremDecember 08, 2013
In the world of 1/4 sheet palm sanders the Porter Cable 330 is an anomaly. It looks different and costs significantly more than the clones that have invested the mainstream market. Needless to say, we had to find out what was up. Let's take a look at what makes the Model 330 sander different.
The Porter Cable Model 330
The Model 330's design is a departure from the generic design that dominates the mainstream 1/4 sheet sander market. Following a legacy of several decades the designers at Porter Cable decided against introducing yet another design that differs very little from the competition. Instead ...
Lorenz PremNovember 27, 2013
Having almost completed our in-depth review of the leading palm sanders it is time to move on to a different category. The Porter Cable Model 382 kicks off our new series of random orbit sander reviews. This particular model comes with the distinction of being cheaper than most contenders in the field, while looking no different at first glance. Let's take a closer look at how the Model 382 random orbit sander performed in our shop.
The Porter Cable 382 Random Orbit Sander
The Model 382 is a budget random orbit sander intended for professional use. To keep the price down Porter Cable chose to go with a ...
Lorenz PremNovember 23, 2013
When searching the Hingmy oscillating tool datebase the Porter Cable PCE605 comes up as an attractive option. It has all the features the competition has, yet costs significantly less. Off course we had to find out what hides behind the specs. Let's take a look at how the Porter Cable PCE605 performed in our shop.
The Porter Cable PCE605 Oscillating Tool
The PCE605 is a full-featured corded oscillating tool designed for home and professional use. The 3 amp motor and industry standard 2.8 degree cutting arc ensure good performance relative to the competition. The low price, keyless blade change, and cutting guide differentiate the PCE605 ...
Lorenz PremDecember 01, 2013
Reviewing the flagship product in a company's product line is always a delight. Besides having the best possible features, the flagship product also provides the best possible performance. In the world of Dremel rotary tools this distinction goes to the Dremel 4000. Let's take a look how it performs in our shop, and if it is truly the best tool in the Dremel lineup.
The Dremel 4000
The Dremel 4000 is the top of the line rotary tool in the Dremel line. It has the most powerful motor and best variable speed controls of the bunch. The tool's design, however, matches that of the rest of the Dremel lineup. A ...
Lorenz PremNovember 16, 2013
Good marketing places a company's goto product in-between a less expensive and a more expensive option. Most consumers will pass over the budget version and focus on the product in the middle. The more expensive version helps the customer establish a price point. In the world of Dremel rotary tools the Dremel 3000 takes the position of the goto product. We reviewed it to help you see through all the marketing hype. Let's take a look, if the Dremel 3000 is a good tool in its own right.
The Dremel 3000
The Dremel 3000 is a handheld rotary tool primarily intended for fine work. It can be used like a pen ...
Lorenz PremNovember 09, 2013
Every now and then I get to review a tool that seems to do everything right on paper, but falls short just a little bit in the shop. The DeWalt D26453 random orbit sander is such a product. When I first picked it up, it seemed like a sure-fire winner. Durable to the max with good specs it surely would do well? Let's find out what stopped the D26453 from being the pinnacle of random orbit sanders.
The DeWalt 26453 Sander
The first thing you'll notice when you pick up the D26453 is its size. The sander is one of the larger 5" sanders on the market. The handle at the top of the sander dominates the design. It is clearly the place the ...
Lorenz PremOctober 19, 2013
The Makita FD02W drill/driver found its way into our shop as part of a larger kit. The specs place it far behind the leaders in the category and limit any attention it might get from reviewers and customers alike. That does not mean, however, that the FD02W is a poor power tool. Let's take a look at the Makita FD02W and find out how well it performs in the Hingmy workshop.
The Makita FD02W Drill/Driver
The FD02W follows Makita's alternate black&white color scheme. The hard plastic white shell of the drill is covered with a layer of black rubber in strategic places to both provide a non-slip grip and to protect the tool and the surface it rests on from ...
Lorenz PremSeptember 29, 2013
The DeWalt DCF815 is one of those tools you'll regularly see being advertised as a special offer. It's a two year old design that has been left behind by recent advances in technology. Nevertheless the DCF815 is still a best seller. Let's take a look how an aging driver compares to the champs of today.
The DeWalt DCF815 Driver
The DCF815 is a small impact driver in DeWalt's 12V lineup. It was engineered to be smaller and more agile than full-size impact drivers while still providing a professional level of performance. A medium duty tool by nature, the DCF815 works best for electricians, installers, and trades people, who demand performance, but only drive a ...
Lorenz PremSeptember 06, 2013
A small circular saw is one of the most useful tools nobody owns. It can make straight cuts in tight places; something we all use our jig saws for. When I had a change to get the Makita SH01 cordless circular saw into the shop as part of a kit, I had to jump on the chance. Let’s take a look at what the SH01 can do, and if its cut is as true as that of a full-size saw.
The Makita SH01 Circular Saw
The SH01 circular saw is Makita’s smallest cordless circular saw. Powered by a 12V battery the saw was engineered for maximum agility rather than maximum cutting performance. This is a saw you pick up when your full-size saw no longer fits, or the job is too small to ...
Lorenz PremApr 08, 2013
Jigsaws are best used for cutting curves in various types of materials. The tip of the blade must be free of the cut in order for the saw to function. Blade deflection is an issue with jigsaws.
The tip of the blade on a saw equipped with this feature moves in an oval pattern. This increases the cutting speed of the saw. The blade is being pushed into the material in addition to moving up and down....
Lorenz PremJul 23, 2013
A reciprocating saw, or recip saw, is a cut-off tool most often used for demolition or other rough work. Equipped with the correct blade a recirocating saw can cut through wood, metal, and tile.
A large motor greatly speeds up the cutting speed of the saw. Demolition saws have some of the largests motors found on hand-held tools. That power is necessary to make the saw manageable during an all-day job. ...
Lorenz PremJun 07, 2013
Tablesaw use a spinning blade to make straight cuts in wood. They are primarily used to dimension stock using a movable fence.
There are several types of table saws available on the market today. Each type makes a different trade-off between weight and portability.
Contractor saws are built to be moved by a single man to and ...
Lorenz PremNovember 03, 2013
The name Dremel is so popular amongst the arts&crafts crowd that it has become synonymous with the term "rotary tool", a type of tool the Dremel company first intorduced in 1932. In a new series we'll be taking a look at all the different types of rotary tools the company sell. This week we got our hands on a Dremel 200, which is, by the company's own admission, a very basic offering. Let's take a look at how the Dremel 200 performed in our shop.
The Dremel 200
The body of the Dremel 200 is made entirely from black, hard plastic. There is no rubber on the grip, and nothing protects the ...
Lorenz PremOctober 12, 2013
One of the most popular tools in the home centers this season is the Black&Decker Matrix. This changeling of a tool separates the handle, battery, and motor from the tool's head, which translates the provided energy into usable work. Individual power units can be purchased to increase the capabilities of the whole kit. The concept promises to deliver great performance at a much cheaper price. Needless to say, we bought a Matrix the second we saw it in a home center. Let's take a look if a changeling can outperform a toolbox full of tools.
The B&D Matrix Combo Kit
The engineers at ...
Lorenz PremSeptember 21, 2013
At first glance grinders seem to be all about power and performance. If you ask a metal worker, however, youll find out that control is just as important. The Bosch 1380 Slim comes highly recommended by the NewMetalworker, who we respect a lot around here. Needless to say, we had to get the Bosch 1380 Slim into our shop. Lets take look at what it can do.
The Bosch 1380 Slim
The 1380 Slim gets its name from its smaller than average body. The engineers at Bosch reasoned that a slimmer grinder would be more comfortable to hold. The rest of the grinder looks very pedestrian, but clearly shows the high-level of ...
Lorenz PremAugust 31, 2013
One look at the press release of the DCF680 was enough for me to order one. The gyroscopic control mechanism is one of the most exciting new technologies to come to the world of power tools in years. It won't have the same impact as the brushless motor revolution that is ongoing, but the gyro is undoubtedly more fun to use. Let's take a look at DeWalt's new gyroscopic screwdriver, and find out if it is a power tool, or a gimmick.
The DeWalt DCF680 Screwdriver
DeWalt promotes the DCF680 as a professional grade tool for installers, carpenters, and trades people who make frequent use of a low torque ...
Lorenz PremApr 20, 2013
The market for bandsaws has settled on a common two wheel design. The diameter of the wheel determines the machine's cutting capacity.
The models differ in size and quality of their frame. Larger, heavier models have stiffer frames. This makes large machines track better and last longer than smaller models.
Resawing vs curve cutting
A resawing bandsaw requires power and bulk to push the blade through a lot of stock at ...
Lorenz PremApr 08, 2013
A cordless drill spins a drill bit at high speeds. The tip of the drill bit shaves away the material in many small bites.
Drills can be used to drive screws, but will not perform as well as a dedicated impact driver. The continuous torque a drill produces will twist the tool out of the hands of the operator as soon as the screw stars to bind.
Lorenz PremJun 08, 2013
Circular saws produce straight, clean cuts in sheets and dimensional lumber. Paired with a guide a circular saws can make very accurate cuts.
While large radius curved cuts are possible with a circular saw, this type of tool was not designed for this task. The circular saw is a panel dimensioning tool.
With care plunge cuts can be made with a curcular saw. The saw will not leave clean edges at the start and end of the cut since the blade is curved. A ...
Lorenz PremOctober 26, 2013
The circular saw power unit was one of the add-ons we had to get for our B&D Matrix system. A small circular saw is a great addition to any carpenter's or homeowner's toolbox. The saw offers the ability to make straight and true cuts in tight places. Besides, cordless circular saws are scary-awesome tools. Let's take a look at how well the BDCMTTS circular saw performs in the Hingmy shop.
The B&D BDCMTTS Circular Saw Unit
The BDCMTTS is a small circular saw power unit in B&D's Matrix line. The saw unit can be installed in three different handles turning the saw from a cordless model into an AC powered one. The capabilities of the saw change ...
Lorenz PremOctober 06, 2013
Working our way through all 12V drivers in the market, we arrived at the Makita DT01 cordless driver. A very good looking tool, the DT01 wants to be a general purpose driver. Never taking numbers at face value we put the DT01 through its paces. Let's take a look at how the Makita DT01 performed in the our in-depth review.
The Makita DT01 Driver
The DT01 is a small 12V cordless driver from Makita. It is intended to be a general purpose medium duty driver. Its small size makes it the ideal tool for installers, cabinet builders, and professionals who work in tight spaces. Heavy duty users will find the power and speed of the DT01 severely lacking. ...
Lorenz PremSeptember 12, 2013
While we do like to test the latest and greatest here at Hingmy, we do understand that new is not always best. True value is sometimes found in a prior generation. The DeWalt DCF610 screwdriver, one of the best reviewed drivers we have seen, is one such tool. Lets take a look, if the DCF610 is still a good buy several years after its introduction.
The DeWalt DCF610 Screwdriver
The DCF610 is the primary screwdriver in the DeWalts 12V line-up. It comes paired with the DC815 impact driver, which has more power for the tougher jobs, but does away with the DCF610s clutch. Both tools are small and compact for increased agility on the job site and around the house. ...
Lorenz PremMay 14, 2013
A planer flattens the top surface of a board fedd through the machine. Along with a jointer, the planer is used for milling boards.
Spiral Cutter Head
Traditional planers use a small number of knives the run the entire width of the cutter head to make the cut. Sprial cutter heads use a large number of small cutters arranged in a spiral fashion on the cutter head.
A spiral cutterhead cuts cleaner than a traditional ...
Lorenz PremOct 14, 2012
Air cleaners are an essential component in every shop. They remove dust particles from the air that the dust collector did not catch. A good air cleaner significantly reduces the abient dust in the shop.
In addition to the safety factors, air cleaners significantly reduce the amount of cleaning that has to be done in the shop and in adjacent spaces. The cleaner pulls dust towards it and away from places you do not want it.
Lorenz PremAug 21, 2013
Drivers excel at driving screws, bolts, and other fasteners. They outperform cordless drills when driving screws both in terms of driving power and ease of use. Large drivers can be used to drive lug nuts and industrial size nuts and bolts.
Drivers differ from drills in the amount and type of torque they deliver. Driving a screw requires high, burst-like torque. Drills produce continuous torque. A driver puts much less strain on the user's hand ...
Lorenz PremJun 06, 2013
Routers are used to guide a spinning bit over a stationary work piece. They are used to shape materials and create joinery.
In addition to detailing, router bits exist for slot cutting, panel raising, joinery, and many other purposes. The router is an essential tool in every woodshop.
Small routers that are held with one hand are called trim routers. ...