Lorenz PremMarch 02, 2014
This week I am taking closer look at the Bostitch BTC440 cordless driver, the companion of the BTC400LB cordless drill/driver I have reviewed a couple of weeks ago. The pair comes in a very attractively priced combo kit, the BTCK410L2, which you can find at your local Walmart. Naturally this peaked my interest. Let's take a look, if the BTC440 is a good value for your money, or a trap beckoning you to waste your hard earned cash.
The Bostitch BTC440
The BTC440 is a med
Lorenz PremFebruary 16, 2014
In every market segment there are tools that costs several times as much as the entry level version. I often wonder what the reason for such a steep price premium could be. In the world of circular saws one of these tools is the DeWalt DW364. Called "the finest circular saw you can buy" by many professionals I have come across, it was inevitable that it would find its way into the Hingmy shop. Let's take a look, if the DW364 is really that much better than the competition.
The DeWalt DW364 Circular Saw
The DW364 is a professional quality circular saw designed for heavy construction use. It will frame houses all day long without nee
Lorenz PremFebruary 23, 2014
The new line of Porter Cable tools tries to impress on the home center shelves with its angular looks. When I first saw the PCCK600LB, Porter Cable's new cordless drill/driver, I was worried the designers chose form over function. Never allowing an uninformed opinion to stand, I had to get this drill/driver into my shop. Let's take a look at what the Porter Cable PCCK600LB can do besides look good.
The Porter Cable PCCK600LB
The PCCK600LB is a general purpose drill/driver from Porter Cable. Built for commercial use it comes with all the features necessary to survive on the job site. Its design has too many sharp edges from my taste
Lorenz PremFebruary 01, 2014
Another week, another L-Boxx to play with. This time the treasure contained within turned out to be the PS31, a small 12V cordless drill/driver from Bosch. Designed for installers, product assemblers, and trade professionals the PS31 comes with some very promising specs. Let's take look at what the PS31 can do in the Hingmy workshop.
The Bosch PS31 Cordless Drill
The build quality of the PS31 is up to the high standard we have come to expect from Bosch. The monolithic body is covered with black rubber in strategic places that both form the grip and the protective bumpers. The tool is protected no matter which way it is put down. Th
Lorenz PremFebruary 08, 2014
It was inevitable that the Bostitch BTC400LB would find its way into our shop. The promise of a well-priced power tool sold at Walmart that also offers good performance was too good to pass up. Destined to be a high volume item I feel that I can help a lot of people by reviewing the BTC400LB. Let's take a look, if this drill/driver is the great deal it is supposed to be, or if the marketing got ahead of the tool's performance.
The Bostitch BTC400LB Cordless Drill/Driver
The BTC400LB is a medium-duty drill driver from the Bostitch corporation, a subsidiary of Stanley Black&Decker. It was designed for home use and light construct
Lorenz PremJanuary 26, 2014
The Dremel rotary tool review series has made it clear to me that the average consumer has no chance of picking out the right Dremel for his or her project. Most are going to end up with a tool that does not fit the work they want to do. To make things worse, there some real clunkers to avoid. Simply buying the most expensive tool is not going to make you happy. Let's take a look at the different Dremel rotary tools and discuss what they are best used for.
Lorenz PremJanuary 04, 2014
The difference in performance between the cheapest and the most expensive jigsaw in the market is very large. Like everyone else I am pining after the shiny high priced models. Every time a new one comes out I am hoping it will be the one that breaks the trend and offers affordable quality. The BTE340K is a brand new model from Bostitch and the latest jigsaw to have made it into my woodshop. Let's take a look what the BTE340K adds to the jigsaw market.
The Bostitch BTE340K Jigsaw
The BTE340K is a powerful jigsaw designed for job site use. Its 6 amp motor and 3,200 rpm motor speed place it near the top ...
Lorenz PremDecember 14, 2013
December 2013 marks the introduction of a new power tool line from Bostitch. Not satisfied with their success in the air tool market the company is branching out into the power tool segment. Drawn to new stuff like moths to a flame we have a number of Bostitch tools on order. The first one to make it into our shop is the BTE300K circular saw. Let's take a look how Bostitch's first flurry into the power tool market turned out.
The Bostitch BTE300K Circular Saw
The Bostitch BTE300K is a professional grade circular saw intended for job site use. The saw does its best work in the hands of framers, roofers, ...
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 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 PremJanuary 18, 2014
Cordless circular saws are by definition limited tools. If they worked flawlessly the market for AC powered saw would dry up instantly. Going into a cordless circular saw review the challenge is always to articulate what the saw can be used for, rather than finding out how it fails. This week I got to play with the Bosch CCS180, a very promising candidate packaged in an L-Boxx. Let's take a look what this saw can do, and how it can help you get your work done.
The Bosch CCS180 CordlessCircular Saw
Short of the lower blade guard the build quality of the CCS180 is excellent. The motor is housed in a thick plastic body that has no mov
Lorenz PremDecember 29, 2013
Like everyone else I am not immune from making the occasional impulse buy. This week I will be reviewing the Bosch IDS181 cordless driver, which came in a deal I could not resist. This driver represents the value end of the spectrum in Bosch's new lineup. Let's take a look how a driver with motor brushes can compete against the new generation of brushless power tools.
The Bosch IDS181 Impact Driver
The IDS181 is a full-size driver on the compact end of the size scale. It forgoes a bit of motor power and speed in favor of a smaller stature and much better handling compared to the leaders in this category. In theory this makes the driver a ...
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 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 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 PremJanuary 11, 2014
Unpacking L-Boxx cases is a special pleasure for me. As a tool reviewer I get so many into my shop, I forget what's inside of them. This makes opening an L-Boxx a special surprise. This week the treasure contained within turned out to be the DDS181 drill/driver, a particularly well reviewed tool from Bosch. Let's take a look, if the DDS181 can prove itself in the Hingmy workshop, or if I should burry it in the pretty box it came in.
The Bosch DDS181 Cordless Drill
The DDS181 is a general duty drill/driver intended for job site use. At 50 ft-lbs of torque and 1,700 rpm there are few tasks it cannot complete with ease. Although it
Lorenz PremDecember 22, 2013
The Makita BO5041K caught my eye the instant I saw it. It looks like a compact random orbit sander with a couple of handles glued on. Since a lot of the work I do in my woodshop involves hours of sanding, I ordered a BO5041K for a test driver. Let's take a look at this novel design and find out if it makes the BO5041K a better compact sander.
The Makita BO5041K
The BO5041K is the top of the line 5 inch random orbit sander from Makita. It blurs the line between the compact design meant to be held from above, and the slender body design with its elongated handle and fore grip. The BO5041K is basically a compact sander with a handle attached ...
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 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. ...