While the month of May is best known for the flowers it brings, it is also a great time to stain your outdoor deck. Water wreaks havoc on a wood deck’s finish. If your deck stain is still protecting the wood, it repels water. If it does not, it is time to protect your deck […]READ MORE
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SAWS RADIAL ARM SAWS A radial arm saw uses a circular saw, but instead of feeding the material into the blade, the item to be cut remains stationary and the saw travels through the cut, pulled across the track on the radial arm. The cutting portion of the blade is rotating away from the operator. […]READ MORE
BELT SANDERS Belt sanders use a continuous belt of manmade abrasive material. Belts run over a drive pulley at one end and an idler pulley at the other. Rear pulley usually provides power through a chain, cogged belt or gear drive, while front pulley is free riding. A pistol-type handle enables the user to push […]READ MORE
Routers are effective for beading, grooving, routing, fluting, etc., and enable the operator to accomplish inlay work, decorative edges and many types of carving and wood finishing which take hours by hand. The two main types of routers are fixed-based routers and plunge routers. For fixed-based routers, the motor raises and lowers with a rack […]READ MORE
Rockwell testing is one, and probably the best-known, way of determining how hard the metal is. The one encountered most frequently in this industry is the C scale, and ratings can run from C20 to C70-the higher the number, the harder the metal. For soft steels of medium or low carbon, the B scale is […]READ MORE
Power Tools Safety Procedures Because of widespread use of power tools, the Power Tool Institute continues a major consumer safety education program to instruct users in safe and proper use of power tools. The rules follow: 1. Know your power tool. Read the manual carefully; learn the tool’s applications and limitations and potential hazards. 2. […]READ MORE
Quality in power tools is determined by physical construction and motor capacity. A light-duty unit might be satisfactory for a casual user, but it would have an extremely limited life in heavy-duty applications. HOUSING Quality housings are usually die-cast aluminum, high-impact plastic or a combination. Die-cast aluminum is especially popular in gear cases for cool […]READ MORE
DRILL RATINGS Drill ratings are based on chuck capacity and motor load limit. Chuck capacity is the most obvious, but it does not tell the whole story. Speed and torque, or twisting power, must be considered. For example, a drill rated at 1/4″ not only means that this is the largest-diameter shank that will fit […]READ MORE
UTILITY VACUUMS Utility, heavy-duty vacuums consist of drum, hose and motor and pick up dirt, sawdust, wood chips, metal shavings and other materials not suitable for regular vacuum cleaners. An industrial-type utility vacuum cleans where ordinary ones can’t. Dirt bypasses motor and empties directly into drum to avoid clogging. “Wet” models are designed to suck […]READ MORE