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Best half-decade for a used well-maintained Unisaw?

I'm in the market for a used Unisaw. I found that well-maintained Unisaws on craigslist vary from about $800 for an 1980s model to about $1100 for a 2010s model. So there's actually very little ...
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Dremel doesn't power on: brushes?

I have a mid-2000s Dremel 400XPR that I've used over the years for a variety of projects. A couple days ago I tried to use it and found that it doesn't power on. I read through the manual, tried a few ...
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Should there be continuity between brush contacts on an AC motor rotor?

I have a mitre saw that started shorting. I dismantled it to try to diagnose the problem. On inspection of the rotor, I found that the brush contacts on the rotor all have continuity to one another. ...
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What's the safest type of power saw? [closed]

I would like to purchase a power saw for general use (i.e., for various DIY and home improvement projects). I currently exclusively use a handsaw to cut wood. Even though it is a pull saw (which ...
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Does the number of links of a chainsaw chain affect the sprocket?

How does the gauge of the chain effect the drive sprocket? I bought a new bar and chain, the pitch is .325, the sprocket is .325 and gauge is .063, but the number of links is 81 instead of 74. Will ...
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“power buffer” in front of generator for peak power shaving?

I need to do some work off-grid, and I only have a 1000W generator to drive my power tools, which easily draws twice that (and probably more when starting up) when cutting steel. Instead of getting a ...
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What do the numbers on a cordless drill mean?

I have a Hitachi cordless drill: You can turn the gray numbered part to switch between, hammer drill, drill and screwdriver mode. The screwdriver mode is numbered up to 22. Can someone explain what ...
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Impact driver issue: Intermittent springy/twang sound

I suspect my impact driver is starting to bust. Every so often, I hear a soft 'twang' sound shortly after pulling the trigger. I don't remember hearing it in the past, but I'm not 100% sure, maybe I ...
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DeWalt nail gun leaks air when trigger is pulled

DeWalt D51257 has been lightly used for home projects but it stopped working. When trigger is pulled, only air is coming out (through the trigger area) but no nail is fired. Should I replace the ...
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Is there any way I can use regular dremel bits on a dremel trio?

A few years ago I bought a Dremel Trio, which uses much more expensive bits than a regular Dremel. The collets are also different. Consequently I never really used it. Now I'm making a custom cnc ...
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How to diagnose a problem in a Jet AFS-1000B Air Filtration system

I've had a Jet Air Filtration unit (AFS 1000B) system for years and it's worked perfectly. Recently I took out the filters for cleaning. When I put them back the unit would not start. All of the ...
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SDS drills with advertised chuck sizes

I am looking to buy a hammer drill, but have no experience in this area. Everywhere I look, it seems that SDS/SDS+ is a universal chuck design, in that any SDS bit will work with any SDS drill and ...
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Is it bad to leave batteries in my cordless tools?

I have a set of Dewalt cordless tools with both 18V NiCad and 20V LiIon batteries (I also have an adapter that lets me use the 20V batteries in the 18V tools). The tools are only a few years old, and ...
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Is it possible to get a magnetic mount to attach to my aluminum tablesaw base?

I want to use a magnetic base and precision deflection meter with my tablesaw, which has aluminum instead of cast iron table, which means it is not a magnet-friendly material. I'm wondering if anyone ...
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How would I remove a concrete shelf with possible reinforcements

I've had a brick-walled cupboard removed from my kitchen, but the concrete shelf that was in it had to be left because of the gas piping around it. The piping will be removed for 2 days soon while a ...
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Milwaukee M18 hammer drill: whining noise, doesn't break when releasing trigger and seems to run hot

The title pretty much sums it up. I've had it for about 4 years. Best tool I own by far. Heavily used, but I always try and take care of it. I few months ago I noticed that it doesn't seem to ...
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Can i use larger/smaller circular saw blades on my circular / plunge / table / miter saw?

I own a plunge saw and a miter saw. Can I use blades from one saw on the other saw?
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How remove front bearing in dremel 398 rotary tool?

My Dremel (model 398) has a jammed front bearing probably due to too much dry wall cutting and not enough cleaning. I was shocked happy when I found several of those bearings (used) in my toolbox. I'm ...
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Remove Tight Decking Screws

I'm trying to remove 1 decking plank to access a blocked drain underneath. The decking was installed about 6 months ago (not by myself). The screws appear to have been countersunk far below the ...
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Is it OK to use an AC power supply with output voltage lower than specified on the original power supply to recharge a cordless tool?

I need a new power supply for my Black and Decker GS500 3.6V DC cordless grass clipper. I have not been able to find a Black and Decker replacement power supply. The original power supply label shows ...
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Is it bad that my cordless drill is smoking?

I was using my cordless drill today. I was trying to drive a bolt that was stuck with my drill in low gear and it wasn't really budging. I tried a few times and then noticed that smoke was coming ...
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Why won't my circular saw blade tighten on the spindle?

The blade on my Craftsman circular saw will not tighten down and consequently slips on the spindle. I've tried packing the bolt with a washer and it didn't help. Can't find anything online so this ...
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What does a Mitre Saw offer that a Table Saw does not?

I have a range of MDF Panels and strips of Solid Wood that I would like to turn into Picture Frames. As such, each piece of MDF/Wood will need to have a 45-degree angle cut into each end. In order ...
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What do the diagnostic flash codes of Milwaukee tool battery packs mean?

When I press the fuel gauge button on my Milwaukee M28 battery pack for a bit longer (some seconds), the four fuel gauge LEDs start to blink out what seems to be diagnostic codes. I just tried it ...
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Chargers for NI-CD versus NI-MH batteries

Is it safe to use an original DeWalt 9 volt battery charger (DW9118) made for NI-CD batteries on a non-OEM NI-MH type 9 volt battery made for DeWalt products?
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Feasibility of using 18V batteries to power AC tools

I have a few (working) 18V batteries (Makita, LXT) and I would like to be able to power some AC (220V) power tools with them. Many of the AC power tools have electronic control and simply applying DC ...
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Why does my framing nailer ocasionally leak from around the trigger?

I have a Hitachi NR90AC5 framing nailer that still functions correctly, but some air leaks from around the trigger. Sometimes, after firing a few nails, it doesn't leak air anymore. Then later after ...
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What tools do I need to make a straight cut in laminated chipboard?

It's 38mm thick. Next week I will need to cut it along a straight line, and I would like the cut to be as straight and clean as possible. What tools do I need to do this ?
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How/why is a driver better at screws than a combi drill?

The first decent power tool I bought was a DeWalt combi drill. It's good but I know contractors always have dedicated tools and it seems other than convenience switching bits, a driver is just better ...
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Could a long time in storage cause my Black+Decker circular saw to lose power?

I have a 15amp Black+Decker Circular Saw about 8-10 years old (with a cord). I used it once when it was first purchased, and it has been stored ever since. I went to cut a 2x4, plugged it in and the ...
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Fixing broken cast aluminum?

My drill press was dropped and the table broke off. The break is shown in the picture. Nothing got bent out of shape the table part fits this break perfectly. Is there a reasonable way to re-attach ...
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Is this saw blade faulty?

This may be the stupidest DIY question ever, but I want to make sure before I return it: is this non-ferrous metals saw blade faulty? In the picture, see where one of the titanium carbide teeth seems ...
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Why does my circular saw motor turn but the blade does not?

I have a McKellar circular saw. I was ripping up some old pallets for firewood. and thought the blade had jammed. I stopped, took the blade out of the work and tried again and the motor goes and the ...
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Want to know how hex bit shank works and the history behind it's design

I have tried to search this in google but I haven't found a complete explanation, so I ask this here. I also have read other answers related with hex bit socket, but it still not satisfied. How the ...
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How do I fix a sewer snake cable that has kinked inside the spooler cage?

I had to snake out my sewer this weekend and rented a large sewer snake from the hardware store. When I hit the problem area the cutting tip on the end of the cable apparently got stuck and I didn't ...
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As a beginner woodworker, should I buy a table saw or a band saw? [closed]

I'm just getting into woodworking and don't have any equipment, not even a bench. As a beginner looking to maybe make anything from small boxes to light furniture, should I buy a table saw or a band ...
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Why don't they make wood cutoff blades for 4.5" grinder?

Many times I used a chisel to cut off a hard-to-reach piece of lumber, I was wishing I had an adequate blade for my 4.5" grinder, as I don't own an oscillating tool. Why is it hard to find? Is it ...
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What type of adapter should I use to turn a cordless drill in to a corded drill?

I have old Bosch PSR12 driver/drill that all NiCA are dead. I've modified it successfully to work as Corded after removing batteries and connecting 12V 1.5A (220v) adapter. The drill works but when I ...
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Will I have to chuck my Drill Press Chuck?

The Drill Press in question is a Wen 4214. I had originally seated the chuck by tapping it with a hammer by way of a piece of scrap and then, for good measure, pressed it into a piece of scrap. It's ...
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okay to use fatter/longer extension cord than spec'd for power tools?

I want to buy an electric chainsaw, rated at 15A (125V). Manufacturer specifies max 50' extension cord (no gauge spec). There are 50' 14 gauge extension cords that are rated at 15A/125V. Could I use a ...
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When splitting a 240v circuit, what happens to neutral's amperage?

My garage has very limited power with only one outlet that I share with 3 bathrooms and every outdoor outlet, 4 total, on a 20 amp breaker. (House hastily thrown together in 97' for your reference) I ...
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Switching drill batteries [closed]

I have a Porter-Cable 20 volt impact drill and circular saw... I just came across to 6 amp hour Milwaukee M18 batteries for free... I want to run my Porter-Cable impact off the M18 battery how do I ...
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Is there any way to replace drill batteries?

We have a great (Porter and Cable) cordless drill but the batteries are no longer commercially available. Amazon has a listing but it's been sold out for the last five years. Do we have any other ...
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How can I test my drill and batteries for faults?

Apologies if this is off-topic. I was given a used standard cordless 12v drill and 2 batteries, without the battery charger. The drill didn't work at all with one battery, and just turned slowly for ...
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How are mini drill bits mounted on a regular sized drill?

I have no prior knowledge of drilling but I've stripped a screw on one of my electronics so I need to drill it out to access the insides for a fix. From basic research, I understand that the 'drill ...
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Which type of site tool box/vault is most secure

I've been investing quite a lot of money in power tools trying to up my game in the world of carpentry construction and feel that's it's just a matter of time before I lose the lot to thieves unless I ...
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What part is faulty when a pneumatic nail gun does not leak any air, is not jammed, but does not fire?

I have a Porter Cable DA250C (15ga angle finishing nailer). Worked fine yesterday until it just stopped. The gun does nothing at all when the trigger is depressed. It is not jammed. The piston is ...
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Makita Power tools identification help

I hope I am in the right stackexchange domain for this question. I have acquired an old Makita SDS-MAX drill hammer in a garage sale for almost nothing because the rotor of the electrical engine is ...
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Increasing the Maximum Shank Dia [closed]

There is a device in my head that I know must exist, but I can't seem to find it. I own a drill. Kinda small. It has a small chuck so the shank dia of the drill bits that I can use is limited. Is ...
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Should a power drill or impact driver be used to drive screws?

Pretty straight-forward. I thought it was absolutely normal and acceptable to use a power drill, with the appropriate bit(s), to drive a screw. However, there seem to be various opinions on the matter....