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Does a 2100W angle grinder need an earth pin?

Your grinder is a Class-II Double Insulated appliance and therefore does not require a ground/earth connection. But even if you did decide to fit a 3-pin plug, what would you connect the 3rd pin to?...
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Is this saw blade faulty?

The filling is melted aluminum that galled/melted and filled the gullet and is covering one of the Tungsten Carbide teeth. You can pull it off with a pliers. The negative rake angle of the blade is ...
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How do I get over my fear of using power tools?

Check with your park districts and your community colleges for information on their wood working classes. Many offer classes on hand and power tools. You could also check with some local carpenters ...
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How can I sharpen oscillating tool blades?

As Leah Bolden from See Jane Drill shows, this is easily done using a tri square file. She shows her technique in this video. Basically, you use a triangular file to file new teeth. This even works ...
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Why does my old table saw power switch cut both hot and neutral?

The technique is called double-switching. According to this article, on AC equipment the technique is used to avoid dangerous conditions when hot and neutral are reversed, as often happens with ...
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Does a 2100W angle grinder need an earth pin?

It is double insulated. Your prior one wasn't so its case had to be grounded. Look for the square in the square icon on the name plate of the device: You will not be any safer if you replace the ...
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Is this saw blade faulty?

Yes the J shape is supposed to be there for expansion. If you look at a Diablo blade it has the J relief cuts at the edges and also d-shaped relief cuts within the body of the blade. The large tooth ...
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Is a reciprocating saw the right tool to saw 2cm/0.8" hardened steel?

For cutting locks, nothing beats an angle grinder. Good locks are all made with hardened steel that should be as hard as any metal cutting blade for a saw. The reciprocating saw will be able to make ...
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How do I get over my fear of using power tools?

Fear will lessen once you are familiar with the tools operation. To build familiarity… Read the instructions before using a new tool. Watch videos online to familiarise yourself with how the tool ...
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Best DIY all-rounder cutting tool for straight edges? Multi tool?

The problem with 'All-rounder' tools is that they are rarely actually very good at anything. Sure they'll let you cut a wavy line in tile, but how often will you be doing this? My advice would be to ...
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How to repair the handle of a mitre saw

Find a way to clamp the handle back together, perhaps with a large woodworker’s clamp, so that the crack line is nearly invisible and the the switch is retained solidly where it belongs; this is key ...
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What can a Dremel tool do that a drill cannot?

An ordinary electric drill does not have the speed of the Dremel (30,000 rpm) which is the key to getting the best results from many of the accessories. Also, the Dremel tool is much smaller and ...
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Why does my old table saw power switch cut both hot and neutral?

Probable reason: they made ONE saw assembly and used a motor that could be configured as 110 or 220. For 220 you would break both lines, for 110 you don't need to, but there is nothing saying you can'...
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How can I sharpen oscillating tool blades?

Generally, those are disposable items. Could you sharpen it? I'm sure you could, but your results would probably be less than satisfactory. Getting enough of the teeth sharp enough to notice a ...
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What's the safest type of power saw?

While I appreciate this isn't an answer to the question, I'd like to point out that power tool safety is as much a state of mind as anything. All saws (with the possible exception of the sawstop and ...
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okay to use fatter/longer extension cord than spec'd for power tools?

The issue here is voltage drop in the circuit supplying the saw. The saw's motor has an optimal voltage range, and will not run well if the voltage is too low. The voltage drops over the length of ...
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How to repair the handle of a mitre saw

With the possibility of the handle breaking and my hand slipping down into the path of a spinning blade, if it were mine, I'd search online for a factory replacement handle. (Yes, I know many tools ...
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How can I safely sand a small, thin item with a belt/disc sander?

Make a piece of board that looks like the following with some small 0.1 to 0.2 inch thick strips glued to it. This board would be long enough that you can hold it safely near the belt sander. The ...
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Does Makita multi-tool DTM51 have a real Starlock mount

No Your multitool does not have a Starlock mount. But some Starlock blades are compatible nonetheless. Starlock Starlock has three types of blades: Starlock regular, Starlock Plus, and Starlock Max. ...
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How NOT to use a power drill. What are common mistakes that should be avoided?

Some other helpful hints (not from Heloise) 0) ALWAYS wear gloves and eye protection. (Note: if you're using one hand to hold down the material being drilled, a glove can reduce injury if the drill ...
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Can i use larger/smaller circular saw blades on my circular / plunge / table / miter saw?

Especially within the same size class of saws (eg. 8.5", 10", 12") you will find that machines sometimes have blades which differ in size up to 5 mm / 1/5" (12": 300–305 mm, 10": 250–254 mm). For the ...
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How to Lubricate a Hammer/Rotary Drill

Here's the relevant bit, which includes some liability tone: Your tool was properly lubricated before leaving the factory. In from two to six months, depending upon use, take or send your tool to ...
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Best DIY all-rounder cutting tool for straight edges? Multi tool?

I do not know what "multi-tool" you are referring to. Best DIY all-rounder cutting tool for straight edges? It depends on what you are cutting and how long the cut is. There is not one tool ...
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What should I do if I overheated my drill motor and made it smoke?

This has happened to me before and in general the tool continues to work mostly fine. I suppose there might be a drop in power output but I’ve never really noticed it. I realized that slightly more ...
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How can I safely sand a small, thin item with a belt/disc sander?

As a woman who sharpens knives for a hobby, I always keep a pair of "fillet gloves" around. These are the gloves a lot of fishermen use when filleting their catch. The gloves are made with (to quote ...
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How do I get over my fear of using power tools?

Get a lot of practice. To start, go buy (or dumpster-dive) some cheap plywood. Then cut it into little pieces and throw them away. Just burn the wood as practice cuts - don't try to "make" ...
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What would cause a power tool like a paint sprayer to trip a GFCI circuit?

Start with: "What does a GFCI trip on?" A GFCI is looking for GF's, or Ground Faults. To be more precise, it is comparing current on the hot wire vs. current on the neutral wire. If those ...
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What do the 1/4 , 3/8, and 1/2 in the impact drivers mean?

There are impact wrenches, drivers, and combos. An Impact driver accepts the 6-sided (hex) end of many drill bits and screwdriver bits. Your picture is a converter to allow the driver (or any drill), ...
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removing tree roots without stump grinder

Use a pickaxe to dig a hole around the tree root, and use an axe or a saw to cut the root. Repeat as necessary. This works reasonably well for one tree, not so well for a forest.
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SDS drills with advertised chuck sizes

Looking at the Milwaukee web site the chuck capacity refers to the largest solid bit (hole diameter) the drill is capable of drilling. They are referring to using a solid bit not a hole saw. If you ...
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