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What is the benefit of cordless tools?

Assuming that I only use the tools around the house and already have extension cords is there some advantage to cordless tools that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Apr 20, 2016 - 43 answers

Which power tools should you wear gloves when using?

Which power tools should you wear gloves when using and which should you not?
posted by Infernarl on Sep 30, 2015 - 16 answers

Tell me why I shouldn't chainsaw these snowbanks (or can I?)

I'm in Greater Boston. The very high snowbanks at the start of my driveway make it difficult to see who's coming down the street when I'm trying to exit the driveway. I'm dreaming of acquiring a chainsaw and lopping off the tops of some of the worst snowbanks just so I can see. Good idea, stupid idea? Should I leave the power tools out of it and just get a bow saw or similar? How would you cut these things down to size? [more inside]
posted by dywypi on Feb 23, 2015 - 25 answers

Dadoes, rabbets, routers, and me

Can you help me figure out my router? The woodworking kind of router, not the other kind of router. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 2, 2014 - 18 answers

Measure twice, cut once: tool buying edition

With Father's Day fast approaching and the home improvement season upon us, I've been thinking about tools. Delicious, delicious tools. Let's talk about the tools I need for my toolatorium. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 2, 2014 - 18 answers

I need a chainsaw.

I am looking for advice on buying an electric chainsaw for a medium sized yard that, apparently, has a lot of rather large tree limbs fall into it. I need to know: What features to look for - Brands or models to avoid - How powerful a motor - How long a bar is needed. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Mar 26, 2013 - 6 answers


Why does my circular saw keep jamming up? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 1, 2012 - 34 answers

one powertool to rule them all?

I am shopping for a power tool for simple woodworking/cutting - on a budget. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by tgelston on Aug 12, 2011 - 24 answers

Mr Sandman, bring me a sander, make my walls (and cupboards and furniture) the smoothest they’ve ever been

What kind of sander should I get to sand a variety of household projects? This weekend, I’ll be sanding the untreated pine interior of some fixed cupboards and shelves, with lots of tight, awkward corners. I'll also be sanding back spakfilla on masonry walls where I’ve filled in nail holes. I’m sanding so I can paint. Later on (in a few months) I might sand down some wood furniture. I don’t think I’ll use the sander for any exterior work. What kind of sander should I get AskMe – and why? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on May 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Equipment list: Circular saw, tourniquet, bowl of ice, phone with 911 preprogrammed into it ...

Help me get over my fear of using a circular saw. [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Apr 21, 2011 - 39 answers

Is a brushcutter overkill for clearing 1 acre?

Is a 40cc saw bladed brushcutter ridiculous overkill for clearing out a 1 acre woodlot? [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Apr 12, 2011 - 12 answers

One Battery, Multiple Tools

One battery, multiple tools: for what line of power tools did I see a commercial that featured one battery that you could switch out between the tools? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Jul 31, 2009 - 12 answers

Are Table Saws Safe Yet?

A few years ago I saw a video where someone made a table saw technology where if the blade touches your skin it stops immediately and all you get is a knick on your finger. I was curious if this is being built into table saws yet? And if not why isn't it? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 on Jun 28, 2008 - 35 answers

And on the 7th day, he finished the kitchen

What time is it ok to use a power saw in the driveway on Sunday morning? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Jun 1, 2008 - 47 answers

Help me maintain 2 wooded acres. Please.

We just bought a house on 2 acres of wooded land. I need help with leaf management (fall is coming soon!) and path/trail maintenance. More specifically, I think I want suggestions for leaf blowers and string trimmers/brushcutters. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Sep 26, 2007 - 14 answers

Replacement parts for an old Craftsman saw?

Where can I get replacement parts for an old Craftsman radial arm saw? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Jul 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Make my hole bigger!

How do I make a deadbolt hole in a door wider? [more inside]
posted by Mach5 on Jan 26, 2007 - 7 answers

Charger specs for cordless screwdriver?

Power-tool help: The people at Black and Decker are behaving like...well...tools... [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly on Mar 29, 2006 - 7 answers

powertool review sites, please

Power tool reviews. I'm in the market for some power tools, but I can't seem to find a decent review site to help me decide... [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Jan 22, 2006 - 7 answers

Tools for making interior cuts in thick stacks of paper or wood laminates?

Cutting Tools: I want to cut shapes out of thick stacks of paper and maybe wood laminates. Easy enough, right? Except I want to be able to do cuts that only go from one point in the interior to another point in the interior -- cuts that don't go all the way across or otherwise break the edge. Are there good choices for tools? [more inside]
posted by weston on Dec 30, 2005 - 12 answers

How to drill holes in glass without breakage

Drilling holes in glass blocks without breakage: Looking for tips (and anecdotes about diamond drill bits) to stop burning (drilling?) through other people's money. [more inside]
posted by artifarce on Nov 16, 2005 - 10 answers

Need more power!

I need to stock a home workshop. What basic power tools should I acquire? Which tools aren't really needed? What about good books on maintaining and improving an older home? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Jun 1, 2004 - 36 answers

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