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Sawstop – A new breed of table saws

Sawstop is exactly that, a table saw with a nifty safety option. How it works is when your finger or body part comes into contact with the blade (two teeth), the blade automatically stops and drops into the table. Basically its a professional table saw with a 1.7 5 hp motor.   It has everything a traditional table saw has including an aluminium fence and cast Iron table.  The difference with this saw is its safety feature.  The Sawstop has an electronic electric system that monitors changes.  This system recognizes the electrical changes from a human to a piece of wood.  If it detects a change in an electric status, a brake is applied and the blade drops into the table in milliseconds.  You can read about this table saw here. This is a pretty cool safety feature that we are sure will catch on.  But don’t let it fool you, you still need to be careful because kick backs can happen or lose clothing can get caught in the...

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New Power Tool Video – Youtube

We started our online videos today.  Soon you will be able to see our power tool reviews in action.  We will still have a written article about each review, but the videos will allow us to show more in depth reviews of each power tool. We will also have other power tool videos of interest and always let us know if you find a good video to include.  You can see all our power tool video reviews at YouTube....

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Dewalts New Self Leveling Rotary Lasers – DW074, DW079, DW078

Dewalt announced three new self-leveling lasers for interior (DW074, DW079) and exterior use (DW078).  Dewalt’s new lasers are built  more durable with a covered rotary head case.  The head cage uses thin struts which increases durability, but reduces blind spots.  The outdoor lasers have a protective water resistant battery cover. The DW078 and DW079 are designed with an automatic horizontal self-leveling system that provides accuracy at plus or minus 1/8” per 100’.  The DW074 is designed with an automatic horizontal self-leveling system that provides accuracy at plus or minus 1/4” per 100’.  One nice feature is the laser will automatically turn itself off if it is no longer level.  At one point in time, we have all been working on a job site when something caused our laser to go out of level, (we are to busy in our work to do the right thing and constantly recheck the level accuracy), only to realize a little while later, things just don’t look right. The DW078 and DW079 are powered by DEWALT 9.6V – 18V batteries that provide 30 hours of run time. The DW074 is powered by 2 “D” cells that provide more than 50 hours of run-time....

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Hilti DS-HS V2 Hand Held Gas Saw

Back in April, 08 Hilti released its DS-HS V2 hand held gas saw.  While we haven’t tested this saw, we have received feedback from a couple of friends on Fire Departments  who have used the new Hilti Saw.  The fire departments are regular users of the Partner K-12 saw, so I was surprised when my friends told me their department switched to the Hilti V2 saw. The Hilti V2 has a new carburetor for increased acceleration.  The saw has a narrow body and the motor is taller which provides a better balance.  This saw reduces the vibration compared to older models.  The start system is redesigned and it has a cooler running motor.  Once nice feature is the reversible steel flanges which allows additional blades without having a different arbor. All in all, they were extremely satisfied with this saw.  They loved the balance  and ease of starting.  The most important item was the starting.  The saw always started with one pull and that’s very important when your on a roof for ventilation and you have a fire...

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