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AWFS Fair delivers innovative tools and products

Despite what we all know are tough economic times, many tool and woodworking-product manufacturers continue to bring new and innovative tools to the market. I got to see many of these first-hand the past few days at the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers Fair in Las Vegas, the biggest U.S. tradeshow of the year for woodworking. Over 500 manufacturers showed up to display and demonstrate their new products (and some launched in recent years), hoping to generate business with retail distributors and end users.

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Bosch launches innovative new tools

Never a company to sit back and rest after launching a line of tools, Bosch instead keeps on finding ways to make their tools better. I spent two days this week at Bosch’s U.S. headquarters in Chicago getting a first-hand look at new cordless drills, random-orbit sanders, a benchtop tablesaw, measuring tools, and lots of other tools related to construction and concrete work.

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TOOL NEWS: Rikon adds two new benchtop tools

Rikon, long known for making high-quality bandsaws, has added two more tools to its growing lineup. First up is a 16″ benchtop scrollsaw, model 10-600VS, that sells for $160. This saw features a variable-speed control from 550 to 1,650 strokes per minute, a cast-iron base, an aluminum table that tilts up to 45°, 2″ workpiece-thickness capacity, a flexible-neck task light, and a 1-3/8″ dust port.

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Next is a benchtop belt/disc combination sander, model #50-150, that sells for $120. It features a 1/3-hp motor to power the 1″-wide sanding belt and 5″-diameter disc; both are equipped with 100-grit abrasives. The 3-3/4″ x 7-1/4″ disc sander aluminum table tilts up to 45°. The belt table also tilts to allow for sharpening chisels. Two 1-1/2″ dust ports help you control dust.

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For more information on these tools, go to rikontools.com or call Rikon at 877-884-5167.

TOOL NEWS: There’s a new bear in town

Grizzly Industrial Tools has announced it’s adding a new line of machinery to its woodworking and metalworking lineup. The Polar Bear Series of tools and machines will be available in July, sporting a new logo and predominantly white paint scheme with Grizzly-green accents.

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The tools are identical to existing Grizzly machines in every way except for the paint and price, according to Melinda Sweet, assistant marketing manager for Grizzly. The Polar Bear Series will launch at introductory prices that are about 10 to 25% less than the same green Grizzly machines. Sweet said the company has not yet established regular prices for the Polar Bear products once the introductory period expires. She also said Grizzly will continue to sell its current green line of machines, as well as its sibling line of Shop Fox machines. Read more

New Tools from Ridgid and Ryobi

Showing us new tablesaws, sanders, drills, and lots of helpful shop accessories, representatives from Ridgid and Ryobi came by the WOOD Magazine shop yesterday. Some of these were pre-production samples just to whet our appetite, but others are ready for store shelves now at The Home Depot. We’ll test these tools as soon as possible and provide reviews for you in WOOD Magazine.

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First up is Ridgid’s newest version of its jobsite 10-inch tablesaw, model R4510. Read more

More Bad Translations From Tool Companies

Here are some more bad translations about oscillating spindle sanders from a Web site. (I couldn’t make this stuff up, folks–it’s actually hard to write this poorly. I should know!)

This, regarding Jet’s JBOS5:

“JET’s fixed end in opposition to this instrument was to plan the charles herbert best spindle sander on the Read more

5″ Downdraft Table

While working on a cross for my church’s fall festival auction yesterday, I made another batch of crosspieces that connect the inner cross frame to the outer. I bandsawed these pieces to 3/8” x 3/8” x 1-1/2” long. The carbide-toothed blade on my bandsaw left them a little rough (I knew it would, so I cut them a little oversize) so I had to sand each one of the 20 or so piece smooth. Ugh.

Whenever I’m faced with a dull task like that, I try to find a way to speed it up with a power tool. Read more

 
 
 
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