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Which power tool brand is the best?

When you’re trying to find perfect woodworking tool for yourself, looking at brand names can be good indicator of product’s quality. Granted, it’s not fool-proof method, there are plenty of bad DeWalt products, but generally, you’re safer when going with brand name products. These big brands spend fortune on making their brands synonymous with quality, and spend even more on actually delivering on that promise. Yes, sometimes they abuse that brand recognition and sell products at very high markups, but those are the exceptions rather than the norm. I, personally, love DeWalt. At first, i bought it out of genuine research – i spent a lot of time on finding the best worm drive saw i could get, and it happened to be DeWalt. Same thing happened with table saw, and after trying both of these products in action, and liking them, now i’ve turned into very loyal customer. Whenever i happen to be looking for tools, first ones to be considered are DeWalt. I know, i should probably give other brands a chance, but DeWalt tools have left nothing to be desired. Even though DeWalt is very good, i must admit it’s not always the right brand.

For example : if you’re not planning to use the tool every day, and only need something to distract yourself on weekends, Ryobi is perfectly good brand too. Usually, it’s considered cheaper and worse than DeWalt, but it has its advantages too. For once, Ryobi tools cost less than half of what DeWalts cost. And their quality is great – as long as you don’t use them too often. They are made for gentler use, while DeWalts are made to last forever, no matter how harshly you use them.   

Same doesn’t apply for hand tools, though. I recently got myself splitting maul from Fiskars, and i’m loving it. I chose it according to TheSawExpert guide.

Other than that, other decent budget brand is Skil. Black and Decker used to be like DeWalt, but something happened in the corporate, i thing they got sold to someone else, who turned it into their budget brand. But they can’t even excel at that now. So i’d advise to stay away from Black and Decker.

 Bosch is much like DeWalt. These two have been the best at making tools for the past decade. Both have their advocates, but i’ve only tried DeWalt and liked it a lot. So can’t comment on Bosch, but it seems to be very good, too.

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Psychological benefits of woodworking

Woodworking is getting more popular every day, and i think i know why. As our economy shifts away from physical labor, more and more people are clamoring for real sense of accomplishment. Sure, people might be excited about some mission they’re acomplishing by doing their work, but that mission is rarely tangible. Our brains measure success by having something tangible to represent it. Many psychologists have conducted studies on that, so if you look for more detailed information in Google, you should be able to find it.

 And that is where woodworking comes in. If you think about it, it is perfect hobby for milennials. In the past few decades, machines have gotten better and less people work with their hands now. In contrast, we, humans are adapted to be be making tools and other stuff, so it’s not surprising that our brains are confused by this change in our lifestyle. More and more stuff is readily available to you, with little to no efforts required. Which, i believe, can mess with your brain, unless you occasionally listen to your heart and please your primate brain – by making tools and other tangible representations of your achievement. Even though we don’t make tools and buy them instead, it still involves a lot of work. Doing research and all that. This one website is my go-to destination for advice on buying circular saws, though.

 Take me, for example. I work as software engineer in prominent tech company, and i’m happy at my job, but sitting by desk all day long can drive you crazy. Even at home, it’s getting more and more convenient to live without stepping outside, and for introvert like myself, that is very dangerous temptation. I have to force myself to go out hiking and camping sometimes. But most effective fix of all was woodworking. At first, i tried it with my friend, who had all the necessary tools, and he let me build a chair all by myself. He was guiding me, of course, but i did most of the work, and i have to say – the feeling after seeing my finished chair was amazing. So i decided to get tools for myself, and occasionally watched youtube tutorials for building different pieces of furniture. I didn’t spend much time on it, just few hours on weekends, but slowly, i started getting better, and my enthusiasm about woodworking grew as well. That’s how i escaped my work-related depression. Some people might call it first world problem, but to me, occasionally working with my own hands made all the difference i needed.

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Things I wish I knew before I built swimming pool

Planning, constructing and maintaining a pool or spa isn’t a whim or keeping-up-with-the-Joneses sort of buy. It is a significant improvement to your residence. It radically changes the landscape of your outside living area. And, needless to say, building or purchasing a pool or hot tub is a significant investment which always costs more than expected. Are you prepared to take the dip? Everybody should write down the reasons they door do not–need a pool, spa or spa.

Consider each individual’s view, although the youngest in the table.There is a sea of all fashions on the market, a few you probably don’t have any idea about. This is only one of the enjoyable characteristics of this undertaking, it is like heading “pool purchasing.” Research publications, magazine, and the world wide web, and see home and pool or garden and terrace shows to observe a couple of hot or hot baths in actions and collect brochures.In case you’ve got a property–well, blessed. For all those people with smaller loads, it could take some imagination, particular layout and compromise to create a swimming pool or hot tub work to your outside area.Pool contractors and providers always prefer to say “There is a pool to match every budget,” that is a favorable sales pitch, however a revenue pitch nontheless. Funding a pool job is similar to any other residence accession, and also the funds frequently come from exactly the very same resources: property equity accounts or lines of credit, savings, inheritance, house loans, loved ones, etc.

Do not expect to fund it after a visit to Vegas, Atlantic City or your nearest casino. Are you up to your time commitment and yearly expenses of keeping your pool? Could you afford to engage a monthly pool care service to perform the dirty job for youpersonally? Research local prices and get clever about all that is involved in keeping a pool, spa or spa. If you are arranging a wedding/pool reception in your home for six months later beginning time–do not. Be sensible about the time that it takes to construct or set up your swimming pool, and talk with prospective contractors which weeks will be ideal for building.

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Choosing worm drive saw

Sidewinder circular saws are usually considered to be the default, or standard for all circular saws. They’re more popular, too, and for a reason, but nonetheless, there are other types of circular saws that don’t get as much attention. That’s why, today, i decided to write about choosing worm drive circular saw for your projects. These saws have very different structure and different capabilities as well. There are certain tasks, that require you to use sidewinder, and there are other, just as important tasks, that you can not do without the use of worm drive saw. Worm drive saw is handheld, like other circular saws, but it’s much more powerful and sturdy as well. So they’re mostly used whenever intensity of cutting is needed.

 Worm drive saws are usually used by professionals and not many amateurs have them. The reason for that, is it’s price and complexity. Amateurs rarely need additional features that worm drive saw has to offer, but professionals do. Higher cost also means that beginner woodworkers are usually fine with standard circular saw, and prefer to avoid complicated projects which will demand the use of worm drive saw. That’s why worm drive saws are not nearly as popular, but they are essential tool to any professional carpenter’s toolkit. But it’s not for professionals only. Some amateurs use them too, so if you want one as well, check this tutorial on picking good worm drive saw to do it properly.

I’ve had experience with two worm drive saws, and even though both belong to same category of tools, they were vastly different. So i decided to give quick review of both, and let the readers decide which one they’ll want for themselves.

 First was DeWalt DWS535, which i came upon when i was visiting my friend who builds furniture for a living. This thing is very popular among professionals, as it should be. It is extremely durable and powerful, yet it’s not extremely hard to use. It only took my friend five minutes to explain every detail, and i was able to make perfect cut with little practice. Other good thing about this tool is it’s weight. It weighs around 14 pounds, which isn’t light of course, but compared to other tools of the same capability, it’s relatively good.

 And there’s Skilsaw, which i own. It’s not as expensive as DeWalt, in fact, i think it cost me less than half of what Dewalt cost at the time. It’s not as bulky and powerful though, but it gets the job done for me.