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Offline Pykie

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Must have tools
« on: January 12, 2017, 01:41 AM »
Interested in the thoughts of some of the FOG members.

There's a few tools out there brand to brand that are just must haves imo, such is their innovation/quality and time saving that sets them apart.

For example, I consider the domino, TS55, RO150 and the Mafell P1cc to fit in this category.


What tools other than Festool have you found to be irreplaceable and must haves? Can be portable or shop machinery.

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Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 02:32 AM »
This should become a popular thread...

I managed for years and years with ordinary planes, some bought second hand and some from Dad. Then when the Parf Dogs got going I invested in Veritas planes and my life at the bench changed over night. I have 3 low angle models - Jack, Smoothing and Block - and all are brilliant.

As a non commercial woodworker it is hard to justify any large machinery but I could not manage without the Jet JPT260 planer/thicknesser. It was not cheap but I believe it to be excellent value for money.

Over the last 7 years Axminster have really improved the quality of tools sold under their own brands (Axminster and UJK) and some of these are worth a mention. My Axminster bandsaw cuts architectural veneers beautifully true. I am just getting into their Centrotec ended drills and screw bits and these are very good too.

Measuring and marking is a vital area and I would not wish to be without my Incra Precision T Rule which I bought from The Woodworkers' Workshop in UK. I use engineers' squares in the workshop as it is so very hard to find a "woodworking" square that is accurate enough. Buying tape rules and steel rules is a bit of a lottery and it is best to establish one that you know is spot on and then take it with you when you buy any more. I have a Rabone Chesterman 600 mm steel rule which I know is accurate and I use it as my reference. I have recently received a sample of a new 610 mm steel rule from Axminster which is also spot on and has the advantage of left to right and centre outwards scales - ideal for getting drawer handles centred.

Although not in the aim of the OP can I just say how valuable the various tool shows and demo days are that we have access to in the UK (and I am sure that this is true for other countries as well). These are really well supported by the manufacturers and the suppliers and provide an invaluable opportunity to see tools in action. It really helps with the decision making process. Family run businesses like Lee Valley, D&M, Toolfest and Axminster (I know that there are many others equally as good) do a lot to help as well.

Peter

[I managed that without saying "Festool" at all. My stars are - Domino, Kapex, CT26, TS55, OF1400 - sorry !]

Offline Alex

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2017, 04:30 AM »
I find non of them irreplaceable. There's an alternative for everything, though some are less desirable than others.

Offline Roseland

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2017, 05:06 AM »
To Peter's list I'd add OF1010 with edging accessories, the MFT and MFS.

Andrew
TS55, MFT/3, OF1400, OF1010, CT26, RS100, ETS125, CXS, MFS400, DF-500, Zobos.

Offline peterboy

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2017, 05:43 AM »
I had my TS55 stolen eighteen months ago, I went out the next day and bought another one.....life would a little too dull without one.

Offline jasen

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2017, 05:49 AM »

I have recently received a sample of a new 610 mm steel rule from Axminster which is also spot on and has the advantage of left to right and centre outwards scales - ideal for getting drawer handles centred.


Any ETA on this product Peter?

Online charley1968

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2017, 08:46 AM »
For me that would be FT OF1400 and the Mafell KSS400. It's not that i use the router so often, but when i use it, the cuts always work out and it is always a joy to use. The KSS for its versatility.
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Offline kevinculle

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2017, 10:36 AM »
Small example: the Incra rules with the 0.5mm slots allowing repeatable marking to 1/64" (0.4mm) - brilliant!

Big example: Byrd Shelix conversion heads with carbide inserts for jointers and planers...no more fussing with knife sharpening, setting, tweaking - just run after run of beautifully finished surfaces even with wild grains.

Offline clark_fork

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2017, 11:15 AM »
I find non of them irreplaceable. There's an alternative for everything, though some are less desirable than others.

Charles DE Gaulle famously said graveyards are full of indispensable men.  And so it is with my collection of obsolete tools. Some put the Domino at the top  of the list of "Must Have.." but I have dowel jigs, a biscuit jointer and even a ridiculous Jessem floating tenon crank driven tool. Currently I am rediscovering the Rietvelt Joint known also as the Cartesian Node, so I using new dowel methodology where I would formerly use a Domino. We learn early "progress not perfection" So it is with tools. Always be on the look out for the next best thing.  That is one reason I enjoy watching WP's OTT program.

I do have tools that earn my respect over time. Along with my Domino, I have a small square I seem to use everyday and a block plane that seems to find a use on every project. I am a throw back still depending on my table saw and I would never part with my Biesmeyer fence.



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Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2017, 11:50 AM »

I have recently received a sample of a new 610 mm steel rule from Axminster which is also spot on and has the advantage of left to right and centre outwards scales - ideal for getting drawer handles centred.


Any ETA on this product Peter?

I just checked their web site and it is there but out of stock. Here is the link:

http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-precision-centre-finding-rule-ax962205

Peter

Offline jjowen

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2017, 09:01 PM »
I don't understand the premise of this discussion.

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Offline pettyconstruction

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2017, 09:12 PM »
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Offline gunnyr

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2017, 09:33 PM »
For me it is my Grandfathers claw hammer.  I use it on every project so that he lives on.
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Offline JimD

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Re: Must have tools
« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 09:42 PM »
I'm redoing a bathroom at the moment and I'll be doing another project once this one is done.  I use a lot of my woodworking tools, often my Ryobi cordless drills, impact driver, reciprocating saw, multitool and brad driver.  But I recently got a Fein multitool and used it again today.  I needed to demo a 2x4 what had been nailed with 16 penny nails - and a lot of them - to roof rafters.  The reciprocating saw was not getting done so I put a carbide blade in the multimaster and had it out in a few minutes.  I would have been very frustrated if I had to finish without the Fein.  The same blade in my HF or Ryobi tool would have worked, I guess, but the Fein takes about half the time.  But I would be in trouble without a lot of my tools.  I've been cutting drywall with my DeWalt track saw (as well as wood).  I cut 2x4s on my CMS today.  Much easier to get a good 38 degree angle on them on it as opposed to using a skil saw.  The top plate for that wall was made out of a 2x6 ripped on the table saw.  Kind of fancy, I guess, for framing but it also easier than trying to do everything with a circular saw.