People still ask me what tools I started out with and do I still have them, so I have kept track of some of the tools I no longer use or I have had in the past, as I have upgraded alot of my tools over time. I have given away many of my older tools. If you wish to see current tools I use click here.
My first Table saw was a cheap Tooline Table Saw. It was an okay beginners saw but I grew out of it very fast. The main issue was the rip fence moved (and while it didn’t move a great deal it was enough to be annoying. Secondly the insert was to thin and made of plastic. It made it hard to make a replacement or zero clearance inserts. It was a direct drive not a belt dive, making noisy. The Mitre slots were not standard and very small making harder to make jigs. However that being said it was usable and I did make a quite a few projects with it.
This table saw I donated to my father in law and is still being used today.
I didn’t really have any major issues with this saw, it was pretty accurate after a bit of fine tuning and did everything I asked of it. However I wouldn’t call it 100% accurate out of the box. If I had room I would have the two mitre saws set up. The main reason I upgraded was, I was at the time doing more and more larger projects that just needed that extra blade size to make the cut. . It was a good beginners drop/mitre saw.
This saw and stand I donated to my father in law and is still being used today.
I have no complaints with these tools , it is just that I have been slowly switching over to AEG 18v and a few AEG powered tools
I had no issues with this sander until it died (I actually believe it is still in the shop somewhere… lol. However it was near 20 years old.
I made many a projects with this scroll saw and it did as it claimed. But the more I used it the more I just wanted a better saw. I mainly bought as a cheap scroll saw to see if I liked doing scroll saw work, if I didn’t then I only spent a few $100, if I did enjoy scroll sawing then sure, I will up grade. Current Scroll Saw. This scroll saw was given to a friend for free.
This drill press was given to a friend. (fate unknown)
This drill’s batteries died and was cheaper to buy new drills and impact driver combo rather than try to find replacement batteries. (Now they are a dime a dozen)
The Ryobi is still in the shop and on it’s last legs batteries do not hold charge for very long but still works. The Makati batteries died and was replaced with the AEG Combo set.
Maktec (by Makati) Router Trimmer