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Porter Cable 557 vs DeWalt DW682K Biscuit Joiner

The two best mid-range biscuit joiners available head to head its the Porter Cable 557 vs DeWalt DW682K biscuit joiner face-off.

If you are looking for a new biscuit joiner and are not looking to spend a fortune on a Lamello or even try Festool's Domino joiner(that is also a small fortune) then the Porter Cable vs DeWalt biscuit joiners are the top two choices on the market right now.

They both come in at a mid-range price point and both are very capable and quality built tools. So which is best, well let's take a quick look at each ones features first. ​


Porter Cable 557 Review

The Porter Cable 557 has very powerful 7 Amp motor. With it's high end motor can tackle pretty much any hardwood you can throw at it. The rpm tops out at an impressive 10,000 rpm.

 The biggest advantages the Porter Cable has over it's competitors are it's versatility and quality.

The 557 has an industry leading fence adjustment. It's fence can be adjusted to a max setting of 135 degrees with the usual adjustable stops at 90 degrees. The majority of other biscuit joiners are only adjustable to 90 degrees maximum.

The ​fence also features a micro-height adjustment knob that enables correct positioning leading to greater precision and more versatility. The fence also boasts a lock on trigger and has a specially designed pivot point that gives more accurate height reading than other plate joiners.

For the price the Porter Cable 775 is one of the most accurate and reliable biscuit. It is even a match more the extremely expensive Lamello biscuit joiner if you take price into consideration.​

Comes with 4 inch blade, blade wrench, centering plate and a dust bag.​

Specifications

  • Pwered by a 7 Amp motor that spins to 10,000 rpm
  • Capable of 7 different cutting settings
  • Largest adjustable fence from 0 to 135 degrees, positive stops at 90 degrees
  • Comes with a 4 inch blade and there is a 2 inch blade available(separately)  
  • Simple blade change system

DeWalt DWS779 Review

​The DeWalt DWS779 is powered by a 6.5 Amp motor with a top speed of 10,000 rpm also. 

It's design is a one piece fence that can be adjusted from 0 through 90 degrees. The accuracy of the cut is mostly about ensuring that the fence and the blade are parallel this is assured via a twin rack-and-pinion system for adjusting the fence.

Although the fence is limited to 90 degrees you can still use the DeWalt on mitered edges of more than 90 degrees thanks to a notch cut out of the bottom of the fence.​

Keeping the fence and your wood surface firmly connected during cutting are anti-slip pins ​which can help greatly with keeping your alignment true and accurate.

Just like the DeWalt it comes with a dust collecting bag ​that can be hooked up to a shop vacuum.

Included in the box is a carbide blade, vacuum adapter, dust bag, wrench and Torx key plus a kit box to store and transport it in.

Specifications

  • Motor power is 6.5 Amp at 10,000 rpm
  • One piece fence adjusts from 0 to 90 degrees
  • Heavy quality built shoe
  • 3 year limited warranty

Porter Cable 557 vs DeWalt DW682K

​Although both models perform very admirably and are also incredibly popular choices for the average woodworker there can only be one winner.

The Porter Cable 557 is a clear winner over the DeWalt biscuit joiner. 

It has a slightly more powerful motor 7.0 Amp versus the DeWalt's 6.5 Amp. The fence is adjustable from 0 to 135 degrees against the DeWalt's standard 90. It can also accept a smaller 2 inch blade that allows for even smaller biscuits to be used which is quite useful on smaller form factor pieces.

And ergonomically it is slightly nicer to use and more intuitive than the DeWalt.​

However the DeWalt is still a solid performer and if you are on a strict budget or only need to make the occasional biscuit join it might be the better option ​.

Guide to Tool Storage

So unless you’ve only just started woodworking you will undoubtedly have a huge number of tools lying around on your bench, or floor, or stuffed in a drawer.

This will only get worse over time because every single project absolutely requires the purchase of a couple new tools, right?

If you’re anything like me, before starting a project you’ll first have to make room amongst all the tools for it. This usually consists of picking them all up and… stuffing them in a drawer, or over in that convenient corner where you’ll never accidentally tread on them whilst carrying something heavy and fragile.

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a good tool storage system? One where every tool has its own place and everything is easily to hand and not underfoot. Ah, but that sounds expensive, right? Well, if you buy off the shelf the answer is maybe.

However, if you’re more interested in building it yourself (which is the only option if you want true customisation around your tools and shop) then keep reading for some tool storage ideas.

The first thing you’ll want to do is a complete inventory of all your tools (fun in itself) and decide which ones you want close to hand in your main work area and which ones could be a little further away. My suggestion would be to split your tools into 3 categories:

  1. Used on every job, all the time 
  2. Used regularly but not all the time
  3. Why did I spend $100 on this I’ve never even used it?

Next, see if you can associate each tool with an area of your shop where it’s used most frequently. By this I mean that a saw might be used most often with your saw horses, a push rod is mostly used with your table saw, a hammer is mostly used at your workbench.

Try grouping the tools together around where you mostly use them. This bit is important, it’s no use having made a great custom storage solution for your clamps if it’s on the other side of your shop whilst you’re holding a glued joint together on your workbench.

Pay attention to these two steps as if you want to end up with a good storage solution you need to have the right combination of location and accessibility. For those tools that you can’t associate with a specific area of your shop (usually the most common tools, hammer, pencil, rule, set square, small clamps etc) you’ll probably want to have a mobile tool storage setup that you can drag around after you.

Right, this is where we’re going to start looking at pictures for inspiration…

Let’s start with tool storage boxes, nice and simple. This could be your portable solution for your common tools, maybe put some wheels on it and a drag handle.

Check out some of these layouts for ideas for your custom solution, especially the first one which is a great example of tools fitting around and amongst each other:

You could implement either of those tool grips in wood. Start by laying out your tools on your bench and fit them around each other (take some photos when you find a good layout).

You’ll probably want to make a few drawers (unless you’ve only got a few tools that fit in this category) or maybe you could do an upright solution where you could combine the drawers from the example on the left (along with a well fitted layout from above) and the wheels/handle from the one on the right.

Peg Boards

You can definitely make a peg board yourself, but given the cost of the material and the effort involved it may well be more economical to buy a pre-drilled board. I’d suggest, also, using a mixture of bought and custom made hangers; although they’re easy enough to make if you want to go all out on doing it yourself.

The last one is my favourite and something very similar will be making an appearance in my shop as soon as possible; swinging boards where you can use both sides! Given the overlap possibility you’re going to be (at least) quadrupling your storage space.

Off the Shelf (Pun intended)

Oh, and in response to the post title “Where’s my clamp?”. Here it is:

If you’re not wanting to build a customised storage solution then there are plenty of pre-made options available to you. It’s worth pointing out, though, that none of these were designed with your specific tools and shop layout in mind so you’ll end up having to make a few compromises. You may find that a mixture of bought and built works well though.

Hitachi C12RSH vs C12RSH2

Hitachi have built a solid following in the power tools market from roofing nailers to impact drivers and everything else in between. The C12RSH line of compound miter saws has it's fair share of fans too. But how does the Hitachi C12RSH vs C12RSH2 perform?  

Make no mistake about it both are very capable miter saws with lots of great features. Lets first take a brief look at each model and then compare them.  


Hitachi C12RSH Review

​The Hitachi C12RSH is a 15 Amp 12-Inch sliding compound miter saw with a built in laser marker. It can spin it's blade at a no load speed of 3,800 rpm. Capable of cutting clean cross cuts and accurate miters in a host of materials from the softest woods through to light aluminum sashes.

​The C12RSH features Hitachi innovative slide mechanism. The slide system enables the C12RSH to require no additional rear clearance space unlike a lot of other sliding miter saws. This means that you can mount the saw on a bench without needing to allow for additional rear clearance room. Something that is quite useful in a small workshop.

​It has a built in laser marker. Something that is yet to find it's way into all miter saws and is definitely a nice added bonus.

Accurately aligning and gauging how your cuts will turn out before you even start the blade spinning is a massive advantage when it comes to getting perfect cuts every time, something that is of great use especially if your are a beginner. 

The C12RSH is now a discontinued line by the manufacturer. So if you can pick one of these up in a garage sale or on discount in a store/online you may be able to pick your self up a hell of a saw for very little money.​

Specifications

  • 15 amp motor, no-load speed 3,800 rpm.
  • Miter scale 0-45 to the left and 0-57 degrees to the right
  • Bevel scale 0-45 degrees left and right
  • Micro-bevel adjuster
  • Pivoting fence raises up to 4-11/16 inches
  • No rear clearance required
  • Built in laser marker for added accuracy

Hitachi C12RSH2 Review

The Hitachi C12RSH2 is the more modern version of the C12RSH it was released roughly around mid-2016. It shares a lot of the same components and design features as the earlier C12RSH.

Same motor, same power and same zero rear clearance required for operation. 

It has all of the added features that made the C12RSH a great miter saw. ​

The majority of the differences between the two models is that the C12RSHS2 has slighly different dimensions and does not feature the micro-bevel adjuster that was found on the C12RSH.

The sliding fence is also slightly larger meaning that you can now cut pieces at up to 5-1/8 inches versus the 4-11/16 of it predecessor.​

For peace of mind it comes with a 5 year ​limited warranty.

Included in the box is the saw, blade, box wrench, vise assembly and a dust bag.​ Practically everything you need to get started right away. 

Given that it is the current model from Hitachi then it is the clear choice. ​Buying a discontinued line is rarely advisable unless you can get it for an absolute bargain, then and only then is it work the risk.

Specifications

  • Practically the same power and performance specs as the C12RSH above.
  • No micro-bevel adjuster
  • Sliding fence height 5-1/8 inches

Hitachi C12RSH vs C12RSH2

​The C12RSH2 is the current model that is being manufactured by Hitachi. This makes it the clear choice between the two. It may lack the bevel adjuster but this is not really a big issue.

It is a great miter saw that performs very well against the competition and is easy to use and get clean cuts repeatedly even for a novice or beginner.​

Purchasing an out of production model from a retailer may mean that there are issues with the manufacturers warranty. Best to avoid such issues especially with expensive power tools.​

As stated earlier if you can find a second hand C12RSH or a discounted model in a local store then you may be able to buy a very cheap miter saw that is as good a saw as most people will ever need. 

DeWalt DWE575SB vs Makita 5007MGA

​Looking for a new circular saw and not sure which to choose between the DeWalt DWE575SB vs Makita 5007MGA ?

Both models are very popular circular saws that can suit the home woodworker and job site contractor alike.

Before we choose a winner let us first have a look at each saw and see what kind of features they both have.​

Both have an electronic braking feature and both are fairly lightweight so they are pretty easy to maneuver.​


DeWalt DWE575SB Review

The DeWalt DWE575SB is a 7.25 inch circular saw which is powered by a 15 Amp motor. The power unit can spin the blade at 5100 maximum rpm. It also has an electronic brake to stop the blade spinning on release of the trigger.

An electronic brake can give you two real advantages over a non-braked circular saw. Firstly you don't have to wait so long for the blade to stop spinning before you can make your next cut.

Secondly there is the safety element. The quicker that blade stops spinning the better when it comes to personal safety. Of course the blade will still be very hot so you should also be very aware of this regardless of the electronic brake.​

​The Dewalt has a maximum cutting depth of 2-9/16 inches at 90 degrees. It has positive bevel detents at 22-1/2 and 45 degrees. The max bevel angle is 57 degrees.

​The power cord using DeWalts "Toughcord" cord system which can reduce the risk of cord pullouts by up to 300%. 

All in all the DWE575SB is a very capable lightweight circular saw that can handle almost any strength of wood and should be able for ​harder materials if the correct blade is used.

​Carbide blade, blade wrench and storage bag included in the box.

Specifications

  • 15 amp motor with maw rpm 5100
  • Lightweight at 8.8 pounds
  • Max cutting depth 2-9/16 inches
  • Max bevel angle is 57 degrees with detents at 22.5 and 45
  • Toughcord system to reduce cord pull outs
  • Integrate dust blower, but no LED light

Makita 5007MGA Review

The 5007MGA from Makita has a 15 Amp motor. It is a 7-1/4 inch circular saw that is capable of operating at speeds of up to 5800 rpm. At 5800 rpm it is certainly capable of tackling most hardwoods and and other softer ceramic materials.

The 5007MGA can cut up to 2.5 inches in depth which is more than adequate for most sheet cutting tasks about the house or on a small work site.

It has a maximum of 56 degrees bevel angle and at 22.5 and 45 degrees there are positive bevel stops, both of which are the most used angles.

Included is a 7.25 carbide tipped blade and blade wrench. It also has a convenient base ruler that is a very nice addition.

On the dust extraction front if has a front facing blower that blows dust and debris away from the blade keeping your line of site clear as you move the blade​ forward across the cutting surface.

The difference between the Matika 5007MG and the 5007MGA​ is the inclusion of a electric brake on the 5007MGA and it also has slightly smaller overall dimensions.

The electric brake is said to improve safety by reducing the disk speed as quickly as possible once you release the trigger.​

Specifications

  • 15 Amp 2300 Watt electric motor
  • Cuts up to 2.25 inches
  • Bevel angles of 22.5 and 45 with a max of 56 degrees
  • Dust blower, LED
  • Easy to read base plate ruler
  • Reinforced power cable
  • 1 year warranty

DeWalt DWE575SB vs Makita 5007MGA

​Both circular saws are certainly capable of getting the job done. But, in the end there has to be one winner.

​For us the winner is the DeWalt. It is a slightly lighter machine, the bevel can title a little more than on the Makita and you get the quality that DeWalt are known for. It also has an edge on cut depth as well as it cuts at just over 2.5 inches versus the Makita's 2.25.

​That's not to say that the Makita is in any way a low quality product. It is just that the DeWalt beats it ever so slightly on performance and build quality.

Makita 5007MG vs 5007MGA

​If you are searching online and wondering what is the difference between the Makita 5007MG vs 5007MGA then rest assured you are not the only one!

Circular saws take the pain out of cutting sheets and lengths of wood to size. There are many available on the market today. A lot of brands have multiple different models and it can be a little confusing which one to choose. 

Before we compare the Makita 5007MG vs 5007MGA lets first look at each model and see what kind of specifications they have. ​


Makita 5007MG Review

​The Makita 5007MG is a 7-1/4 inch circular saw which is powered by a 15 Amp using 2300W of power. It's inductive motor enables it to spin the blade to a top speed of 5800 rpm. 

With that much power at the blade the 5007MG can cut through a variety of materials from wood to ceramics. Provided of course you have the correct blade. ​

It has a cutting depth of 2-1/2 inches deep which should be sufficient for most onsite cutting ​tasks and is certainly more than adequate for a home wood shop and the occasional DIY'er.

In terms of cutting angle adjust-ability the Makita 5007MG has positive bevel stops at the most common angles of 22.5 and 45 degrees. It also has a maximum bevel angle of 56 degrees.​

Although the 5007MG does not come with a dust extraction unit built in it does however have a dust blower that blows along your cut line. ​The blower does keep the immediate space in front of and around the blade clear of dust and wood chips so it is still a nice alternative to have.

It comes with a carbide tipped 7-1/4 inch blade that is a fairly heavy duty woodworking blade. The blade is an M-shaped , 2 pointed tips and 10-degree bevel face design. It is certainly nice to have a high quality blade included in the overall package along with the blade wrench. ​

The design features a nice ergonomic handle which has rubber grips in all the right places. There is also a built in base ruler on the front of the saw. This ruler is quite a handy addition especially where it is located.

Specifications

  • 15 Amp motor that spins to 5800 rpm
  • Cutting depth 2-1/2 inches
  • Bevel stops at 22.5 and 45 degrees up to a max of 56
  • LED light and dust blower on front 
  • Base ruler on front
  • Blade, blade wrench, rip fence and case included

Matika 5007MGA Review

So how does the 5007MGA differ from the 5007MG above ?
Ultimately the major difference is that it has a built in electric brake and has a slightly smaller form factor than the 5007MG. Same motor, same cutting performance. Same Makita quality.

​The electric brake allows the blade to stop as quickly as possible once you take your finger off of the trigger. Is this a major requirement?

For the pro onsite waiting for a blade to stop may have a slight impact on productivity(and potentially safety). For the home wood shop this isn't exactly a deal breaker.​

Specifications

  • All the same performance as the 5007MG above
  • Built in electric brake
  • Slightly smaller in size

Makita 5007MG vs 5007MGA

​So which is the winner the Makita 5007MG vs 5007MGA?

Well if you absolutely need an electronic brake on your circular saw then I guess the 5007MGA is worth the extra few bucks. If not then the 5007MG is a perfectly adequate circular saw for any home wood shop or occasional user. ​

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See how the it stacks up against the competition in the Makita 5007MGA vs DeWalt DWE575SB circular saw comparison.

Bosch 1617EVSPK vs Dewalt DW618PK

Two plunge kit routers head to head it's the Bosch 1617EVSPK vs DeWalt DW618PK. 

If you are new to wood routing and you are unsure if you will need either a fixed base router or a plunge router then my advice would be to go for both in the form of a mixed kit.​ 

Having the option to use your router in either configuration is generally the best value for money.

Fixed base routers are great for trimming edges and they are used extensively when making high quality joints. 

A fixed based router is generally preferred when using a dovetail jig. The fixed base router is considered more accurate than a plunge router.​ As it easy much easier to mount on a router table and generally can be adjusted in much smaller increments.

A plunge router really comes into it's own when you need to cut into the middle or away from the edge of a piece of board.

The plunge enables you to place the router over the board and then lower the bit accurately and perpendicularly to the board. It is perfectly suited to making cuts using a template or making mortices and flutes.

Let's take a brief look at each router kit before we decide on which one is the best. Both have there strengths and weaknesses and price wise are roughly the same.


Bosch 1617EVSPK Review

​The Bosch 1617EVSPK is a 2.5HP 12 Amp variable speed plunge and fixed-base router kit. The 12 Amp motor is more than capable of cutting through hardwood boards and edges.

It features a soft start; which means it raises the rpm slowly until it hits peak rpm. A slow start helps to ensure that you don't damage the surface material surrounding your cut. Plunging a router too quickly onto wood a max speed can result in small nicks and tears around the cut.

The constant response circuitry gives a smooth and consistent power and torque delivery at your desired rpm. 

It is compatible with both a Bosch router lift and numerous router tables. For added reliability there is a definite click when it is ​secured in either. On the third click the router is properly affixed to the table/lift.

​It's variable speed of between 8,000-25,000 rpm allows you to match the bit speed to the materials you are cutting. Matching the speed means better cleaner cuts and certain router bits perform at their best only a specific rpm when used on certain types of wood.

As stated above this is a fixed/plunge router kit which means you have the option to do both.​

Specifications

  • 12 Amp 2.5HP motor 
  • Variable speed 8,000 - 25,000 rpm
  • Constant response circuitry for reliable constant cutting speed
  • Soft start system, centering system
  • Plunge depth 2-1/4 inch
  • Fixed based adjustment in 1/64 inch increments
  • 1 year warranty

DeWalt DW618PK Review

​The DeWalt DW618PK is a 2.25 HP 12 amp variable speed plunge and fixed base wood router kit. With variable speed from 8,000 to 24,000 it has a versatile cutting range suitable for a variety of different wood strengths.

Like most router in the smaller range settings of the rpm it will perform best on larger type cuts and hardwoods. When set to the higher end of the rpm range it is more suited to smaller sized cuts and softer woods​

It comes with 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch collets included. It has a through-the-column dust collection system​ which should accept a standard shop vacuum keeping your work space clear ad clean from dust.

 For fixed base use there is a micro-fine depth-adjustment ring enabling precision adjustment of the router bit in 1/64 of an inch increments.

For the plunge base there is an adjustable turret on the right hand side that has five different positions. Each position allows for a change of 1/32 inch incremental adjustments.​

Specifications

  • 12 Amp 2.25 HP motor
  • Variable speed 8,000 - 24,000 rpm 
  • Soft start up
  • 1/4 and 1/2 inch collets 
  • Clear Lexan sub-base for enhanced visibility
  • Through column dust collection
  • 3 year limited warranty

Bosch 1617EVSPK vs DeWalt DW618PK

​Who is the winner in the Bosch 1617EVSPK vs DeWalt618PK head to head ?

The clear winner is the Bosch 1617EVSPK. It has a more accurate plunger, better motor locking mechanism and is a better built power tool than the DeWalt.

​Reliability wise there have been numerous reports online of the Dewalt's variable speed control failing. And the occasional motor burning out after a few months. Although it has a three year warranty versus the Bosch's one year, it is apparent that is the less reliable of the two.

​Cost wise they are priced at roughly the same depending on where you purchase the units from. Value wise however we feel that for the money the Bosch unit is the better option.

Dewalt DW734 vs DW735 vs DW735X Planer

Confused by the choice between the DeWalt DW734 vs DW735 vs DW735X thickness planers? Which one is right for you?

No doubt about it benchtop planers have bridged the gap between handheld and cabinet style thickness planer. They offer a near perfect finish for short to medium sized boards with the added convenience of portability.

Dewalt are a tried and trusted brand in the pro power tools arena. They have three different thickness planers available in it's DW73X series.  

​They vary slightly terms of size, cutting ability and features. Lets take a look at each one individually before comparing. 

​DeWalt DW734 Review

The DeWalt DW734 thickness planer is the older brother of the DW735. It is powered by a 120 Volt 15 Amp motor. The motor has a max speed of 20,000 rpm(10,000 at the cutting head).

It can accept boards of up to 12.5 inches in width and 6 inches in depth. The cutting depth is variable from 0 to 1/8 of an inch and can do 96 cuts per inch.

Like all DeWalt planers it features a three knife cutter head. The knifes are reversible and DeWalt claims that they deliver a 30 percent knife life. 

The DeWalt DW734 also comes with an infeed and outfeed table. The two combined ​add an extra 33.5 inches in length to future support the board on the way in and out and drastically reduce the chance of sniping of the boards described below in the DeWalt735x review.

It also has a manually operated 4 column carriage lock that helps keep unwanted movement of boards during cutting, which will also help to reduce snipe.   ​

​The DW743 weighs in at 80 pounds so it does have a bit of weight in it to get it firmly rooted on your benchtop or table. 

Specifications

  • 15 Amp single speed motor ​that spins up to 20000 rpm
  • Max input width 12.5 inches 
  • Max depth of cut 1/8 inch
  • Cutter head is 3 knife design and is reversible
  • Extra long infeed and outfeed tables
  • 3 year warranty

DeWalt DW735 Review

Now that we have seen the DeWalt DW734 review it's time to discuss the newer and slightly larger DW735.

The DeWalt DW735 has the same power as the DW734 above. It can accept slightly wider boards at 13 inches and has the same cutting depth of 1/8 inch per pass. 

However, if has a 2 speed gear box that allows the user to vary the cuts per inch depending on the hardness of the material. The speed can be set to either 96 or 179 cuts per inch.

Whereas the DW734 only has an attachable dust hood to help with dust collection the DW735 has a "Fan-Assisted Chip Ejection System". Basically it blows the chips away from the cutting head and into a shroud the targets the wood chips onto the floor beside the planer. A shop vacuum can also be attached to the shroud.

As opposed to the manual carriage lock on DW734 the DW735 has a auto lock feature so you may be able to plane a little bit quicker without the manual intervention.​

The DW735 also weighs in at a rather beefy 92 pounds which is twelve pounds over the ​smaller DeWalt.

Specifications

  • 15 Amp motor ​that spins up to 20000 rpm
  • Two speed gear box
  • Fan assisted vacuum ejects chips out of the machine 
  • Max input width 13 inches 
  • Max depth of cut 1/8 inch
  • Cutter head is 3 knife design and can be reversed
  • 3 year warranty

DeWalt DW735x Review

​The DW735x has the exact same specifications and performance as seen in the DeWalt DW735 review above.

The 'x' in the DeWalt DW735x stands for extras. The extras that are included are an additional set of blades and an infeed and outfeed table.

The infeed and outfeed tables help to greatly reduce the chance of "snipe" when you are using longer boards(this rarely applies to shorter length boards that flex less along their length).

Snipe is when you get a deeper cut on either the leading or trailing end of the board as it is past through the thickness planer. The main cause is a height mismatch on either end between the board and the in/out feed rollers or the cutting head. 

Using infeed/outfeed tables that are supplied from the manufacturer should help to reduce the chances of snipe.​ Otherwise you will need to ensure that you have setup how the boards will be fed in to the planer and how they will exit. 

Specifications

  • The exact same spec's as the DW735 above
  • Extra set of blades 
  • Infeed & outfeed tables

​DeWalt DW734 vs DW735 the Verdict 

The decision for most people will probably come down to cost at the end of the day. The DW735 is almost 50% more expensive than the DW734 if bought with the extra tables and blades. 

Performance wise the DW735 is capable of cutting 13 inch wide boards versus the DW734's 12.5. It also has a two speed gearbox meaning you can vary the cuts per inch to suit the type of material you are working with.

The DW735 also has an auto carriage lock versus the manual on the DW734.

At 12 pounds in the difference the DW735 is pretty heavy. If you are concerned about just how easy it will be to transport then the DW734 might be a better bet.

For the pro of regular user the DW735 or DW735x wins​. If you are an occasional user or are on a strict budget then the DW743 is still a fine thickness planer and it has the tables included in the price.

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​DeWalt DW735 vs DW735x 

Well the decision between the DW735 vs DW735x all boils down to whether you need the infeed and outfeed tables. If you are only planning on putting short pieces through the planer then the extra tables may not be worth the added expense.

However, if you are using longer board sections the only way to help prevent snipe is to purchase the additional tables, or be very careful about how you setup your input and output of the pieces. 

DeWalt DW745 vs DWE7480 – Table Saw Showdown

DeWalt portable table saws can be seen on a lot of job sites and home woodworking shops. When it comes to the DeWalt DW745 vs DWE7480 which is the better choice? 

Modern portable tables saws have come a long way. They are easy to transport and yet are still very capable saws especially if used in conjunction with a ​decent stand.

DeWalt has firmly cemented itself in the table saw market and have produced several different lines of portable table saw, all of which have been really well received.

Both the DW745 and the DWE7480 are both pretty competent tools and are suitable for a variety of work environments and small to medium sized cutting jobs. ​As ever care and attention should be observed when using any powered saw so always follow good safety practices when using them.

Before we choose which is best between the DW745 and DWE7480 let's first have a quick summary of each of them. ​


DeWalt DW745 Review

The DeWalt DW745 is a 10 inch compact portable table saw. It is powered by a 15 Amp 1850 Watt motor than can spin the blade at a non-loaded speed of 3,850 rpm.

At 3850 rpm you are looking at the low to medium side of blade speed for a table saw. However if you are looking for larger jobs or are looking to get a lot more precision out of your cuts then a blade speed of at least 4,500 rpm is desirable.

​With a maximum rip length of just 20 inches it is a little below what you would expect however given the compact nature of the saw and it's portability it sufficient for most small jobs.

​Fence wise the DW745 has a rack and pinion type rip fence so you it should give you a reliable parallel alignment. The fence can be adjusted left or right quite easily via an adjustable knob and is held tightly in place with some heavy clamps.

The blade that is supplied is an industry standard 24T carbide one. The blade can be adjusted to 45 degrees at which you will get a 2-1/4 inch cut depth. At 90 degrees you can get a cutting depth of 3-1/8 inches.

​A a mere 45 pounds in weight it is one of the lightest portable table saws available. Of course this is due to it's slightly smaller dimensions than most portable saws. This light weight makes it pretty easy to transport and if that is a major selling point for you it might be a good choice.

It integrates perfectly with the DW7440RS stand to make a pretty solid work station that is easy to move around on any site. 

Included in the box is: a 24T 10 inch carbide blade, meter gauge, push stick and a blade guard.​

Specifications

  • 15 amp 1850 Watt motor
  • Max no load speed 3850 rpm
  • 20-Inch rip apacity
  • Max cut depth 3-1/8 inch at 90 degrees, 2-1/4 inches at 45 degrees
  • Modular guarding system
  • 3 year limited warranty

DeWalt DWE7480 Review

The DeWalt DWE7480 is also a 10 inch portable table saw. It gets it's power from a 15 Amp motor that is capable of spinning the blade at a no-load speed of 4,800 rpm.  

The Dewalt has a maximum rip cutting capacity of 24-1/2 inches . It too has a rack and pinion adjustable fence system just like the DW745 which adds a lot of stability to the fence.

As stated it has a max rip size of 24-1/2 inches to the right and a 12 inch max size to the left of the blade.​

You get the same ​super smooth table surface that is treated to help reduce friction as on the DW745. 

​It has a tool-less blade guard and also features an anti-kickback system.

The blade is the same 10 inch 24-tooth Carbide ​and has the same adjust-ability as the DW745.

The blade is kept clean via a 2-1/2 inch dust port that cleanly filters away all dust from the cutting area helping to keep your work surface clean and increasing your accuracy.​

Adjustable rear feet mean you can get it as level as possible on an uneven surface.​

You get the same accessories included as the DW745 also.​

Specifications

  • 15 Amp motor
  • Max no-load speed 4,800 rpm
  • 24-1/2 inch rip capacity
  • Max cut depth 3-1/8 inch, at 45 degrees 2-1/4 inch
  • Dust port
  • 3 year limited warranty

DeWalt DW745 vs DWE7480

​Both models have a 15 Amp motor yet the DWE7480 can spin at 4,800 rpm versus the DW745's 3,800. This extra power is due to a redesign of the motor found in the DW745. That extra power is surely appreciated.

Having that extra power and more importantly speed can mean an improvement in the accuracy and precision of how well the blade can cut especially as your blade begins to dull. So here the DWE7480 is the clear winner.

The DWE7480 also wins on max rip capacity of 24-1/2 inches compared to the DW745's much smaller 20 inch max.

​For the most part both saws share a lot of similar features. However, it is the performance that sets the DWE7480 apart from the DW745. 

With a higher rpm, better cutting ability and bigger rip capacity the DWE7480 is the better performer overall of the two.​

This makes the DWE7480 the clear choice over the DW745.​

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Porter Cable 8 Tool Combo Kit Review

Having to buy lots of power tools can be a pain especially if they are cordless, you can end up with countless different batteries and chargers. In our Porter Cable 8 Tool Combo kit review we'll take you through what's in this combo kit and who it's right for.

Why buy a combo kit?

The main benefits to buying your tools as combo kits are:

  • Value​ - it is usually cheaper than buying them as separates
  • Common platform - you no longer have a mess of chargers and different batteries lying around your workshop.

​Contractors, hobbyists and maintenance men/women make up the majority of people who buy their power tools as combo kits. Especially those that are just starting out and would rather not splash out on a range of more expensive individual tools. 

Buying as a kit can save you a significant amount of money. As you skills grow you may need to buy more specialist tools. However the 8 tool combo kit from Porter Cable has pretty much everything you might need. ​

They also make ideal gifts for woodworkers if you are thinking of purchasing something for your loved one.


Porter Cable 8 Tool Combo Kit Review

With 8 different cordless tools you can cover a fairly wide range of DIY jobs about the house or in your garage. There are two batteries, one charger and two durable kit bags for easy transportation included in the kit.

Porter Cable 8 Tool Combo Kit

What you get:

  • ​PCC601 1/2" Drill Driver
  • PCC641 1/4" Impact Driver
  • PCC660 6-1/2" Circular Saw
  • PCC670 Reciprocating Tiger Saw
  • PCC650 Jig Saw
  • PCC710 Oscillating Multi-tool
  • PCC761 Cutoff Tool/Grinder
  • PCC700 LED Flash Light
  • PCC685 20V Max Lithium Ion 4.0Ah Battery
  • PCC680 20V Max Lithium Ion 1.5Ah Battery
  • PCC691L Battery Charger
  • 2 Kit Bags

PCC601 Drill Driver

The PCC601 is a small form lightweight drill driver from Porter Cable. It has a 2 speed gear box and 21 different adjustable torque settings. A great little drill for light work.

On the high setting you can get up to about 1500 rpm's which is fairly standard for drilling holes. On the lower setting it max's out at about 350 rpm's which is just about right for a cordless screw driver.

The PCC601 also includes an LED light to help illuminate your immediate work space just in front of the drill.​

Specifications

  • 2 speed gear box: 0-350 and 0-1500 rpm's
  • 21 different torque settings
  • 1/2 inch keyless chuck
  • LED light
  • Light weight
  • Small size

PCC641 Impact Driver

Just like the driver/drill above the PDD641 Impact Driver is great for small tasks, saying that the battery will last much longer than it takes to re-charge so it's certainly convenient.

An impact driver can really take the pain out of tightening bolts and driving screws into wood. Where these tools really excel is when you need to drive many screws or bolts repeatedly. Doing this by hand would be a royal pain.

Specifications

  • Single speed gear box: 0-2800 rpm's
  • Power 1450 in-lbs
  • LED light

​PCC660 Circular Saw

If you are in need of a light weight cordless circular saw then the PCC660 is more than capable of handling most small jobs and light commercial work.

It has a max speed of 4000 rpm and has a maximum cutting depth of roughly 2-1/8 inches. Although it may never be a powerful as a corded circular saw it can still get the job done despite it's small size. 

Specifications

  • Max speed 4000 rpm
  • Cutting depth 2-1/8 inches
  • Blade size 6-1/2 inches in diameter

PCC670 Reciprocating Tiger Saw

​The PCC670 is Porter Cables cordless reciprocating saw. It is perfect for small jobs especially that are in awkward places.

A variable trigger controlled motor allows you to match the speed of the saw to the materials you are cutting. A light and compact design means that cutting overhead or in small confined space is much easier than with a heavier corded model.

If has a very ​easy to use tool free blade changing system. Simply twist and insert the blade no tightening necessary or small tool to lose.

Specifications

  • Speed 3000 SPM(strokes per minute)
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Keyless blade clamp
  • Pivoting shoe

PCC650 Jig Saw

The PCC650 is a variable speed cordless jigsaw. It can run at up to 2500 strokes per minute. 

It has 3 different random orbital action settings. Each orbital setting changes the action of the blade stroke ever so slightly. Depending on the density of the material you need to cut, you can select the correct one for that material giving a better cutting finish overall.​

Specifications

  • Tool-free blade change system
  • Variable speed 0-2500 strokes per minute
  • 3 random action orbital settings
  • Duct blower

PCC710 Oscillating Multi-tool

Porters cordless oscillating multi-tool can tackle a host of jobs about the house. It has a quick tool blade change system that is very simple to use.

Note: you will need to buy the various different blades and tool head separately.​

Specifications

  • Variable speed 8000 - 18000 oscillations per minute 
  • Built in LED light
  • Quick change tool free blade swap mechanism
  • LED work light
  • Variable speed dial

PCC761 Cutoff Tool/Grinder

​The PCC761 is a high revving cordless grinder that can be used for light/medium grinding jobs, finishing and removal depending on the disc used. It has a cast metal gear housing. The metal gear housing helps to cool the grinder as it dissipates the heat from the grinding head and the internal gears.

​With a 3 position side handle it can be used comfortably and safely in a variety of ways, which is quite important if you are attempting some awkward grinding jobs or are forced to work in a tight spot. 

Specifications

  • Max speed 8500 rpm's
  • Spindle Lock
  • 4.5 inch diameter 
  • 3 position side handle

PCC700 LED Flash Light

A nice little addition to the kit is a pistol grip LED work light. With 4 LED's and outputting 120 Lumens is more than adequate for most indoor work sites. 

It has a pivoting head so can easily be adjusted to suit your needs and stands upright quite well on the battery pack.​

Specifications

  • 4 LED lights
  • 120 Lumens output
  • Pivoting head
  • Pistol grip 

Batteries & Charger

Supplied with the kit is one charger, one 4.0Ah Lithium ion battery and one 1.5Ah Lithium ion battery. You can purchase additional batteries if required.

The 20V battery series that Porter Cable use is capable of holding a charge for long periods. Battery technology has really progressed in recent years and cordless power tools have seen a massive benefit as a result.


Verdict

The Porter Cable 8 Tool Combo Kit is ideal for home DIY'ers that are not looking to use the tools under heavy load for long periods of time.

If you are looking for a more heavyweight ​combo kit then the tools in the Dewalt 9 Tool Combo Kit are capable of much higher workloads and abuse.

​The Porter Cable 20v Combo kit for the money however is excellent value if you are looking for an all in one power tool kit for light jobs about the house.

Bosch JS365 vs JS470E

Bosch JS365 vs JS470E not quite sure on which one is right for you?
Bosch have designed many power tools both corded and cordless. They have earned a solid reputation with their tools over the last few decades.

If you have already decided on buying a Bosch jigsaw then the only decision left to make is which one.....

​Bosch JS365 Review

​The Bosch JS365 is a 120-volt 6.5 Amp top handed corded jigsaw. It is also available in 6.0 Amp model.

It is very ergonomically designed and is comfortable enough to hold and maneuver. The trigger is quite comfortable and can accommodate two fingers. There is also ample non-slip rubber coating on the most common grip points along the top handle.

​It has a quick change blade system that does not require you to touch the blade to remove it. Jigsaw blades get extremely hot especially as they begin to dull. Not having to touch the blade to remove it certainly a convenient feature.

​Like the JS470E the JS365 has an integrated speed control system used to control the strokes per minute of the blades. You can set the max speed setting via a dial. The main trigger can then be use to control the speed up to the max setting.

It also features a ambidextrous lock-on button allowing you to keep the trigger on without having to squeeze it for long periods of time if you are cutting particularly long sections of wood.​

Features​

  • ​6.5 amp motor
  • 4 orbital-action cutting settings
  • Cutting capacity 3-1/2 inch in wood, 7/8 inch aluminum, 3/8 inch mild steel 
  • Tool-less blade swap out
  • One year warranty 
  • Made in China

Bosch JS470E​ Review

The Bosch JS470E is also a 120-volt top handed corded Jigsaw like the JS365 however it has a 7.0 Amp rated motor.​

The design follows the same ergonomic layout of the JS365, however the main body also has non-slip runner. We are not sure if it is definitely required but if you find yourself pushing hard through a particularly stubborn piece of wood it may be a nice addition.​

Like it's less powerful counterpart the JS470E has variable speed control of 500 to 3100 ​SPM(strokes per minute). They also share the same stroke length of 1 inch. 

The JS470E is as per the manufacturers rating capable of cutting wood pieces up to 5-7/8 inches thick which is a considerable gain over the less powerful JS365.​

Features

  • 7.0 Amp motor​
  • 4 orbital-action settings for various cutting actions
  • Cutting capacity 5-7/8 inch in wood, 7/8 aluminum, 3/8 inch steel
  • Tool-less blade change
  • One year warranty
  • Made in Switzerland 

Bosch JS365 vs JS470E​ the Verdict

​For the us the JS470E is the winner. Why? It is slightly more powerful, has less blade drift, can cut thicker pieces and is somewhat smoother during operation.

Both jigsaws follow the same tried and tested design philosophy from Bosch; make well built and durable tools with intuitively laid out controls. 

At first glance both of these jigsaws are nearly identical in the specifications and in their design features.

​Both come with an integrated dust blower with an on/off switch, the same quick change blade system and variable speed control.

Although they share a lot of design elements ultimately the performance is what matters and the JS470E is out in front in that manner. 

On the one hand you have the JS470E which has a slightly more powerful motor than the JS365. Although 0.5 of an Amp may not seem that significant the JS470E as per the manufacturers rating is capable of cutting thicker sections of wood than the JS365.

The JS365 is also noted to suffer from blade drift more so than the JS470E. Blade​ drift is one of the major issues that affect jigsaws and it gets worse the thicker the wood gets.

The JS470E is almost 1/3 of a pound heavier in weight which although is not huge it does help to reduce vibration and the overall feel of quality and sturdiness.

Given the superior cutting ability of the JS470E and it's more powerful motor in the battle of the Bosch JS365 vs JS470E the JS470E is the clear winner.​

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