Top Timber Tools of 2016
If a bad workman blames his tools - should a good workman credit them? We certainly think so, which is why we've rounded up some of our picks for the top timber tools of 2016.
Breaking the Mould
We recently made a great investment in new machinery at our Trafford Park branch, including
A new moulding machine; The Powermat 1200.
Reliability, short setup times and maximum wood yield are seen with the use of the Powermat, which is why we just had to add it to the list.
The wood can be processed in a single pass; first by four-sided planning and then by splitting resulting in high production capability. During this process the work piece is pressed flat against the guiding surfaces, resulting in significant savings in material.
While often overlooked, a quality wood moisture meter is vital to the long-term success of any woodworking project you put together.
Wagner IntelliSenser® Technology Moisture Meters makes our list because it is pinless and uses technology that is not affected by the surface moisture on the wood. Meters that have pins, penetrate the surface of the wood and can leave tiny holes that mar the surface, which could require filling.
The jointer is the most reliable and accurate way to ensure square edges. It also will yield flat surfaces that won’t go through your surface planer. Rather than using a saw blade, the jointer uses a cutter head that rotates at high RPM (revolutions per minute).
The Powermatic 1610086K model makes the cut due to its helical cutter head that has four-sided inserts, ensuring a smoother, quieter and superior end result. This product also has an adjustment level built to adjust the speed of the cutters and the position of the working table, for user convenience.
The circular saw is one of the most versatile power tools you can own, and buying a good quality one is important. They have various applications, and with the correct clamps in place can be just as accurate as a table saw. Circular saws can be used for a variety of tasks, and keeping a range of different blades will provide you with the versatility for many jobs.
Our top pick for this year simply has to be the Makita 5007MGA, which offers an excellent combination of weight, durability, power and easy usage.
The Makita works well with a wide range of dimensional and dense engineered timber. It also handles plywood, OSB and particleboard with ease and can even be used on masonry and metal.
While cordless drills are fine for general use, if you want a drill that can take the tough jobs, a corded, mains supplied power drill is essential.
The Makita makes the list once again with The Makita LXFD03 power drill due to its high torque and speed settings, as well as its long battery life. This drill is also built with extra protections against water and dust.
Power planes allow you to quickly fit a door that’s too wide or smooth a freshly sawn surface.
Popular Mechanics rated the Bosch 1594 the best overall product in its short survey, excelling on all fronts. It was praised on its precision and battery-life. It planes without vibration and leaves a glass-like finish. The knives stay sharp, even in tough cutting. In most case, its 10-foot-long cord eliminates the need for an extension, however, it could benefit from some texture to improve the grip on the handle.
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