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Reviews as of 3-23-2011

(Thanks to Bill for compiling this list!)


1. NewWoodworker.com Top Ten Tools of 2010
2. NewWoodworker.com Top Ten Tools of 2009
3. NewWoodworker.com Top Ten Tools of 2008
4. NewWoodworker.com Top Ten Tools of 2007
5. NewWoodworker.com Top Ten Tools of 2006
6. NewWoodworker.com Top Ten Tools of 2005
7. Titebond HiPURformance Advanced Bonding System
8. ColdHeat Cordless Glue Gun
9. The Titebond Family of Glues
10. Gorilla Glue
11. Bosch FNA-250-15 Angled Finish Nailer
12. Fuji Mini-Mite 3 HVLP Kit
13. Harbor Freight Brad Nailer/Stapler Kit
14. Hitachi NT65GA Gas Finish Nailer
15. Hitachi EC 79 Oil-Free Compressor
16. Ridgid R150FSA, Narrow Crown Stapler
17. Ridgid R213BNA, 18Ga. Brad Nailer
18. Ridgid R250AFA, 15GA, Angled Finish Nailer
19. Porter Cable #BN125A Brad Nailer - 18 Ga.
20. Senco FinshPro Brad Nailer/Compressor Kit - 18 Ga.
21. Ridgid Oil-Free, Twin Tank Compressor
22. Craftsman 1 Hp Compressor
23. Porter Cable #DA250B Finish Nailer (Angled) - 15 Ga.
24. Porter Cable FN250A Finish Nailer - 16 Ga.
25. Porter Cable #NS150A Narrow Crown Stapler
26. V-Clamp
27. Bosch RapidFeedTM Spade Bits
28. Craftsman Drill Set/Assortment
29. Corner Chisel
30. Joint-Genie
31. Kreg Deck Jig
32. Kreg K4 Pocket Hole Jig Kit
33. Kreg R3 Pocket Hole Kit
34. Kreg K3 Pocket Hole Jigs
35. Miller Dowel System
36. Rockler Bench Cookies
37. Rockler Pro Shelf Pin Jig
38. Rockler Bench Cookie Cones
39. Rockler Bench Cookies - Part Deux!
40. Rockwell Bladerunner
41. Stanley FatMax Chisel Set
42. Vise-Grip Locking Pliers & Clamps
43. Woodturning Jewellery
44. Scenes of North American Wildlife for the Scroll Saw
45. Wildlife Intarsia - Instructions and patterns!
46. Miniature Wooden Clocks For 47. The Scroll Saw
48. Woodturning Wizardry
49. Learn To Turn
50. Holiday Ornaments for the Scroll Saw
51. Understanding Wood Finishing
52. Classic Woodturning Projects with Bonnie Klein
53. Woodworker's Pocket Reference - By Charlie Self
54. Top 4 NewWoodworker.com Jigs
55. Table Saw Basics
56. The Basic Bowl DVD
57. Turning Peppermills
58. Turning Pens
59. Turning Projects with Richard Raffan
60. Bandsaw Tuning DVD
61. The Pocket Hole Solution To Building Cabinets DVD
62. Boeshield 3-Part Tool Care Kit
63. Empire ToolSaver System
64. The BladeSaver System
65. TopSaver System
66. Bessey K Body Revo JR
67. Bessey 2400S Series Welding Clamps
68. Bessey Variable Angle Strap Clamps
69. Bessey PowerGrip One-Handed Clamps
70. Bessey KliKlamps®
71. Bessey Edge Clamps
72. Bessey Clippix Spring Clamps
73. Bessey Angle Clamps
74. Bessey U Style Bar Clamps
75. Bessey Vario K Body Revo Clamping System
76. Bessey DKX DuoKlamp Extenders
77. Bessey EZS One Hand Clamps
78. Bessey H Series Pipe Clamps
79. Bessey TC Jobsite F-Clamps
80. Bessey TG "Tradesman" F-Clamps
81. Bessey DuoKlamps
82. Bessey K Body Revo Parallel Jaw Clamps
83. Bessey UniKlamps
84. BowClamp™ Cauls
85. Craftsman Parallel Bar Clamps
86. JET Parallel Jaw Clamps
87. Jorgensen Cabinet Master Clamps
88. Jorgensen ISD Bar and Pony Hand Clamps
89. Leigh Bench & Surface Mount Clamps
90. Pony Pipe Clamps - 3/4"
91. Rockler Universal Fence Clamps
92. Woodpeckers Clamping Solutions
93. Woodpeckers Clamping Squares
94. V-Clamp
95. Bosch 12V Max Multi-X Carpenter Kit
96. Bosch PS20-2A Pocket Driver
97. Bosch 10.8-V I-Driver Kit
98. Bosch PS20 "Pocket Driver" Kit
99. Bosch Impactor 14.4V Impact Driver
100. Bosch #53518, 18V Planer Kit
101. Bosch #52318 18V Cordless Jigsaw
102. Bosch Brute-Tough Drill/Driver - 14.4 Volt
103. Craftsman Professional 20-Volt Drill Driver Kit
104. Hitachi DV 18DCL 18V Cordless Hammer Drill
105. Hitachi WH18 DL, 18v Cordless Impact Driver
106. Milwaukee M18 Cordless Jig Saw
107. Milwaukee M18 Compact Drill Driver
108. Milwaukee #0724-24, V-28 Hammer-Drill/Driver Kit
109. Milwaukee #0612-22, 14.4V Compact Cordless Drill/Driver Kit
110. Ridgid #82233, 12-volt Angle Head Impact Driver
111. Ridgid 12-Volt Drill Driver
112. Ryobi 18-Volt Orbital Jig Saw
113. Skil iXO Palm Size Screwdriver
114. Delta 1 1/2 HP Industrial Dust Collector #50-760
115. Dust Sucker & Moretm
116. Delta AP100 Ambient Air Cleaner
117. JET AFS-400 Air Filter & DC-500 Dust Collector
118. JET DC1100C Dust Collector
119. Powermatic PM1200 Air Filtration System
120. POWERMATIC PM1300 Dust Collector
121. POWERMATIC DC1900 Dust Collector
122. Beall Tilt Box
123. Bosch Power Box
124. Bosch DWM 40L Miter Finder
125. Digi-Fence System
126. Johnson Electronic Level Inclinometer
127. Johnson Manual-Leveling Rotary Laser
128. Little Wizard II
129. Lumber Wizard III
130. SmartTool Levels
131. Wagner L609 Moisture Meter
132. Bosch #1380 Slim 4-1/2" Angle Grinder
133. DeWalt DW818 4-1/2" Angle Grinder
134. DMT Dia-Sharp® Magna-Disc Systems
135. Drill Doctor 750X
136. JET 8" Bench Grinder with Pedestal Stand
137. JET Slow Speed Wet Grinder - JSSG-10
138. JET Slow Speed Wet Sharpener Jig
139. JET Slow Speed Wet Sharpener - Tormek SuperGrind Comparison
140. Truing Tool Advancer
141. Rockler 3-Piece Mortising Chisel Sharpening Kit
142. Oneway Wolverine Grinding Jig
143. Oneway Precision Balancing System
144. Delta 6" Bench Grinder
145. Tormek SuperGrind 2000
146. SVH-320 Jointer & Planer Knife Jig
147. Tormek SVD-110 Tool Rest
148. Tormek SVS- 50 Multi Jig
149. Tormek SVD-185 Gouge Jig
150. Universal Support (US-105) & 151. Straight Edge Jig (SVH-60)
152. Work Sharp 3000
153. 1-2-3 MicroGage
154. Center Point Centering Tape Measure
155. Bosch DMW 40L Miter Finder
156. iGaging Digital Measuring Instruments
157. Incra Rules
158. Incra Guaranteed Squares
159. Johnson EcoTech® Series Wood Levels
160. Johnson Glo-View® Magnetic Torpedo Level
161. Johnson Level & Tool Rules
162. Johnson Level & Tool Laser Distance Measure
163. Johnson Level & Tool Adjust-A-Square - 48"
164. Kreg Square-Cut
165. Kreg Multi-Mark
166. Oneway Multi-Gauge
167. Universal Angle Guide - MasterGage.com
168. Wixey Digital Angle Gauge
169. Woodpeckers TS-32-2 Precision Square
170. Woodpeckers Steel Straight Edges
171. Woodpeckers Precision Triangles
172. Woodpeckers SERX-24 Precision Straight Edge
173. Woodpeckers' Inc. SER24 Precision Straightedge
174. Woodpeckers, Inc. T-12 Precision Aluminum T-Squares
175. Woodpeckers, Inc. Precision Aluminum Squares
176. Woodpeckers Saw Gauge
177. Rockler Mobile Base Kit
178. Craftsman 10" Drill Press
179. Bosch CS20 7 1/4" Circular Saw
180. Craftsman Contractor's 7 1/4" Circular Saw
181. DeWALT TrackSaw
182. Porter Cable MAG423 - 7 1/4" Circular Saw - Left Bladed
183. Porter Cable 743K - 7 1/4" Circle Saw - Left Bladed
184. Ridgid R3210 7 1/4" Worm Drive - Left Bladed
185. Powermatic PF-41, 1HP, 4-Wheel Feeder
186. Powermatic PF3-JR 3-Wheel Power Feeder
187. Powermatic PF-31, 1 HP, 3-Wheel Feeder
188. Bosch JS470EB Barrel Grip Jig Saw
189. Bosch Xtra-Clean for Wood Jigsaw Blades
190. Jigsaw - Bosch 1591EVS - Barrel Grip
192. Jigsaw - Bosch 1590EVS - Top Handle
193. Jigsaw - Bosch 1587AVSK - Top Handle
194. Milwaukee #6268-21, Top Handle Jigsaw Kit
196. Milwaukee #6266-22, Top Handle Jigsaw Kit
197. Porter Cable #557
198. Delta X5 #28-475X, 14" Bandsaw
199. JET JWBS-14PRO Band Saw
200. JET JWBS-16B, 16" Band Saw
201. JET JWBS-18QT-3, 18", 3 HP Band Saw
202. POWERMATIC PWBS-14 Bandsaw
203. Craftsman - 12"
204. Carter Magfence
205. Carter AccuRight Circle Cutting Jig
206. Carter (Blade) Stabilizers
207. Kreg Precision Band Saw Fence
208. Carter Roller Guide Upgrade Kit
209. Timber Wolf (Suffolk Machine)
210. JET JDP-15MF Floor Mount Drill Press
211. JET JDP-15M Bench Mount Drill Press
212. JET JDP-17DX
213. Powermatic PM2800 18" Variable Speed Drill Press
214. DeWALT- DW735, 13", Heavy Duty Thickness Planer
215. Delta 6" Professional Jointer (#37-195)
216. Delta 13", 2-Speed Finish Planer
217. Delta - 6" Benchtop Jointer
218. Delta #22-540 Surface Planer - 12"
219. JET 6" Long Bed Jointers (JJ-6CSDX & JJ-6HHDX)
220. JET JJ-6CSX 6" Closed Stand Jointer
221. JET 12" Jointer/Planer Combination
222. Powermatic 54HH Helical Head, 6" Jointer
223. Powermatic PJ-882 8", Parallelogram Jointer
224. Powermatic PM15HH Helical Head Planer
225. Powermatic PM15 Planer/Molder
226. Ridgid #TP1300LS - 13" Thickness Planer
227. Ridgid 6 1/8" Stationary Jointer Planer
228. Bosch 12" Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw
229. Bosch 4410L - Laser-Equipped dual-Bevel Sliding Miter Saw
230. Bosch 4410 - 10" Dual-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
231. Hitachi C 12RSH Sliding Compound Miter Saw
232. Porter Cable TwinLaserTM 10" Compound Miter Saw
233. Milwaukee 12" Dual-Bevel (Sliding) Compound Miter Saw
234. Bosch TracRacTM - #T3B Miter Saw Stand
235. Delta #14-650X Mortising Machine
236. Drill Press Mortising Attachment
237. JET JBM-5 Benchtop Mortiser
238. JET JFRM-5 Hollow Chisel Mortiser
239. Powermatic 701 Benchtop Mortiser
240. POWERMATIC 719T Hollow Chisel Mortiser
241. Delta #SS350LS - 16"
242. Bosch 1613AEVS 2.25HP Plunge Router
243. Bosch Colt Palm Grip Installers Kit
244. Bosch 1619EVS, 3 1/4Hp Plunge Router
245. Bosch PR20EVSK, 1 Hp, Colt Palm-Grip Router
246. Bosch #1617, 2 1/4Hp Router Package
247. Bosch D-Handled Router #1618EVS
248. Craftsman 2 1/4HP, Variable Speed, Fixed Base Router
249. Hitachi M12V2, 3 1/4Hp, Plunge Router
250. Hitachi M12V - 3 1/4 HP Router
251. Marvel 40 3-in-1 Router Kit
252. Milwaukee #5625-20, 3 1/2Hp Fixed Base Router
253. Milwaukee #5615-21, 1 3/4Hp, BodyGrip Router Kit
254. Porter Cable #7518 - 3 1/4HP Router
255. Porter Cable #PC893, 2 1/4Hp Router Package
256. Porter Cable #693PK, 1 3/4Hp Router Combination
257. Ridgid R2900 2 1/4Hp, Fixed/Plunge Router Kit
258. Ridgid R2400 Heavy Duty Laminate Trimmer
259. Accurate Guide
260. Beall Wood Threader Kit
261. Bosch #RA1125 Templet Kit
Centering Base Plate from Woodcraft
262. Eliminator RC Quick Change Chuck
263. Kreg Multi-Purpose Push Stick
264. Porter Cable #42690 Router Edge Guide
265. Rockler Rail Coping Jig
Infinity Tools 7-Piece Professional Bit Set
266. Freud 4-Piece 1/4"-shaft Introductory Router Bit Set
267. Infinity Tools Insert-Pro Raised Panel Bits
268. Infinity Tools Adjustable Tongue & Groove Bit Set
269. Infinity Tools Vertical Panel Raising Bit
270. Infinity Tools Raised Panel Bit Set
271. Jesada Raised Panel Rail & Style Bit Set
272. MLCS 6-Piece Pro Cabinetmakers Bit Set
273. Porter Cable Router Bits
274. Bosch RA1181 "Benchtop" Router Table
275. Bosch RA1171 Cabinet-Style Router Table
276. Bosch RA1165 Under-Table Mount
277. Kreg Precision Router Table
278. Rockler FX Router Lift
279. Woodpeckers Super Fence
280. Woodpecker's Inc. Quick-Lift
281. Woodpeckers Aluminum and Phenolic Router Plates
282. Woodpeckers RT2643 Router Table Package
283. Woodpeckers Precision Router Lift Version 2!
284. Woodpeckers Precision Router Lift (PRL)
285. Woodpeckers UniLift
286. Incra LS Positioner Super System
287. Kwik Set Box Joint Jig
288. Kreg Precision Beaded Face-Frame System
289. Leigh M2 Multiple Mortise and Tenon Attachment
290. Leigh F3 Finger Joint Template
291. Leigh 18" Super Jig
292. Leigh Super FMT Jig
293. Leigh FMT (Frame, Mortise & Tenon) Jig
294. Leigh D4R 24" Dovetail Jig
295. Leigh D4 Dovetail Jig
296. The LittleRat Dovetail & Joinery Machine
297. Mortise Pal
298. Rockler Dovetail Jig Combo
299. Beall Bowl Buffs
300. Beall Wood Buff System
301. Bosch #1295D Random Orbital Sander
302. Bosch 1295DVS, Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander
303. Craftsman Oscillating Spindle Sander
304. Craftsman 1 Hp, 4X21" Belt Sander
305. Delta #31-460 Sanding Center - 4" belt & 6" disk
306. DeWalt 1/4-sheet Palm Sander
307. JET 22-44 Pro-3 Drum Sander
308. JET 22-44OSC Oscillating Drum Sander
309. JET Oscillating Spindle Sander (enclosed base)
310. JET Oscillating Edge Sander
311. JET 16-32 Plus Drum Sander
312. JET JSG-96 Disc/Belt Sander
313. Ridgid #EB4423 Oscillating Edge-Belt/Spindle Sander
314. Skil #7500 3x18 Belt Sander
315. JET JWS-25X, 3HP Shaper
316. JET JWS-35X Industrial Shaper
317. Powermatic PM2700 5HP Shaper
318. Infinity Shaper Cutters
319. Bosch 4100DG-09 10" Worksite Table Saw
320. Bosch 4000-09 Worksite Table Saw
321. Craftsman 10" Radial Arm Saw
322. Delta Industrial Contractor-Style Table Saw #36-682
323. JET 10" Job Site Table Saw (w/Stand)
324. JET Deluxe Xacta Saw
325. JET ProShop Saw
326. JET #JWTS-10JF Contractor-Style Table Saw
327. POWERMATIC PM2000
328. Ryobi BT3100 10" Table Saw
329. Bench Dog Blade-Loc - Safety
330. Bosch TS2000 Gravity-Rise(tm) Table Saw Stand
331. Digi-Fence System
332. INCRA TS-LS Table Saw Fence System
333. INCRA Miter Express Table Saw Sled (& more!)
334. Kreg Multi-Purpose Push Stick
335. Leecraft Zero-Clearance Inserts
336. POWERMATIC PM2000 Workbench Extension Table
337. Rockler Universal Fence Clamps
338. Rockler Mobile Base Kit
339. Saw-Jaw
340. SuperBar(TM) & MasterPlate(TM) Alignment Tools
341. Saw-Aid - Push Device
342. Tenoning Jig Knock Off
343. Woodpeckers Saw Gauge
344. Bosch Professional Series Blades
345. Infinity Tools 10" Super General Blade
346. Infinity Tools Dado Caliper
347. Infinity Tools "Dadonator" Stacked 8" Dado Blade
348. Freud 8" SD608 Dial-A-Width Dado
349. Pacific Saw Blades
350. Porter Cable Razor - 10" - 50-tooth Combination
351. SystiMatic 50-tooth - 10"- Combination
352. SystiMatic, #51821, 40-Tooth General Purpose Blade
353. Wobble Dado Sets
354. INCRA 1000HD Miter Gauge
355. Incra V120 Miter Gauge
356. Incra Miter V27 Miter Gauge
357. Incra Miter 1000SE
358. Osborne EB-2
359. Osborne EB-3
360. Eco-Heater Whole Room Heater
361. Folding Shop Crane
362. Gorilla Tape!
363. Sharp CV-P10MX Portable Shop Air Conditioner
364. Delta 46-715 Iron Bed 14" Lathe
365. JET JWL-1442VSK Wood Lathe
366. JET JWL-1642EVS & JWL-1642EVS-2 Lathe
367. JET 1014I Mini Lathes
368. JET JWL-1220 Mini Lathe
369. JET JWL-1014 Mini Lathe
370. JET JWL-1236 - 12"
371. Powermatic 3520B Lathe
372. Beall Spindle Taps
373. Beall Treen Mandrel Kit
374. Beall Wood Buff System
375. Oneway DrillWizard
376. Oneway Live Center Kit
377. Beall Collet Chuck Kit
378. Oneway Stronghold Chuck
379. Oneway Talon Scroll Chuck
380. Oneway Jumbo (Cole) Jaws
381. SuperNova
382. Oneway Thread-Lok Ferrules
383. Oneway "Termite" End Grain Hollowing Tool
384. Easy Wood Tools
385. Sorby 1/2" Fingernail Bowl Gouge
386. Oneway Mastercut Bowl Gouges & Sure-Grip Handles
387. Crown 5 Piece Turning Tool Set
388.Sorby Multi-Tip Shear Scraper

By Tom Hintz, Owner/Publisher
NewWoodworker.com LLC

Revised - 8-11-2010

   A common question about the NewWoodworker.com LLC Tool Reviews is why they are mostly positive. That answer is simple as that has been the plan from day one. Initially this concept was forced by a lack of budget with which to buy tools to review that I would not use in my shop. Over the years I have received thousands of requests for reviews and so far not one has been for a product already considered a dud. Though it was blind luck at the start, that original plan of reviewing tools that I would use myself turned out to be what the viewers want.

I have done hundreds of Tool Reviews over the years and following each of them I get questions or suggestions. I read them all and have tried to formulate my reviews to answer the most common of those questions or requests.

What isn’t in question is that viewers want to know everything that they can about a tool, what versions are available, sizes and estimates of actual street prices. As was pointed out recently, that formula can make my Tool Reviews sound like an advertisement to some degree. Because both mediums strive to provide many of the same points of information that comparison is not unfair. I do add actual use (In the Shop) to my Tool Reviews which diverges sharply from the advertising model but that will not satisfy everyone unfortunately. My Tool Review formula must also consider the wide range of experience levels within the thousands of viewers that visit NewWoodworker.com each day. If all of the viewers were veteran woodworkers the reviews could be way shorter. But that is not the case.

I also do not compare a $10 tool to a $100 one. That is not fair to the tools or the viewers. I work hard at evaluating tools in a real-world shop environment, doing things that fall within the intent of the tool and that I can anticipate home-based woodworkers actually doing with that product. Again, that in-shop usage must accommodate the wide range of experience levels of the NewWoodworker.com viewership.

It would be great if one Tool Review format would satisfy everyone that might read it but that simply will not happen in the real world. NewWoodworker.com is visited by thousands of woodworkers each day and within those numbers every possible level of experience is represented. I am convinced that my Tool Reviews must provide a range of information that satisfies the needs of as many of them as possible.

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 The woodworking marketplace does not appear to be in danger of running out of new, good quality tools so my Tool Reviews will remain largely positive. I just do not have the time or budget (or demand) to intentionally review a product just to trash something in an effort to satisfy a very small number of viewers who consider that to be the only way to legitimatize my Tool Reviews.

As always, I welcome yo ur thoughts and suggestions. NewWoodworker.com is totally driven by suggestions and questions posed by my viewers. Please feel free to email me at any time by Clicking Here.

Best regards,

Tom Hintz, owner
NewWoodworker.com LLC
NewMetalworker.com

   

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