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Posted by on December 18, 2008    |    Leave a reply   

A favorite among builders, the Hitachi NR83A2 pneumatic nailer is certainly a great addition to the weekend warrior’s tool shed. The unit can be purchased for around $300 and is worth every penny. At just under 8lbs., the comfortably gripped NR83A2 won’t cause physical strain while working on those big projects.

This framing nailer has a sequential actuation switch which can operate in either single-fire position for precise nail placement or bump firing mode for production speed. The 3/8” air inlet allows up to 120 PSI of pressure. The round head framing nailer can hold up to 70 fasteners (between 2” and 3 ¼”) at a time with a well-designed two-piece steel magazine [884-065]. Measuring 21 x 4 x 13, the larger sized nailer is made for regular to heavy usage. Its assembly also includes an open nose [884-060] to clear rare instances of jamming.

The NR83A2 is user friendly with a tool-less depth adjustment. An added bonus is the simplicity of shifting the air pressure on the gun rather than repetitively going back to the air compressor to make the changes. The NR83A2 unit also includes three hex wrenches and a pair of safety glasses. For further ease on the job, get the Hitachi 19413F 100 x ¼” polyurethane air hose. It’s practically kinkless, and the length will save time on those big nailing projects like rough framing, trusses and sheathing.

The Hitachi NR83A2 is virtually indestructible. It’s not uncommon to hear stories of construction workers accidentally dropping the framing nailer from rooftops or scaffoldings onto concrete with it still functioning as well as the day it was purchased. If you do need parts for this tool, you can find them here: Hitachi NR83A2 nailer parts. Unlike the less expensive nailers on the market, you can go through an entire box of nails without the constant expectation of jams. Whether you’re doing around-the-house projects or building houses, you will definitely get your money’s worth with this dependable tool.

Posted by on December 17, 2008    |    Leave a reply   

When a Circular Saw won’t cut it, there is the Milwaukee 6507 Sawzall.   With various speeds, this saw will cut through just about anything you put in the way.  It’s great for cutting in between joists, eaves, corners, nails, metal, concrete, and wood.  Sawzall blades are available for just about anything that you want to cut.

Milwaukee is known for their powerful, high-quality tools, and the 6507 Sawzall is no exception. With this model, you can pivot the blade to cut at different angles.  The blades are easy to change, and you can remove the power cord [48-76-4008] for storage or easy replacement.  The Milwaukee 6507 Sawzall is versatile, comfortable and powerful.

Probably the most common problem with this saw occurs when the blade clamp [42-68-0073] or the screw [06-75-2402] that holds the blade clamp breaks.

Here is a picture of the blade clamp and the screw:

This is usually due to heavy use over a long period of time. The good news is that these are both cheap parts, and they are easy to replace.

Many of our customers like the size of this saw.  At about 16” you can reach those harder to reach areas, and get the job done.  This saw can handle a good workload, but according to some customers, overheating can happen on larger jobs.  If your Milwaukee 6507 Sawzall overheats, just give it a few minutes to cool down.  Overall, this does not seem to be a big problem – just a small issue on large continuous jobs.

Posted by on December 15, 2008    |    Leave a reply   

A high end product with a low end price, we think the Ridgid TS3650 contractor table saw is a great value, and both woodworking professionals and enthusiasts seem to agree. This saw is on par with many of the significantly more expensive contractor’s saws, and many claim the only way to move up from the Ridgid is by switching to a massive (and costly) cabinet saw.

It has a solid 1-1/2 horsepower TEFC Motor [TH1009] that keeps dust and debris out of the motor. This motor isn’t as powerful as what you’d find on a cabinet saw, but it keeps up with the more expensive contractor’s saws. The rip fence [TH1019] is accurate, and it repeats cuts remarkably well for a stock fence – this accounts for a lot of the value of this saw, and it’s a big reason for it being so highly recommended by so many.

The saw cuts dadoes with excellent precision, although the shape of the arbor on older models doesn’t allow it to handle stacked dado blades. Newer models of the saw have fixed this problem by replacing that arbor, and the new arbor is both available and interchangeable with the older models.

Ridgid’s Herc-U-Lift mobile base comes standard with every TS3650. The base’s adjustable height, solid thick steel construction, mobility, and small footprint make this saw easily to move and work with in both workshops and job sites.

Great design, solid construction and a low price make this table saw one of the best purchases any woodworker can make, and, as always, Ridgid TS3650 parts are available here at eReplacementparts.

Posted by on December 11, 2008    |    Leave a reply   

The Makita LS1013 has been a favorite for both professionals and the determined do-it-yourself crowd. Owners of this sliding compound miter saw have commented about how the LS1013’s 13 amp motor operates with a solid, smooth power. It easily cuts though many different types of wood, giving it a reputation for versatility.

The 70 toothed blade [A-93550] can cut up to 45 degrees (left) and 52 degrees (right) at 3,700 RPM.

Thanks to its soft-start motor, one doesn’t need to use sandpaper to finish the cut surface. As with many power tools, there are some things to watch with the Makita LS1013. Some have mentioned how the auxiliary fence [150710-0] needs to be flipped away during bevel cutting, which can be dangerous. Remember to move the fence out to avoid possible injury.

Keep in mind that over time and/or constant wear, a problem with the electric brake of the LS1013 could develop. You may see the blade run for several seconds after letting up on the switch. This can usually be solved for under $7.00 by replacing the carbon brushes (CB-154).

The Makita LS1013 is still one of the most purchased saws in the tool market. Other companies have miter saws that cost much less, but the LS1013 is a work horse that is well worth the cost. This compound miter saw is fairly compact at about 25” x 30”, and it weighs under 50 lbs. The carbide-tipped 10” blade cuts effectively, and the adjustable pivoting fence helps out with those bigger projects. Accessories consist of an extension wing, vertical vise, and a triangular rule. The dust bag effectively keeps your workplace clean by catching substantially more debris than most competing models.

According to the Woodworkers Journal (June, 2008), the Makita LS1013 unit is not far behind the performance of Germany’s Festool Kapex. The Makita unit can run as high as $800 to purchase—About $1,000 less than the Kapex. Like all smart investments, take care of it and it will take care of you for many years to come.

Posted by on December 8, 2008    |    1 Comment   

Everything we do here at eReplacementparts is centered around making tool repairs as easy as possible, and our latest feature is a huge step in that direction. Our site now lets you click any number on a parts diagram to be taken directly to the part you need for your power tool. Parts are easier to find since you don’t have to search through the page, and ordering is much cleaner.

We also show you all the information you need right on the diagram so you can quickly and accurately figure out what you need. The part number, name, picture, price and availability are displayed right there for you when you move your mouse over each number.

Click on the DC987 parts page to see a live example of this addition. You will notice that when you click on a part, it will take you down to the parts list and highlight the part you are looking at in red. You can click the back button to easily go back to the parts diagram.

This feature isn’t available on most tools yet, but we’re working hard on applying it to as many tools as possible. It’s a pretty long process, but it’s worth the extra effort to make our site more user-friendly. This is something we’ve wanted to implement for a long time, and we’re pretty excited about finally being able to do it.