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Posted by on October 28, 2009    |    Leave a reply   

If you’re buying parts at, that means there’s a tool or machine nearby that needs a repair and/or part replacement.

Although we try to see each repair and replacement as a positive opportunity to improve the performance and extend the life of a tool, we also recognize that an out-of-commission tool or machine is, indeed, a problem.

With that in mind, we continue to implement information tools on our website (like our discussion boards and repair forum), to put as many solutions into the hands of our customers as possible.

Discussion features are available at the top and bottom of each tool/machine parts page, with questions, advice, and reviews specific to that tool.’s Power Tool Repair Forum is the perfect place for repairmen and tool users to put their heads together and really get to the bottom of tough repair and service issues. And we have more features on the way.

Although we make every effort to respond promptly to each thread or post, our discussion and forum features are truly designed to be used by our customers. Many customers have extensive experience repairing power tools and machines, offer innovative advice, and just know how talk good shop.

Since we’re on the subject, we’d like to give a shout-out and “Thank You” to a couple Power Tool Repair Forum posters who, in just this last week, helped their fellow repairmen out by offering their knowledge and experience. We can’t always personally thank each helpful or courteous poster, but you know who you are, and you have our thanks as well.

Here’s our highlighted Power Tool Repair Forum posters:

  • Thanks to “CHARLES88” for returning to the forum after his repair. Your detailed and encouraging post about your Ryobi RY41002 string trimmer switch replacement will definitely save others some headaches down the road.
  • Also, thanks to posters “Terry P” and “qdea” for your helpful posts to user “dray.“Dray’s” DeWALT DW953 chuck removal encountered a very unique problem that needed some unique advice. Much appreciation.
  • And lastly, thanks to “crossleymarko” for saying “thank you” in your post, twice! Once in advance and once just after adjusting that Black and Decker TS400 Jig Saw. Gratitude right back at you.

For most of our customers, addressing the problem of a broken tool only involves simple solution steps. And when a repair issues gets hairy, those information resources really pick up the slack.

However, we understand that circumstances surrounding our customer’s situations differ from one customer to the next, and that, sometimes, a simple tool repair issue is complicated for reasons outside the jurisdiction of our professional experience.

If your tool or machine service issue is one of those particularly “sticky” situations, the kind that our brand of advice can’t address, then we offer the following “Problem Solving Flowchart” as a guide:


Problem Solving Flow Chart

Posted by on October 15, 2009    |    Leave a reply   

To address common questions and concerns about chainsaw safety, this week we added a Chainsaw Safety article to's articles section of our website. Chainsaws can be one of the most dangerous types of power tools when used incorrectly, but they also provide an opportunity to tackle another important chainsaw topic: Halloween.

The month of October actually serves as a great season for do-it-yourself-ers who also happen to be Halloween festival enthusiasts. Think about all of those homemade haunted houses and creative yard displays you've seen over the years, all the plywood, drill-driving, sawing, and gluing. Some communities even hold competitions between homeowners to judge whose ideas are the most creative.

All of this activity doesn't even include costumes, the most indispensable of Halloween celebration gear. Plenty of people make a project out of their costumes alone. How-to guides, tips, and ideas can be found most anywhere this time of year for just about any costume idea you can think of.

Take this "How to: Make a Chainsaw Arm" article on, inspired by the chainsaw-armed Ash Williams of the Evil Dead and Army of Darkness movies.

Army of Darkness

Their article provides steps for imaginative zombie slayers to build their own (pretend) gore-apparatus out of simple materials like an empty orange juice container, a dowel, some wooden board, paint, and a bike chain. In light of chainsaw safety, we appreciate this kind of advice as opposed to trick-or-treaters wildly swinging actual chainsaws over their heads out of holiday and/or cinematic zeal. Other suggestions for chainsaw arms simply recommend adapting a toy chainsaw for the costume.

Some quick search engine searches will reveal ideas like wobbly walkways for trick-or-treaters, pvc pipe-stuffed bodies, creepy optical illusions, and even hydraulically-powered, corpse-ejecting coffins. Most of these projects will require a power tool or two.

Whatever your endeavor this October, offers its tool and machine parts services to its customers, keeping those power tools running great during this or any other DIY season. If winning that costume or yard competition means that your power tools and machines are in good order, we hope you get first place.