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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / New shop tools today

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Mar 19th, 2019 04:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I finally invested in an air compressor and spray gear. I also ordered a new drill press.

None of the gear is top-o-the-line, but is good stuff and will suit my needs. It's a huge step forward from the way I've been doing things.

The compressor is a 2.5hp belt-drive with a 50 litre tank, 155 LPM. I am pleasantly surprised how quiet it is and has enough oomph for pretty much any air tools I'll use.

My old drill press has a stupidly short throat depth and has been problematic for some guitar building tasks (string-though bridges, drum sanding). The new one will give me 325mm (12"+) throat depth and make those jobs easier.

Also, one of my dirty little secrets, is that I sometimes use my drill press as make shift miller with a router bit. The extra room will make those routing jobs easier too.

I'm so glad I could share this here, because my wife just doesn't get how cool this really is ;^P


Leftee
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Toxic Humility
Mar 19th, 2019 04:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats! New tool day is awesome!

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 19th, 2019 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you're not running a production shop where you're using a tool every day, a cheaper no-name tool makes plenty of sense. Yeah, they're not made as well, but if you keep 'em maintained and don't overwork/overheat 'em, they will last many years.

Also, the quality of cheap/import carbide cutters (saw blades, router bits, etc.) has come way up to the level of the brand name stuff.

Tools get my heart pumping!

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Mar 19th, 2019 03:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

"If you're not running a production shop where you're using a tool every day, a cheaper no-name tool makes plenty of sense."

Yep, that's me :^)


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