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Craftsman 150-Piece Mechanic’s Tool Set – Product Overview

I recently received the new Craftsman 150 Piece Mechanic’s Tool Set in “Gunmetal Chrome” from Lowe’s.  If you’re anything of a tool nut like myself you’ll know that Sear sold the Craftsman brand to Stanley-Black and Decker and made a deal to sale Craftsman branded tools at Lowe’s.  Getting to the point this new Craftsman lives up to the legendary Craftsman name.  I’m very impressed.



Now I’m not a mechanic and I really dislike working on my own vehicles, but the simple fact is everyone needs a decent socket and wrench set for basic DIY tasks from assembling furniture to light auto maintenance like changing a battery.  As a professional carpenter I need a high quality set of wrenches, ratchets, and sockets to maintain my tools and equipment, assemble the barn door hardware I use, and various other things work related.  I also do perform my own basic auto maintenance.

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Overall I’m very impressed with the quality of the Craftsman Tool Set.  The plastic case is fantastic, even after some pretty vigorous shaking all the pieces were still in their proper place.  The case is well laid out and it’s easy to both find and retrieve the tool you’re looking for.  The “Gunmetal Chrome” finish looks great on the overall excellent fit and finish on all the different parts.

Craftsman did a great job clearly marking and labeling the sizes on both the wrenches and the sockets.  Big easy to read font and nice deep etching make identifying the correct size a breeze.

If you’re looking for a great quality tool set with most of the tools you’ll need I can fully recommend the Craftsman 150-piece Gunmetal Chrome Mechanics Tool Set as a great buy for yourself or as a gift.

Improving Dust Collection on a Jobsite Table Saw

how to improve dust collection on a table saw

I recently purchased the Ridgid 10in Heavy Duty Portable Table Saw (R4513) to replace my Hitachi C10RJ Table Saw (Sigh). The Ridgid R4513 has a great fence, plenty of power, and a “gravity rise” stand.  I’m mostly happy with this saw and can trust it on the job site unlike the Hitachi.

One area that really could use improvement on the Ridgid Jobsite Table Saw is dust collection.  I’ve really been on a dust collection crusade recently, because of the health benefits, time saved in clean up, and an overall more enjoyable woodworking experience.

Check out my youtube videos for my homemade two-stage dust collector and the amazing auto switch I use to automatically turn my vacuum on and off.

I noticed fairly quickly that the dust collection was poor on my new saw.  Looking underneath I found that the shroud was mostly open which didn’t allow for strong suction.  I decided to do something about it,

I couldn’t make a shroud cover out of plywood or stiff material because it would interfere with the blade tilt mechanism.  Therefore, I simply doubled up some duct tape (sticky sides together) and started closing in the empty spaces.  I also used Zero Clearance Tape by Fastcap to quickly make my stock throat plate a zero clearance throat plate and to add some rigidity to my Gorilla Tape shroud underneath the saw.

The results were too good.  I actually closed up the saw to the point that air was only entering through the zero clearance throat plate.  This caused too much restriction and quickly caused the dust shroud to clog.  I cut out a small portion of the duct tape at the front of the shroud to allow for air flow and it works great.

This simple improvement greatly improved the dust collection at my table saw and makes it far more enjoyable to use.  I did this to my Ridgid Portable Table Saw but the same method should work on any table saw.

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Watch the video below to see how I did this.  It should work on any jobsite or portable table saw.

how to improve dust collection on a table saw

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Bosch TS2000 Gravity Rise Stand Unboxing, Set-up, and Review.

Using part of my Tax refund I bought the Bosch TS2000 Gravity-Rise Wheeled Table Saw Stand for my Jobsite Table saw.  In this article I’ll cover unboxing, mounting my table saw, and first impressions.  Be sure to check out the Youtube video also.

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