Portable Band Saw for Heavy-Duty Cutting Applications

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This amazing variable speed, portable band saw goes with you to the worksite to cut tubing, pipes, rebar, wood, metal and plastic! The band saw cuts at no-load speeds between 0 to 420 FPM and only weighs 16 lbs. for easy handling. Features include a needle-bearing-mounted spindle and three wheel-bearing blade guides for even, accurate cuts. Additional features include:

  • Powerful 10 amp motor
  • 5 in. x 5 in. deep cut capacity
  • Superior ergonomics and balance for accurate cuts and less fatigue
  • Storage Case and (1) 14 TPI Blade

Check out what customers are saying about this indispensable power tool:

This is a great improvement over the previous model. Runs smoother, cuts straight and deep. Easy to change bands. Quiet for a portable band saw. – Fury, FL

Took out of the box, dropped the blade in and started cutting. Made 10 cuts through cast iron. Worked perfectly, cut like butter. VERY PLEASED, a big plus to my Harbor Freight tool line up … Recommended. – CJN, Port Huron, MI

I have used Milwaukee and Rockwell portable band saws over the years and this saw is on par with them in performance and quality…  – Fab. Red, Ionia, MI

Love the band saw. I have to admit I had my doubts but they were wrong. I have cut so many things with this saw: angle iron, aluminum,3/4″ rod, wood, copper, and I have nothing but good to say about the power and accuracy. I don’t usually write reviews but this product deserves it. – Clarky, Buffalo, NY

You can pick up the versatile and reliable 10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit at your local Harbor Freight store!

10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit
item#62800

This Saw Delivers!

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The 12 In. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System from Harbor Freight Tools is designed to make smooth, accurate cuts in larger work pieces—up to 12 inches in width. The trigger-activated laser guide makes it easy to line up and cut wood precisely, including 45 degree left or right bevel cuts. Additional features include a powerful 15 amp motor and dual linear slide rails for stability.

Check out what customers are saying about this powerhouse tool:

I bought this saw in preparation for building a deck on the front of my home. I mounted the saw to a box framed, wooden table that I had built the previous summer with a handle and wheels on one side for easy movement. After installing the 12in blade that I also bought from HF, I performed a few straight test cuts on some 2X4, 2X6 and 4X4 scrap I had lying about and the saw melted thru them like butter. I also tested the ability to cut a 45 degree cut on a section of 2X4 and the saw performed flawlessly. – Chris, Dalton, GA

This is a great saw. It cuts and bevels straight and accurately. I’ve used many miter saws over the years and this one performs as well as any other ones. Great investment for on the job or around the house. – The D, Davenport, FL

This saw worked flawlessly. Arrived within a few days of ordering. After installing a blade I put it through a test of cutting all day. I built me a simple workbench and the saw cut everything with ease. I even tried it on four 2x4s at once and it didn’t even slow it down. Highly recommended. Fantastic tool. – Mike, Painstville, KY

You can pick up your 12 In. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System from your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System
item#61969

Blade sold separately.

(photo above taken from The Family Handyman)

 

Most Wanted Gifts Under $100

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Shopping at Harbor Freight Tools for gifts has become a time-honored holiday tradition, especially when you have tool lovers on your list. But just because those special people have been extra good this year, it doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to reward them. Here are ten gift ideas for under $100 from Harbor Freight.

10.

3 ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump®

3 ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump®

With a lift range from 2-7/8″ to 19-3/4″ and load capacity up to 6000 lbs., this jack is sure to lift the spirits (and vehicle) of the recipient. The 3 ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump® also features a dual parallel pump system that lifts higher with less pumps compared to other brands and universal joint release that provides precise load control in any handle position.

 

9.

3 gal. 1/3 HP 100 PSI Oilless Pancake Air Compressor

3 gal. One Third HP 100 PSI Oilless Pancake Air Compressor

This compressor has a compact design yet delivers the power you need for inflation, nailing, stapling and more! With its built-in accessory storage, easy-to-read gauges and convenient carry handle, the 3 gal. 1/3 HP 100 PSI Oilless Pancake Air Compressor proves that big things come in small packages.

 

8.

2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control

2500 lb. ATV Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control

When a sleigh or ATV gets caught in a snowbank, this gift will be a real lifesaver! The 2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control features a single-stage planetary gear system for fast line speed, aircraft grade wire rope and a permanent magnet motor that draws less current making it perfect for ATV use.

 

7.

3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel

Three Eighths in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel

Hose for the holidays! The 3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel is ideal for the DIYers or contractors on your gift list who like to keep the garage or shop in ship-shape. The mountable hose reel features a ratchet system to set the perfect hose length while four direction non-snag rollers reduce hose wear. Plus, the spring-loaded release makes rolling up the hose a breeze. A 50 ft, 3/8 in. diameter hose is included.

 

6.

3-in-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Starter

3-in-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Starter

Anyone on the receiving end of this gift is guaranteed to get a charge out of it! The high-output, sealed battery can easily jump-start any weak or dead 12 volt car battery. No more waiting on the side of a cold, dark road for help to come. The 3-in-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Starter also features a built-in 3 LED work light and two 12VDC outlets to power other devices.

 

5.

1/2 in. Professional Air Impact Wrench

Half In. Professional Air Impact Wrench

The 1/2 In. Professional Air Impact Wrench delivers more power with better weight distribution, lighter materials and a more compact housing compared to competitive brands. Additionally, premium grade components with close tolerances prolong the tool’s lifespan. It’s simply the most powerful wrench in its class but available at a price that will make you merry.

 

4.

4 in. x 36 in. Belt/6 in. Disc Sander

4 in. x 36 in. Belt 6 in. Disc Sander

The 4 In. x 36 In. Belt/6 In. Disc Sander is really two gifts in one! The adjustable belt sands inside and outside curves while the 6-inch disc removes stock fast. This combo sander also features a miter gauge for sanding workpieces at angles and a cast aluminum table that tilts up to 60 degrees for use with the belt or disc.

 

3.

1500 lb. Capacity Vehicle Dollies 2 Pc

1500 lb. Capacity Vehicle Dollies 2 Pc

Deck the shop with vehicle dollies, fa la la la la… you get the point. Each dolly can hold up to 1500 lbs. and features four swivel casters to allow easy movement of the project. The rust-resistant 1500 lb. Capacity Vehicle Dollies 2 Pc is the perfect gift for the automotive enthusiast and professional auto worker alike.

 

2.

3 gal. 1/3 HP 100 PSI Oilless Hotdog Air Compressor

3 gal. One third HP 100 PSI Oilless Hotdog Air Compressor

This maintenance-free compressor will make the holidays even happier for the lucky gift recipient. Features include an oilless pump, easy-to-read gauges and thermal overload protection. The 3 gal. 1/3 HP 100 PSI Oilless Hotdog Air Compressor stores easily in the trunk of any vehicle and provides a convenient compressed air supply for brad nailing, stapling, air brushing and other related jobs.

 

1.

Multipurpose Workbench with Light

Multipurpose Workbench with Light

Rumor has it this item is a favorite for the big man at the North Pole who has several of these workbenches in his workshop. But any tool lover or craftsman on your gift list will absolutely love the Multipurpose Workbench with Light from Harbor Freight. The sturdy workbench has a built-in cabinet light to illuminate projects and a 120V outlet for tools. The workbench also features a full-width peg board and two sliding drawers plus upper and lower shelves that provide ample storage for materials, tools and accessories.

 

For more great gift ideas in all price ranges, be sure to check out Harbor Freight’s website or with over 600 locations, visit a Harbor Freight Tools store near you.

Happy holidays to you and your family from Harbor Freight!

 

See the other Most Wanted Gift Guides:

Most Wanted Gifts Under $10
Most Wanted Gifts Under $25
Most Wanted Gifts Under $50

How To Make a Rustic Party Ice Chest From Wood Pallets

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Yup, it’s getting colder and wetter, and DIY warriors are retreating behind closed doors for the winter. The LAST thing you want to do is curl up on the barcalounger and remain in a vegetative state ’til the thaw. How about a fun garage project to keep you engaged, limber and rewarded with a cool, new addition to the yard for when the sun comes back out?

This actually really is a fun project (well… minus the breaking-down-the pallets part, but it’ll keep you warm) and the effort is well worth the pleasure and admiration you’ll get for your labors. So, without further ado… the Vintage Ice Chest!

Cost:

Because most of the materials will be coming from (hopefully) salvaged pallets, the expense should be minimal. If you don’t already have one, you should pick up a 48-qt. cooler.

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Materials:

  • 5 reclaimed pallets
  • Wood glue
  • 1 box 2″ wood nails
  • 1 box 1½” wood nails
  • 2 large hinges
  • 1 qt. polyurethane, non-glossy

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Tools:

Time:

  1. Finding pallets
  2. Pallet breakdown – 45 minutes per pallet
  3. Assembly – 4 hours approx.
  4. Use cooler – Every shindig, ’til sunup

Once you’ve dismantled your pallets, sort your wood: the heavy 2×3 supports, the 30” wood slats (will vary). There are an average 6 boards per pallet side. Choose the pieces you want to use for the front. As you see here, ink-stamped pieces were chosen. Using pieces of various shape is best to give it that rustic look.

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OK, you’re ready for the fun part, putting it together! This is where I pass you on to Instructables.com, and “miamitreasure,” who shows us how to assemble our classic pallet ice chest cooler. Also, check out these other pallet wood projects on Instructables!

 

If you’re missing any tools or supplies for this awesome project, don’t forget to swing by Harbor Freight where you’ll find just what you need at low, low prices!

The $55 DIY Fancy, Functional X Desk

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Owning a miter saw brings with it a world of opportunities for DIY home repair, home improvement and building projects that can add so much to your home. Take, for example, a treehouse or playhouse for the rugrats, a new deck for the patio or adding crown molding to the house– all for so much less than if you had someone else doing it. As one becomes comfortable with their miter saw, it soon becomes the most used power tool in their arsenal. 

Chicago Electric has an excellent 12″ miter saw (#61969) with a number of useful features: double-bevel so you don’t have to flip your work over and reset cutting angles; sliding compound so you can cut larger pieces; laser guide for more accurate cuts. And this best-selling unit can often be found on sale at Harbor Freight at a much lower price than you’ll find elsewhere.

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Recently, this X Desk project caught my eye. Here’s a great example of a doable miter saw project, even for relative newbies who want to spread their wings, for a very approachable price: $55 in materials. I found it on Ana White’s site, a source for so many inspiring DIY projects. She re-posts a plan shared by Whitney from Shanty2Chic, but I chose to reference Ana’s site for its graphics. I also like how folks who follow her example post their creations on her site with all kinds of variations and added ideas.

What You Need

Materials:

5 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2×12 @ 6 feet long OR 4 – 2×6 @ 6 feet long
2 ½” wood screws for countersinking
2 ½” PH screws

 

Before You Start

  • Take the time to read through the whole article before you start mobilizing.
  • You want to make sure you’ve got a good working area, including a clean, level surface.
  • When you pick out the wood, make sure all the boards are straight.
  • Always pre-drill your holes before attaching the screws.
  • Use glue with finish nails for a strong, solid hold. Wipe excess glue off the bare wood so you can stain it.
  • ALWAYS exercise workshop safety!

Here’s a diagram of the X Table with the dimensions. If this looks like a project you might be interested in pursuing, take a look at Ana White’s plan. It’s extremely detailed and easy to follow– and the graphics are awesome!

Check out Ana’s site for other projects as well, and make sure to visit Harbor Freight Tools for all your tool needs!

HOW TO BUILD A CUSTOM TOOL BOX FOR YOUR EXTRA CAB PICKUP TRUCK

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There’s always a way to build a better mousetrap. Or, in this case, a better tool storage. If you have a pickup with an extra cab, you’re well on your way to getting there.

Trucks are the perfect vehicle for transporting tools and gear, but the storage alternatives, not so much. You can get a tool box for the back, but by so doing, you rob yourself of bed space– and expose yourself to getting robbed. You could throw them in the extra cab, but the run the risk of them getting mixed up, piled on each other and thrown around with every turn.

If you usually don’t have passengers in the back seat, then you’ve got some prime tool real estate just waiting for an apparatus of organization– in other words, a custom-made tool box behind the front seats. First thing, take out the back seats. This is usually pretty easy to do. Then, get the measurements of the extra cab space, from the floor to the top of the back of the front seat,  back of the cab to top of the seat, and then door-to-door. Using these dimensions, cut out a box from 3/4″ plywood.

If you ever need the extra cab for a group trip or you’re ready to sell the truck, you can easily remove the tool storage box and replace the seats, restoring the vehicle to its original condition.

Watch this video from FineHomebuilding for a detailed breakdown on how to design and secure your custom tool storage box for your extra cab.

You can find all the tools you need to make this simple project happen at Harbor Freight Tools!

How To Create An Organized Stackable Parts Storage Cabinet

If you’re like me, you’ve got a kind of “Winchester House-like” system for keeping all of your screws, bolts, nuts, washers, hooks, nails, brads, tacks and parts in a place where you can get at them… usually thrown all harum-scarum in the smaller upper workbench drawers and coffee cans. I’d hate to actually audit the time I’ve spent looking for everything whilst in the middle of projects.

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So, what would you think of having your hardware– every single cotter pin, rivet, fuse, lock nut– sequestered in its own bin, in labeled cases stacked 12-high in a portable cart? Well, that’s exactly what Dave Wirth did with his huge inventory of parts and fasteners, employing the Storehouse 20-Bin Portable Parts Storage Case from Harbor Freight.

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Made of rugged ABS plastic, each case houses 20 removable bins and has a clear lid so you can see what you got inside without opening it up. It also comes with a handle for easy toting.

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Dave actually got a kick out of going through his stuff, dumping everything out, sorting them into their own trays, and then deciding which trays should be grouped together in the same case.  In the process, he found things he never knew he had.  Also, it was a treat knowing he’d never have to spend all that excess time looking for just the right sized bolt.

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So, how did Dave Wirth tackle this extremely cool modern marvel? Check out his detailed “how-to” video here:

And while you’re at it, visit his Blog for a quick pictorial of how it’s done. It really is a neat project and a work of art.

As for the table saw, miter saw, wood glue, clamps, nail gun, compressor, belt sander and casters— whatever you don’t already have in your arsenal– you can find at Harbor Freight at great prices.

How To Choose a Circular Saw

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The circular saw is the loyal mutt of power tools. It’s the go-to for everything, from houses, decks, garden sheds and tree houses, to smaller things like furniture and shelves. You’re also more likely to spot a circular saw at a construction site than other power tools. From cutting 2×4’s to ripping sheets of plywood, a good circular saw will tackle all types of jobs and wood.

Corded vs. Cordless

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Like most of the other power tools, circular saws come in both corded and cordless models. It was just a few years ago when you couldn’t find a cordless circular saw that could keep up with a corded model on a job. That said, technology has surged forward and now the choice isn’t so cut-and-dry. Cordless (above), of course, gives you a greater freedom of movement without being dependent on a plug, while the corded ones never run out of juice.

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What it boils down to is, it depends on how you use the tool and what projects you’re more likely to be working on. Knowing the benefits and drawbacks of each, though, is great for anyone shopping for one. My two cents, if you can get both, even better!

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Circular saws are divided into two primary categories: Sidewinders (shown above) and worm-drive units (below). On a sidewinder, the “spur-gear” motor sits directly next to the saw blade which makes them small, lightweight, and great for jobs around the house. It’s especially good for jobs overhead. Worm-drive saws generate more torque because of a beefy spiral gear that dispatches power to the blade more efficiently, and it is notably heavier. Also on the worm-drive, the motor sits behind the blade. Advantages of a worm-drive saw include its line-of-sight visibility and its power.

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So, which one to get? The truth is that one saw isn’t better than the other, it just depends on what kind of work you’re doing. For example, if you’re working on the rafters or stairs, the worm-drive would probably suit you better, while on the other hand you’d reach for the sidewinder for the opposing bevels. If you do a variety of light and more involved DIY projects, you’re eventually going to own both. Of course, the worm-drive will be more expensive, but the added torque and heft will carry you through the toughest jobs.

There is one other alternative for small jobs, too. Compact saws like the Chicago Electric Double Cut Saw (as seen below) provides ample cutting power for minor jobs around the house. They’re lighter and easier to maneuver in limited spaces.

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Before buying a circular saw, make sure you actually pick each up and heft it. Take note of the weight, balance, grip and motionability. Do this with different models and you’ll get an idea of which is the most comfortable for you. In the case of the cordless models,  do this exercise with a battery attached, as that changes the weight and balance significantly.

As with any power tool, safety comes first. Always wear proper eye protection and read through the safety manual that comes with your saw. And in your journey, be sure to visit your local Harbor Freight Tools where you’ll find great deals on circular saws, blades, gloves and more!

How To Build a Farmhouse Table

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Last night the wife and I were watching one of those “fixer upper” shows on the”house channel” (which is what I call it anyway). It was one of those typical episodes where a couple finds a house to fix, they run into major unexpected issues, they roll their eyes at each other, and at the end some happy homeowners are clinking glasses of cheap white wine with their new neighbors. Or something like that. Anyway, during the phase where the significant other is filling the house with furniture and charming antique commode-plant holder decor, a couple of the lackeys haul in this beautiful, rustic dining table. “Wow,” I comment. “That’s cool.” “Yeah,” says the Mrs. “That’s a farm table.” To which I give my usual response, “Huh.” It really was a great piece, and I decided I wanted to build one. Which leads me to this article.

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Farmhouse tables (or farm tables) are those warm, rustic benches that makes you think of humble families gathered around American dinner tables in the 18th and 19th-centuries. Instead of being built by skilled craftsmen, they were put together with rough, sturdy planks and their solidity was appreciated scads more than their detail or refinery. Today, farmhouse tables can still bring charm to any home, complementing matched or mismatched chairs, and whatever other furniture you’ve collected. Plus, they’ll take a massive beating and still be worthy of heirloom status when it’s time to pass them on. Furniture stores like Restoration Hardware sell farmhouse tables at a premium, even thousands of dollars. Imagine if you could build your own– just as nice and rugged– for under $100.

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There are a number of sites offering DIY plans for building your own farmhouse table, ranging everywhere from extremely ambitious to pretty succinct. The plan I liked the most, as far as taking it and making it your own, is on Ana White’s site. Not only are her instructions refreshingly legible and professionally illustrated, but she only requires five tools in the arsenal to make it happen (excluding tape measure, marking pencil and safety protection, that is).

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Another extremely helpful feature, Ana includes a scrapbook of a number of variations others built using her plan. Not only does it reflect how friendly her approach is to personalization, it offers a plethora of ideas to consider when you go for it. As for the tools needed, you probably already have a couple of them.

Tools Needed

1. Drill/Driver

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Ana originally listed a power drill, but I’d like to take it a step further, considering all the screw driving that needs to be done and recommend this 18-volt 3/8″Cordless Drill/Driver by Drillmaster. With 21 clutch settings, a keyless chuck and a reverse, this workhorse costs less than $25 and will give you more than enough performance for this project.

2. Circular Saw

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The circular saw Ana used was an 18v 5-1/2″ cordless model with a laser guide. I recommend this Chicago Electric model, SKU #68849. Not only does it have the same size and features as hers, but it’s less than half the price.

3. Brad Nailer

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Ideally, you’ll already have an air compressor so all you’d need to pick up is a pneumatic brad nailer. If this is the case, this Central Pneumatic 18-Gauge Brad Air Nailer is a tireless performer that’ll get the job done and be ready for more. And for less than $20, it’ll leave you plenty to keep the cooler stocked.

3a. Hammer w/ Nail Punch

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If you don’t have an air compressor and don’t want to get one for just this product, a hammer and nail punch can accomplish the same task. It just won’t be as fast and effortless.

4. Random Orbital Sander

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You might say you already have a sander and don’t need another one, but I’m telling you, you’ll want this one. When the dust settles, when it comes to stripping paint from furniture, preparing new molding or cleaning up between finish coats, you won’t get more bang for your buck than with a random-orbit sander.  It doesn’t leave swirls or scratches, you can go in any direction (hence the “random”), it’s a lot easier on the hand… it even smooths and cleans metal and composite materials like solid-surface counter tops. Use a Chicago Electric Random-Orbit Palm Sander (under $30) on this project and I’ll bet you a Buffalo nickel it’ll be your go-to sander from here on in.

5. Square

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When building your table, you’ll need to check that the parts you’re assembling are “square.”  You’ll want a measuring square for this. A lot of folks like using a speed square, however for a table this size I recommend a triangular rafter square. Pittsburgh makes a really nice one for under $2.  If you’re a little fuzzy about the whole “squaring” thing, here’s a nifty guide on operating the rafter square. If you’re the type that’s more confident with a tape measure, you can also go the diagonal-route of squaring your table.

The Plan

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As I mentioned, you can find a clear and basic plan on creating your own farmhouse table on Ana White’s blog site. Whether it be new lumber, reclaimed wood, repurposed bowling lane wood, or what have you, building this signature piece is very doable. And remember to stop by Harbor Freight Tools when you plan to start!

5 REASONS TO GET A RANDOM-ORBITAL SANDER

Sanding has got to be my least favorite part of any project. Manual sanding is a long, excruciating ritual with relatively little payoff. Using sanding blocks isn’t much better. The paper’s a bear to get on and, maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t want to stay on, either.

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Maybe you’re lucky enough to still have your dad’s old vibrating sander. That’s an improvement, sure, but you can still do better. When the dust settles, when it comes to stripping paint from furniture, preparing new molding or cleaning up between finish coats, you won’t get more bang for your buck than with a random-orbit sander. It even smooths and cleans metal and composite materials like solid-surface counter tops. Use a random-orbit on your next project and I’ll bet you a Buffalo nickel you’ll be using it over any other sander from then on.

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1. Smoothability

A random-orbit sander performs by moving in “random orbits” (ironic, I know) or ellipses,  and also spins in circles. Unlike disk and orbital finishing sanders , the random-orbit leaves behind no swirls or curlicues. It can move across different grain directions without leaving so much as a scratch.

2. Diversability

Another reason why this type of sander makes sense is, it can be used for all types of sanding chores, from the tougher stuff like stripping down paint, to more gentle tasks like smoothing contours.

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3. Maneuverability

Random-orbit sanders generally come in 5″ or 6″ sizes, based on the size of the sanding disk. The 5″ models tend to be more popular with DIYers, though, as they’re capable of being more nimble on the contours. They’re conveniently controlled with the light touch of your palm and with just a little urging, you can let the sander do all the work. Sweet, no?

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4. Suckability

The most desirable models come with a vacuum system. A vacuum sucks away virtually all the dust through holes in the disk pad while you’re sanding–keeping the surface of the sandpaper cool and clog-free– and deposits it into a detachable container. However, even with the vacuum system there’s bound to be a marginal amount of airborne dust, so it’s still advised to wear safety goggles and a respirator mask.

5. Affordability

 Prices for random-orbit sanders can reach upwards of several hundred dollars. The Chicago Electric 2 Amp 5″ model (#69857) featured in this article is rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars and can be had for under $30.