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having used both extensively, it’s not even close, lol, the ergonomics, stability, trigger, visibility of the blade are all better on the Bauer/ harbor freight.
I,will have to take your word on it as I do not have experience with the HF saw.

Next time I’m in the USA I will take a look. One of the huge factors to performing good work is good tools - makes a huge difference in the outcome.

Thanks for your endorsement 👍
 

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I,will have to take your word on it as I do not have experience with the HF saw.

Next time I’m in the USA I will take a look. One of the huge factors to performing good work is good tools - makes a huge difference in the outcome.

Thanks for your endorsement 👍
One thing I cannot say is how durable it is. I've treated it pretty gently and it feels pretty solid. I know my Bosch has been dropped from heights I figured would have damaged it and it is still a workhorse. My recommendation is a bit more for the ergonomics, battery, power and precision.

I think Bosch is a german company and often they are well engineered but with less focus on ergonomics. All tool companies from so called 'premium' brands to the cheaper store brands have varied widely over the years, though Makita has always been pretty consistent and I think they are still an independent company so maybe that helps. Milwaukee, and other brands have been bought and sold by conglomerates and I think a few models get a little junky in some of their line though almost all their stuff is solid. It's always worth checking Boltr's youtube for tool info. Another tool I really like is my Hitachi job site table saw.



Here's boltr Ave channel

Hitachi saw Hitachi C10RJ 10" 15-Amp Jobsite Table Saw with 35" Rip Capacity and Fold and Roll Stand - - Amazon.com

The hitachi is just a touch finicky. Setup and tuning aren't hard but the fence can get bumped and moved. It's easy to move around, awesome legs and wheels, and a total beast. Good for garages because you can fold it way, but it is still solid as **** when set up.
 

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Does this thread include building gadgets?

My kids got me one of these years ago. Very handy center punch, especially for light materials like the sheet metal in the ProMaster. Made in USA and less than $10.


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It is basically a short end, a long end and a spring connecting them. Hold the short end tightly where you want the divot, pull the long end back, and let it go. Perfect center punch divot for starting a drill every time.
 

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Does this thread include building gadgets?

My kids got me one of these years ago. Very handy center punch, especially for light materials like the sheet metal in the ProMaster. Made in USA and less than $10.


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It is basically a short end, a long end and a spring connecting them. Hold the short end tightly where you want the divot, pull the long end back, and let it go. Perfect center punch divot for starting a drill every time.
Thanks Baxsie

That is what I used in my van build “Aviation Quality Tool”.

I used a lot of aviation build tech/tools as building airplanes is another hobby of mine, and the tools & some build techniques are well, just better. You have used this punch so you know. If you are interested in other aviation tools for Van Building here is the tool manufacturer. They are in Spokane.



 

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Yes, some pretty good stuff for pretty cheap, most of the time. Also . . . some dung . . . just got some titanium bits and they were horrible . . . they went back.
If you want quality aviation drill bits look to the aviation industry


 

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. . . building airplanes is another hobby of mine . . .
I assume an RV8? I got to ride in a friend's RV6 -- fun little plane.

. . . the tool manufacturer. They are in Spokane.
Wow, I had no idea. I could about throw a rock from here :)

Not surprisingly, there is another listing labeled "Noxon":

The first link is labeled "Spring Tools" I the second link is labeled "Noxon", I wonder if it is actually the same tool with a 50% markup for the Noxon brand.

If you want quality aviation drill bits look to the aviation industry
LOLs, no, I wanted cheap bits that I could abuse and toss. But those HF ones were not holding up at all, even in "I'm not abusing them" conditions (drill press, correct speed, mild steel).
 

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Didn't know what I was missing all those years using bargain store drill bits. Cheap ones work OK in wood, but really suck in metal. These are spendy but they cut effortlessly and super fast in metal and travel a lot less. They stay sharp longer too. I'm hooked.
Milwaukee SHOCKWAVE IMPACT DUTY Titanium Drill Bit Set (15-Piece)-48-89-4630 - The Home Depot
I bought 2 of those bit sets for our impact drill at work. They are good bits, but I noticed that using them on even sheet metal dulls them quickly. I picked up a few sizes of the Milwaukee Cobalt bits and they are fantastic for metal. The downside is they didn't have the cobalt bits with the quick disconnect shanks. But they are fine for the drill press and standard chuck cordless drill. So, no worries.
I also picked up a set of the cheap bits from HF for my impact at home and they are complete crap.
 

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I assume an RV8? I got to ride in a friend's RV6 -- fun little plane.
Actually a 7 & a Super Cub

The name RV8R🤔. Well, it was meant to mean “RV Renovator

My wife has been wanting us to get a RV “recreational vehicle“ for about 15 years, and I finally gave in to, the idea of a PM DIY (cost/benefit).

So for years before the Van, when going on a trip we would chat “what do you want to take?? The RV?” Now that is just confusing.

RV stands for “Richard VanGrunsven”. Who is also nicknamed “Van” ,,, So our RV planes are also called Vans. So even that can get outta hand. As far as we know only one of our ”Vans” is aerobatic (& we don’t plan on testing the PM).

We love both of our Vans 😁👍
 
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