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Power Tools & General Tools Recommendations & Advice

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Nightglow, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Lakeland

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

    Posts: 5,093

    Any recommendations for an air powered nailer? Ideally something small and cheap for woodwork projects.
     
  2. DXP55

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 5, 2013

    Posts: 3,703

    Location: Shropshire

    I have one from Lidl - had it a few years and it served it's purpose at the time- Making fences - They only use very thin nail/pins but good enough to hold wood together. - They are no good for building framework. - If you do get one you really need a air tank of at least 50ltrs - my 25ltr was filling every few nails.
    One thing I have learnt over the last year is large air tanks (modified propane tanks) and big bore pipe - small pipe won't get the air where you want it quick enough.
     
  3. Lakeland

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

    Posts: 5,093

    I’ve got a 50L compressor in the garage so fortunately it’s just the gun I’d need :D
     
  4. Mark A

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 19, 2005

    Posts: 17,552

    Location: Lancashire

    Long shot, but does anyone know about decent woodworking chisels? I was looking at getting some Narex cabinet makers chisels, but upon further research they don't look as good as I first thought. The ferules are fake brass :( and apparently split after a while according to an Amazon review.

    So now I'm on the hunt again for an affordable chisel set ( 6mm-12mm-19mm-25mm)for general bench work i.e dovetails, mortice + tennons etc. I did see Ashley Isles chisels, but they seem to be always out of stock and after emailing their own store they said they had no idea when more would be in stock :confused:.

    Their 6 chisel set is in stock but it's £150, which is more than I was hoping to spend (The Narex set is £38) and has chisel sizes i'd probably never use and strangely doesn't have the 1" 25mm chisel.
     
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  5. NickK

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    Joined: Jan 13, 2003

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  6. divuk83

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 8, 2006

    Posts: 1,239

    Location: York

    Got an Irwin Marples set that I have had no problems with. I'm sure the Narex would be fine too, got to take the amazon reviews with a pinch of salt. Bet the person who had problems with them breaking was hitting them with a hammer and not a mallet!

    Dave
     
  7. Mark A

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 19, 2005

    Posts: 17,552

    Location: Lancashire

    I was just looking into Kirschen a few mins ago, they look pretty good, thanks.

    Yeah, I did wonder about how much abuse he gave the chisel to break the ferrule, but I did also see some similar comments from a few forum posts I found while looking into them. It seems they're thin metal that is brass coated, rather than thick brass, which is what makers like Ashley Isle use I believe. I guess the pricing reflects that though, so you can't really complain too much. I wish I had a metal working lathe, then it would be a 2 minute job to knock up some new ones out of brass.

    I think i'll give it a few weeks and see if the Ashley Isle chisels come back into stock as I do like the idea of supporting one of the last Sheffield tool makers.
     
  8. Sin_Chase

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004

    Posts: 20,387

    DeWalt 2nd fix nailer arrived yesterday, why did I ever manually nail in nails with a hammer before now!

    Very impressed with the power from an electric tool.

    How long before I end up with the framing nailer also :o Not got a use for that atm though!
     
  9. adwol48

    Hitman

    Joined: Dec 25, 2008

    Posts: 727

    Location: Norwich

    I'm sure a use can be found that is what I tell myself whenever i buy any tool
     
  10. area51

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 22, 2009

    Posts: 434

    Location: Down town gaza/Lah'darn


    Hi have a look at Bhaco there made of good steel ive there socket sets plus hand saws.Have Marples Chesils newer ones are total sh!te. See if can find older ones.

    Have a look at this place do the Japanese chisels also https://www.thanettoolsupplies.co.uk/
     
  11. Lakeland

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

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    Just get something from a decent brand and learn how to sharpen them well, there’s loads of YouTube videos showing the various processes.
     
  12. Mark A

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    Location: Lancashire

    Thanks, I would go for Bacho if they did wooden handled chisels. I am not a fan of plastic handles for workshop work, but do use them for my joinery work as plastic doesn't mind getting wet. There are loads of older Marples chisels on ebay, but as usual everyone knows their worth and prices them accordingly :(.

    I'm half tempted to try the Aldi chisels that Paul Sellers is always recommending. I have my doubts a pack of 4 made in China chisels for £8 will be any good though, having bought cheapo chisels before. They just never seem to have them in stock whenever I call in or check the site.

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    This is the pic I found that put me off the Narex chisels. Looks like they have used tinfoil for them ferrules...
     
  13. area51

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 22, 2009

    Posts: 434

    Location: Down town gaza/Lah'darn


    My friends got a lot of old tools he cleans them up sharpens them sold a lot off of late can ask to see what he has? i gave him a load of wooden handled carving chisels while back.
    He has planes also hes setting up a shed as a workshop sometime! to make things old style mind by time he ever gets it set up will be very old style!
    Made some nice bits though hes C&G Chippy
     
  14. DXP55

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 5, 2013

    Posts: 3,703

    Location: Shropshire

    Bahco was bought out by Sandvik and they are well known for quality- I have Sandvik hedge shears and Bahco 1/2" socket set. Both good stuff.
     
  15. Hedge

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    Location: Somewhere in the middle.

    Fitting our kitchen in a few months so bought myself a DEWALT DW088CG-XJ laser level. Strangely looking forward to using it.

    Any excuse for a new tool haha.
     
  16. jl10000

    Gangster

    Joined: Sep 2, 2014

    Posts: 202

    Ashley Iles manufacture excellent tools and are worth waiting for, I have owned a set of four of their firmer chisels for 12 years (shown no mercy) and a full set of paring chisels for 5 years. The steel is as close to cast steel as you will get. It takes a very sharp edge but is tough, it even feels nice on the stone, I use a norton oil stone then a strop. It is also easy to recommend a tool that is hand made in the UK priced so competitively! I own a 12mm Narex mortice chisel, Its OK. Though I would prefer a set of Ray Iles pig stickers :)

    Beware of second hand chisels unless you can see them in person, I have quite a few I bought at least 10 years ago, it seems nowadays the market is over inflated and buoyed by shiny tat. It may have a makers mark (my favourite is Ward) but that doesn't account for years of abuse.

    Ashley Iles are "old school" so it is best to speak to them directly on the phone
     
  17. Psycho Sonny

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jun 21, 2006

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    What's the beat bang for buck item for trimming trees? Some of the branches can be quite thick. I was thinking of a reciprocating saw?
     
  18. Hedge

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    The WORX Jawsaw looks kinda appealing :)
     
  19. Psycho Sonny

    Caporegime

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    just watched a video. wow it's essentially a mini chainsaw hidden inside it. looks ideal thanks.

    will likely mean i buy into their eco system. i take it WORX is a trusted reputable brand? I normally buy Makita myself.
     
  20. Wizzfizz

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    Joined: Oct 13, 2003

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    Location: Left of the middle

    Worx is popular and seems decent enough for the average joe and their needs. Makita is on another level in terms of quality and specs though, so it's not much of a comparison.
     
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