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    Rolling Tool Cart w/ 5 Drawers

    23 Gauge Air Pin Nailer

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    I've had more than one of these shoot flames out the side.
    Heavy Duty 4-1/2" Angle Grinder

    Bridge Tile Saw w/ Stand - 1-1/2 HP

    Pretty much all of their cordless tools and any other power tool that you need any sort of accuracy out of, any sort of prybar, ratcheting tie downs, pliers of any sort, sand paper and I'm sure a bunch of other stuff I'm forgetting at the moment.

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    I won't touch their cutoff discs... I pretty much don't trust anything from there that spins fast....

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    I'm on my 4th 1/2" crown stapler from there. One of my old ones it out in the woods at my old house where I got so pissed at it threw it as far as I could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imjustjason View Post
    I'm on my 4th 1/2" crown stapler from there. One of my old ones it out in the woods at my old house where I got so pissed at it threw it as far as I could.
    I have a crown stapler/nailer as well. Not a good tool. It works, but pressure regulation is pretty bad causing really inconsistent depth. Which really sucks when you're doing crown moulding and you have a staple sticking out 1-2 mm. Not enough to get a pair of pliers on.

    Also bad is anything that pokes holes. Drill bits, forstner bits, etc. Like Chad said be afraid of anything that spins. Router bits especially. I shudder at the thought of a router bit shattering.
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    After almost being eviscerated by a 1.5" radius roundover bit, I take router bits very seriously. I now look at all sorts of high energy tools as safety devices in and of themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam_MSS View Post
    After almost being eviscerated by a 1.5" radius roundover bit, I take router bits very seriously. I now look at all sorts of high energy tools as safety devices in and of themselves.
    Not to derail, but there can never be enough talk on safety. I had a router bit that didn't shatter but dulled very quickly and caught a knot, and I didn't have a firm grip on the router. The router went flying, luckily away from me and not at me. If it was at me, it would have been hospital for sure, and maybe worse.
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    I believe a lot of their stuff is a crap shoot. I have the 4.5" angle grinder Ian linked. It's been rocking over 5 years. I buy single use tools from HF. If it does the job 9, cool. If not, out very little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniVanMan View Post
    Not to derail, but there can never be enough talk on safety. I had a router bit that didn't shatter but dulled very quickly and caught a knot, and I didn't have a firm grip on the router. The router went flying, luckily away from me and not at me. If it was at me, it would have been hospital for sure, and maybe worse.
    You heard the story about the rotozip (harbor freight unit no less) and the power outage correct? That was an embarrassing time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniVanMan View Post
    I have a crown stapler/nailer as well. Not a good tool. It works, but pressure regulation is pretty bad causing really inconsistent depth. Which really sucks when you're doing crown moulding and you have a staple sticking out 1-2 mm. Not enough to get a pair of pliers on.

    Also bad is anything that pokes holes. Drill bits, forstner bits, etc. Like Chad said be afraid of anything that spins. Router bits especially. I shudder at the thought of a router bit shattering.
    Had a similar experience. It was a relatively expensive bit as well.

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