Gordon Harris

Fine carpentry and home repairs on the Massachusetts North Shore

Tools of the trade

Some of the larger tools that I use daily in my shop, or on the road.

A dust collection system is an absolute necessity in my shop
SHOP FOX W1727 1 HP Dust Collector
Every day I use the portable Makita table saw I bought 35 years ago!
I bought this Makita compound miter saw 10 years ago, and it has always cut perfect miters. The best miter saw ever! Makita LS1016 10-Inch Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw
I bought this Makita circular saw ten years ago and it is till like new. It handles better than my Milwaukee saw, which I still own. Don’t waste your money on a Skill or Black and Decker.
Since I bought my Paslode nailers a dozen years ago, I mostly use a hammer for pulling out old nails
I’ve owned my 12″ planer for 15 years–it’s important to keep the knives very sharp!
Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer with Interna-Lok Automated Head Clamp
I’ve own two Porter Cable orbital sanders for many years.
My wife bought me the Ryobi 18 volt kit, back when they were blue. Other than replacing the batteries about every 3 years, the tools are all still going strong, and the drills are used daily. The new green models have the longer-lasting lithium batteries.
For as long as I’ve been a carpenter, I’ve owned three reciprocating saws– a Milwaukee that lasted 15 years, a Black and Decker Professional that failed within a year, and my current Milwaukee Sawzall, going strong after over a dozen years.
My 6″ jointer is a RIGID, but Grizzly is know for the quality of its tools, and this one’s a bargain.
Grizzly G0654 Jointer, 6 x 46-Inch
Since I set up my shop dust filtration system many years ago, and my lungs are healthier and happier!
Porter-Cable, Makita and Milwaukee are my tools of choice. A fairly new invention, the oscillating too has become essential–great for working in places where a reciprocating saw would damage the woodwork.
PORTER-CABLE PCE605K 3-Amp Corded Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit with 31 Accessories
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