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The Files Every Machinist Should Have in His Toolbox

files every machinist should have

Recently I was putting together my Christmas list and I asked my friend Barry Young for his opinion on selecting files for the machine shop. I have a set of inexpensive needle files that are adequate for plastics and soft metals, but they haven't held up well when I've used them on steel. I needed to upgrade to a better set of files and I had my eye on a 12 piece set of Nicholson needle file. But before I added them to my Christmas wish-list I wanted his opinion. This article contains his educational reply. Read More »

18v DeWalt Battery Rebuild Kit from Spring Grove Battery: Worth it? Yes!

18v DeWalt Rebuild Kits from Spring Grove Battery

Cordless power tools require batteries, and batteries eventually die. Your options at that point are to buy a new 18v tool+battery ($100+), a replacement battery ($50-$60+), or a battery rebuild kit ($46 + Free Shipping). I'm going to share my recent experience with Spring Grove Battery and their rebuild kits. The short answer is I had a great experience with their kits, and I highly recommend them to anyone in need of a new battery for their DeWalt, Milwaukee, Lincoln, or Alemite power tools. These kits are the least expensive, least wasteful way that I've found to get a new battery for your tool. What do I mean by least wasteful? Read on. Read More »

Shop Task Lighting: Comparing LED vs CFL vs Incandescent

13.5W LED vs 9.5W LED

I’ve been curious about LED lighting for several years, but until recently the price of LED bulbs compared to compact fluorescent (CFL) or incandescent bulbs has been a deterrent. What was the final deciding factor to switch to LED? I needed a good bulb for the task light on my mill and grinder. I’d been using 75W unfrosted (clear) incandescent bulbs because they ... Read More »