Tool Review

Collecting Dust

My Lungs are Much Happier

For the last 5 years I’ve been working out of a garage shop, over two different locations. At each of those locations I’ve done exactly what most do when starting out, they get a ShopVac and use that to connect to the 2 1/2” ports on things like table saws, and alike. This is good to start but for long term woodworking, the ShopVac’s are just not setup to deal with dust of that magnitude. Case and point, I’ve burnt through 3 different ShopVac’s during this 5 year period. Side note, ShopVac has been very accommodating and has great customer service and all of them have been replaced. Regardless, it’s not a long term solution.

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Fast forward to today, I’ve partnered with Busy Bee Tools to review the CX404 1HP Dust Collector which is 110v and important for this review. Important because most people have 110v in their garage and I find this would be a very relatable to someone in a similar situation. So far I’ve unpacked and setup the collector in my garage with a connection to my Grizzly 6” Jointer which as a 4” dust collection port. I’ll produce another video showing the use along with all the other attachments I plan to get. For now, enjoy this quick video on how to setup the CX404.




20V AXIS CORDLESS RECIPROCATING & JIG SAW

20V AXIS CORDLESS RECIPROCATING & JIG SAW

I was recently approached by AXIS / WORX to review the 20V AXIS Cordless Reciprocating & Jig Saw (WX550L) and at the start I wasn’t quite sure what to make of a 2 in 1 since I already have dedicated single use tools already in my shop.  First impressions the tool is a lot more compact that I had originally thought as my existing reciprocating saw is at least double this size alone.  The device is well balanced and I was able to use it with one hand when using the reciprocating function.