A while ago Olly was selling some of his unwanted tools, so I bought his Hitachi C9U2 circular saw, complete with various blades and spares for a very fair £90.
I’ve been lusting after various Hitachi saws for a while in my local tool shop as I’ve always been impressed by the cast bases and keep hearing good things about their build quality, so then this came up for £40 less than the new price on Screwfix I had to have it.
My Dad agreed to collect it for me rather than having to stump up extra for a courier and bring it when they next visited us.
I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like a second router and I’m very happy with my Draper, so as my parents both like a trip to Yandles, Dad agreed to go and get me another one.
He also got one for himself while he was there, which took their stock down by 33% (it looks like they’ve completely run out now, so they must have sold the other 4).
Today my parents finally visited and I have both my new toys and a lot less space in the workshop!
Dad’s been moaning for some time about the boot of his car being full of my tools but now I see what he means – the Hitachi is HUGE!
I’d only ever seen C7U2 in the flesh and I wasn’t prepared for how big this thing is – it’s a monster 🙂
The above photo gives an impression of the scale.
I shouldn’t be surprised – the Hitachi’s depth of cut is twice that of the Bosch – and I’m certainly not disappointed.
I’ve been caught out half way through projects in the past by a lack of the right tool and I think I’m finally getting to the point where I’m equipped for most eventualities.
I’m going to have to figure out the answer to the lack of space in the workshop now though …
At the moment even if I can lay my hand on the power tool I want, it’s often in a stack of other tools in their carry cases, as this old photo shows:
I think the answer is shelves or pigeon holes for the cases, so I don’t have to unstack and restack all the time.
Alternatively I could remove all the tools from their cases, which might also allow me to use pigeon holes for the tools – albeit hopefully a bit smaller – but would also leave me with the question of what to do with all the cases.