Pros : I am new to stained glass, so the kit impressed me.Good selection of glass.
Cons : Only thing I can think of in should have had coolant added for grinder water to lubricate diamond grinder wheel, so they don't wear out as fast!
Other Thoughts : If you don't plan on patina on your first few projects, you need to add silver backed tape to this order. Maybe offer this kit with discount add on options.I would have rated it a 5 star, but surly it should have coolant with grinder.
Pros : Very satisfied with the quality of the products. The item I thought would be the least useful has turned out to be the most useful, the grinder cookie. The glass selection was just fine for my first project in over 25 years. All of the tools, better than expected.
Cons : The 1" grinder bit did not hold up well, there is already surface that has been worn away on it. Today I ordered a different brand of bit for it. The grinder it self is just fine except for the water it throws off of the bit. If Power Max would only make the cheap fix & fit this grinder with a removable spray guard on the grid like my old one had, it would rate much, much better.
Pros : Has what you need to get started. I was a total newbie who didn't have any training or stained glass tools and I managed to create stained glass projects on my own with this kit. The glass that came with it was a good variety and enough to begin with. It shipped super fast too!
Cons : A con would be the flux marker. I found that it really didn't work well at all. I'd recommend purchasing a liquid or paste flux. I'd also recommend a fume trap to protect your health when soldering and consider lead-free solder, especially if you have kids in your work area. Other things I'd suggest: a homosote board to work on, layout blocks to keep your projects square and push pins.
Other Thoughts : Other than that, it's been a lot of fun and I'm addicted!
Pros : The savings for the kits are helpful --- maybe 15-20% overall (I would guess.) The tools are good quality the purchaser wouldn't outgrow them right away.
Cons : The beginning student would probably do much better with a pistol grip rather than pencil grip cutter that is furnished.
I think the idea that glassers can teach themselves is a lot of hype. The progression to intermediate wouldn't be very fast, I don't think.
Other Thoughts : There are a lot of other items that make up a beginning level workshop --- chemicals, wire, special pliers, metal cutters for came, came, on and on. Self teaching students should be made aware of this.