Hi all, I am new to this forum. It is a relief that bliogs like this exist and I am looking forward to interacting here and learning as much as possible and obtaining some insight from people who know far more than me, thanks for having me.
I have wanted to start woodworking for a long time, just never got around to it. This year I decided it was time to just do it. I would like to focus on guitar building (as a hobby) at this point, but who knows where the journey will take me…I hear it is addictive! I have restrained myself from buying machines and tools on a whim and instead I did a great deal of research on the necessary tools that I would need and the various manufacturers out there to enable me to buy smart. I would be really greatful if some of you could share your views with me on brand quality and where I should start. I would rather spend some more money to get started but know I have precision tools that are built to last. Ideally I am looking for a good, accurate and reliable: bandsaw (minimum 14” but probably larger), a drum sander (minimum 18” wide), a belt and disk sander, oscilating spindle sander and floor mounted drill press. I have looked at Jet, Grizzly and Laguna primarily – I dont live in the US and these are the only brands that I can get here, but just dont know which to choose. I have read such mixed reports on all of them and thought I would throw the questiuon out and try and get direct answers from people that know.
Thanks so much in advance for your help and advise! Gavin