What three would you keep?

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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 02-27-2012 10:34 PM 1183 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you could only keep three power tools in your shop, which three would it be?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 10:35 PM

jig saw, lathe, drill


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#2 posted 02-27-2012 10:37 PM

This is to much like a bad dream ,I can’t do it, LOL

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 10:40 PM

Table saw, router, chisels, My projects would take much longer.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 02-27-2012 10:53 PM

Band saw, jointer and planer.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 11:02 PM

hmm that’s tough. I’ve thought about this a lot. So all the power tools would be gone, are we limited on hand tools? Power tools would be cordless drill, planer, band saw. I can get a side flat on a board with hand planes and then use the planer to thickness and get the other side parallel to the first (which can be done with hand planes too, but not nearly as fun), cordless drill for all those little jobs where screwing with a screwdriver would take forever, and bandsaw because it can resaw easily and do the long rips that I can’t do with hand saws. Hand tools for everything else.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#6 posted 02-27-2012 11:06 PM

TS, BS, planer. Would be a sad day.

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#7 posted 02-27-2012 11:52 PM

Pick one. Steak or Potatoes. i cant live without both and i feel the same way about my tools.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 01:13 AM

Table saw, router table, and band saw. For the longest time, that’s all I had and I managed to build so much. Life was so uncomplicated.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 02:50 AM

Oh Nooooooooooo!

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#10 posted 02-28-2012 02:56 AM

tablesaw, lathe, and band saw

-- woodturners keep things spinning.

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#11 posted 02-28-2012 05:28 AM

Large caliber handgun with one bullet

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#12 posted 02-28-2012 05:48 AM

Does this count as 1 tool?

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#13 posted 02-28-2012 05:56 AM

tablesaw, bandsaw and router

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#14 posted 02-28-2012 11:12 PM

Hi Russel. A better way to frame the question might be to also ask what kind of work each respondent does and then compare his answer with his work. This would probably be more helpful to you if you are trying to decide which tools to buy.

For general woodworking I would choose my lathe, bandsaw, and router. But I hope I never have to make that choice, at least not in the near future. If I did I might go to Gregs choice. I love all my power tools and I use them all a lot too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 02-29-2012 03:30 AM

tablesaw, router and aircompressor.this is what I started with at home to get where I am at today.I could never thank my Woodshop teacher Rob Johanson from Kelso High School in washington for all the gift of the love of woodworking.

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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