Paralysis by Analysis

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Blog entry by TuckerFan posted 02-29-2012 09:42 PM 1388 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need advice, (and lots of it). Only in the last 9-10 months have I quit borrowing good tools from friends and buying cheap tools at…, well, that one store. I truly can not find enough time in my wood shop. I have only now been able to purchase some better quality tools and would like to move up the food chain to machinery, although I still need years of practice with hand tools and power tools. Here is what I would like to do: I am interested in buying a bandsaw, (probably 14”-possibly a 16”), a jointer, (6” maybe 8”, a planer, a dust collection unit (cyclone), a mortise, lathe, and disc/band sander. I would like to spend about $1,500.00 on each of the first four, but about $8,000.00 to $8,500.00 for all. One more caveat: I would like to have involve a variety of brands, (rather than give all of my money to only one company), such as Delta, Jet, Grizzly, Powermatic, Rikon (maybe?), and probably someone I am leaving out. I have read seemingly hundreds of reviews…information overloaded!

Any advice, (besides shorten my post.)

-- I...I..have a...a...wood problem

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 10:24 PM

Take a look through the workshop pages here at LJ’s. That’s a fairly easy way to get a survey of what machines are actually in use. For example, I see a lot more workshops with the Ridgid spindle sander than any other make, suggesting it might be the one to get.

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 11:38 PM

I would recommend thinking about the type of woodworking you are wanting to do. Different types exclusively only use certain tools.

The way I have built the small collection of tools I have now was one or two at a time based on a need for a particular project.

Say you want to build a nightstand. Think about the type of joinery you want to use, and the type of wood you want to use (rough sawn, or S2S).
If you want to do dovetails, you’ll either need to get a decent dovetail saw and some chisels, or your going to have to buy yourself a router and jig.
If you are using rough sawn lumber, your going to want at a minimum a planer, and most likely a jointer.
Your going to want a Tablesaw to cut your different pieces for the nightstand, so that should definitely be on your list as well.

When it comes down to it, you have to look at what your goals are, what your budget is, and think about what you have to do to accomplish that.

I’ve never owned a chop saw, although I have wanted one. I can accomplish what I need with my Tablesaw, so I haven’t dropped the money to purchase one yet.

You have to realize that you can accomplish beautiful results using less equipment. You just have to be more creative in the way you go about it.

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 05:47 PM

Thanks for your input. I have been to the workshop pages on Jumbejocks and found the information very helpful. Also, thanks for the reminder, interpim, that I need to buy these machines slowly as my needs and interests dictate. Also, slowly buying new machines helps me to better justify these “necessities” to my wife and our budget. Oh, and ain’t this just a great, great site?

-- I...I..have a...a...wood problem

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 05:54 PM

When you finally make up your mind about what you want I would purchase it from someone who is a local supplier of machinery to commercial cabinet shops, industries, and serious woodworkers. They seem to really be able to sharpen they’re pencil on package deals and come up with a good price. My dealer also included delivery in the price and two men came over in the truck and unloaded everything and even stayed till I opened everything up to check for any obvious damage. After shopping around for 4 or 5 weeks I was very happy with my deal.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 05:58 PM

Thank you. (I even have the tool shop in mind.) Another great idea!

-- I...I..have a...a...wood problem

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 09:07 PM

These reviews are seemingly very objective, and for the most part, very positive. I guess if one spends upwards of $1,000.00 or more with a reputable company, you’ll get a fine piece of equipment. Maybe these are better questions, maybe with no clear-cut answer: Which company produces best all-around pieces of equipment and which company has the best customer service…Delta, Jet, Powermatic, Grizzly, General, or others? Maybe, I just need to pull the proverbial trigger.

-- I...I..have a...a...wood problem

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