Okay, to maybe try to calm some passions here, and to prove that it isn’t as easy as some are trying to make it out to be… Here’s the challenge…
You have $5,000.00 to spend.
You need to fully outfit a woodworking shop.
You are required to purchase only North American produced. tools, machines, bits blades, etc… Preferrably U.S.A., but Canadian and Mexican is acceptable. Your machines may NOT have ANY foreign made components, even down to screws and nuts, it must ALL be North American Produced.
You must replace the following functions.
10” belt driven table was equipped with BOTH a riving knife, AND a sliding miter table. (The Taiwan made by TTI Sears Craftsman 21829 sells on sale for $329.00)
12×36 wood lathe. (The Taiwan made Central Machinery #34706 sells for $249.00 on sale -20%, so effectively $199.20)
basic set of turning tools, roughing gouges, bowl gouges, skews etc… (Penn State Benjamin’s Best 8 piece HSS set $69.95, made in Tawian).
Chuck for the lathe. (Penn State Utility Grip kit with extra jaws etc… $89.95 made in Taiwan).
Band saw with at least 1 HP, and resaw capacity of at least 12”. (Grizzly G0513P $698.00 made in Taiwan)
6” floor model straight knife jointer (Central Machinery #30289 on sale typically once a quarter for $249.00 – 20% coupon for $199.20 Made in Taiwan).
13” lunch box type planer. (Ryobi AP1301 $229.00 Made in Taiwan).
A dozen each F type bar clamps in 6”, 12”, 24” and 36” complete with clamp pads for each clamp. (Pittsburgh $1.99, $2.99, $4.99 and $5.99 respectively, all made in Taiwan).
2 2.25 HP fixed and plunge base router kits with 1/4” and 1/2” collets and variable speed.(Hitachi KM12VC $120.00, on Amazon, at least that is what I paid, price varies… Now for the shocker, According to my owners manual, made in USA, I understand they also have a production plant in Mexico.)
2HP Dust collector with 1 micron canister filter. (Central Machinery #97869 $139.00, fitted with Wynn 35A $175.00. DC itself Made in Taiwan, Wynn Filter made in USA).
Ambient air filter with secondary filtration of at least 1 micron, and a minimum of 1K CFM, remote control, and timer functions. (Grizzly G0572 $219.00 on sale, made in Taiwan).
Oscillating spindle sander (Ridgid EB4424 $199.00 Made in Taiwan)
Edge belt sander (Ridgid EB4424 $199.00 Made in Taiwan)
8” Bench Grinder (Ryobi BGH827 $54.99 made in Taiwan).
12” sliding compound Miter Saw. (Chicago Electric #98194 $109.00 after coupon)
(Without counting in the clamps I listed above, I have $3070.29 in that list… So in order to get in the same neighborhood of completion in a shop, you have nearly $2,000.00 additional to do it. Can you pull it off with new equipment?
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