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#1 posted 08-09-2010 09:33 PM

Yes, Richard, I will be attending. It’s only 40 miles from me. My brother and some of the other people in our plant will attend. I’ve never missed one since it has been in Atlanta and I can wholeheartedly recomend it to both hobby and commercial woodworkers. I cannot tell you how much I love this show. It is easily worth a drive of 1500 miles and from the car tags that I see in the parking lot people drive from further than that. A word of caution: be prepared to pay high prices for food and beverages and even water and be prepared to wear your best walking shoes because you will not believe how many aisles there are to cover and how long they are. The Georgia World Congress Center is absolutely huge. However, It’s not that hard to get your bearings because they have courteous people to help you and maps. They furnish you with a master guide book with a good map and all of the booths are logically numbered as well as all of the aisles.

This year there is a small problem. About 10 or 12 of the large companies have pulled out and will not be showing their equipment. This is because the labor unions in Atlanta have made it far costlier for their displays because they will not allow the machinery companies to do some of their work. You have to get an electrician even to plug in an extension cord – that sort of thing. Also the prices for food has gotten very expensive because all of the concession stands inside the congress center have a captured audience. You cannot bring food in. I have heard that some of the bigger machinery companies have spent as much as $2,000,000 on all of the costs involved with their displays. This is really unfortunate because I believe that Atlanta got this show away from Louisville because they started ripping people off. Now it sounds like Atlanta is starting to do the same. If they keep it up they will destroy the show or some other city will get it.

This should not affect anything for the hobby woodworkers or small custom and commercial shops. There will still be plenty to see. Both Powematic and Delta have all of their machines there and Jet which I guess owns Powermatic now, also. General and most of the others are there and some that you never heard of. All the small power tool companies are there and lots and lots of folks are there demonstrating their special jigs and fixtures. It’s just a super learning experience for every woodworker I would think.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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