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#1 posted 08-06-2012 11:18 AM

Amen to Bondogposi, in that order. Being more specific, very good quality yet affordable; Grizzly G0691 table saw, Porter Cable 690 router reconditioned @ CPO for $109.00 put into a MLCS table saw right extension with power lift and aluminum insert, $619.00 SUMMER SALE. Rikon 18” or Grizzly 17” Polar series band saw. prices fluctuate. Hope you saved a GREAT workbench with super vises and dexign of your choices! Then 8” jointer, probably grizzly; then 12” or larger planer, Belsaw makes a fine product, most table models currently in production do great work. I’m extremely pleased with the Grizzly G0703P dust collector. You’ll enjoy a 12” compound miter saw, sliding if your budget allows with excellent Blades those also for your table saw. Forrest, Freud, and others. I find Olsen band saw blades made a terrific difference in my Craftsman band saw of the early 70’s along with new and better cooling blocks. The newer saws incorporate a much improved system. I’ve never afforded Timberline baldes for it. The Grizzly 17” saw uses 131 1/2” blades and they aren’t readily available, but saw shops that weld blades can supply you with your style of choice along with Grizzly of course.

The reason I keep mentioning Grizzly is I feel I get better reliability and quality at a reasonable price within my fixed income budget. Of course the “Top Of The Line” machines from Delta, Powermatic, Rikon, General and others; may do a slightly better job and last a bit longer, but I’m 72 and my shop will last me till I have to quit. Russell

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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