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#1 posted 10-12-2012 06:45 PM

My 2 cents worth, maybe it will help you maybe not.

I started with a 1954 Greenie 5 years ago to redo my kitchen. Didn’t take me but a few days to realize that maybe it wasn’t the best choice but for 200 bucks I had a tool that could slice & dice. Previous to that I did not have anything except a 20 year old Black & Decker cirular saw. Sold that SS and have owed several other newer 510 models and see their value but I went in another direction with stationary tools and am happy I did. However, there’s something about the SS magic that keeps drawing me back and I’m happy about that also. I’ve gone the SS stationary route with their Pro Planer and their Power Station accessories. Here what I think about those:

Pro Planer: actually have 2 of them and for what I do it beats anyone’s lunchbox type hands down every day of the week. It capable of 4” x 12” so that has some drawbacks but like I said, for what I do it’s outstanding.

Power Station with 6” x 48” belt sander: variable speed makes this a great tool and would be lost without it. Dust collection is very good and it also has a 3” wide drum sander attachment.

Bandsaw: Altough I don’t have one right now, I used it in the past and generally thought it was pretty decent. I might consider getting another for the right price but I’ve got a 16” Jet for straight cuts and a 14” clone set uo for curved work. Wouldn’t mind having a SS and stick a 1/8” blade on it and mount it to the power station. Probably the only thing I don’t like about the SS bandsaw is dust collection because there isn’t any dc ports unless you make your own.

2 items they don’t make anymore but that I’m always on the scout for are the SS Joint-Matic horizontal router table considered to be in its day as good as anything and the SS Sawsmith that was sort of an upside down RAS. Not that I need them, just the magic of owning some good vintage SS equipment from the USA.

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