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#1 posted 11-01-2012 08:26 PM

Not sure about it at that price. Kind of depends on what you plan on doing. In my mind, a balanced woodshop starts out with the basic trifecta: table saw, jointer and planer, which that shopmith does not provide. You can avoid the jointer and planer for a while if you purchase only new, surfaced on 4 sides material/wood. But as someone starting out, like myself, I dont relish the idea of buying expensive wood to “practice” and learn on so I’ve been using reclaimed wood and odd scraps that I come across. This generally involves milling my own wood, which happens to be considerably cheaper in the short and long run.

Start with a decent table saw, the best you can afford and I’d suggest getting a used one on Craigslist or a garage sale. Something with a full cast iron/steel top or granite like on the older Ridgid TS. Make sure it’s belt driven…

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