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#1 posted 01-22-2013 09:21 PM

Thanks for all the replies, I’ve been awol for a while but I’m on deck again.

I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading and research (I’m a bit OCD like that). I’m about to raise what I believe to be 2 very controversial topics in one post.

I’m considering a Sawstop contractors saw, which is expensive and will take up a lot of precious floor space (plus I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of it, I’ve only done about 3 projects around the house its a brand new house and I struggle to see what projects I’ll be doing – make stuff up so I can pitch this to SWMBO). The sawstop will allow me to make all the cuts I need and saw my fingers too, but I’ll have to buy some extras to go with it like a dado stack, break, wheels, CI wings etc…

Then on the other hand I’ve been looking at Festool… These tools are expensive too (They do appeal to my inner geek though), the rail system looks like it will take care of repeatable cuts that I’d need the table saw for. I’ll obviously need to buy their router (but putting that into the router box of the UTS might be a challenge), Buying their Mitre Saw which has a depth limiter will allow me to cut Dado’s.

If I add up all the costs it seems like it’s about the same (except I’ll get a router too) which ever way I’ll go. Given that I’m not that experienced I’m sure there’s a lot that I’ve missed and I’m just oblivious to.

If those of you with more experience care to comment on the pro’s and con’s of going in the different directions it would be much appreciated. From what I can gather I can basically get a near full workshop in very little space without requiring uber skillz to pull precision builds off if I go down the Festool route. Of course the other thing is that this is just me playing around from time to time, I don’t have a lot of projects that I can see that I’ll want to do. I do think this will change once I have the tools and know how to do things, since I’ll look at things differently.

Please don’t hate me for posting this much controversy.

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