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Posted on Help please knowing which table saw, router, planer, and possibly a band saw and jointer to buy.

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#1 posted 07-16-2013 10:20 AM

i’d echo KS’s comments and suggest reading many WW forums to start recognizing which brands and models of the various types of tools you’ll be purchasing provide the best values. for example, rikon makes great BSs (10-325 and 10-345) while grizzly is well recognized as providing the best bang for the buck in TSs, BSs, 6” jointers and drill presses, among others. Laguna is a top brand that’s pricey and their customer service seems to get too many negative comments. jet and powermatic, owned by the same parent company, were formerly good, made in america brands that are now average tools at above average prices and almost never score as top tools in comparative tool tests.

this is one of the fun parts of woodworking. the journey up the learning curve is almost as much fun as making sawdust.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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