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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 07-17-2013 02:20 PM

I’ve been slowly building my collection through CL.

Love my 3HP Jet cabinet saw that I paid $650 for. There are sexier units, but it’s my work horse.

LOVE, LOVE my 8” Star Sales (old knock off) Jointer that I paid $250 for. It looks brand new and I use it constantly.

Miter saw … actually it’s a tie between this and my table saw for usefulness.

Oh boy, I forgot the router table. Ok maybe it’s a three way tie! You can’t live without one. I highly recommend a router lift. You will be doing lots and lots of adjustments and bit changes and redos. Without a lift, depending on the table and router, setup can be miserable. You can’t go wrong with a Porter Cable router. I found one in a basic table with an old Rockler lift for $400.

I have a cheap 733 DeWalt planer that I paid $200 (or less?). It’s not the best planer out there, but it works. I’d love a big solid four poster some day, but again … it works, and I use it on almost every project, along with the jointer.

Band saws … I have two: a new Rikon 305 (10”) and a really old Grizzly 18”. In my opinion, a band saw MAY be a luxury if you’re on a budget or space is limited, but let me tell you, when you need one it’s awfully handy.

Dust collection IS A MUST.

So .. as for choosing specific units … if you’re on a budget just keep your eyes peeled on CL and get good at searches. Deals come up all the time. My opinion is that a new hobbyist (like me) doesn’t NEED anything fancy to get started. In fact, you don’t even know WHAT you need yet, so you should start with inexpensive (but in good working order) pieces and grow into it. Experience will make future upgrades obvious.

Good luck and don’t get overloaded and frustrated by the process.

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