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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-19-2013 09:04 PM

I think you will find that it will best to start with good basic tools and the ones that fit your budget. While Woodcraft has some of the finest tools anywhere, take a look at Grizzly tools when outfitting your shop. There is nothing wrong with drooling over tools, but unless you’re made of money, you won’t be able to buy them all so choose wisely.

I see a lot of tools I like too but I’m frugal and try to make them if I can. I read reviews and tryout friends’ tools to see if they have the feel and features I like. Some tool stores let you try them out too. I also work the levers, locks and adjustments on the ones on display to see how they “feel”. Some are downright cumbersome and some are smooth as silk! No matter what you are looking at, if it is a big dollar amount, make sure you feel comfortable with it first.

When I started out I bought a lot of used tools at sales and upgraded as the money became available. I have an old Atlas floor model cast iron drill press I bought that way and it is a bit underpowered but I would not trade it for a lot of the new ones with their plastic parts and flimsy levers and locks.

Have a Merry Christmas and good hunting!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!


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