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Ron Ford

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#1 posted 03-22-2014 09:09 PM

+1 to TheDane. I started with a Delta 46-460 and it was a nice tool, but as he also said – you WILL want something ‘bigger better faster stronger’ in no time. If you can find a nice used Delta midi (or a Jet or Rikon) go for it knowing you’ll likely be able to resell it later and not lose too much.

I moved up to the 2 hp Jet 1642EVS after about a year and couldn’t be happier with it. Great tool!

Most importantly – have fun! This is a great hobby and will give you a lot of pleasure as you see your skills develop.

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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