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Blog entry by Brad posted 2369 days ago 759 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My birthday is coming up and I’ve told everyone nothing but money because I want to get some new tools. I’m guessing all in all I’ll have around $500 to spend. I’m considering a band saw, 13” planer, biscuit jointer or a new router/plunge router combo. So what do you guys think??? Which is going to give me the best advance in shop versatility?

-- Brad / www.bradfordwoodworking.blogspot.com



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2369 days ago

It really depends on what you want to do in your shop. For $500 you could get the planer or a biscuit joiner (unless it a Festool) and the router. $500 will be close on the band saw but I would advise you to look seriously at a 14” model.

I think that a planer should be one of your top choices. In general, for my purposes, I have found that my tablesaw, jointer and planer are the most used tools in my shop- in that order. With my routers and router tables a close tie with the planer. But I tend to like to work with rough lumber- largely because I am cheap.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 2369 days ago

I think if I had family and friends who would donate $500 for my birthday, I’d probably throw them a party and say thank you. If I relied on this method of buying tools I’d probably only have a screwdriver. LOL Dewalt 735 planer

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Sawdust2

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#3 posted 2369 days ago

From your profile I’d say planer. I have a biscuit joiner and get far less use out of it than any other tool I use.
My next choice as an all around tool would be the bandsaw.
Actually, a tie. A good router would also be helpful. Dual purpose if you have or plan to make a router table.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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WhiskeyWaters

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#4 posted 2368 days ago

Lurk on the Craigslist and buy used. Planers & Joiners don’t come around often – but bandsaws & routers show up regularly (Your mileage may vary). Wait a while, get a steal.

then cook up a few cool projects and throw a party. Did that once for a birthday; I built a few game room (like a wooden pinball machine and shuffleboard) for my annual Bday blowout. Worked great. I heard I had a good time.

Whiskey.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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Ethan Sincox

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#5 posted 2368 days ago

Asking someone what tool they’d buy is like asking someone what car they’d buy or what person they would date. They’re all terribly personal questions and I wouldn’t really rely on someone else’s opinion for such a decision.

Now, if you’d narrowed it down to a type of tool and wanted advice on a particular one (Veritas vs. Lie-Nielsen or Delta vs. Dewalt, that sort of thing), that is a little different.

But the tools you use in your shop can very easily be completely different from the tools I’d use in my shop. While one guy thinks the planer is the be-all-end-all, another might say a Lie-Nielsen #7 is the way to go. Still another might get more use out of the whole set of inlay tools because he is lucky enough to be able to buy his lumber from a local mill already dimensioned to his liking at no extra charge (like me).

You should take a hard look at the kind of woodworking you do and the direction you want to go and base your decision on that.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Brad

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#6 posted 2368 days ago

You’re correct Red Headed Mergnser it really depends on what kind of work I’m doing. I’m probably focusing on a bandsaw or planer. Mostly I like building furniture and cabinets. For a planer I’ve been focusing on the Dewalt DW735 or the Craftsman 21759 . Both were rated great by Fine Woodworking. On the bandsaw side I like “14 Delta

Hopefully this narrows it down…

-- Brad / www.bradfordwoodworking.blogspot.com

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Ethan Sincox

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#7 posted 2368 days ago

If you build more cabinets than anything else, I imagine you’d get more use out of the planer than the bandsaw. I think both of those planers came up just about equal in that review, didn’t they? Or maybe the Dewalt was a little better in features and performance, but a tad higher in cost? I remember reading that review and thinking to myself that I’d probably go with the higher-end Dewalt they reviewed…

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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matter

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#8 posted 2367 days ago

I’d go with the planer, for investment alone. I pay 30-50% per board ft. less at my lumber store (A&M wood specialty) for rough cut than at the Orange Box. I have a Ridgid 13” that I would give a kidney up for before I parted with

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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Brad

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#9 posted 2367 days ago

Well it looks like the planer it is…. I think I’m going to try and score the dewalt DW735 since it’s alot more compact than the craftsman and it does a great job from what I hear.

-- Brad / www.bradfordwoodworking.blogspot.com

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Moron

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#10 posted 2367 days ago

bandsaw

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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