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06-18-2015 01:39 AM

It’s been almost Ten years since I relocated (job related) and sold all my major wood working equipment, I kept all my hand planners, hand saw, chisels, bits, etc. Now I’m less than a year from retirement and wanting to rebuild my workshop. Lot’s has changed over these years and I’ve been doing a lot of internet research as it relates to table saws, band saws, jointers, planners, etc. I was hoping some of you might be able to help with the right selection. My budget $3,500 and looking to buy new equipment I’m not a master craftsmen but I enjoy the hobby and having quality equipment.

Thanks for your help,

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#1 posted 06-18-2015 02:17 AM

You should figure out what you want to make and that will dictate what tools you will need first. After you have your wish list prioritized, you can then determine the size of each tool you want as that will greatly effect price. If you’re planning on buying everything new, Amazon usually has a plethora of reviews on darn near everything you could want and the search feature on this site as well as the reviews section can offer a substantial insight to those in your position previously. If buying used, you can really stretch your dollar and end up with a very well equipped shop at a significant savings but it takes time to find deals and you have to know what to look for to keep from getting burned.

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#2 posted 06-18-2015 02:21 AM

I got to agree with Yeti. This is the age of the informed intelligent consumer. Do your research and find what works best for you. Good luck and my best.

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#3 posted 06-18-2015 02:34 AM


I was in the same situation as a few years back. Not returning to WW, but starting for the first time.
Also heard what Bob and Yeti mentioned. However, I found when I started it was impossible to know exactly what I wanted to build. More interested in general WW and wanted to have a good foundation of machines and tools.
The four machines you mentioned are exactly where to start.

I’ve got a couple of grizzly machines and am happy with them. Based on reviews here on LJ, most other owners are also. For the price and quality combination they are hard to beat. For a planer, take a look at dewalt 734 and 735.

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#4 posted 06-18-2015 03:25 AM

A couple of years ago, I ramped up my woodworking tools and projects. I bought a new Grizzly 3hp cabinet saw. It has worked out great for me (used it today).

I also bought a new Dewalt planer, then a used Jet 6 inch joiner. A Grizzly 14 inch band saw and a 18-36 drum sander round out the tools. Oh, add a 12 inch tilting, sliding miter saw, some air nailers and a stapler.

With those tools connected to a Harbor Freight dust collector, I have built numerous projects including kitchen cabinets, a wet bar and a liquor cabinet, to name a few.

Good luck. Consider the table saw, joiner and planer your main tools to purchase, regardless of what brand you choose.

Note: I have all of this stuff in a one car garage, but I manage to get the projects built without having to move outside…at least for most of the projects.

Here is a pic of a toy box I am working on. My workbench is also the outfeed table/assembly table and general beat on it table! :-)


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#5 posted 06-18-2015 03:43 AM

It is best if you have an Idea what you want to make. If you want to set up with the basics then in my opinion you need to work backwards,the most expensive item first,out of the basics that would a table saw first. Table saws come in all prices but given your budget you might consider a Grizzly Hybrid on sale now for $844 including shipping,next on my list would be a sliding compound saw,The Hitachi sells for $449,now you have spent $1293 leaving Aprox.$2200 next up is a jointer Grizzly 6” jointer on sale sells for $574 This brings your remaining allotted budget down to $1633.
Next up a 17”Grizzly bandsaw,on sale at $875 including shipping.Your available remaining budget is now $758 Next on my list are routers,a hand held PC for $165 and Triton for a router table at $283 you now have $310 left for saw blades,router bits and material and parts to build a router table,or a lunch box planner.

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#6 posted 06-18-2015 12:54 PM

Well you have a budget that’s a good start. The question is what all do you want and could it be get some key tools first then over a bit of time get the others.

For me TS is the first priority. If you are safety minded then the SS would be first choice. However that would greatly hurt your budget. It would leave enough to get a jointer and planer.

For those I’d watch CL for a good deal. Use and that will watch all the CL’s in an area defined by you by zip and willingness to travel. I picked up a 1934 Delta original 14’ BS for a little over 200 a few years back that is a cast iron beast.

I see good old American iron jointers go 500 – 1000 and also check out the old wood working tools group. I saw a good parks 12” planer that was redone for 800.

Then get a good router table with a plate and build the router table and you’d be good to go for the most part.

I would not neglect Dust Collection either.

Glad you are close to retirement. I have 2 years to go! Counting the days!

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#7 posted 06-18-2015 02:10 PM

If you are pretty tight in the handwork department then I vote you start with the big three, TS, jointer, and thickness planer. Bringing your parts into square reliably is the best thing you can do for yourself. After that, bandsaw, miter saw, drill press, belt and spindle sanding station. So basically I agree with A1jim, and he did all the work for you.

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#8 posted 06-18-2015 09:27 PM

Mike touched on it and you strongly need to consider dust collection. HF made a 2HP unit that got good reviews, but I can’t find it on their site now. Also, don’t forget hearing protection.

-- Art

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