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01-11-2010 05:01 PM

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Deviating slightly from the usual tool-buying advise, I was curious as to what people would say is the most beneficial power tool to have 2 of. I have recently acquired most of the basic tools needed in a full workshop, so of course I’ve started looking for seconds. The first two that come to mind are a second drill/driver or router, though I’ve heard people sing the praises of such things as two table saws, etc. Any input is appreciated.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 05:06 PM

I would agree that having two drills is very helpful. I have four hand sanders that I put different grits of sandpaper on, that way I don’t have to keep changing the paper so many times.

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 06:57 PM

Drill would rank high, but I think I’d go with router as my number one… particularly if you use a router table. Being able to leave one in the table and have another for hand-held work is a huge time saver.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-11-2010 07:18 PM


-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#4 posted 01-11-2010 07:26 PM

Router. I have one, wish to add another.

-- Alex

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#5 posted 01-11-2010 07:50 PM

Having two shops, one in Gainesville, Florida, and another in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I have had to do a heck of a lot of duplication. Hauling tools and accessories back and forth 1420 miles is just not efficient. I’m trying to keep notes on what I have at both places, but even this is a little hard to keep track of. The shop in Michigan is bigger, (600 sq. ft.) and for awhile I had three Shopsmiths up there with duplcate bandsaws and jointers. That was a little “over the top”, so I gave a Shopsmith, bandsaw, and jointer to my two nephews out in Denver to help them get started in woodworking.

Strangely enough, I even sorta duplicate wood. On trips back and forth I often stop at the Frank Miller Lumber Company and purchase a selection of hardwoods, and depending on the direction I’m heading, take the wood North or South. That reminds me, I need some more walnut up in Michigan.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#6 posted 01-11-2010 08:03 PM

I have 2 table saws in my home shop. While it is nice, it certainly would not be a priority for me. I just happened to have one that was my dads, besides my new one, which is bigger, better, and newer. Unless you have a lot of floor space, it probably wouldn’t be worth the room you would lose.

I would look at getting more routers—-I have 7, and use them all
Extra drill drivers might also be a good choice, especially different sizes
I would also consider an impact driver—much better fo screws

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#7 posted 01-11-2010 08:03 PM

Routers. I have two mounted in plates that I use both in a table, as well as for handheld use. A PC 690, and a 7518. I also have a 690 plunge router, and two laminate trimmers. One laminate trimmer usually has a small roundover bit that get’s used all the time,

-- Gerry,

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