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01-14-2010 08:13 AM

I gave into the urge and went ahead and bought the 300.00 4511. I know TS deals come along a lot on CL here in San Antonio. We are getting ready to set up a 60 by 40 and then I likely will run 3 TS in the shop. Figured this could suffice as one of the 3 saws. I figured we would at least have 2 saws running.

So at this time we are just in our small 2 car garage. We run a TS 3650 that serves us well. I just put a nice Delta blade on it and it cuts and just humms nice, could not hardly ask for much more except for dust collection on the 3650. So we will keep the 4511 in the box and wait to unpack it. It is tempting to unpack but we just do not have the room right now with the 3650 in the garage. Of course maybe I could find a way to fit it somewhere??? I still hope to swing one of those great deals on a Unisaw or Powermatic on CL some day, just not sure if we really need all of the power of a 3 hp or 5 hp cabinet saw. We rarely stretch the limits of our 3650 (even when building 8/4 maple/walnut cutting boards).

I have been researching a lot of info on the 4511. Any info or advice would be welcome.


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#1 posted 01-14-2010 12:44 PM

congrats on the purchase, its a steal at these prices

here is purplev’s review wich has some good info

and here is mine


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#2 posted 01-14-2010 03:45 PM

I am sure that is a great deal, but I can’t for the life of me see the benefit if running multiple TS’s in a small 1-2 person cabinetshop. Sure it sucks to stop and put on a dado, but not enough to dedicate the shop space to it. Please take this as advice and nothing more. It looks like you are staying busy and have plenty of work, that is great and I hope it continues. I might suggest taking a trip to some local small shops and getting a look at an effective and productive work flow. I don’t know your set-up but keep in mind that lots of time and money is lost in a shop when little bad habits add up. Adding machines doesn’t mean adding productivity. The smallest things make the difference between a shop that is a success and the one that is a failure. Keep cutting and good luck!

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 04:16 PM

Thanks for the advice Rhett. I guess I just figured with saws going for small prices I could run at least 2 saws with a possible 3rd down the road. You are probably right since added machinery does not add to added production. I would like to minimize set and tear down though as much as possible.

By the way, you have an awesome looking shop. Some really nice equipment in there.

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