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Forum topic by Zac80 posted 05-21-2016 11:26 PM 595 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2016 11:26 PM

Anyone have any advice on some tools I’m looking to purchase. I’m probably leaning toward buying used as money for hobbies is hard to come by. Any advice on the Tool and price range would well appreciated. Thank you
P.S I am currently working out of a 1 car garage so space is something to consider.

Thickness planer
Band saw
Drill press
Jointer ( hand held planer or machine)

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#1 posted 05-22-2016 12:22 AM

If you give us an idea of what you plan to make, tools currently owned (don’t see a table saw listed), the type lumber (rough sawn, 2S, 4S?), how do you plan to process the lumber, etc., and a budget, it will help just a little.

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#2 posted 05-22-2016 02:37 AM

Hi Zac welcome to Ljs
There are quite a few post on what kind of tools folks like and don’t like,if you just do a search here under each kind of tool you interested in. If you want better answers here it would help to let us know what kind of budget you’re working with.

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#3 posted 05-22-2016 02:48 AM

14 inch bandsaw, 6 inch jointer, bench top drill press, 12 or 13 inch thickness planer, contractor table saw. I think Ridgid equipment is a good starter level, and I still have some of that stuff. Buying used is a good idea.

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#4 posted 05-22-2016 06:17 AM

Kijiji and Craigslist are great sources for used machines, especially the larger ones. I also visit a few pawn shops on a regular basis and often find some good deals there. Not sure I’ve bought more than a handful of tools new as it really makes the budget go a lot further.

The DeWalt bench top planer is a good machine and quite popular. A decent 6” jointer isn’t usually too hard to find, nor is a decent floor or bench top drill press. Band saw quality varies greatly and it’s worth doing some research on that one, bench top versions aren’t great. I use mainly General machines and have had good luck with all of them.

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#5 posted 05-22-2016 10:25 AM

I’d go for the jointer and planer first. Go for a table top planer. The DeWalt benchtop planers are quite good. I’ve had a DW734 for quite some time and love it. A jointer and planer will let you work with rough sawn stock which is cheaper.

You’ll also want to get a good hand plane. Probably a jack plane or a block plane.

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#6 posted 05-22-2016 11:25 AM

I think most will agree a tablesaw is the first ww’ing machine, so for the sake of discussion, I’ll assume you already have one.

Then thickness plane closely followed by jointer.

On used tools general rule of thumb is no more than 1/2 retail price.

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#7 posted 05-22-2016 01:44 PM

Thanks for all the responses. So here is where i am at…. I currently have an old craftsman rafial arm saw and table saw, then just the just basic power hand tools, circular saw, router, jigsaw, sanders. I would say i could budget 200/mth for tools. I am definitely a novice, just started the craft but have realized that it is something that i love the idea of and really enjoy doing. That being said i dont want to buy anything too extravagant for my level but at the same time i dont want to outgrow it too soon either. There are so many brands that people swear by. Just curious what some people with experience have to say. Thanks again gents.

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#8 posted 05-22-2016 01:55 PM

You will have to read thru the forums and posts using the “search” function for specific items, plus the review section here on LJ’s. Research is your tool at the moment.
There are cazillions of folks in your situation with small space out of a single or double car garage for a workshop.
As for great deals, ‘ol faithful craigslist is handy. Do not overlook local auctions. I would guess 75% of my wood working tools & machines have come from auctions (in person local and online). Use google to find auctions you can drive too in person.
Since wallet is tight, keep that craftsman table saw for time being. But enhance it’s productivity with plenty of upgrades that can be found here.

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#9 posted 05-22-2016 03:05 PM

Could a dewalt D26676 hand planer be substitued for a jointer? Found one for 75$. Is there any need for having both? I also found bench top 6” porter cable jointer for 120?

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#10 posted 05-22-2016 03:21 PM

Pass on the power hand held plane. It is NOT for you at this time. Has a place, and I have one, but it/they won’t fit your needs. Spend that $75.00 on a Stanley #4 or#5, and learn how to tune it well. You’ll enjoy the accomplishment, and have a tool that you will use for many years.


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#11 posted 05-22-2016 04:01 PM

Put your budget money in the bank and don’t buy anything until your working on a project and need a certain tool for it. Then evaluate what that tool is and start looking for info/deals on that tool.
Nobody can tell you what YOU need.
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#12 posted 05-22-2016 05:35 PM

I would start with a 14” band saw and a planer,a decent cordless drill/driver combo b/c no matter what you do you will most likely need the band saw,the planer is good if you are buying rough sawn wood , and everybody needs a cordless drill but I would get a set with powerful batteries.

#2, later on you’ll need a jointer, a table saw, don’t forget a random orbital sander.

Then you’ll find yourself in the middle of a slippery slope, don’t fight it , just spend your $ wisely i.e. buying good used tools like a table saw,band saw.etc.

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#13 posted 05-23-2016 05:26 AM

You mentioned that you have a radial arm saw. I hope you are aware of the safety issues with those saws. The main thing to watch out for (and I’m assuming you’ll use if for ripping, as you don’t have a TS), is to always feed the wood from the proper end. That can be confusing with a RAS, as the motor can pivot 90 deg.left or right for ripping. Here’s my rule: ALWAYS FEED TOWARD THE CARBIDE (as it is spinning toward your work).

My uncle blew a hole in the end of his garage by forgetting that principle.

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