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Forum topic by CiscoKid posted 08-20-2010 05:43 PM 1470 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2010 05:43 PM

Not sure if you guys do this, but I consider a project to be a success if I can score a new tool out of it. Wife wanted a big run-in shed for her horses so I “needed” a coil roofing nailer to do the job. SWMBO wanted a bathroom remodeled so I scored a rather nice tile saw. All well and good. This latest desire of hers was for a large porch roof off the back of the barn to provide shelter for her goats. She wanted it to come out 16’ and be 56’ long. Not really wishing to tackle this job in the heat of summer I went out and got three quotes. They all came in rather high ($4,000 to $4,200) so I got to thinking. I added up the materials and figured that I could do the job for $1,400. I told her that I would do the job and save us some money if I could have a new table saw. She didn’t quite understand why I needed a cabinet saw to build a roof but I gently reminded her that it would come in handy this winter for making those new kitchen cabinets she wants. She came around to my way of thinking. One needs tact in these circumstances.

Well, I got sunburned and a little beat up, but I finished that job in record time and got a new Grizzly G0691. Sure beats that 25 year old Craftsman contractor saw I’ve been using. Still ended up saving money too.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 08-20-2010 06:06 PM

Al, this is a great looking saw that you added to your shop. And, after using a Craftsman contractor’s saw for over a decade before replacing it, I can understand why you wanted to put a cabinet saw in your shop.

I would say that this definately qualifies as a win-win situation all the way around.

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

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Michael Murphy

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 06:17 PM

Happy Wife, happy Goats, happy You. I would call it Win-Win-Win. Nice saw.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 06:24 PM

I don’t mean to brag but I am fortunate that my wife is indifferent about what tools I buy. On the flip side, she buys whatever she wants to buy with no comment from me.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 08-20-2010 06:26 PM

Thanks, guys. Just to clarify, I’m not bashing the Craftsman. It is what got me started in woodworking after all. Once I got it tweaked in with dial indicators and a nice aftermarket miter gauge I was able to make some pretty accurate stuff on it. But it was a flexible shaft drive and lacked power. It shuddered every time I turned it on and more than once I stalled it and tripped the breaker. I’ve really been lusting after a saw with a riving knife ever since they became mandatory. Sure glad I didn’t buy a saw a year ago.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#5 posted 08-20-2010 06:46 PM

Sweet new saw, thats the way I do all my paying projects, I build in my profit to get the next tool I need/want and it sure makes my life soooooo fun, LOL.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 08-20-2010 06:53 PM

great new saw! I’ve been renovating the basement, which has basically been my excuse to buy a whole host of new tools. Not sure what my excuse will be once the job’s done though…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#7 posted 08-20-2010 06:58 PM

Nice saw. I still have my ‘ol Craftsman TS. It’s a good (affordable) beginner saw, but not very accurate.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#8 posted 08-20-2010 07:06 PM

Great saw…. looks like you earned it!

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

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#9 posted 08-20-2010 07:08 PM

nice job on the roof too!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 08-20-2010 07:32 PM

Nice fence, and nice miter gauge too. Yes, we must all stick together to uphold “The New Tool Rule”.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 08-20-2010 08:15 PM

congrat´s with your new toy :-)
hope it will serve you well in the future
and its a good way to tackle the more expencive tools we want :-)
as long as the projects are big enoff there is no problem…...LOL

take care

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#12 posted 08-20-2010 08:23 PM

See, you’re going about tool acquisition the wrong way.

Never, never, never ask “Do I need it?” Rather ask yourself “Do I deserve it?” ;)

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#13 posted 08-20-2010 11:03 PM

Nice! Lucky Goats!

Probably the quotes were higher because they needed new cabinet saws as well… :)

Stonekettle: my answer is always the same no matter what the question!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#14 posted 08-20-2010 11:56 PM

Looks like a great negotiation! Congrats!

(...please tell me you’re not going to put the yellow banded DW construction blade on that beautiful saw!)

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#15 posted 08-21-2010 01:45 AM

No indeed! I’ve got a beautiful Woodworker II blade installed on the new saw. I just love the way they cut without burning.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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