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Forum topic by Skatergirl46 posted 02-14-2017 07:13 PM 2537 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Skatergirl46

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02-14-2017 07:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: need table saw planer advice question

So, I do my projects in an overcrowded residential garage. It’s not the best, but it’s what I have. I make small things like bandsaw boxes, turn pens and small bowls, and make small things to use. I plan on stepping up my skills and making some cutting boards and furniture. I will be starting with cabinets and tables for my shop tools. I have a bandsaw, drill press, jointer, mini lathe, and many small power and hand tools, I do not have a table saw. That is the first thing on my list. I am leaning heavily toward the Saw Stop 3 hp with the 30” table. My 14 year old son is interested in learning woodworking, and as much as it makes me happy, it also scares the crap out of me. That is partly what has led me to Saw Stop. I’d love to hear your opinions on their saws.
I was considering buying a drum sander, but now am leaning towards a very nice multi purpose sander like the Festool Rotex 150. I’ll probably use it more and it won’t take up nearly the space of the drum sander.

A planer is on the list also. This I could use some help with. I’m thinking that helical blades or the Byrd carbide ones would be nice for smoothness of the finished product, but I don’t really know. I have never owned a power planer other than hand held units. My budget is roughly $1,000.00.

If I have any money left after the table saw and planer purchases I really want the new Nova DVR XP lathe. I love my little Jet but have always wanted to turn bigger bowls.

-- I'm happiest when I have wheels on my feet or sawdust in my hair.


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OSU55

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#1 posted 02-14-2017 07:49 PM

If your total budget is $1,000, there’s no way. Maybe that’s just the planer? Nothing wrong with a SS ts, especially with a 14 year old. As far as sanders, have you considered hand planes to get panel glue ups flat and to remove planer/machining marks? I finish sand lightly by hand with high grit after finish planing all surfaces – all my sanders sit on the shelf. Lots of lathes available – I prefer the value provided by Grizzly lathes.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 02-14-2017 08:05 PM

I’m a little lost in the money part as well, and guessing the $1000 is for the planer. That said, you would do well with the SS table saw, and that’s a nice choice. The 3HP one will require 240V service in your garage, if you don’t have that consider the 1 3/4 HP model. I bought one about 2 years ago because of the current saws offered they are as good as any from a quality standpoint, and their customer service (should you ever need it) is beyond compare (IMHO). For the planer, if you can do the install of the Byrd head, consider a Dewalt 735 and then buy the head separately. But to be honest, the Grizzly 15” models that come with the helical head are very good units and reasonably priced….like the TS, you need 240V service. Best wishes to helping your son get started (safely) on a wonderful hobby.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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bbasiaga

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#3 posted 02-14-2017 08:09 PM

If you get the SS, go for the 36” fence. It is much nicer. If you dont have the space, the 30” is fine. You can always upgrade later.

With a 1k but for a planer, I would buy the Dewalt 735 and save $400. You can add a helical later if you wish, but I have found it does very well with sharp blades and light passes.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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ksSlim

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#4 posted 02-14-2017 08:30 PM

Checkout a “maker space” near you. Here, where I live (Ks), Make ICT has in their wood shop, Sawstop/36” cut right of the blade, couple of band saws, 8” joiner, 15” planer, Jigsaws (2-4) 5HP dust collection etc.

Cost to be a member $25 per month.

can’t buy top of the line tools for that, unless, you live to be 150 yrs. old.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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knotscott

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#5 posted 02-14-2017 10:42 PM

IMO the Saw Stop PCS 3hp with the T-Glide fence represents the sweetspot in value and performance in their lineup. It’ll likely be all the saw you could ever wish for in your lifetime. The stock 30 inch “premium” fence isn’t on par with the T-Glide IMO….it may be suitable, but at this level and cost, I wouldn’t settle.

A planer is a great addition for anyone who works with dimensional lumber. It’s especially effective when paired with a jointer.

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

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Skatergirl46

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#6 posted 02-14-2017 11:04 PM



If your total budget is $1,000, there s no way. Maybe that s just the planer? Nothing wrong with a SS ts, especially with a 14 year old. As far as sanders, have you considered hand planes to get panel glue ups flat and to remove planer/machining marks? I finish sand lightly by hand with high grit after finish planing all surfaces – all my sanders sit on the shelf. Lots of lathes available – I prefer the value provided by Grizzly lathes.

- OSU55


Sorry, I meant $1,000.00 for the planer.

-- I'm happiest when I have wheels on my feet or sawdust in my hair.

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Skatergirl46

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#7 posted 02-14-2017 11:05 PM

I have hand planes and use them. The sander is for cutting boards that I will be making. I won’t be sending all of that end grain through my new planer.

-- I'm happiest when I have wheels on my feet or sawdust in my hair.

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