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Forum topic by Mike309 posted 02-01-2008 02:56 AM 1158 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2008 02:56 AM

I have a wonderful opportunity to upgrade my Sears contractor 10” TS and Delta 6” Jointer and 16/32 PM drum sander (all purchased used but in good condition). The up grades are a 5hp SC cabinet saw, 12” SC jointer and a SC26” duel drum sander. Would you consider this extreem over kill even for a really good deal? I need to pull the triger soon and I need someone to talk me off the ledge.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 02-01-2008 02:58 AM

If it won’t break the budget and you’ve got the room, is there such a thing as over kill?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 02-01-2008 03:59 AM

The thing that holds most of us back from having a shop like Norm’s is simply $$$$$. If this doesn’t create a problem your case GO FOR IT!!!!!!

I’ve got a Sears saw that I have had for about 10 years. This was the first tool that I bought and I have gotten to the point where I am ready for it to go. I put a PM2000 or Sawstop on my Christmas list but I guess Santa didn’t have a lift gate on his sleigh. I bought a Powermatic 6” jointer about 3 years ago and already wish I had gone with the 8” model (a 12” is only in my wildest dreams). With the tools that you are getting (notice the syntax) I cannot imagine why you would want or need to upgrade them within your lifetime.

When an opportunity like this presents itself take advantage of it.

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

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#3 posted 02-01-2008 04:08 AM

Why not.. From the sound of it, the new tools with make bigger jobs easier.. Sounds good to me.

-- Perth, Australia

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#4 posted 02-01-2008 04:45 AM

Pardon my ignorance, but what does SC stand for? I’m envious, I’d love to have the 12” jointer and 26” dual drum sander. I’m with everyone else, if it fits your budget and your space, go for it.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#5 posted 02-01-2008 05:29 AM

From the looks of your photo, does your mother know you are doing this?? If you can handle the finances, do it now!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-01-2008 05:46 AM

Owen – SC is Steel City Tools

Thos – When I look at the screen I would rather see my Grandson than my puss.

Mike in Pittsburgh

-- Mike

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#7 posted 02-01-2008 06:02 AM

Mike if you got the cash and this purchase will bring you joy, what’s stopping you? You’re asking a bunch of confessed drunks on whether you should by a bottle of Jack Daniels, or a case. We’re not Tool Purchasers Anonymous here! If you’re standing on the edge, you’ll get a lineup here to give you a shove. Consider Lumberjocks, Tool Purchaser Enablers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 02-01-2008 06:15 AM

II don’t think he needed advice.
He just wanted to brag about how much better of he will be in the near future.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#9 posted 02-01-2008 10:43 AM

Will you have to rewire for 220, and will that be a problem. Otherwise, go for it!

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#10 posted 02-01-2008 12:56 PM

Buy first, work out the damage later…

It is better to ask for forgiveness, than it is permission…..

-- My Fear is when i die, my wife will sell my tools for what I TOLD her they cost

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#11 posted 02-01-2008 03:17 PM

as long as you have the room and the money, go for it.
And if you’re selling the drum sander let me know.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#12 posted 02-01-2008 04:34 PM

I’ve never heard anyone say they have too much capacity…..hummmm….always hear everyone complain they don’t have enough though…funny that! As everyone else says if you have the space and the bucks get it, get it now, get it as fast as you can….LOL. Expecially before the wife finds out. And like designerboy says “It is better to ask for forgiveness, than it is permission… Bigger and more powerful is better.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#13 posted 02-01-2008 06:04 PM

“I need to pull the trigger soon and I need someone to talk me off the ledge.”

Thank you everyone for the push. I did the deal. I really was uncertain because of the quantum leap in this upgrade.

-- Mike

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#14 posted 02-01-2008 06:49 PM

I would say, if you have the space and budget, the equipment you are looking at certainly will give you considerable capacity to grow as far as those specific power tools are concerned.

Only you can determine if you are over-buying.


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#15 posted 02-01-2008 06:55 PM

Space now will be an issue but I will work it out. I will retire in a couple of years and I intend to do even more woodworking.

-- Mike

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