what tool do you want MOST but just cant justify ?

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Forum topic by Paul posted 03-03-2011 06:04 PM 2940 views 0 times favorited 72 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2011 06:04 PM

We’re all at different levels and so what we want the other guys already has.
If you could eliminate reason, price, and justification what would your next tool be?
We probably all tight for space so with out changing the size of your shop what would have to go if anything to make room?

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 06:14 PM

I would go with a really high end table saw or a 15” planer with helical head (uisng a 10” portable planer right now, along with an old contractor saw). Of course, either one of these might be postponed if I could get some really nice planes or something like that. Crap, now I can think of like 90 billion tools I want.

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 06:17 PM

That’s a toughie. Most of my tools are cheapies. They work well, but could be better… For humor sake, say I won the lottery, but had to stay put for some reason… And assuming I could get non shop stuff OUT of my shop completely, had sufficient power brought in, and plenty of stock to work with, I would…

#1. Replace my Ryobi BT3100 with a SawStop long rail PCS. The Ryobi is fine, and I hate the business practices of Saw Stop inventor Steve Gass, but I really do like the saw, and the blade brake is a great piece of safety engineering. #2. Add a Bench Dog router wing to that saw. Any ideas for filling the table top / rails between the main table and the extension wing would be good to know! #3. Add a Grizzly sliding table to that saw. I got VERY used to a sliding miter table using my Ryobi, and now I do not want to be without one. #4. Replace my HF DC / Thien rig with a Clearvue Cyclone / full spiral duct, radically upgraded dust hoods all the way around. #5. 16/32 WDS. Probably the Jet version… I like the Grizzly, but absolutely HATE the 2.5” dust port on a wide drum sander. What were they thinking? #6. Replace my cheapie HF SCMS with the new Bosch articulated arm 12” slider….

Oddly enough, I like my HF band saw and lathe enough to keep them around even with wads of cash… They just work well, no need to replace them.

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 06:20 PM

I would have to say a CNC machine. If I reached a level where I could sell items I made, it would be a sound investment, but not one I can justify as a hobbyist.

Good question,


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#4 posted 03-03-2011 06:27 PM

#1 would be a saw stop table saw. A close second would have to be the Jointmaker Pro v2 from Bridge City Tool Works:

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 06:30 PM

A shop girl. To sweep, make coffee, change my cds, help me find tools I misplaced…

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 06:34 PM

A really wide panel sander.

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 06:34 PM

An enormous fan mounted in the end wall, opposite the main doors, like a wind tunnel. To make room, my laundry room and downstairs bathroom would have to go. Probably not worth it.

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 06:44 PM

a new table saw and a drum sander. I like my table saw but a nice cabinet saw would be, well nice. I really, really want a drum sander for sanding laminations and such.

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#9 posted 03-03-2011 06:44 PM

A Delta Unisaw or a PM2000.

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#10 posted 03-03-2011 06:50 PM

To quote Top Gun….”the list is long, but distinguished”, but I will cheat and combine two as one is definately not technically a “tool” and the other can be argued for/against as an actual tool:

1. New electric service run to garage/shop
2. Cyclone dust collection system

#2 can’t happen without number one for me, and I currently use a shop vac.

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#11 posted 03-03-2011 06:51 PM

Greetings Paul,

Really good question…..I pretty much justify every tool I buy, I think, but like most, always want more or bigger….My friend, Kent Shepherd, has his signature line that says “The goal is….. more tools”. It says it all for us… I have a 12” planer, and a 6” jointer. I want to replace them with a 15 or 20” planer, and a 10” jointer, plus a Jet 22/44 drum sander. If I can sell the first 2 items, I get them. If not, I keep them and buy the others anyway. I have plenty of room in my shop, and I build custom furniture for some of my customers.

I have plenty of $$$ (?), so that’s no problem…lol. It’s just making the move to do it, but I will real soon. Good question and good post…... Rick.

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#12 posted 03-03-2011 06:58 PM

I’d get a Martin or an Altendorf with a crazy 12’ stroke or something. Of
course I’d need a new building to house the darned thing.

On a more accessible level, I can’t bring myself to buy into the Domino
system – even though it’s clearly a useful tool and a quick one, I have other
ways to make very similar joints that are not as fast, but adequate

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#13 posted 03-03-2011 07:02 PM

For me it was the Grizzley Drum sander. And after much debate. I said I don’t need to justify it. I just need to ask the boss if I can have one. She said yes, of course you can get one. I was dumb founded. I fear this will cost me more in the end though. But it will be worth it.

-- Ray

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#14 posted 03-03-2011 07:02 PM

I’d really like a 15+” bandsaw to resaw my own wood. Until then I pay a little extra to get it about where I want it then plane it down. Maybe next tax refund/bonus season.

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#15 posted 03-03-2011 07:11 PM

Except for the guys selecting the CNC, wide panel sander, and of course, the shop girl, you guys need to think much bigger based on the OPs guidelines. For me, I would get a Martin T27 Flex shaper with all the trimmings. The Minimax shaper would have to go.
Second choice would be a Kundig wide belt sander. Then the DP, workbench, and the wall of my shop would have to go.

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