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Forum topic by jcalberto posted 08-24-2011 11:32 PM 1156 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2011 11:32 PM

Hi Guys,

I am new to LJ community but have used it before as a guest to go over tool reviews whenever I am in the process of buying one. Anyways, I am glad that I am now a member and would like to start off with asking your opinions of what makes more sense to buy next. I recently acquired about a $1000 spending limit and would like to use it on purchasing some new tools for my shop. The ones I have on my list include:

12” sliding miter saw (interested in the Jet 12” or Bosch new 12” but open to new suggestions) or
Festool TS 75 EQ Plunge-Cut Saw with T-Loc plus CT 26 Dust Extractor Package: ~$1150 or
Festool OF 2200 EB Router + CT 26 E Dust Extractors Package: $1320

So I would really appreciate your opinions that could help me with my decision.


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#1 posted 08-24-2011 11:33 PM

What do you build? What projects are on your project list?

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#2 posted 08-24-2011 11:51 PM

Well crap JC, looking at your profile it sure looks like you already have quite a shop full of tools. IMO, how about spending your $$$ on some really nice hardwood and making some dust?

Anyway, how about (not knowing any more than what your profile says)
++ upgrading your current DC with a Thien separator
++ Add another DC unit (looks like you could use it)
++ build a nice hardwood workbench

BTW, got my Texas A&M PhD in ‘99 and live between Austin and San Antonio.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 08-24-2011 11:56 PM

It has to do with what you want to make like Wayne said. I know I prefer Bosch over jet anytime.

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#4 posted 08-24-2011 11:58 PM

I’m with Mike.. if you don’t use the tools you have they’ll start having separation anxiety and not want to work when you do use them!

Buy up some nice hard wood and make lots of piles of saw dust!

By the way, I’m about 100 miles north of you in Franklin, TX

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 08-25-2011 12:11 AM

Of the listed choices, i would go with the festool plunge saw. Basing that on versatility. Breaking down sheet goods, crosscutting of more width than the sliders will allow. Cant go wrong with the hardwoods the other guys mentioned. If you are looking at miter saws, what about the kapex?

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#6 posted 08-25-2011 12:12 AM

If it was me I would not use that $1000 spending limit. I’d wait until I had the cash.

You have a couple nice routers, so i”d wait on that. You have a nice table saw with a good fence. If your current chop saw is not very accurate, than a new chop saw is the logical choice.

OR, what until your building a project that one of those three could make or break your piece, then buy your next tool.

-- There are many ways to skin a cat...... but, the butter knife is not recommended

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#7 posted 08-25-2011 12:21 AM

Considering that you already have a really nice table saw, I can’t imagine the miter saw being much of a game changer for you. That is unless you have some home improvement projects in your future that would benefit from a portable machine.

You also already have a few nice routers.

That said, I’m thinking the plunge saw would be a nice conveinience for cutting sheet goods.

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#8 posted 08-25-2011 12:45 AM

Your current tool list is pretty impressive. I agree with others that the SCMS won’t improve your accuracy over the TS, but it can cut longer boards more easily than the TS, and wider boards more easily than your current CMS if you cut many longer pieces. Maybe a slider for your TS instead?

How is your miter gauge situation? How about blades for your saws and router bits? High end blades and bits can really make a difference on nice tools like you have.

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#9 posted 08-25-2011 01:27 AM

Thanks guys for all of your opinions. Anyways, I don’t need any more lumber than what I already have. Currently my lumber rack is full and I have some sitting on the garage floor acclimating to my shop before I can start working my roubo workbench. The type of projects I build vary a lot and honestly I am not using this as a deciding factor. I already have most of the major tools that allow me to build all sorts of projects (minus a lathe… so far haven’t gotten into the turning thing but I never tried it..). The list of tools I put together are things I came up as nice to have if I ever have some extra cash like I do now. The sliding miter saw is in the list because every now and then I need to cross cut long wide boards at night and doing so inside my small two car garage can be kind of challenging with my current 10” chop saw. The festool dust ct dust extractor is in the list because of two reasons. To capture as much dust from the source and second because I got tired of using my current ridgid brand chop vac whose hose size’s are made to fit into my festool domino dust exhaust port. So now that I have this cash I like to buy one and because I have would have some cash left over I also added the festool router or ts plunge saw option.

My first choice would be the festool dust extractor and pluge saw combo just because I am guessing I would get more use out of it but I wanted to get someone else s opinion.

Anyways, thanks for all your inputs!

Hey Mike glad to know that we have some LJ Aggies. BTW, my class is 99 but it took me an extra year to graduate.

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#10 posted 09-12-2011 01:52 AM

I am a true festool junkie having purchased 10 of them. The only tool that they make that I don’t feel is heads and shoulders above the competition are the routers. I like your thinking on the dust extractor and the TS 55

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