|Forum topic by thiel||posted 10-14-2011 03:06 AM||1299 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
10-14-2011 03:06 AM
As some of you know, my shop was submerged (8ft deep) in Irene. I was insured, so while it’s been a lot of work to get cleaned up, I’ve had great help. (And really there are worse things in the world than buying all new tools with someone elses money!)
What I’m struggling with is some of the decision making. My shop has always been adequate, but a bit cramped, and with the insurance money I have the opportunity to really pick and choose what I want. So far, I’ve purchased a Sawstop and lots of Festool gear (as I said, there are worse things!) and I’ve been refurbishing some of my larger machines (dust collector, bandsaw, lathe, workbench…)
Here’s my dilemma: do I refurbish/replace my PM 701 mortiser? I am thinking of NOT doing it, instead investing in the largest festool router to plunge mortises. Also, I am getting a new drill press and I’ve decided on the Delta 18-800L which has a six inch quill stroke. I’m thinking that between those two tools, I should be very close to the power/mortise capacity of the PM 701, but I’ll be saving some shop space at the same time and maybe even have better flexibility.
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