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Forum topic by RibsBrisket4me posted 10-22-2011 03:57 AM 1634 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RibsBrisket4me

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10-22-2011 03:57 AM

If one looks at my current shop, it is obvious I bought locally and for value. My TS, jointer and air compressor are Craftsman. My BS, planer and DP are Ridgid.

I like my tools and bought them years ago when new prices were cheaper, (jointer $344, DP $225,) or used, TS $225, planer recond $289 and BS was a return @ $299). They work fine for a simple hobbiest like me.

Now if I was to by the “classic five” (TS, BS, planer, jointer, DP) from one company, I think I’d go Grizz or Ridgid for value or Powermatic if $$$ was no issue.

I used to think Delta but I now think they are overpriced on some of their tools (but I love the new Uni)

What would you choose?


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willie

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 04:53 AM

Not trying to cause any problems but it would be a lot easier to read your post (and others) without all the 2 letter abbreviations. Some are obvious, some make you think, others I have no idea what you’re talking about. Go easy on all us “old guys”. Thanks, Willie

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 05:14 AM

I am not sure that any company could provide a mixture of quality and value across the spectrum of tools. It would be nice to have a matching paint scheme. But somewhere along the line you will either loose the price leading aspect or the quality. Ridgid, for example, offers a good bang for buck line of tools. But from what i have read, the band saw may not compare favorably to other companies. Probably best to due your homework and buy from the “wheelhouse” of a company, on a case by case basis.

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 10-22-2011 05:26 AM

Todd, Don’t worry….I can read every letter abbreviation, and know what they stand for… Now, as far as tools…I’ve got a couple of old Craftsman tools that were/ are good quality (1984-85). But it seems like they have really gone down hill the last several years. So, I started buying Delta years ago, and have had not a single problem with any of them…..from my Unisaw up through my dust collector….But, even the quality of Delta has faltered the last few years….It’s hard to find any tools with quality for the price. But these days we don’t have much of a choice in anything we purchase toolwise. So I say stay with the tools you are happy with wheather it’s Ridgid, Craftsman, etc. Take a look at my shop and you’ll see the assortment.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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Delta356

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#4 posted 10-22-2011 05:30 AM

DELTA ALL THE WAY. Delta tools are in between price ranges of JET, Powermatic and General. I went with Delta and have not had any trouble with there machines. Delta makes great tools and is the only company out there thats still makes products here in the USA and even the add on things are made here in the USA. Anyways I have been pleased with my Delta tools.

Majority of people here will say go grizzly and thats fine. I know they make good tools and they are thought very highly be woodworkers all over the USA and canada. I have not had any experience with there tools. I just went with a name that I know builds quality tools and has pioneered many of the tools grizzly makes today.

One other thing If you look at all the the 15” planers design GRIZZLY, POWERMATIC, JET, GENERAL out there today , there all the GEETECH design of 1995. Delta’s 15” planer is the only one who’s stuck with the American Design OF 1978-2011 in which DELTA/Rockwell tools sold under the series INVICTA.

well thats with my 2 cents….

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#5 posted 10-22-2011 05:31 AM

Really? TS is tablesaw, DP is drill press and BS is bandsaw, as I’m talking about the classic five stationary shop tools.

These are common abbreviations on the numerous other forums I frequent.

HTH (hope that helps) :-)

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 10-22-2011 05:34 AM

You can’t go wrong with Jet. Good solid tools that provide years of service. Several different levels from contractor saws up to large cabinet saws. I can’t say I would buy the planer though. There are too many capable planers for less money, like the Dewalt 735 with self-indexing knives. I have the Ridgid Drill Press, and won’t ever upgrade unless somethging breaks. Delta mortiser breaks all the time. Everything else is Jet.
I hear a lot of people like Grizzly.
Powermatic seems solid, but often lacks features of lower priced tools.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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RibsBrisket4me

1526 posts in 1973 days


#7 posted 10-22-2011 05:38 AM

My thing is I have a bit of OCD :-) I can’t stand a hodge podge shop. It’s a burden I struggle with :-)Having two main tool brands works for me, and I would prefer to have one brand some day. I saw an all Jet shop once and I LOVED it.

I agree Shane, most tool brands have a weak link (my Ridgid BS is not the best, but I tuned it up (see pics on my link) and now it is actually very good now. )

THAT is why I’m asking this question…if you were to look at one brand which would it be?

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ShaneA

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#8 posted 10-22-2011 05:38 AM

Michael, I just knew you were going to say Ryobi….just kidding. This one was in your wheelhouse.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#9 posted 10-22-2011 05:40 AM

Rick, I actually thought about scouring Craigs List and picking up all older Craftsman tools.

Delta Mike….I like Delta. Love the new Uni but for some reason to me their jointer and BS seemed overpriced. Maybe I’m wrong though.

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Delta356

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#10 posted 10-22-2011 05:45 AM

ShaneA, The post was calling for me LOL…......

I would love to see more gray in shops these days. The green, white and yellow are hurting my eyes LOL….

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland,OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC,

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Beginningwoodworker

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#11 posted 10-22-2011 05:45 AM

I love my Delta Unisaw, Try buying old arn that needs a little TLC?

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RibsBrisket4me

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#12 posted 10-22-2011 05:51 AM

Rick and Michael have NICE shops!!!!

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 10-22-2011 06:15 AM

Todd,

That’s what a lot of the guys on LJs do, is find the older tools on Craigslist, like the old Craftsman table saws, etc. Then they clean and fix them up, or build a saw cabinet for them like I did for mine….I’ve never had to do one thing to my old saw. In fact, it’s still got the original belt that came with it, motor,pulleys…everything works prefect. I have it backed up to my Unisaw and an 4’X8’ outfeed table seperates the two…. But you can find older tools and machines on Craigslist, and get them for practically a song…. Oh and thanks for the comment on my shop. I appreciate it a bunch….I try to maintain it as best I can, and I’m a neat-nick when it comes to the shop….:))

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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emart

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#14 posted 10-22-2011 06:17 AM

i tend to collect more from eras then specific brands. for the most part as long as my wood tools were made before 1970 i seem to have good luck with them. however i will admit i do lean towards craftsman if its at least 40 years old and in my extremely low price range (most of machines were $100 each).

personally im not really a brand fanatic since a lot of brands have tools they dont make as good as other companies do.

the exception is my dewalt 734 planer. from all the reviews i read on it and its competitors at the same price it was the best for my little shop.

if i had the chance i’d replace my RAS with a early 60s era dewalt

the other exception is my welder which i had to have as new as possible since the new machines use less energy. (if i had the money i’d own a miller dynasty its the best tig machine ive ever used)

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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Woodmaster1

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#15 posted 10-22-2011 06:34 AM

Delta would be my choice. I just added a new 5 hp unisaw and 18” drill press great machines. If you want to get the best you have to mix brands. I also added a rikon 14” bandsaw to my shop. Next year I plan on adding a planer and jointer not sure what brands yet. My wife is great, she said yes to all my new machines and three years ago let me build a new garage to put the shop in.

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