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WoodenHillbilly

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952 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: made in usa made in america made in america challenge us made tools buy american american made resource question tip

I just read a challenge for putting together a shop for under $5,000 with all made in America components. Unfortunately, no one realized the opportunity at hand.

I lost almost all of my shop tools in a move and am having to start from scratch. I have made the commitment to as far as possible, go strictly Made in the USA. Barring that I will be looking to assembled in the USA and then to made on the North American continent.

We all have different resources, budget and time constraints. Rather than making a challenge with such narrow constraints, how about a challenge that can help everyone to make the best choices possible in their circumstances?

I would like to see both new and used categories. Items in the used category should be readily available with parts still easily obtainable or substitutable without compromise in function or safety. Please specify whether the item is new or used, where the item is made or assembled, price range, and any special features. More details are better. Please don’t make guesses or assumptions.

It can take hours and days to gather this kind of info. But, if we all work at it, it should turn out to be a marvelous resource that didn’t take a huge chunk of valuable woodworking time from any of us.

Thanks for your help!


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Loren

7232 posts in 2246 days


#1 posted 952 days ago

You can get all your USA-made machinery used at bargain prices these
days with so many shops closing.

Old machine junkies have no trouble outfitting a shop with old American
iron, but such machines lack some modern conveniences and do have
their quirks.

Woodmaster is USA made. Good planers. RBI is very similar and
I bet made in the Woodmaster factory. Belsaw’s are similar and available
used.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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dusty2

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#2 posted 952 days ago

I’m interested.

Which table saw, drill press and jointer are American made today.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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DS

2131 posts in 1019 days


#3 posted 952 days ago

Far easier to take the Made in China challenge—the same entire shop worth of tools for $500.00.
Seems that’s how its going these days.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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therookie

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#4 posted 952 days ago

Delta is coming back to AMERICA

-- http://aewoodworks.webs.com

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hairy

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#5 posted 952 days ago

http://www.easywoodtools.com Top quality, great folks to deal with.

http://turnrobust.com/About_Us.html The best anywhere. Maybe over your budget, but you won’t be disappointed.

-- what a long, strange trip it's been...

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Loren

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#6 posted 952 days ago

”I’m interested.

Which table saw, drill press and jointer are American made today.”

Table saw and jointer: Northfield

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Bertha

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#7 posted 952 days ago

You’d have no problem putting together the basics out of vintage tools for under $5000. If you already have 3 phase, you could probably do it much cheaper. Plenty of US stuff out there.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Loren

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#8 posted 952 days ago

There’s also the Gil-bilt machinery kits. I think they can still
be bought from Gilliom Manufacturing.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Bertha

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#9 posted 952 days ago

For Loren: Northfield 7.5 slider
http://www.kitmondo.com/northfield-4-slider-7-1-or-2-hp/ref278926

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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MrRon

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#10 posted 952 days ago

I would be hard pressed to equip a shop under $5000 with made in the U.S.A. tools. I would have to rely on used machines for the better part of $5K. A lot of hand tools would have to come from Sears. A search of industrial supply catalogs can produce some American made tools, but price will tell you where it’s made.

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TomCassidy

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#11 posted 920 days ago

Try http://www.shopsmith.com plus a $1000 worth of hand tools and you are off and running. Yes, it is not the best saw, but it is made in the USA and the service is GREAT.

-- Tom Cassidy

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