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Forum topic by NormG posted 03-06-2012 03:48 AM 2669 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2012 03:48 AM

One of my neighbors son in law’s uncle died. He had not seen him in many years and only had a few phone calls over the years. He left him some property with a house and a 24 by 48 building that is set up as a shop, full of Star tools, I have never heard of this brand. There is a 12” full cabinet TS 5 hp motor, the fence has a micro adjustment on it, with a table built around it on 3 sides, 8” jointer the bed is either 64/65” long, Oscillating spindle sander, 6” edge sander that can also be set vertical, a 6 by 12 combo sander, 25” drum sander, 20” bandsaw that looks remarkably like a Laguna, 14” lathe that the head swivels, 12 1/2 thickness planer. The paint still has its factory shine. In fact all the tool surfaces shine. There are also 2 old Dewalt Radial Arm Saws, All the tools have dust collection that runs to a large dust collector out back that uses 55 gal drums. There is a molder/shaper also, that I did not see a manufacturer name on it. An Oliver 24” thickness planer and a whole lot of hand tools, planes, chisels, many more hand tools and there is a whole wall with molding cutter blades.

Out back about 20 feet from the shop there is a pole barn with slat sides, that is full of all kinds of wood on shelves that were put there to dry. Beside this building there are a set of “V” tracks about 20 feet long, that appear to have had a saw mill of some type on it in the past.

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 03:57 AM

There was a Star Machine Company. You might check this website.

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 04:48 AM

Star was a brand of Taiwan import with offices in
Los Angeles. They might have turned into Lobo or
something. At one time there were 4 or 5 importers
in the L.A. area bringing in the same sort of stuff.
Star was decent quality in general.

On par with Sunhill, Woodtek, Grizzly, et al.

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 05:33 PM

I can’t speak for all to the star tools that you list….but the drum sander is the same basic machine that grizzly offers now. It is also nearly identical to the new powermatic dds-225. The exceptions are that Grizzly uses an electric variable speed conveyor drive motor and both grizzly and pm have a rear drum height adjustment that is not on the earlier star machine. I have one and overall it’s not a bad machine.

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