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01-31-2013 09:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw jointer planer purchase decision

I now have a SS table saw. I really think I want to get the Jet 16-32 Drum sander but I do not yet have a band saw, jointer or planer. Which should I get first. Coulg get the Dewalt planer andone of the others in the list at the same time.

Thanks, Bring

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 09:55 PM

First off, instead of collecting tools I would learn what you just bought can do, then figure out what you need for the project you are doing.

It’s all fine and good to toss money at a lot of new tools but if it isn’t the type of wood working you will end up doing, it is just money wasted and taking up space.

Build something…. try making a truly square box and see what you need to make it so.
Hint: you might need to try this a few or a dozen times.

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

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#2 posted 01-31-2013 09:59 PM

I can highly recommend the Dewalt planer. I bought mine a couple years ago and it has worked perfectly. Great for buying rough cut lumber and cleaning it up. I just finished a Morris Chair and used it a lot.

-- Charlie,Treasure coast

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#3 posted 01-31-2013 10:03 PM

+1 to what Dallas said.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#4 posted 01-31-2013 10:45 PM

I have an unused new Jet 22-44 Pro for sale, if you’re interested.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 01-31-2013 11:55 PM

I would get the jointer and a planer for the cost of the drum sander and then down the road buy the drum sander. My drum sander is nice but I use the jointer and planer alot more! Infact I just got done using both today.

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 01:33 AM

I have the the 16-32 drum sander and love it. Beats the delta all day long. I would say a planer though. Then the drum sander. And for joining boards a few old stanley hand planes would work. The tools you talk of to me are shop essential things and so I wouldn’t say not to invest in any of the things you mentioned, especially if you can afford to purchase them.

-- Kenny

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 01:40 AM

There are a lot of things I would get before a drum sander. Drill press, bandsaw, planer, jointer, in that order.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 04:19 AM

ok, i will keep reading. I have a drill press. Seems like I could prep a lot of rustic wood with a band saw.

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#9 posted 02-01-2013 05:45 PM

I have a drum sander and it is awesome, but I think I might get it last. Dallas is right learn what you have, but I would continue saving for new toys. The planer and joiner will allow you to purchase some rough sawn wood, which could save you some money on projects if you have to buy wood from the big box stores.

I am also not sure if I would buy a band saw right off either….I might look at a router, router table, and kreg jig equipment. It is always good to make the little woman something nice…it could lead to more good tools!

-- Mike

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#10 posted 02-01-2013 06:11 PM

I wouldn’t get a jointer unless its an 8” of larger with parallel adjustments. The planer (DW 735) is the important one and is all I usually need to face joint lumber. I use the table saw for edge jointing. Still, I have a 6” jointer that sits mostly unutilized, but since it was a good deal, I got it.

I love my 22/44 and sometimes I use it in place of the planer. I wish I had gotten it sooner than I did.

But, yeah, Dallas is correct. Build stuff…you’ll soon learn what is right for you.

-- jay,

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#11 posted 02-02-2013 01:49 AM

Thanks, I thought that today, I will start some projects and then get what I need.

Tool king in Denver had a woodworking show today (all weekend FYI) and reps from most companies were there. It was a chance to get extra $ off their gear and ask questions. I picked up a jet 1100 DC with 2 micron filter almost $200 off and the dewalt 735x package for $439. That was a steal!!

Very tempted to get the jet 16” 1.5 HP band saw while it is almost 400 off…

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#12 posted 02-02-2013 03:56 AM

Good scores!

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#13 posted 02-04-2013 06:51 PM

I think it is good to have a plan, but then I would be flexible…400.00 off a BS sounds like a good buy, plus sometimes a used piece of equipment may come up cheap too! The two purchases you made sounded like very good prices too…the 735x for 439.00 sounds like a 150.00 off…good buy!

-- Mike

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#14 posted 02-04-2013 10:25 PM

Nice deals.

A planer and jointer are the best next tools for dimensioning lumber. It’s best to use a jointer and planer in tandem, but to get started I think a planer is the way to go, because with the help of a planer sled you can compensate for lack of a jointer for a while.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#15 posted 02-05-2013 02:01 AM

Scott – willing to acquire one more major tool this month. Would you agree a Band Saw for safely cutting smaller boards and curves would be the best next addition? I have never owned one but I can imagine using it a good bit. I will get a jointer the day I look at a board and know there is no good way around it.

I have a trip to W NY in April to pick up a lot of reclaimed lumber from a friends barn he will have taken down. Long drive but the material is very nice so I want to be able to process it well.

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