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12-28-2013 03:34 AM

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This thread has little practical value. I’m just curious: for the kinds of tools typically found in a home shop, if price were no object, what’s the best out there? I’m not talking production machines like a Northfield table saw, but normal machines:

10” Table Saw
TS fence
14-17” Bandsaw
Drill press
6-8” jointer
Router (not shaper)
Hand planes
Chisel set

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 12-28-2013 03:44 AM

Virtually all of them would be European tools, for my money. Safer, better designed, and more capabilities.

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#2 posted 12-28-2013 03:47 AM

I would be happy with the junk I have if I had about 2000 square feet of climate controlled, well lit shop space!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#3 posted 12-28-2013 04:06 AM

The TS and Bandsaw if price were no object, I would own Felder equipment. If a traditional american TS is a requirement vs a euro style slider, then a 5hp SawStop PCS. The fences with the equipment are better than anything aftermarket (not a fan of positioners if the LS-TS is what you were hinting at). Jointer would be a Felder Hammer A3 26 (10 inch)

Router(s) – you need more than one

Bosch colt w/ plunge base
Festool OF1400
Festool OF2200
PC 7518 in a lift

Drill press – powermatic 18”

Hand planes – one of each from Lie Nielsen

Chisel sets – I can’t find anything wrong with my Woodriver bench chisels and I use them a lot. I’d like to invest in a nice set of Japanese chisels


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#4 posted 12-28-2013 04:08 AM

5hp delta unisaw.
I have a biesemeyer and love it but I think I’d get incra’s fence positioner
I’d buy a minimax bandsaw
Powermatic 18” drill press
Powermatic 60c jointer
Love my Bosch 1617 but want the triton
Anything from lie Nielsen
New veritas bench chisels with pm-v11 tool steel

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 04:38 AM

I would be happy with the junk I have if I had about 2000 square feet of climate controlled, well lit shop space!

Amen, floor space is the most expensive and coveted tool.

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#6 posted 12-28-2013 04:40 AM

about 50,000 dollars worth of clamps. Then I’d go for the tools. The top of my list would be the 12 inch jointer/planer combo machine from hammer. Then a powermatic 15 inch band saw. Then the powermatic 3 hp table saw, the festool big boy router, then maybe it will rain beer then too

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#7 posted 12-28-2013 05:44 AM

I do have to agree with the floor space, woodworking can be so personal. My preferences run toward the router table as much as I can just love the use of it but I have a small one car garage for a shop so I would trade it for floor space in a heart beat.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#8 posted 12-28-2013 01:14 PM

Obviously my woodworking functions at the ‘lower’ end of the economic spectrum as I don’t even recognize some of those names.

Some really cool German/Italian equipment would be nice (or at least their pictures look awesome) and then filled in with the odd Powermatic stationary tool.

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#9 posted 12-28-2013 02:25 PM

Look up a Holty in-fill hand plane if you really want some sticker shock. Understandably, those who have one swear it is the best (which puzzles me, but hey!).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#10 posted 12-28-2013 03:03 PM

Money no object? Hands down a 5 axis CNC, 5’ X 5’ X 10’ work envelope, MasterCam software. With that there is little need for a table saw, a band saw, drill press, etc…......

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#11 posted 12-28-2013 03:04 PM

Okay . . . a Holty plane costs between $4000 and $12,000? Oh my.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#12 posted 12-28-2013 03:26 PM

10” Table Saw – Any one of the SawStop table saws.

TS fence – I prefer the fence on my Ridgid TS3650 as it also clamps to the rear rail making the use of vertical feather boards easy and simple.

14-17” Bandsaw – I would keep my G0555 and would add a MM20.

Drill press – Wilton A5816VS.

6-8” jointer – Any one of the 8” Grizzly jointers.

Router (not shaper) – PC690 and the PC7518.

Hand planes – cheap stanley block plane as I can’t remember the last time I needed to use a block plane in or any plane on one of my projects.

Chisel set – Home Depot Buc Brothers 4 chisel set. Does everything I need for the rare occasions I use a chisel.

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#13 posted 12-28-2013 04:23 PM

chisels-sheffield or stanley sweetheart

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#14 posted 12-28-2013 04:38 PM

10” Table Saw: Older PM 66 or Unisaw, 5hp
TS fence: Biesmeyer or careful clone
14-17” Bandsaw: Grizzly, yep, they sell the most, they’re going to be the most refined
Drill press: Older floor model, Leave the lasers and the phasers in the dumpster. No stupid accessory table
6-8” jointer: Older PM or Delta/Rockwell
Router (not shaper): Porter Cable. The fewer frills the better
Hand planes: Not qualified
Chisel set: A random grouping of mismatched old ones you bought on ebay and restored, sharpened to a faretheewell. Makes you look really craftsmanny

Additional items:

at least one quality measuring tool, Starrett, Bridge City
A Japanese pull saw
Lamello biscuit cutter (or am I getting too moderne?)



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#15 posted 12-28-2013 05:14 PM

Some of this list is based on use of tools at work.
TS, Saw stop industrial
BS, Laguna
DB, the 16” powermatic
Planer and joiner, don’t know but probably something like an Oliver
Routers, portable, Palm= rigid or dewalt 2 base set, midsize= festool 1400 or Bosch 1617 – 2 base ;large, festool 2200, table mounted, PC 7518 in Incra lift
Handplanes- combination of LV, LN and Stanley
Chisels, combo of Stanley sweethearts, LN and Blue Spruce

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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