|Forum topic by CoachSchroeder||posted 02-12-2014 07:42 PM||1066 views||0 times favorited||23 replies|
02-12-2014 07:42 PM
I have a $500 HD gift card and I’m looking for some guidance.
I have the Ridgid contractor ts (R4510), the Ridgid SCM saw, a porter cable router table I just picked up used with an old PC router it in and a milwaukee 2 1/4 router. Just picked up the cheapo HF belt/disc sander. I have senco pneumatics and a Ridgid compressor. I acquired most of this stuff when I was working summers in the construction industry but have since become more interested in building furniture.
I need to get away from buying expensive s4s lumber and want to expand my capabilities.
I was planning to get the Ridgid Jointer with the gift card but that has been discontinued. The price was right and it seemed like a reasonably reliable tool. I would have picked up a thickness planner at a later date.
So now I’m at a loss for what to do. I could round up some extra cash to accompany the gift card and get what seems like a similar jointer HD sells for between 700-900 bucks.
Or, am I better off using the $500 on the Ridgid thickness planer + Ryobi drill press (or something else) and maybe picking up a jointer from Grizzly or even Baileigh (they’re right up the road from me).
If money weren’t an issue I would go Jointer- planer- drill press… build some stuff for a few months and then see what I feel like I ‘need’ next. (something tells me band saw)
I appreciate quality tools that last a long time but I also don’t want to wait forever to save up money to buy top of the line stuff when I can probably get by just fine with something from Ryobi, etc.
I also know that I could easily blow through $500 on a dado stack, clamps, fasteners, drill bits, router bits, etc. which probably wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world either.
What would you do given my current set of tools, the gift card, and a small budget to add tools as you go? Big purchases ($500 or more) are tough to slip past my wife. Little stuff ($400 or less) I could sneak through.
My project list is probably a year long & is mostly kitchen cabinet type construction- variations on a box+face frame+door/lid.
Most of you have worked through these decisions before, weighing cost vs quality + the order of your purchases and that’s what I’m seeking your advice.
Thanks in advance.
-- -Sam, in Wisconsin