|Forum topic by illusionfieldsfarm||posted 04-07-2014 05:41 PM||646 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
04-07-2014 05:41 PM
I’m putting together plans for a workshop to build my new home. We are trying to move our life basically off-grid so electric power for the tools won’t work. We live close to an Amish community here and the woodworker friends of mine there use gas or diesel powered setups. One very intriguing setup has a gas motor on the 2nd floor of a shop with a long belt running from the motor down to a shaft that runs along the floor to the workbench. This shaft has a belt around it at the bench going to another shaft on the bench itself where there are belt pulleys running his various tools (table saw, jointer, etc). This is something I’d like to start planning but I’m having trouble sourcing the actual tools themselves. I will start by saying I know very little about these tools besides their basic operation but this is what I think I will need for major tools:
Lumber mill: already taking care of that with a WoodMizer mill with its own motor
What manufacturers should I be looking at for these? I looked at Grizzly’s site but they all seem to come with their own electric power plant and it would be silly to get one with the electric motor just to take that off to refit it. Additionally, they seem to be nearly all made in China and would thus be less likely to customize to a non-motored (and thus cheaper) unit.
Any thoughts from you seasoned vets would be greatly appreciated.