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02-13-2009 06:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: buying new equipement and tools question bandsaw lathe planer scroll saw biscuit joiner drill press miter saw router spray gun jointer sander tablesaw

Hello fellow LJ’s. I am looking for some oppinions on buying equipement all from the same supplier.
10” tablesaw with 4×8 sliding bed, 10” table saw, shaper, joiner, 20 planer, 24 drum sander, 80”+oscilating belt sander, lathe , drill press and a few other small things to complete the shop including all new hand and power tools? Any suggestions of where I should start. I live in Canada but am really close to Vermont. Thanks.

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#1 posted 02-13-2009 06:27 AM

If you are looking for one MFG. I’d look at Laguna.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 02-13-2009 01:05 PM

If I were given a budget like that to work with to set up shop with a single supplier Powermatic would send me a big thank you note!!!

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#3 posted 02-13-2009 02:41 PM

with the economy crashing it is, in the famous words “One mans lose is another mans gain”. Bankruptcy’s are soaring and there are “deals” out there that until recently, are too good to be true.

A friend just bought a Holtzer edge bander that retails for about 55,000 dollars for 5 grand and it had just 200 hours on it. he also bought a SCM thickness sander that retails for 40,000 for 5 grand. I recently saw n Altendorf 10’ slider for 1,500.

For that kind of money you could fill your shop with top notch tools and still have money in the bank

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#4 posted 02-13-2009 04:11 PM

Iwould have to agree with Powermatic, if price weren’t the issue, but I would probably go for grizzly and aim for the more industrial size equiptment. You get alot more bang for the buck with them, and their customer service is tops as is Powermatics. You spend the money, make sure there is a great customer service group backing your tools as Delta’s has fallen off since being taken over by B&D.

Just my opinion,

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#5 posted 02-13-2009 06:46 PM

wait, you can buy a t-74 for $70k?

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#6 posted 02-13-2009 06:50 PM


If you have that kind of money I would definitely get a Saw Stop Table Saw. Just check out this post . If he had a Saw Stop Saw he might have just needed a bandaid.

I know that right now Saw Stop just makes table saws but your hands are worth it. There are suppliers out there like Eagle Tool in California that sell great equipment including the Saw Stop saw that can package it all up for you.

Check with you local tool suppliers that carry the Saw Stop and see what they can do for you.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#7 posted 02-13-2009 07:01 PM

Go with Minimax. They carry equipment for samall woodworkers, but if you are looking for larger equipment, they are part of SCM Group- Italy that has larger equipment. Probably the best machines on the marquet.
I bought a Powermatic 10” table saw back in 2006 and sold it one ytear later due to the economy crash… one year the machine devaluated 40%, something that does’t happen with european Machinery, they are all the way better investment. I have seen old Minimax bandsaws being sold for good good money!

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#8 posted 02-13-2009 07:02 PM

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#9 posted 02-13-2009 07:35 PM

You could buy an army of these T-74s for $35k!!!

-- He said wood...

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#10 posted 02-13-2009 10:00 PM

I Got all grizzly tools .you will not go wrong if you buy the top of the line that they sell some of their stuff is not bad eather real great service people but I hardly ever needed them. i have talked to them whe i need new blades for my two planers. good luck.


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#11 posted 02-13-2009 11:18 PM

I would say for a lathe I would always suggest you get the best lathe you can. The Powermatic 3520B can be picked up right now at for less than $3000 with a free bed extension and free shipping.
If you have more money to spend then look at a Oneway, Stubby or a Vicmark but unless you are realy into woodturning get the Powermatic 3520.
Also, reed this report on the Powermatic from a different website

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#12 posted 02-14-2009 12:11 AM

With that kind of budget I would just buy out the shop of
one of the 100s of cabinetmakers and furniture artisans who
are packing it in right now.

Why you would want to buy new when you can get double
the equipment used I don’t know.

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#13 posted 02-14-2009 12:15 AM

Well, tool manufacturers are going to have to come down to preference versus performance. I’ve grown up in a shop that was almost strictly Delta/Porter Cable. So that’s where my recomendations would lean. However, since you are in Canada, look at General. They make some very good tools. Also, check out the tool reviews, both here by fellow Jocks, and in trade publications like Fine Woodworking. If it were my money though, I’d have a Delta table saw, jointer, planer and sanders, depending on the size lathe your thinking about, either a Oneway, Nova DVR XP, Jet, Delta or Powermatic, and I would definatly get the new Porter Cable compact random Orbit Sander(, as well as an assortment of their Routers and there Omni-Jig (much easier to set up the the Leigh). In my personal opinion, I’d stay away from Festool, I admit they are well made products and they preform very well, but I think Porter Cable tools work just as well, and cost less. The only tool by Festool I would consider though is the Domino.

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#14 posted 02-14-2009 12:25 AM

I am not bound to any single brand, nobody makes the best of everything. But there are many tool manufacturers that make many good tools.

I also agree that there are some great bargains out there from shops that are closing down. Used equipment takes a little more time to shop for but it can be well worth it.

I have been drooling over MiniMax, SCM, and the Felder Group of tools for some time. I know shops with a lot of Grizzly and Extrema industrial tools, they are Taiwan made tools but they have had good service from the equipment and the companies if there is a need for a part.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 02-14-2009 12:29 AM

I would advise you to get felder equipment if you have a high budget you won’t regret it .I also would go for the bankruptcy deals which are out there .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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