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#1 posted 03-13-2016 03:01 AM


With the budget you have, I suspect that either way you go will serve you well. First as a hobbyist, there will not be much stress put on the machines. Second, based on the Grizzly bandsaw I bought, it appears that Grizzly puts the extra money they charge for their higher end machines into the machines. I suspect the two Grizzly machines on your list would be fine, although I do not have first-hand knowledge of either. However, I think the jointer may not be available at this time.

Personally I like separate machines that perform only one function. That way the machine is ready whenever I need to mill some stock. Nonetheless I looked at the Hammer hoping I could save some space by upgrading my jointer and replacing my planer. However, I thought the planer bed might be a little too low when planing a large stack of lumber. Also, I thought the jointer guard might get in the way. My decision to forego the Hammer in no way was based a perception of inferior quality.

It seems to me that going with the machine(s) that best meet your requirements and preferences is the way to go. I do not think you will be disappointed in quality no matter which way you go.

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