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#1 posted 03-15-2016 07:17 PM

What to get depends a lot on what you want to do. Add a decent router for sure….build a table for it too. Beyond that, it depends.

It sounds like you like woodworking (you’re past your rookie season!), so rather than continuing to buy entry level homeowner grade tools with limited capabilities, I’d consider looking to longer term tools that will serve you better, and that you can grow with. Floor standing units in general will almost always have the advantage of more mass, more capacity, usually more power, better long term reliabiilty, quieter motors, better accuracy, more torque, and are usually more feasible to fix in the event of a failure.

You currently cut curves with your jigsaw….a small BS won’t necessarily be a huge step up from that. If you can save a little longer, or look at used I’d think you’d be better off.

A borrowed planer or jointer are a lot better than no planer or jointer, but it’s always nice to have your own.

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