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#1 posted 02-15-2018 12:25 AM

While 52 inch rip capacity is great for ripping 4’x8’ sheet goods, you will not have a large enough shop to handle the infeed and outfeed requirements of 4’x8’ stock.

My Upper Peninsula “Workshop in the Woods” is a basic garage floor plan of 24’x28’ outside dimensions. I can just barely rip a 4’x8’ sheet of plywood, but it’s very close.

Your shop will have a “center stage” area where a large machine will have to be moved into place and then again put back somewhere to make room for other equipment. If you are a big strong guy you can shove around 500 to 700 pound machines. For me… way!

Keep in mind your electrical requirements. Big powerful machines need to be on 240 volt. You will need a 60 to 100 amp breaker box.

Be sure to include on your list, a nice workbench with shoulder and tail vises. My workbench is indispensable. It is my gluing, clamping, and assembly station.

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