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#1 posted 08-05-2018 05:51 PM

I had an old Craftsman TS that I only used occasionally. When I got my own shop space, I started looking to upgrade that saw and realized I would just be putting lipstick on a pig. So I ended up getting 3 HP SawStop table saw. Added a nice big fold down out-feed table. I’ve never looked back.

However, a planer was a game changer. Short of using hand planes, I’m unaware of any alternative. With a planer you have the ability to work with rough lumber. And being able to work with rough lumber is a completely new ball game. You no longer are dependent on the availability of surfaced woods and limited by their size.

I get an odd sense of satisfaction taking a rough and generally ugly looking board and running it through the planner. It magically transforms into a piece of fine looking wood.

I think having a good table saw is critical and I think having a planer is as well, if you want to work with rough lumber.

I had the budget, so I got both. I do not have a jointer because my shop is small and I don’t want to allocate floor space for one. While less convenient, I’ve gotten by using a planer sled to flatted boards and a TS and fixtures to get straight edges.

FYI I got the Dewalt 735 planer and really like it.

I would get a better table saw before I’d get a jointer.

-- Clin

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