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#1 posted 08-07-2018 07:48 PM

Somehow safety always becomes a thread in these forums. And that is a good thing but you can still kill yourself in a car with airbags so you have to watch where you are going! I agree to an extent with the people who say that you have to develop the skills to be safe. The biggest skill to keep is situational awareness. If it doesn’t feel safe then it isn’t so slow down and plan the operation. I have been lucky with my fingers but boy have I screwed up some expensive wood in my days.

The original question about what machine to get is a fun one to examine and I think I have a different perspective to offer here.

How skilled are you with mechanical and machine repairs above and beyond your wood skills? If the answer is pretty skilled, then I suggest an older saw that needs some love. If you have read my comments on here before, you will figure out my leanings towards old tools but there is a reason for it. You can find old Unisaws or other cabinet saws on CL and EBAY that will be way cheaper than a new saw. Then if you have to upgrade the saw, you can do whatever you want to it and probably still come out cheaper. It is a breeze to replace the motor on a belt drive tablesaw. Fences can be modified and jigs can be fabricated.

As far as what tool to get, I can complicate that question too. the real game changer for me was my bandsaw. Suddenly you can re-saw wide boards and use rough lumber that was not available before.
Good luck with your decision.

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