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#1 posted 10-05-2018 02:49 AM

New equipment is nice but I find I get the most payback from the $50 upgrades that take half a day to complete. Yesterday I setup the cyclone and the shop vacs (connected to Dust Deputies) to be compatible with plastic bags. I also created dust shrouds for the stationary belt sanders to collect almost 100% of the dust. Now it’s much easier to clean up at the end of a workday.

A $20 stopwatch is a good tool.

What I’ve been doing lately is making a whole bunch of small upgrades that either eliminate certain tasks or cut the time to do them by at least 50%. Repeat over and over again and after a year, the payback is phenomenal.

That being said, given the type of work you do, it might not hurt to investigate the Minimax sliding table saws. I picked up an older model for $500 on Ebay and it makes a lot of difficult tasks easy. It did take some getting used to at first.

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