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#1 posted 10-05-2018 04:35 PM

How much time do you lose going to your wood supplier? Will he do this for free indefinitely? This seems like the obvious choice to me to avoid relying on the good will and work capabilities of others.

- GoingUp

Its not that far, but the bigger problem is they do it on their schedule. Which pretty much never lines up with my production. Having it in house would make production much easier.

New spray equipment would not save any time. Just material.

Sounds to me like a great condition Unisaw or SawStop would be wise. 3HP, extension, and a good Dado set you are comfortable with and can change out easily. I can change the Dado on my saw in 3-5 minutes with a couple of adjustments. That will be easier once I get 2 or 3 standard thicknesses and stick with them.

The Grizz you mentioned looks like a great value. But I know how nice the SS is and if it was using any saw as much as you expect to, I would not hesitate to get the safer option. You won t buy another saw for a very long time, if ever.

I too want a drum sander. That would save me a lot of time and allow me to standardize some processes.

Have you built a really good crosscut sled? That is a huge time saver and increases accuracy.

- BroncoBrian

I only use my table saw for ripping. nothing else. That is why I thought the grizzly would work perfect for the price. I have a vertical panel saw also, so no sled needed.

What scares me is I get the sander, and 3 months down the road my TS goes out. My hardwoods bill this month is $1800 so you can image what kind of strain all that ripping is on a contractor saw.

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