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#1 posted 10-05-2018 06:17 PM

A business requires an entirely different view than a hobby shop when upgrading, as a hobbyist all I have to do to justify a $5K bandsaw is want it for a business anything not making money is costing money.

Frankly, if you are only ripping then you should be looking at straight line rip saws which are safer and more efficient than a table saw.

You should be considering skipping the drum sander and moving to a widebelt again for efficiency. You may also want to look at the ROS you are using, there may be some efficiency and quality to be had there with higher end ROS like Mirka and Surfprep.

A Fuji or Apollo HVLP system with PPS may save time both in prep/cleaning time and finish sanding depending on what you shoot.

In general, the key is to identify the least efficient operation and work on that first, this is assuming that the quality of the finished product is where you want it.

Capital investments are always a risk but without them rewards will die off. That said you also need to have a reserve of cash or quick/easy credit to cover unforeseen issues like your most expensive piece of equipment dying.

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