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#1 posted 02-14-2013 01:16 AM

The Steel City unit with 2 blades is about the same price as the HF unit, better warranty. I’m a bit more comfortable with something Steel City hangs there name on than HF. Note Steel City sells on Amazon, is sold by HD and Lowes, and is private labeled by Sears. I have HF stuff, bu for power tools limit that to where the price difference is significant: hydraulic scissor table for $180, competitors $350-$700, 10” sliding miter saw $80, competitors $150-$400.

If I went the combo route it seems the 12” Rikon would be the best choice. However, that is $1700. The Steel City 2 blade unit is $300, the unit with helical cutters is $490. However, those cutters are two sided and may not give a life expectancy advantage over the blades which are also 2-sided.

A word on 16” jointers, sliding table saws, etc. In my computer all the drives are 3TB except for the 2TB “C Drive”. The limiting factor is not the number of drives. The first limit is the number of 6GB SATA III ports. The second limit is the number of 3.5” drive bays. The third is heat rejection from those drive bays if fully populated.

The same factor here. I’d love to have a 3000 ft² shop. When the dust settles I may have 400 sq ft. Right now it is a disjoint 200 ft². There won’t be any sliding table saws or 16” jointer. Based on this thread there may or may not be a jointer. After the table saw with router table, cyclone dust collector, and moving my drill press downstairs, the next floor standing tool is likely to be a bandsaw or maybe a jointer/planer combo.

My question now is just adding a decent portable 12” planer going to be enough.

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