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I need to replace and add some stationary and bench power tools to my shop. I'm looking for some retailer recommendations other than the usual Home Depot and Lowes. I have a Grizzly catalog as one reference but I have been hearing so many different opinions about their products, I'd like to see what else is available out there. I've been trying to search on my own but it's very difficult. The manufacturer websites are somewhat helpful but point in so many different directions when it comes to where to buy. Plus I'd rather look on a site or sites where I can see specs, prices and maybe owner reviews as well. I'd appreciate it if I could get some opinions on what some of your preferences are when it comes to buying these types of tools. I'm located in NJ so if there is a place you like that has a showroom that would be helpful as well. The things I'm looking to buy are a jointer and bandsaw (replacements) and drill press and dust collection (additions). I"m not looking for opinions on which ones to purchase, I'll try and sort that out myself. I'm looking for retailers. I appreciate any and all recommendations you can provide.

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I always buy my tools local, I go to a place called Rideout Tool & Machine. I like the fact that when I go in there the guys behind the counter say "hey Chris, what's on the go today?" Not to mention the fact that I am also supporting a local business. The guys in there give me a deal on most tools I buy, big or small, even if they do that for everyone who walks through the door it still makes me feel special lol. Even though they are a small company their selection does not suffer, even if they do not have the specific tool I am looking for at that point in time they can usually get it within the week. My advice is to look in the yellow pages and find a local company, help them and they will usually return the favor in some way, shape or form.
 

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If you want to have local tool suppliers in your area you need to support them. Its not always about the lowest price(with in reason). Having someone local to answer questions, fix your tools if needed and offer what is usally a life time of wisdom is worth a extra $20-30 bucks upfront for the tool. IMHO.
 

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I definitely have some homework to do plus I will be making a trip to Force Machinery in the near future. Hopefully I'll be able to let you know the tools I've decided on and give a review as well.
 
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