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Forum topic by DaveInGA posted 03-28-2018 03:11 AM 387 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2018 03:11 AM


I’m new here, but have been reading the forum posts and reviews for the past month, really liked what I saw and learned. I’m getting back into woodworking after many years. I am posting this to show what I bought and to thank everyone for reviews/discussions that helped my decisions. Here’s the power tools I bought based on reviews here and elsewhere:

1. Shop Fox W1851—2 HP 10” Hybrid Cabinet Table Saw with Extension Table (I went Shop Fox vs. Grizz 0833 because the Shop Fox was in stock and less expensive delivered to my door. I run a small business, my time is limited, I’m older and just don’t want to wait for 6 months to a year to receive a product.)

Note: If I had it to do over again, I’d buy the Shop Fox W1819—10” 3 HP Cabinet Table Saw with Riving knife, but at the time of order, I was thinking to go for more of a budget shop. I then decided this would be my last woodworking shop and went a bit upscale for the rest of the shop. Had I known I’d change my mind, the W1819 w/3HP would be in my shop now. Ah, the little things in life. But I don’t regret deciding to upgrade the rest of the tools, sometimes life is too short to go small.

2. Shop Fox W1666—2 HP Dust Collector (Same deal as before, the Shop Fox was less expensive to my door and in stock.)

Note: I’d prefer a much more expensive dust collection system, but it was outside the budget what I’d prefer, so I’ve added a Wynn Filter and am installing a cyclone with this unit. I may upgrade at a future date.

3. Grizzly G0634Z – 12” Planer/Jointer with Spiral Cutterhead (Shop Fox doesn’t sell once of these, hence the Grizzly and it was in stock.)

Notes: I really wanted the Baleigh version of this unit, because I wanted more cutter/inserts and preferred a 3HP motor (I think 5HP might be overkill for this unit., but the Baleigh was not in stock and wouldn’t be for a good while. Since floor space in my garage is limited, I chose this unit for the space savings, the width of the jointer and the fact it’s a fairly quick change over from jointer to planer. I doubt I’ll work much with very wide stock, as I’m planning on building bedroom furniture, but we’ll see. This is still a big beast, but only takes up about the same space as a table saw vs a separate planer and jointer.

4. Rikon 10-326 – Bandsaw

Note: I looked at a lot of bandsaw reviews and the Rikons kept coming up with very good reviews, with the older models having some dings for adjustments on the blade supports. This unit is said to have improved these aspects and it also has a very nice resaw capacity out the door. At $899.00 delivered to my local trucking company dock for pickup, I thought it was a great buy.


Note: My wife had been wanting a scroll saw for quite some time and these were quite expensive from most folks, but I liked the features vs. the other versions of this scroll saw and picked it up for right at $900 and some change delivered to my door from Tennessee. It’s a very nice scroll saw.


Note: Just ordered this and haven’t received it yet, but found a good price on it and liked the reviews on it. I wanted to get it ordered and in before any price increases hit due to increased taxation on incoming goods.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who reviewed their tools on this forum. Those reviews helped me a great deal in making purchase decisions.

I’m now looking at routers, cast iron router tops, an oscillating sander and some hand tools such as planes and chisels. Last time I woodworked, I was a lot poorer and after buying power tools, I found I needed some hand tools as well. Made it kinda tough, as my budget had been busted. This time, I’ve been lucky as I’m old, have saved many years and while I still have to make compromises, I can afford fairly nice stuff across the board. This is not saying I won’t buy something from Harbor Freight. I will, because I completely rebuilt/remodeled a 1986 aluminum bassboat, including installing 1/8” aluminum decks, with tools from HF. 98% of them did a great job out of the box for me. The rest I returned and exchanged as needed.

Thank you for looking,


-- Dave back into woodworking in Jefferson, GA

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#1 posted 03-28-2018 05:35 PM

Looks like you have made good choices thanks to your research

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