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Forum topic by SCOTTISHXPRIDE posted 12-05-2018 12:47 PM 487 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch


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12-05-2018 12:47 PM

Hello All;

Having just come across the sight, and being a new member (just now), i find myself in a group that can and might be able to set me up on a correct path that will lead to a happy ending. So, to all those that reply, i thank you in advance for your imput, and gladly welcome insght from “ol’pros”.

Having said that, let me get to the point.

I am about to do alot of building on my property. 1st fixing a few things on my house, 2nd putting a massive addition onto my house with a 3 truck garage, with a 45’ rv overhang with full hook ups. 3rd, will come my shop, which i will let Morton buildings put up. Now to the rub.

As a master fitter/master welder for over 30 yrs, the time has come, with the Good LORD’s blessings to move into wood-working. As i consider it, if, GOD can make the heavens and the earth, He can teach me a few things about wood working.

My shop will be around 50’ x 75’ with over hang’s on three sides for drying racks (hard woods). Figuring, a shop of this size, being built from the ground up, i am seeing alot of equipment being listed as 230/440. Considering i am looking at running a full shop of Powermatic (around 45k) to my door, (keep in mind i can build just about anything i put my mind to, and considering this is not a joke to me at 56):

1st.) – I am wondering what some of you all think about 240 vrs 440? (as i am seeing and hearing that 440 would be cheaper, but, is it effective?
2nd) – What are your thoughts on the Powermatic 3000B running 440 volts?
3rd) – As i am seeing Sawstop vrs Powermatic, I am looking for anyone running a Powermatic 3000B vrs something of the same caliber from Sawstop (as, i literally am not seeing any reviews on the Powermatic 3000B)?
4th.) Keeping in mind that at the moment, i have orders from around the world backing up for table and chairs of hard-wood (from my wife’s and my design), I am looking at the Powermatic 4224 Lathe, any thoughts on this lathe?
5th) – From all the research i have done, about 275 hours to date, Powermatic seems to led the pack at the moment. What are your thoughts in this forum to someone just getting things up and going, where money persay is not an issue for getting quality tools that will last a life time, and that i will not have to replace in a year or two?


I would have you know that this is not a joke, nor, is a game to me. I have waited a lifetime to get where i am, by GOD’s will and HIS blessings. As such, your imput is greatly appreciated.

Thank you again for allowing one such as i to pick your brains, and to set in the background in silence and listen. Until next we meet, Be Blessed. May the Son shine always upon you.

In His Service;

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#1 posted 12-05-2018 07:52 PM

So, best I can tell, you’re already selling tables and chairs but have no actual, hands-on, woodworking experience to date? You have some cajones, I’ll give ya that! ;-)

First, welcome to the site. I’m a hobbyist so I can’t really speak concerning running a production shop. In my experience Powermatic is a solid machine in most any arena. I wouldn’t hesitate. However, you may want to consider a sliding-table saw for straight-edge rips. You can joint the first edge but ripping it is much faster when time is an issue.

Second, I don’t know what kind of volumes you’ll be doing or how many employees, if any, you’ll have but, if you willl need to turn a lot of chair or table legs that match, I’d look into a CNC lathe. I’m not well educated in that arena but seems to me to be the only way to go for a production shop.

Finally, best of luck in your endeavors and welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 12-05-2018 08:30 PM

If you here in the USA don’t lose your day job. No one in their right mind would choose furniture making as a living.
Look to go all 3ph equipment for a serious commitment.
10 years ago things were hot for woodworking in my area now there’s better money teaching or woodworking videos.
There is still hope for the Artist craftsman if you have the passion and don’t mind going hungry
This question gets asked here in this forum at least once a year.

-- Aj



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#3 posted 12-06-2018 02:29 AM

Hello All;

Ok, let me start out by adding a few things here.

1st, This is not a mass production shop. it will be hands on, one piece or set at a time, with attention to details, that a mass production shop would and will miss.

2nd, Considering i have been reading blueprints for almost 30 years, and am a master welder, working with wood, is just easier. Not to mention unque tools needed to get the job done.

3rd. Having done a little more research, i’ve going to run as my main table saw a Felder K 940 S with a few additions to help along the way. Not sure on the rest, i’ll get there though.

4th, Talked to an engineer friend, that i’ve know for a few years (it should be noted here he’s the head engineer for our firm, and holds a double masters degree in Engineering). He’s run Grizzly for a number of years (since 90) on various machines, his thoughts are as follows. Grizzly has fallen from grace when one looks at product quality, and customer support. Powermatic used to be something to yearn for, but, again their quality has fallen, although their customer suppport seems to be good.

5th, Imput from this forum and those involved with it, are welcome, as long as they understand, I’m looking for honest answers to honest questions. It should be noted here, many people do not have the financial strength i have. Thus cannot afford what i intend to do and to buy. I should also state my tables are 2” to 3” thick, running 6’ to 12 foot in length, and pushing 4’5’6’8’ in width. As such, a small saw and small tools will not do the trick. for that reason, most of what i do is called a speciality item, and being hand made, with no screws (metal) are and is being sought after. Thus with this being said, you can see the need for honest imput from tried and true veterans concerning equipment, tools, and what nots, that stand up to heavy timber running 3” x 12” x 12’+ in length. Routers, jointers, plainers, you name it.

In closing;

If, i did not have a market for what i’m about to do, i would be a hobbiest, which excludes me. so, again, from the veterans, just looking for answers on handling heavy timber, heavy legs, ETC.


p.s. thank you for your replies.

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