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  1. been there & done that - good luck with your...

    been there & done that - good luck with your search. I think grizzly offers the best 'entry' tool for most categories (8" jointer, 15" planer, etc) - from there you can move up in price - more $$...
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    the best source of data/info on dust collection...

    the best source of data/info on dust collection that i know of is on bill pentz's site - google his name and you are there. to cut to the chase - is your DC for cleanliness or health?

    if health,...
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    i am a hobbyist who faced the same question 4...

    i am a hobbyist who faced the same question 4 years ago - router table or shaper. One of the comments I saw on a post here was along the lines of "there are lot of things that can be done with a...
  4. Ridge carbide can make any custom blade you want...

    Ridge carbide can make any custom blade you want and it only takes a few days to complete - I discovered them when looking for a 12" neg hook angle fine finish blade with 5/8" arbor for my CL delta...
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    i have 3 - one is metric - use them almost...

    i have 3 - one is metric - use them almost exclusively when in the shop, especially for sheet goods.
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    The answer to the question "why did you buy this...

    The answer to the question "why did you buy this tool" is different if you are a hobbyist or a professional.

    the pro answer is "i can make a profit if I buy this tool" - that is - the cost of...
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    i have done it a number of times with no issues...

    i have done it a number of times with no issues but only after making sure there is no dirt/metal embedded - but i have a helical cutter with carbide edges so not sure how applicable that is to your...
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    My table saw base torsion box is 3/4" MDF...

    My table saw base torsion box is 3/4" MDF top/bottom with 1/2" ply webbing. I recessed the casters so as to not raise the table height too high. With saw plus extension table & cabinet full of...
  9. tracksaw with rip blade

    tracksaw with rip blade
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    i have done it a number of times with no issues -...

    i have done it a number of times with no issues - dominos do not change size when exposed to glue
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    I learned that I am not the only person is the...

    I learned that I am not the only person is the world stupid enough to run their shaper cutters backwards - I can also say that, when paired with a power feeder and a...
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    I have one - I am a tool junkie - but on the...

    I have one - I am a tool junkie - but on the useful tool scale it defines zero for me.

    the only thing it really seems capable of is cutting holes in sheetrock but why anyone uses it for that is...
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    I put new tires on my 19" BS a month or so ago -...

    I put new tires on my 19" BS a month or so ago - I took the wheels off & would do so again as it made the process easier to me. I watched a number of videos including those with jigs & heating. ...
  14. I run a 1/2" carbide blade almost exclusively...

    I run a 1/2" carbide blade almost exclusively these days - i get my blades from bandsawbladesdirect-dot-com and have been real happy with their price and service
  15. the larger festool tracksaw cuts 2 1/8" at 45...

    the larger festool tracksaw cuts 2 1/8" at 45 degrees - i have one so that is what i would use even though I have a sliding table on my table saw (robland)
  16. I have 2 festool sanders - i like 'em - dust...

    I have 2 festool sanders - i like 'em - dust collection so good you forget sanding = dust, only other sander i'd consider would be the Mirka
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    I have been real happy with the service at Ridge...

    I have been real happy with the service at Ridge Carbide - they can do pretty much anything including custom blades in a remarkably short time - I have a 12" RAS with unusual arbor for that size -...
  18. have the kapex and would buy again

    have the kapex and would buy again
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    I have the 75 and would buy again over the 55. ...

    I have the 75 and would buy again over the 55. Mostly used for sheet goods but when you need the extra depth - you need it :)
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    I find it invaluable for cabinet case...

    I find it invaluable for cabinet case construction. In a run of 20' of base cabinets when management says "I want this bank of drawers X inches bigger/smaller" it takes a few seconds to move a case...
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    I had to do exactly that when the contractor put...

    I had to do exactly that when the contractor put the bay window behind the sink an inch too low. I cut the thick foot off the adjustable bottom leaving only the 1/16" think top layer - rigged up a...
  22. slightly off topic but i can't resist :)- if...

    slightly off topic but i can't resist :)-

    if you do any 3D modeling work check out the spacemouse - i have had it for < 2 weeks and using sketchup is totally changed with it - i bet my...
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    combo core ply - the one with an MDF layer under...

    combo core ply - the one with an MDF layer under the veneer is better for high quality show faces - the MDF gives a perfectly flat substrate so the veneer will not telegraph substrate imperfections...
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    i have it on my drum sander and it is the best...

    i have it on my drum sander and it is the best media i have tried for that tool. My use on festool sanders (RO150 & ETS150) is mixed. they seem to work as well or better than the festool abrasives,...
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    I have a breakdown table that is topped by 1"...

    I have a breakdown table that is topped by 1" foam. It is ~ pickup bed high. set it up in garage entrance - back truck up and pull sheets one at a time to table. i use cutlist-plus for all my...
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