Have you looked at the borgs? Their websites carry much more than they
do in store, and you can get some decent tools from those places. Home
Depot and Lowes are the big ones around here. (Menards doesn't do much
selling from their website.)
A place like Amazon or similar would also have a large selection of tools
to start building a shop from. Buy the toughest you can get, which might
not be the best in each category. Fussy tools have little use in a
Never teach your apprentice everything you know.
I'd recommend Enco as a possibility.
Their website is http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRHM
and the title of the page is:
Enco - Guaranteed Lowest Prices on Machinery, Tools and Shop Supplies
They have a great catalog you can request, too.
Also, they are (now) owned by MSC Industrial, which has an absolutely HUGE
Good luck! And have fun shopping - I always do.
Given your location you may want to look at some of the European
manufactures. If you buy all from one they may give discounts.
Some of the basic wood working items I can think to get:
Planer bigger than 12"
jointer bigger than 8"
joiner (for biscuits)
sander (the wider, larger type)
table saw bigger than 10"
Radial Arm Saw
band saw bigger than 14"
lathe longer than 30"
Mike in Ohio
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