You’re outfitting a shop. Which tool do you buy first?
That question’s been asked in the Wreck so many times, and answered,
that I don’t even want to think about the frequency. Each time it gets
answers that range from “wait till you find what you really need” to
more specific suggestions like a table saw or bandsaw.
I’ve been working along on a shoestring with crappy tools and a POS
shop for a few years now, with dreams of sugarplums and monster tools
(both handheld and powered) all along the way.
“Some day,” I keep telling myself….
Well some day just happened. I came into a sizable piece of money that
can be partially devoted to upgrading my tools.
Back to the question. Which should come first? Tools that come to the
top of the list include: Table saw, Bandsaw, Drill Press, Better Router,
Jointer, along with a truckload of stuff from Lee Valley.
Tough choices. Requires many days and nights of deep contemplation. Need
to maximize the efficiency so it’ll fit into a small shop. After a long
period of agonizing, I came up with the best choice I could possibly
think up as the FIRST tool.
Here it is: http://tinyurl.com/6lakt8
This little baby will run all day long, never bog down and should last
for 25 years. The company has been around for a long time, has a good
reputation and will be able to supply parts for some time. (If that’s
even necessary). The online reviews have been excellent. The 5 year
warranty didn’t hurt either. Although no mention was made in this house,
I can gloat here that it was on sale for 20% off.
I brought it home (UPS was an option, but I have a pickup truck),
carefully unboxed it and installed it. Checked the manual for setup and
table trueness, shimmed where it needed and wired the “shop” especially
I waited until it had been through a few sessions of work to ensure that
it was everything the online reviews had said it was. The reviews were
right on the money. She was pleased.
THEN I ordered a new table saw. Bandsaw will be next.
I’m not sure what I’m gonna do when I get the urge to buy Festool.
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