After having him come over and use my shop on and off for a couple
years, I finally talked a friend into setting up his own woodworking
shop when I showed him the article from Popular Woodworking a couple
months ago on setting up a budget shop. He wants to go with a lot of
what they suggest, but unfortunately, for the big items (TS and
jointer), their suggestions are Grizzly and Bridgeport (if I remember
correctly) and neither of them can be picked up any way other than
mail order. He absolutely does not want to buy anything sight unseen
With the rising price of tools in the near future, he doesn't want to
wait to buy, but I really have no other suggestions for him. I told
him to wait for a local WW show in February, but he feels that will
put the tools out of his price range.
If you have a Sears nearby, take him over to see the new tablesaw with
the Biesmeyer fence (list $950 but always on sale). Gets pretty decent
For less that $1K, I think that I would go Grizzly tho.
Yes they will. At least they did about 2-1/2 years ago when I bought my
1023s Cabinet Saw. They will provide names and phone numbers of up to two
in your area that have made similar purchases recently. These are people
who have volunteered to provide the service. I called and spoke to one of
the customers at length and he offered to have me over to look at his saw.
I did not have to since I had already visited the Springfield store.
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