When I initially got into woodworking, I stocked up on delta's finest
benchtop tools from the local borg. Some died and early death, others
proved acceptable. Presently, I'm on the verge (ha! have been for two
years now) of buying half a dozen machines from grizzly, partially new
additions, partially to replace the bench top models. So my question
is this. Should I unload the older, smaller machines?
For example, I recently bought a floor-standing variable speed
behemouth from delta to replace the relatively good if slightly
underpowered benchtop DP. If shop space and money wern't really a big
deal, would you keep the benchtop DP? My immediate reaction is that it
would be nice to have a second setup sometimes. And it might be worth
more to me as an extra machine than what I could get for it on ebay. I
have a dedicated mortiser, so there's no worry about the attachment.
I'm just not sure if or when I would ever need a second setup.
Similarly, I have a lunchbox delta planer. It has served me well. But
should I keep it? I can't imagine needing portability. I doubt anyone
would want to borrow it unlike maybe the cheap miter saw. Maybe as a
sacraficial lamb (instead of the good knives in the big iron) when I
find that hidden stash of gritty barn wood? Since it's ear-splitting
and I don't have the dust hood, I know i'll avoid using it.
Then longer term, there's the contractor's table saw. After the other
machines are in hand, I can see wanting that grizzly 12" table saw.
Does anyone have two table saws and use them both? Now this is an area
where I can see wanting multiple setups. But maybe it's not worth the
space? What do you think?