This weekend I took the plunge and bought the first two major pieces for my
shop. I bought a Delta Unisaw with the 50" Biesmeyer Fence and I bought a
Powermatic 14" bandsaw.
Giving strong consideration to your advice, I decided I liked the color Grey
so went with the Delta. Actually I bought the saw locally at Rocking R
Hardware in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I was able to talk them into a small
discount, a discount on a Freud dado saw blade and Delta insert. The
salesman through on a couple of push blocks for good measure. I feel good
that I bought an American made product at a local retailer. The saw came
packaged well and I haven't found not one nick or flaw. I'm now in the
process of putting it together. That thing was a bear to get off my pickup
I decided on the Powermatic bandsaw over the Delta for two reasons: $100
cheaper, and came with fence and miter gauge (and a handy light).
Next, I'll be shopping for a jointer and a planer. I'm eying the Delta DJ20
8 " jointer and the Dewalt 2-speed planer (I forget the model number).
Oh and to gloat in the bargain category, stopping by a yard sale on
Saturday, I purchased a 4X8 worktable for $20. The table was well built,
covered in carpet, and is like brand new. The previous owner did picture
framing and was moving. Funny, I had planned on building such a table as my
first project in my new shop.