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post #1 of 4 Old 01-17-2010, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,
My name is Greg and I live in Philadelphia PA.
I always wanted to do woodworking ,but, never had the time. Now that I retired early young age of 59 I am starting to delve into this wonderful hobby. I was lucky enough to find a woodworking school in Philly and am learning how to use all the machines safley . Since i have a small workshop I'm now searching for the best benchtop tools ( drill press,router table, etc) and a contractor type table saw. So if you have any suggestions I'm all ears....
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-17-2010, 03:38 PM
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Welcome from Texas Greg.
I have a Powermatic contractor saw with extension with router lift in the extension. Love'm both.

Did you say tool sale?
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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

I have an old castiron top/wings craftsman table saw, craftsman 12" bandsaw, (same vintage as table saw) and a few hand tools collected over the years.
Oh, 6-1/2" Jet Jointer (the green one). Homemade router table, Craftsman floor model drill press with a custom made drill press table.

Pick what you can afford and HAVE FUN !!!!

Tools are like guns, You can never have enough.
Where did I put that tape measure???
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Welcome Greg

Congrats on retiring so young! I have about 2 chances of retiring in the next 12 years, slim and none.
Like Texas Sawduster, I have an older model Craftsman TS with the cast iron top. I found it on Craigslist and while at the guys house picking it up he threw in a Delta Dust Collector, and router table with a nice Hitachi 3 hp router. I couldn't talk him into selling his bandsaw though. I also found a new, still in the box, jet mini lathe. The seller of that also threw in some tools and lot of exotic wood and pen kits. I have also seen a lot of junk being sold on Craigslist for a lot of money so you have to do your homework and be ready to move when a good item shows up.

I think it is awesome that you are taking classes as well, you will get a lot more enjoyment from the equipment you do buy. Best of luck to you!

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