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This thing looks cool, but pricey at $1435.. I'm guessing it wouldn't cost that much to build from scratch, but then again I always underestimate the cost of things till I get started making them..

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Handy looking gizmo, though I bet you could improve on it by adding a motor, maybe with a circular blade you could adjust the height on a little easier.

Wait, I just described a table saw, didn't I? The thought occurs that this solves a problem that doesn't actually exist...

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Handy looking gizmo, though I bet you could improve on it by adding a motor, maybe with a circular blade you could adjust the height on a little easier.

Wait, I just described a table saw, didn't I? The thought occurs that this solves a problem that doesn't actually exist...
I dunno... it would have come in handy when I lived in a condo and had neighbors on the other side of the wall. And even when I had a table saw, I never liked working with small parts on it.

This feels to me like it makes repeatability easier than with hand tools, and small part work safer than with power tools. That's a pretty good niche to fill, although it's not worth anywhere near $1400 to me. If they were mass-producing them at $500 or under, I'd at least consider it.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-04-2016, 10:08 AM
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You can get a great bandsaw ...

For $1500.00 and much less, you can get a really nice bandsaw.
It will do way more than that "gizmo" and they are very quiet to operate. Resawing is the first thing that comes to mind as well as making tennons, which is my preferred method. Depth of cut is much greater as well.

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Looks pretty handy if you're working without electricity. Back when my son and I were in business of cleaning out foreclosure properties they seldom had electric turned on and we occasionally had to cut stuff up. Although this gizmo would have been all but useless for that I can see a use for folks working in homes with no juice or where noise and dust might be a problem..
And there are quite a few people who just don't want to use powered machinery and there is the safety factor..I'm sure you could cut your thumb off with it, but you'd really have to give it more effort than with a table saw..
Hey, someone buy one, cut their thumb off and share the video with us under the heading, Injury pron.. "How I intentionally chopped off my thumb on purpose just to show you I could!"

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For $1500.00 and much less, you can get a really nice bandsaw.
It will do way more than that "gizmo" and they are very quiet to operate. Resawing is the first thing that comes to mind as well as making tennons, which is my preferred method. Depth of cut is much greater as well.
Yeah, a bandsaw would not have been an option in that condo. Way too loud, even though they're quiet by power tool standards.

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Looks pretty handy if you're working without electricity. Back when my son and I were in business of cleaning out foreclosure properties they seldom had electric turned on and we occasionally had to cut stuff up. Although this gizmo would have been all but useless for that I can see a use for folks working in homes with no juice or where noise and dust might be a problem..
And there are quite a few people who just don't want to use powered machinery and there is the safety factor..I'm sure you could cut your thumb off with it, but you'd really have to give it more effort than with a table saw..
Hey, someone buy one, cut their thumb off and share the video with us under the heading, Injury pron.. "How I intentionally chopped off my thumb on purpose just to show you I could!"
The no electricity point is good, too. Right now I have electrical lighting and one outlet in my shop. That's it. Anything that needs dust collection is pretty much impossible unless I rig a long extension cord.
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What about blenders, coffee grinders, juicers ...?

The bandsaws I have are very quiet.... just the spinning wheels with the blade goin' 'round and 'round. I'm still an board with a bandsaw in a tiny, confined shop where noise should be kept at a minimum. Heck, Years ago as a teenager, I had a 10" Craftsman table saw in a 10 ft X 10 ft bedroom with a loft bed in a 2 story brownstone, land lady living underneath. I did help out around the place with repairs however.

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If I lived in an apartment and there was a woodworker next door I would be very happy if he had that instead of a table saw. :smile3:

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It's neat, but I have a hard time seeing anything about it that justifies a ~$1500 price tag. It's essentially a fancy mitre box on steroids, price needs to be more in the $400-500 range.
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$500.00 for the tool, $1000.00 for the "Bridge City" name?


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