Mark J

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  1. @jplemons if I recall purchased the 12" Jet combo and was happy with it. There was another guy on here from Alaska, too, also happy. However there is also a Jet 10" combo that is widely held in poor regard. I don't have any specific comment on the Grizzlys, though I recall there was a review in Fine Woodworking a few years ago. If you can afford the cash and space, as well as the electric and DC hookups for separate units that may be the best, but for a lot of folks a combo unit is a viable approach.
  2. You've got this question posted twice, so I'll just echo here the other answers. The switch is obviosly bad, and your best bet is a replacement. That doesn't have to be OEM (though that would be the easiest). It could be any switch with a big red off paddle. It needs to be mounted where that paddle can be easily smacked.
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    Baby on board!

    They also make a 3550 model with 4 steering casters. The units are very heavy duty, but they work so well you kinda want them under even very light tools.
  4. I just watched the video. It really is clever, and a very different approach to SawStop. I wonder if Felder's system would be triggered by wet wood or nails. But alas I think that is going to be limited to high end Felders for the near future.
  5. Or he's a zealous fanatic obsessed with protecting the world's voiceless fingers, whether they want to be or not. I'm glad to see Felder and Bosch pursue the R&D on these safety mechanisms. It validates the safety concept and will eventually drive some choice into the market place.
  6. +1! There really is no such thing as a permanent shop arrangement. Most everyone who are suggesting a particular arrangement are doing so because they started out with an arrangement they didn't like and have since changed. Folks may not move homes so frequently in France, but it's also true that a lot of forum members are not in their first shop or their last. If you can agree with that philosophy and make flexible DC and electrical installations, then you don't have so much at stake to get your shop design just right, now.
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    Baby on board!

    Been there. You have my sympathy.
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    I don't remember seeing that before when I first explored Fusion 360. Maybe I missed it. There's over a hundred lessons, but it's certainly a place to start and they have a clear "start here" beginning. And I don't think everyone of the lessons is a must for me. Also, maybe, if these lessons pan out for Fusion 360 I'll be in a better position to tackle FreeCAD. There is also this book that I found, but I think I will prefer the video learning. I'm shopping for another computer, too. Even though FreeCAD is a bit easier on the CPU, both are a bit much for ye old laptop. And the desktop, well if that were a kid, we'd be looking at colleges.
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    You know I think I may have sounded like I was criticising the FreeCAD (or Fusion) developers, which was not my intention. Both programs seem very powerful and appear to be just what I could use, and I appreciate the suggestions and guidance folks have given me here. And if a developer makes their software free to me I can't really expect them to come over to my house and hold my hand to learn it. But it's a bit like I'm looking through thick windows into a store of wonders, but no matter how many times I walk around the building and pound on the bricks I can't find a door leading in, secret or otherwise. And yes Lord of the Rings fans, I did try saying "friend", and for that matter "open sesame". I'm speaking out of frustration, again. Sorry. I spent literally the last two days trying to get into that building. Again, if you're getting it for free you can't really bark about what free includes. But I would actually pay to acquire the software I need. I have the free 2016 version of SketchUp, but if I ever started using it professionally I would pay them for the Pro version. That's their deal. Same with Fusion 360 or Solidworks. But it's got to be good value for money, so a reasonable price (Solidworks) for what the product is going to change in my life, and there has to be training and support so that I can actually make use of what I buy. I haven't found anything in the way of formal instruction for Fusion either, so I'm not dropping $400 a year just to stare at it. Unfortunately, I have not found YouTube or the Internet in general to be as useful for me as it has been for others. Now I admit that other than the videos people post here, I spent more time on YouTube this week than all of the rest of my life, so maybe i don't know what I'm doing. I found a fellow with 29 tutorials, but it's a disorganized list. I have no idea from the titles which one is first or what's the sequence and some of the dates are old, pre the current FreeCAD version. I wish I had learned these types of programs in college, or on the job, I think that would help enormously. If anyone comes across some good training material or an online college program, etc., then please share that information with me! Meanwhile what I really want to do is turn another piece I have been thinking of. I need to try out some different permutations of the idea on paper before walking up to the lathe. It would be nice to have the capabilities of parametric modeling and a program that draws a true circle. At this point I have to see if there isn't some way for me to draw my ideas on graph paper, although my drafting skills are more mythical than legendary.
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    Well that's one frustration, when I find a written or video tutorial it generally doesn't say what version the tutorial is based on (or frequently with which tutorial in the sequence you're to begin with). I did find this German guy with a complete and numbered set of v0.14 videos. At first his slow manner of speaking English was annoying, but then I realized while he was searching for the next English words I could figure out what he'd just said. So win win. But maybe there is a significant version difference, because trying to follow his lead did not always work out. Honestly Bob Lang's book on SketchUp was so much better at teaching that program than anything I have yet found for FreeCAD. I'm thinking of going back to Fusion, but no idea if there is any good instruction for that program either. What I really wish for is a community college class or a nearby expert or some such. Because I really just want to use these tools, learning them is only a means to that end and not a feather in my cap on it's own. (Had to vent a bit).
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    I just gotta say that I am finding FreeCAD and Fusion 360 difficult to learn. I've been working on FreeCAD these last several days using written material from the FreeCAD site and a video tutorial for v0.14 (currently it's v0.18). I am nowhere. After a great deal of effort I managed to make two solid objects and superimpose them, but as soon as I try the Boolean operations the whole thing disappears. Undo, try again, try something else, same result... poof. Finally the thing disappeared and no amount of undo would bring it back. So I hit the little red x in the top right corner. I am frustrated.
  12. My answer is yes. In fact I'm not sure what a high speed grinder would be for. The 1750 RPM of a "low" speed is already fast and more than aggressive enough. Tom, I don't blame you one bit. It's the best dust containment system, and it's great to be able to flush the debris away. But wet grinding when I have to reshape a heavy metal tool just exceeds my patience. And faucet and sink are some distance away for me.
  13. Vinny, what's up with wdwerker anyways? He hasn't been around here in forever.
  14. It's my wife's dog. She is a very sweet and likable pooch, but she has taken it upon herself to pee on the carpets from time to time. When this happens I have to imediately break down my shop vac and convert it to wet mode and clean up the mess. Then the vac has to be washed out and left to dry. Then hook everything back up. I got tired of doing this. So I decided if I was buying one vac for the shop I would be doggone if I wasn't going to get one for the house. So now I have a smaller format Vacmaster without wheels in the closet. And now that my workshop vac does not need to be disassembled, etc., there's no reason the whole operation can't be my wife's.