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  1. I see that now. That wasn’t the case when I bought mine. I stand corrected... That said, the T-Glide fence is way nicer.
  2. The 3hp saw comes with a much nicer fence. That alone was worth the price for me.
  3. Another Woodpeckers table user here. Going to order the micro-adjust for the fence. Really happy with the quality and ease of use of all the parts. I've got the phenolic table, and while quite expensive, I've never had any regrets. It's a great system.
  4. Good deal, sounds like I'm on the right track. Thanks all!
  5. I have a new bench in process. I'm going around in circles (over)thinking about the method for attaching the top to the legs. I'd prefer not buying the ww videos or the plans as nothing else is the same-- I've chosen to buck the trend and am going with Lie-Neilsen vises. That said, I'm curious as to what the accepted method of joining the top to the legs is? My plan was some 1.5" deep, 2" x 2" tenons on the legs (trestle base, 5" top) and two lags to pull everything together. Thoughts?
  6. I have a DJ20 with a Shelix. I stole mine, but $1000 for that combo is still a steal in my book. It is an excellent machine, especially if it is the Invicta model.
  7. My preference is Miller, but as stated above Lincoln and Hobart make good machines as does Esab. All of them offer starter kits that will come with everything you need. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Vulcan line from Harbor Freight seems to be getting pretty decent reviews. Time will tell how they’ll hold up, but for garage use a few times a year they’d probably be fine. One thing to look at that will tell you a lot about the guts of the machine is duty cycle. It’s a percentage that refers to how long you can weld in a 10 minute window. For example, my Dynasty can run 225 amps
  8. DC will weld anything steel. You need AC to weld aluminum, unless you are a supreme badass. Material thickness and duty cycle are the most important things to look for. A 120v buzz box will serve you well as a weekend warrior where 3/16 steel and 20 or 30 seconds of burn time over a few minutes will be all you do. Flux core MIG is super easy to learn. Shield gas wil always produce a better weld. TIG is the most versatile in my opinion. Most all TIG power supplies will run a stick too; but, as far as I’m concerned, stick welding is best left to structural and field repairs anymore.
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    Yes. Heat is a good thing! I'm picking up the last two sections of vent duct tomorrow for my heater. I've got a little over 500sqft, and went with a Sterling GG45. Against better judgement, I fired it up with no exhaust ducting last night after getting the gas piping and thermostat. Totally worth having to leave the window open all night and losing all my heat! And, yes to the CO alarm. Easy purchase, shouldn't need justification.
  10. Saw that on the tube this morning. Like it as well.
  11. Carl, thanks for posting that chart, I've never seen that. I was planning on moving from my Delta 50-760 to a HF/Dust Deputy setup. Looks like it would be a downgrade... So, piggybacking on Carl's post, my Delta has been a really great collector. Not sure where you are, but on my local Craigslist I see the Deltas all the time. I can only speculate that with the prevalence of YouTube and similar videos about modding the HF collectors, people are dumping the Deltas. Most are priced around $100. I've got the same jointer, a 735 planer, SS cabinet saw, and the Delta keeps up just
  12. I think it depends on a handful of factors. New or used, which tool is in question, "I can buy this, but if I get this instead I can get this too", etc. The new Delta is not the Delta of yesteryear. The DJ-20 has a whole host of clones available now at all price points, and that is one example. The current Delta jointer offerings, whelp, I'll end this sentence now... My opinion is that Jet prices are way too close to Powermatic anymore, yet, for many examples the quality isn't there. My local dealer sells Jet, but only has a couple dust collectors and one bandsaw on display. T
  13. There is a 6" Grizzly P-bed on craigslist near me right now... Having disassembled and rebuilt both styles I think the p-bed would actually be far easier to manufacture. There are quite a few more pieces, but there is also far more tolerance for manufacturing errors on the p-bed. I think most of the issues on the wedge bed models stem from cheaper castings that warp or simply don't have the material to support the beds hanging off the base. My Delta 6" was a champ, and it was about 20 years old. Easy to adjust, and held those adjustments perfectly. I only upgraded because I found an
  14. I bought some Grizzly metal working tools years ago. The milling machine was a gem, the lathe was an absolute turd. I feel your pain of the customer service, or lack there-of. Echoing many others, they do offer some great machines at very good prices. Based on my experience, I'll pass on machinery from them at this point. Basically, long way of saying enjoy your new Sawstop. They really are THAT nice...
  15. Interesting, those look familiar. I was a mechanic in the biopharmaceutical world in my previous life. We used mallets very similar to those when rebuilding centrifuges. We had heavy lead and stainless mallets. Lead was used as it would conform to the various parts we were beating on, stainless, as it was a known quantity when product went through a metal detector. Brass was more difficult to detect in small quantities than lead or stainless.