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  1. I built my own drill press table with fence, end-stop and hold-down clamps out of 1/2" Baltic Birch Plywood. I use my fence for practically everything, the end-stop frequently and the hold-down clamps often. I prefer to have my workpiece secured and in a stable position to prevent unexpected movement and to improve quality. Everything is a breeze to position and adjust and it makes using the drill press much more pleasurable. The fence and accessories make repeat drilling a breeze and huge time saver. The fence is easily removable when not needed and thus it is never in the way. Likewise, the end-stop can be easily adjusted or removed if drilling a project that is wider than the fence / table. I typically keep the hold-down clamps on hooks behind the machine where they are out of the way while not needed, and easily accessible for use. The whole assembly can be removed from the drill press by loosening four wing nuts beneath the table. I offset my insert so that it may be rotated a quarter turn to provide four clean and fresh drilling surfaces per side (8 positions if turned over) allowing for much drilling before ever needing replacement. I wanted a smooth work surface and to limit sawdust accumulation spots so designed insert to be removed with a simple push with a pencil or stick from below.
  2. The Dust Deputy is the way to go and it makes a HUGE difference. Practically all of my sawdust (even the fine particulates) are collected by the DD and never make it to the shop vac or filter. I actually hadn't checked the filter for quite some time and when I opened the shop vac up about a week ago, was surprised that there were only a few pieces there (well under a handfull) and the filter was very clean. I use the shop vac / DD combo for my benchtop and handheld tools, and a 2hp Grizzly G0548Z with one micron canister filter and a Super Dust Deputy cyclone for my stationary tools.
  3. My wife is usually with me while I am shopping and she has seen me look at the Grr-Ripper multiple times and listened to the safety advantages it can provide. I would always put it back though due to the cost and other woodworking needs. I think she likes my fingers and for Christmas she got me the Grr-Ripper Advanced which I have assembled and am looking forward to putting to use. Further truth to be told, over the past several months I have added a Grizzly table saw and a Grizzly drill press to my workshop (along with several other items) under the premise that they would apply to both my future birthday and Christmas gifts. The nearest that I can figure, I really shouldn't be due for an actual b-day or x-mas gift until the year 2022, but she has always been quite supportive (particularly when I find a good item at a good price) and we have found a way to make things work. Still though, the Grr-Ripper was a really nice and truly thoughtful surprise.
  4. Senco seems to make good tools and if you will only be needing a pinner, it would seem that the tool you are looking at could be a good choice. I've had a Firestorm (Black & Decker) 18 gauge brad nailer that was a hand-me-down when my father passed away several years ago. It has worked well and I still use it for some final assembly chores in my finish area which is located in the basement of my home. About a year ago I decided to expand the capabilities for my stand-alone workshop and after a lot of research and contemplation decided to go with a package of several pneumatic tools over a just a single unit. The reasons for my choice was to provide the widest range of options at an affordable price point, as well as having dependable equipment. I chose the Freeman P4FNCB kit which included a 23 gauge pin nailer, 18 gauge brad nailer, 18 gauge narrow crown stapler, a 16 gauge finish nailer, carry bag and a few other tidbits for about $200 ($50 / tool). The tools have performed quite well without jams and I don't have any complaints at all. I just wanted to toss out the above to give a little additional food for thought (particularly since there is only about a $46 cost difference). I really like the choice I made and haven't had any regrets - it fits my needs quite well. At the same time, each person's wants and needs are different and with a multitude of manufacturers and options to choose from, finding the best personal unit(s) can be easy to do - though overwhelming to sort through too. Good luck with your search and have fun with your final decision.
  5. I don't want to hijack Alan's thread but wanted to share an update on my bandsaw search... I have been unsuccessful in finding the Jet JWBS-15-3, but a dealer had the Jet JWBS-18-3 with similar features (though larger size) and I was able to give it a good look and touch. I found the Jet to be quite nice and I was feeling very comfortable with a possible purchase. Another dealer had the older Jet 14" on the showroom floor which seemed okay, and the Laguna 14" SUV right next to it which was also okay and I was able to give each a look and touch. Stopping at this point, I was leaning toward the 15" Jet (still sight unseen). Then a complication set in....... Sitting alongside these two saws was the Laguna 18 BX with the same 3hp motor rating, an overall larger machine, nice features that appeared to be of very good quality (I think I liked the fence better even without the micro-adjust feature of the Jet, the foot brake pedal can be nice, and the ceramic guides seem like they might be okay,) with a price tag of $1,999. The more I looked, the more I began to like the 18 BX. Following a walk around the store to look at the many goodies (the first time I had been there), I stopped back at the machine and conversed with the salesperson. Needless to say, I am giving very serious consideration to the Laguna 18 BX to the point that I think I am leaning toward it. An additional factor that is coming into play is that the salesperson will match a 10% discount on Laguna that another dealer presently has (until October 26th) which would make the price of the 18BX actually cheaper (by 89 cents) than the Jet JWBS-15-3 - plus there would be no shipping fee for store pickup. Anyway... The search and research continues. In the end, I don't think there is necessarily a bad choice between the Jet JWBS-15-3, the Laguna 14 BX or SUV, or the 18 BX, and each appears to be of good quality and with a reasonable price-point for the machine. Have you made a final decision, Alan? I'd be interested in your final / present thoughts (or with your experience with your choice if you now have one sitting in your shop).
  6. In my particular situation, there are two issues that lead me away from a bandsaw mill and to one of the bandsaws I listed. The first of which is economics and being retired & on a fixed income, the $2,000 price point is really pushing the budget at this particular point in time (I am looking at the Resaw King blade also), but we should be able to make it work. The second is that you can't always have everything (at least at once), and given the choice between a bandsaw mill with one primary purpose and a bandsaw that can perform routine bandsaw work and additionally do some mill work (within it's capabilities), the later option seems like the best place to start. I am keeping in mind the option of a planer / jointer and other goodies at some point in the future too. I have a 30' x 40' shop with 220 volt / 150 amp electric, and houses my tractor and oftentimes my pickup or other items, workbenches and work areas, various wall and shelf storage, radial arm saw, table saw, and a variety of hand & power tools. My personal log milling will generally be the occasional fallen or dying tree as well as any cull trees (trees harvested to allow more valuable nearby growing timber to prosper) and consist of logs less than 14" in diameter and typically cut into a 4'-6' section for easy handling. Back at the shop, they will likely turn into 1" (maybe up to 2") thick boards and stickered (perhaps in a homemade solar kiln) until dry and ready for use in whichever projects that happen to develop. Larger logs and more valuable timber that are not part of a scheduled harvest would be taken to the nearby commercial hardwood sawmill (less than 4 miles away) and sold, or perhaps a local Amish or similar mill for sale or processing. I'm not looking at a lot of dedicated home milling and am basically focusing on utilizing what I have readily available and preventing it from simply becoming a piece of firewood or left to rot as forest debris. Being retired, time isn't a huge factor and thus I can deal with a slower speed of cut (as well as a longer drying time for thicker stock before being resawn at a later date). The additional shop-time and intricacies involved in home-harvested wood and processing can be rewarding in itself and my goal is to continue enjoying my retirement status and not become overly involved in a high production operation. From what I've been able to find online (videos, forums, etc.), and for my intended purpose, size class of the Jet 15" (or Laguna LT-14" SUV - Great Video, Difalkner) seems like it would be a good starting point and adequate for the majority of my present and future needs. I truly DO appreciate all of the feedback and the other posts on this forum and the insight presented. The brain cells have kicked in to weigh each point and I am continuing to refine and further my research with the hope that the end result will bring many years of pleasure.
  7. I am in a similar situation to Alan with an interest in either a Laguna 14bx (2.5 hp), Rikon 10-353 pt a Jet JWBS-15-3, and finding info on the Jet has been somewhat elusive, though this could likely be due to the saw being a somewhat newer model. I have a 103 acre tree farm and would like to harvest the occasional trees that fall, process the logs (thus requiring adequate resaw capability) and utilize the boards in a variety of woodworking projects (again using the bandsaw for the project work). I like the brake option on the Laguna & Rikon and it seems like it could be nice to have, though I'm not sure it is completely necessary. The extra 1/2 hp of the Rikon & Jet can be nice, though not a huge step up from the Laguna. The additional 2" of resaw with the Rikon & Jet can be a plus, as is the ability to utilize a 1" blade over the 3/4" max on the Laguna - though each saw could likely perform the task. A local dealer is partial to the ball bearing guides (Rikon & Jet) over the ceramic (Laguna) - though at the same time he liked some of the Carter guides, and I also have some concern over the wear and replacement cost of the ceramic guides. Many other features are somewhat similar except for the weight difference: Laguna 270 lbs, Rikon 315 lbs & Jet 382 lbs. Right now the weight aspect has my attention and with a bandsaw, it would almost seem that more weight would be better - perhaps an indication of more heavy duty construction & components. Digging deeper, the fourth saw that has my attention is the Laguna LT14 x14 SUV (souped up version) with 3hp, 14" resaw and 380 lb weight and it seems like it would be a more fair comparison to the Jet 15". The Laguna SUV and Jet 15" are also the same price. On the subject of price, the Woodcraft presently has Laguna at 10% off through October 26th (though I don't see where the SUV listed on their website). Last wintertime, it looks like Jet had a 15% discount, though that's not to say the same offer will occur this winter. Shipping cost is another consideration and depending on which saw you choose, it can add $75 - $280 in shipping / handling costs - which while it is delivered to your home, in my case, I have a 2,000 ft driveway without room for a tractor trailer to turn around and with previous delivery (rear blade for my tractor), I met the truck at the road to unload and I took it to the house from there. While I am still researching (and very much open to any input anyone has), I am leaning toward the Jet JWBS-15-3 with the edge going toward the horsepower, option of using a 1" blade for resawing, and the extra weight. Additionally, I can order the Jet through Home Depot and pick it up at my local store (with no shipping / handling fees - a savings of $115) and have the convenience of pulling my pick-up into my workshop for easier unloading. My hope is that Jet will again have a winter discount (15% would be nice) and that would likely cause me to pull the trigger. For now though, I'm still window shopping and researching.