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  1. I visit a number of forums for several different hobbies, and this is the only one that doesn't constantly devolve into petty bickering and nonsense. It's nice coming to a place where a troll isn't lurking around every corner. Now when are you gonna do an episode on power carving?
  2. LOL Tim. Yep, pretty much. I'm still able to get outdoors pretty often...I can get deep into the Ozarks in about an hour. But now all my "hiking" is done the easy way...floating down small rivers in my canoe with a cooler of beer, and getting out once in a while to whip the fly rod around. Thread officially derailed...sorry buddy.
  3. Do you mostly use the 150/3, Marc? Or is there some reason I can't think of that would make me want the 150/5?
  4. Thanks guys. Guess I'll save a few bucks and go with the little guy. Dust collection just about the same on both units?
  5. It was always a dream of mine when I was younger to hike the entire Appalachian Trail starting in the south in spring and ending up in Maine by fall to see those world-famous colors. But alas life got in the way and now I'm too old and fat and family committed. I was able to hike the Smokies for 5 days several years ago...we did Mt. Sterling and just about died in an ice storm while we were up there. Fun stuff. I think 38" would be a little high for me personally, and I would probably try to keep it 36" or less unless you were trying to match it up to other nearby work surfaces. Surely there are no hard and fast rules on height, except for what works specifically for you and your shop. I'd like to see pics of your setup when you're done...outfeed table with incorporated router table is high on the project list for me, too.
  6. Couple of questions for you Festool freaks... I need a new ROS and jigsaw. For the ROS, Either the 125, the 150/5 or the 150/3. All Festool sanders are on sale at Rockler right now, BTW. 10% I believe. As for the jigsaws, do any of you have experience with the barrel grips? What are the advantages/disadvantages of that design?
  7. I'm 5'9" and mine is dead nuts 34". I like that height...any taller and it could start getting to be a reach to the back of it. Here in MO the walnuts are losing their leaves already, hickories are turning bright yellow, the red maples are orange, ashes are deep purple, and the dogwoods are going red. I'd say in a couple weeks we'll be at peak color. But it sure doesn't feel like fall out and DRY since June. The Smokies are gorgeous, but I've only seen them in spring.
  8. Eric.

    5" Duct

    Thanks man, that's better than everything else I've found. The economy stuff is 26 gauge, though...I've heard stories of pipe collapsing on itself when it's too thin. Think that should be a concern? Maybe not with just 2HP?
  9. Eric.

    5" Duct

    Does anyone know where to find 5" duct? I've pretty much exhausted the Google, and what I've found has been insanely expensive. The reason I ask is I've got my eye on a cyclone separator to add onto my single stage DC...but the inlet on the cyclone is 5". Why? I have no idea. So assuming I can't find any 5", would I be better off reducing to 4" or expanding to 6" off the cyclone for my main line? The DC inlet is 6" and it's a 2HP. Thanks for any help guys.
  10. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up... I ordered the hardware package for the split-top yesterday, and they said it will be about a month before it ships. You have to imagine as more Guilders place their orders the wait will only get longer. So order your stuff! BTW, very prompt and courteous responses from Benchcrafted. I can't wait to start this build!
  11. That's pretty much my rationale, too. I'm planning to make this the last bench I ever build, so I may as well go all out and be done and happy with it. Got my guy down to $2.70/bf for the 8/4 red leaf maple...that's good enough for me. Guess I'm gonna go ahead and order it and the bench hardware today or tomorrow. Ouch.
  12. Right now I'm facing the challenge that Chip just mentioned. I'm currently about one year ahead of you, Imaginos...I just made the transition from hobbyist to "serious hobbyist." After a couple years of researching and saving up funds, I went out and bought a bunch of machines at once. After much deliberation, I purchased most of them from Grizzly, with the exception of the router table (yet to be acquired) and a PM2800 drill press. If budget wasn't an issue for me, I probably would have gone with another brand, but going with Grizzly allowed me to get more machines, bigger machines, more powerful machines, for the same amount of cash. I haven't had the chance yet to play with them extensively, for I'm still setting them up and working on cleaning out and rearranging the shop, but from what little time I've had on them, I'm very pleased. I think most big brands are going to be "close enough," as long as you take the time to properly tune whatever tools you end up with. Some will be more frustrating to set up than others and will require more frequent tuning, but if you're fastidious enough, you can make perfect cuts on just about any machine as long as it's not a complete piece of junk. I also believe that if you take care of your machines and maintain them properly, they will last a very long time, regardless of the name on them. I first bought the GO690 table saw, then went back and bought the G0490 jointer, G0453P planer, G0513X2F bandsaw, and a 2HP canister dust collector...the model number eludes me at the moment. The only issue I've had with any of them was the table on the bandsaw was pretty significantly warped, but I returned it and they sent me a new one, no questions asked. And that's not really an issue that's isolated to just Grizzly...I think I remember Marc had a similar issue with his Powermatic table saw, happens. Grizzly's customer service has been excellent so far. And to your question about the Polar Bear Series...the only difference is the white paint...they're all identical to some other machine, only it's green and off-white. All that aside, I think more important than the brand you pick is the types of machines you buy first. I'll echo VitalBodies for the most part, except I'll disagree with his order. I think the table saw should come first if you're buying one at a time...there are lots of things you can do with just a table saw, but really only one thing you can do with a jointer. So my list of priorities would be: table saw jointer and planer together (one is nearly worthless without the other) bandsaw router table and router drill press dust collection That's the meat and potatoes of any serious shop, and if you're smart with your money, you can probably get there with 6K...I did. Good luck and have fun with your research.
  13. I went up to see what my local guy had in stock, and he's got a bunch of 8/4 red leaf maple for $3/bf. Does that sound about right to you guys or too high? Some of it had some nice figure that I could use on the face and legs.
  14. Eric.

    Race Track Full Setup

    Very nice. Looks like the same exact fabric I put on mine. Speedcloth with the suits patterned into it?
  15. Didn't even notice until you mentioned it, but yep, it's bent alright. Don't know how that could have happened other than being mangled in the hoist itself. It's been hanging from my rafters since it came out of the box.
  16. This one... And here's the culprit... On a brighter note, everything seems to be going together the way it should.
  17. What is it that you think I should have done differently? I'd like to know for future reference if I've been using a hoist the wrong way. It's a chain hoist with a single hook on a single chain. I hooked it up to tow straps that I laced under the skid and over the top of the box where they met at a single point. When I lifted the crate it did not swing and it was perfectly plumb when hanging. There was no jumping or jerking in the chain while I was lowering the machine. I don't know how else I could have handled it...seems to me I was using it exactly the way it was intended to be used.
  18. Yeah, the chain was perfectly vertical, and it wasn't swinging or anything. It just...gave. I guess it was probably a bad weld on that chain link. I can't fathom what if anything I was doing was a pretty straight forward operation using a piece of equipment for the exact purpose it was made. I'm pretty sure it was purely mechanical failure due to poor-quality materials or craftsmanship. I don't buy from Harbor Freight very often, and now I have a reason to never go there for anything, especially anything potentially dangerous.
  19. Yeah, it's a chain hoist. Even 50% of rated capacity would be a thousand pounds...supposedly the shipped weight of the planer was at least 300 less than that. We're looking at about 33% of rated capacity causing failure. That's just unacceptable. They're playing with people's safety with their incompetence.
  20. One of the chain links broke. I didn't know about the decreased rating thing...they should probably rate a hoist at whatever the weakest point is instead of the strongest. That's a little misleading.
  21. So over the weekend I made the drive from St. Louis down to Springfield, MO to pick up a few machines I purchased from Grizzly. While I was down there I stayed with some buddies and did some fishing. Of course after a two month drought, the sky decided to open up and pour down rain for the entire weekend, and of course my trailer and my new machines were out in the weather the whole time. I brought down every tarp I had and covered them as best I could, and fortunately everything stayed nice and dry. I made the drive back home yesterday and went about unloading today. All of the machines were manageable to unload by myself without any assistance...except the planer...estimated shipping weight: 675 pounds. I have a "one ton" hoist set up in my garage that I use to lift the front end of my zero turn mower so I can sharpen the blades and clean the deck, and I figured since the hoist was rated for "one ton," I could safely lift out the planer, which comes in well below half of the hoist's rated capacity. Well, apparently I was wrong. I backed the trailer into the garage, wrapped the straps around the box, hooked up, and lifted the planer off the trailer with the hoist. I pulled the trailer out, and I have to admit, that giant package dangling about three feet in the air did look rather ominous. But hey, it's a "one ton" hoist...that's two thousand pounds. It's cool. I began lowering the beast, keeping all of my body parts well away from underneath, and it was smooth sailing. I got it down to about three inches off the ground, then POP! KABOOM! I soiled myself. I quickly regained my composure and after double checking I still had all my toes, turned my worry to the machine. I unpacked it from the crate and inspected every inch of it, and it seems to be fine. I haven't wired it up yet so I guess there's no telling if any harm was done...we'll have to wait and see. Moral of the story...don't buy your hoists from Harbor Freight. I sure am glad I wasn't under my mower when it decided to snap. (I have a totally overkill safety chain rigged for when I am under the mower, FYI...guess that was a wise decision.)
  22. I went out today to buy another pair of 50" Jets. Apparently "they just raised their prices," at least according to the local dealer. They jumped from $50 a piece to $70 a piece. I said no thank you.
  23. My local hardwood dealer carries the Jets, and it seems like you can't find them cheaper or on sale anywhere, so that's what I've been buying. They're great clamps, but man they are expensive...they're just clamps after all. Looking forward to the day I don't have to buy any more...not exactly a "fun" purchase.
  24. What state are you in and how did you go about getting a permit to harvest dead trees in National Forest?