31st Jul 2003, 06:52 PM #1
Router, compound mitre saw, table saw, buy what first?
OK..... I've got a problem most would be envious of. The other half is going back to uni next year and I have six months to spend all my surplus on tools (lot of renovations etc and she sort of understands that power tools are more beneficial than a diamond ring on her finger. Works out around $4000 (with the taxmans boost). I have: Dewalt 12V XRP cordless, Metabo random orbital, Makita jigsaw, Metabo 850W impact drill. What would you guys buy and what brands/models/prices etc............
$1600 to spend next Wednesday. I want quality but not totally exhorbitant prices............The quicker I spend it the less I have to think of the diamond ring
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31st Jul 2003, 11:03 PM #2
Really need to know what sort of work you're planning on doing before I could commment. Personally, (working as a carpenter/joiner) I didn't have a table saw for years. Started with 9" saw, 750 watt VSR drill, electric planer, jigsaw and router. You can do a lot of your building and renovation work with these. Maybe if you gave a rundown on your planned projects we could look at what you might need. Tell us what you have in the way of hand tools too because your'e going to need them too.
1st Aug 2003, 08:11 AM #3
Hand tools presently: set of chisels, tenon saw, panel saw, claw hammer, a mass of spanners and sockets, and a few bits and pieces... Work to be done (eventually) new kitchen, build in down stairs (presently 76sq gal posts and with a bit of digging and restumping about 3 1/2 meters of headroom), gazebo, fencing, decking, stairs. So much I need and the tool budget will definitly run out.
Your imput would be much appreciated.
1st Aug 2003, 11:56 AM #4
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Well for your gazebo, fencing, decking and stairs etc, a compound slide miter saw will be VERY handy to have.
For kitchens, you do need a tablesaw and a router to make the task much easier and to add decorative effects etc.
Depends which projects you want to do first
You could do crosscuts etc for the decking and outdoor work on a tablesaw, but the miter saw would be much easier and quicker to use, and more portable too for these tasks.
1st Aug 2003, 12:22 PM #5
Makita, 235mm (9-1/4") Circular Saw Model No.5900B - $350
Makita, 82mm (3-1/4" ) Power Planer Model No.1900B - $260
Hitachi C10FM 10" Miter Saw or Makita, 260mm (10-1/4" ) Compound Miter Saw Model No.LS1040 - $550
Hitachi TR12 1/2 in, 3 HP Plunge Router $360
Total $1520 should do the trick!Mal
1st Aug 2003, 10:15 PM #6
Add to Redneck's list: good quality 1200 level, combination square, 400 watt drill, 750 watt VSR & hammer drill, angle grinder, random orbit sander & cordless drill. Unless you plan on cutting the whole kitchen out yourself I wouldn't bother with a table saw. I have access to a mate's panel saw and it's still not worth my time to cut my own board. They're nice to have but I believe you can get better value from your dollar buying other tools first. Oh, and I would change the 5900B to the newer aluminium baseplate model or the equivalent in Hitachi as they stay straight and accurate for longer. Put in a melamine blade and use a straight edge cutting guide and you will get as good a cuts on sheet material as with a table saw. No doubt I've missed out some tools that others would think indispensible, I know that there's not much I own that I could work without (well, besides the radial arm saw). Have fun spending the bucks before she changes her mind.
2nd Aug 2003, 05:02 PM #7
Doing this about but looks like I'm buying a router first. Triton TR001. Should be good for a table router and large bits cause the variable speed and three horses, most in here have said it's about the best at the moment. WHen Bunnings takes it "off" special Monday I can get it for $390
2nd Aug 2003, 05:36 PM #8
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Why not buy $4000 worth of clamps .... as the old saying goes you can never have too many clamps .... I think you can put that old tale to bed in one go .... you will forever go down in histroy as the only man with too many clamps.If you don't talk to your cat about catnip ...... who will?
2nd Aug 2003, 06:05 PM #9
What do I need clamps for??? I'm gunna hit everything I make with a nailgun and a tube of no more gaps.
2nd Aug 2003, 07:41 PM #10
Yes nailguns make clamps obsolete.
2nd Aug 2003, 11:01 PM #11
Stock up on chewing gum and band aids also. Well...if the power goes out the nail gun won't be much use and if you run out of no more gaps the chewing gum will be very handy.Sean@Oz
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3rd Aug 2003, 09:12 AM #12
Speaking of nail guns in a round about way...(real round about)...I bought a Renegade RP13 compressor for that purpose, and having to sweep down the verandah/steps/deck decided to do it the easy way, with an air gun. The compressor started about four times OK then nothing. It wont reset, I've waited till everything cooled down, and still nothing. Only bought it a month or so ago. Any ideas of the problem?
3rd Aug 2003, 02:31 PM #13
Are you running the compressor from an extension lead? If so, plug it into a fixed powerpoint and use a longer air hose.
I found this out myself last year, the voltage drop of a long extension cord is enough to stop the compressor starting up.
3rd Aug 2003, 04:22 PM #14
Look for the hidden reset button, mine did the same and I found it under the motor, very small and insignificant.Stupidity kills. Absolute stupidity kills absolutely.
4th Aug 2003, 08:09 AM #15
Thanks guys. The compressor is working now. Hawled it up stairs (no power points under the house as yet) and plugged it in in the lounge. After pushing really really hard on the reset switch 100 times it went. Must have been the extension lead with the doubla adapta and fridge attached to it. Will check out to see how it goes with a heavier sole purpose extension lead.....and if they that doesnt work, I'm gunna have to get the electrician in to install those power points sooner.