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Since I earn a living writing code (with my hands) my wife wanted me to have a saw that wouldn’t cut my fingers off. Embarrassed to say, only one month into owning this and it paid for itself. Even with all the safety guards on, and after I turned the saw off, I tried to free the workpiece and slid my finger back into the blade (Amateur move). A bandaid was all I needed since the brake deployed and saved the tip of my finger (and a costly hospital trip).
Craftsman 12" Band Saw
The saw is over 30 years old. I picked it up from a friend for $150. I upgrade the belt to the Harbor Frieght V-belt. It works great, and is one of the most useful tools in my shop.
I use this on almost every project. For the price, it works great and does what I need. I have mine setup with a custom table I built for it.
Router + Router Table
- Dewalt DW618PK 12-Amp 2-1/4 HP Plunge and Fixed Base Router
- Kreg Insert Plate
- Kreg Twist-Loc Ring Set
By itself the router isn’t a large tool, but with the router table I built – it takes up some room, so I’m listing it here. The table sits at the same height as my workbench/outfeed table. So with the router below the table it gives me extra work area.
Drills + Drivers
- Ryobi One+ Drill + Impact Driver – Got this as part of the “Ultimate Combo Kit” in the link
- SKIL 6277-02 6.5 Amp 3/8-Inch Drill
- Black+Decker 6.0 Amp 1/2 Hammer Drill
- Ryobi One+ Reciprocating Saw – Got this as part of the “Ultimate Combo Kit” in the link
- Ryobi One+ Jig Saw
- Black+Decker Corded Jig Saw
- 4 in. x 36 in. Belt/6 in. Harbor Freight Disc Sander
- SKIL 7510-01 Sandcat 6 Amp 3-Inch x 18-Inch Belt Sander
- Ryobi One+ Orbital Sander
- Rigid 5" Orbital Sander
- Ryobi One+ Multi-tool – Got this as part of the “Ultimate Combo Kit” in the link
Nailers & Air Compressor
- NuMax SFR2190 21 Degree Framing Nailer
- Ryobi One+ AirStrike 18-Guage Nailer
- NuMax SP123 23 Gauge 1-Inch Pinner
- Porter-Cable C2002 Oil-Free 6-gallon Pancake Compressor