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Is there a tool you wanted badly, that you bought, and then wish you would have spent your money on something else?


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Several. A 108" x 6" vertical belt sander. Wish I'd spent that money on a Performax or Woodmaster planer/sander. Next is a Porter Cable detail sander. Jumps around and digs holes in profiles.

On the other side of the argument, I've spent money to buy lesser quality tools to see if I liked what they can do such as the Mastercraft (think it is also Chicago Electric) oscillating tool I wasn't sure I needed. It's starting to give up the ghost after being run fairly hard for several years so I went out yesterday and bought a Fein to replace it.
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Several. A 108" x 6" vertical belt sander. Wish I'd spent that money on a Performax or Woodmaster planer/sander. Next is a Porter Cable detail sander. Jumps around and digs holes in profiles.

On the other side of the argument, I've spent money to buy lesser quality tools to see if I liked what they can do such as the Mastercraft (think it is also Chicago Electric) oscillating tool I wasn't sure I needed. It's starting to give up the ghost after being run fairly hard for several years so I went out yesterday and bought a Fein to replace it.
Im my case I love my belt 108" belt sander , as it was great for sanding long pieces of lexan , so no regrets there .

I had a deposite at WP for a Router table that I wanted made by a General ,and it ended up being back ordered.
Then some where I read that the casting wasn't great so I kiboshed getting it , so I decided I better order something else quick to use my deposite on , so I ordered a big arse 240V 15" stationary disc sander thinking that seeing as it has a miter slot that maybe it would be beneficial .

But I wish I had purchaced a bandsaw instead as real estate in my garage is at a premium , and I may have been able to make an attachment for my belt sander to hold pieces of wood at a 45 degree angle to sand mitered ends , if that scenario would have ever even happened .
So it's pretty much a waste of space having them both IMO

#2 , if I could do it all over again , I would have bought a SawStop table saw instead of the General International model that I purchaced .
I went with the large 54" fence , and shortly after I joined here I found out about track saws .
I could have saved myself some space by going with the 32" fence instead , as I'd sooner use a track saw to cut large sheet goods and you can do angles to , so it would have been a win win .

The casting was less than perfect on my General , but after some tweaking it's good now .
I'm liking Saw Stops dust collection system over there blade , so I bought it and now have to modify it to fit mine .
Would have rather just bought a cabinet saw from SawStop to begin with saving me these headaches , plus as an added bonus I wouldn't have to worry about loosing a finger or three.

Live and learn I guess
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Biscuit joiner. Used once and collecting sawdust since. 12 inch DeWalt chop saw-impossible to get a clean cut because of blade deflection, sold & money spent on Bosch 10 inch compound sliding miter. Coping sled, pretty useless item. Total cost about the same as the Laguna 14-12 I can't afford just now. as Joey Brown used to say," Aaaaaah NUTS!"
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Biscuit joiner. Used once and collecting sawdust since. 12 inch DeWalt chop saw-impossible to get a clean cut because of blade deflection, sold & money spent on Bosch 10 inch compound sliding miter. Coping sled, pretty useless item. Total cost about the same as the Laguna 14-12 I can't afford just now. as Joey Brown used to say," Aaaaaah NUTS!"
Geez Tom I beat you in spades . I bought a hot tub that has pretty much ruined my life.
After using it it's taken my lung function to that of a chain smoker that smokes 14 packs a day. Hard to say yet , but I may have to quit wood working entirely from the lung damage .

So I had to sell the hot tub and lost over $10,000 , which would have bought me one hell of a CNC router table ,plus I would be able to breath properly again.
How's that for an arse kicking

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I can't think of anything I regret buying. I have a few things I don't use very much. I build rather than buy a lot of things so that helps some. If I see a new gadget and I'm getting a millionaire pain I can usually take a wait and see stance. That has saved me from buying some things I might have regretted later.
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Geez Tom I beat you in spades . I bought a hot tub that has pretty much ruined my life.
After using it it's taken my lung function to that of a chain smoker that smokes 14 packs a day. Hard to say yet , but I may have to quit wood working entirely from the lung damage .

So I had to sell the hot tub and lost over $10,000 , which would have bought me one hell of a CNC router table ,plus I would be able to breath properly again.
How's that for an arse kicking
Tell me more about the tub related lung problems. I have had a tub for years and used it extensively. I have some mild breathing problems but never considered the tub as a source.
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When I bought my Powermatic contractors saw, I really wanted to get a cabinet saw. My wife wasn't happy with that idea, so I bought the contractor saw. I wish I had negotiated better :-)


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Tell me more about the tub related lung problems. I have had a tub for years and used it extensively. I have some mild breathing problems but never considered the tub as a source.
Everything went downhill since I bought it . Never smoked a day in my life , yet my oxygen blood saturation is below that of a chain smoker now . When I'm driving I'm actually slipping into the 80's with the oxygen saturation meter . I have terrible headaches because my Red blood cell count is off the scale . Max is 92 and I'm at 184 . And a sleep apnea machine I breath threw at night is not fixing the problem .

I was using chlorine and noticed I had a terrible time breathing after I used the hot tub , so I switched to bromine but it wasn't much better .
I'm always wheezing as I breath after using the tub . To this day my inner ears are plugged and I have terrible hearing now as a result . When you go down a mountain and yours ears pop , that's the same thing I have now since using the hot tub except I can rarely get them to pop .
As for the lungs I went for testing and it's not looking good . The puffer sprays they gave me made during testing made no improvement so there sending me for more tests . The doctors basically puzzled .
I really think I got a bacterial infection in my lungs called hot tub lung , but I'm not sure. Hopefully not because if its caught to late its perminant lung damage , which would be the outcome in my case .
They aren't really believing me that I've never smoked ,as they keep on asking . I have never smoked in my life as I've always thought it was very disgusting .
I'm pretty sure this is going to have a very grim ending .

And if it doesn't get any worse than this . The first few months I used the hot tub I was fine strength wise , but in December I got extremely weak as I was lying in the lounger of the hot tub , and it took me about three weeks to recover . Got in it again and I had the same horrible symptoms of extreme weakness and yet another 3 weeks to recover my strength .
This is not good news , as they used to put you in hot water to test for MS before the MRI was available . The doctors found that patience with MS had there symptoms flare up while in hot water .
My mother died from complications from MS , and she could not be in a room one degree over 70f , or she went down hill from the disease .

So now to boot I'm going for testing to see whether I have MS now . So far my idea of owning a hot tub has really been about a worse case scenario experience.
I don't doubt the doctor is going to tell me to put the kibosh on any wood working to , but I won't know till there's further testing. I wear a high end mask made for h2s gas , but if I take it off to soon I really pay for it . Hate wearing a mask for hours on end , as it kinda ruins the whole experiance

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When I bought my Powermatic contractors saw, I really wanted to get a cabinet saw. My wife wasn't happy with that idea, so I bought the contractor saw. I wish I had negotiated better :-)


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