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Hello everyone,
I guess I'm doing this a bit backwards. I already posted in the forums earlier and now decided to do my introduction. I filled out my profile and it will answer most of the basic questions you may have about me and my tools. The reason I'm here is because I want to learn and glean advice from those of you who are serious hobbyists or do woodworking for a living.

Initially, I was seeking advice on choosing a router and a table, but that situaltion resolved itself when a solid setup fell into my lap over the weekend. Now, the only real need I have to get started is choosing a solid table saw and a good set of carbide router bits.

I'm searchng for a good used contractor saw (Delta, etc) or maybe the Rigid 4510 or 4512 if I have to buy one new. Once I get a table saw and some good router bits, I will have enough tools on hand to destroy most anything I come across. And finally, unless something changes my mind, I will judiciously select several of the Kantana 1/2" shank bit sets and call it a day.

Thanks in advance to all of you who will answer my questions. Lord knows I will have questions.
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Hi Stan - welcome to the forum!

Good luck on your TS selection - earlier this year I replaced my old benchtop model w/ a hybrid from Steel City (cast iron wings really help the weight!).

Plenty of excellent router bit brands - mine are mainly Freud, Whiteside, & CMT, although I've purchased a few from others (Lee Vly, Bosch, Rockler, et al). Dave
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Thanks for the reply Dave. Those are all great suggestions for router bits, that's for sure. No doubt, I do think I will skip the economy brands and pick up a select few of the basic profiles from Katana. After that, I'll buy what I need based on what I actually need after plodding away in the shop for a few months. At present, I can probably get away with 8-10 bits in 4 or 5 profiles. Anything else for now is wishful thinking and possible a wanton waste of money.
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I'm far from being a expert but here are a couple of my observations:

1. Try to get one with dynamic breaking. When you turn off the saw you want the blade to quickly stop (not slowly wind down).

2. Get one with a riving knife that rises behind the blade. When you are cutting a groove with the older saws the anti-kick back pawls get in the way and the safety fence assembly must be removed. NOT GOOD.

I'm sure the other forum member will advise you concerning blade run out. Harbor Freight has a dial indicator for around $10. It come complete with a switchable magnetic base. The magnetic base alone is very handy.

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Stan, in our router bits section there is a sticky thread(Held at the top of the listings) on choosing your first bit set. The set I selected offers the 10 most commonly used bits.

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Stan, in our router bits section there is a sticky thread(Held at the top of the listings) on choosing your first bit set. The set I selected offers the 10 most commonly used bits.

Thanks Mike, I've read most of the relevant stickies so far and have digested a good bit of it. Since I already have a good idea of the few bits I need to start off with, I have decided to grab some good straight, roundover, and rabbeting bits by Katana. I may pick up an entry set later on when I want to experiment with some unfamiliar profiles, but for now I think I want to invest in a few select bits I know I'll use. I can pick up an economy kit later on to determine if I need those profiles or not.

At present, I'm torn between two table saws and may start a thread to get some opinions. I'm looking at the Rigid 4510 and 4512.
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