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For those in the area, Somerset, NJ this weekend coming...

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Attending these shows is a great way to get new ideas and most of the time you can talk to the vendors and get solutions to difficult problems.

I didn't mention it but part of the class Roland Johnson puts on about routers includes a Musclechuck on his PC 890 series router.

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Attending these shows is a great way to get new ideas and most of the time you can talk to the vendors and get solutions to difficult problems.

I didn't mention it but part of the class Roland Johnson puts on about routers includes a Musclechuck on his PC 890 series router.
Thanks, Mike...Since I haven't attended any of these before, do the vendors offer substantial discounts that it might make it worth it to buy something now just for the sake of the discount...? For example, Incra or routers...? Or do sales during the year generally match show prices...? I'm thinking that if I'm going to make a sizable investment in something higher priced, I'd buy it now rather than leave money on the table (so to speak)...

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Nick, every show is different; compare the list of vendors for the NJ show against the list for the Detroit show. There will be discounts which range from not paying shipping to getting extra goodies and some discounts.

If you need knobs for jigs Peachtree has them for $1.25 each; if you buy their box joint jigs and their version of the EZ link dovetail system they included an additional mini jig at no charge that sells for $80.

You can pick up a Musclechuck or some really neat bowl templates from Woodline.

Be sure to tell Roland Johnson, Jim Heavey and all the vendors that Mike from routerforums says hello.

Some interesting products to check out:

Rabot Kid planes. Instead of plane irons they use utility knife blades and razor blades as scrapers; lots of utility from these little planes.

Sand-Flee finishing mops. This is a new product in mops; they also have standard sanding mops and mini mops. Tell Bob I sent you and you will get a bonus smile at no charge.

Ridge Carbide and Guhdo GMAXX saw blades are specially priced.

Plan to be at the show when the door opens and stay until they kick you out.

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Nick, every show is different; compare the list of vendors for the NJ show against the list for the Detroit show. There will be discounts which range from not paying shipping to getting extra goodies and some discounts.

If you need knobs for jigs Peachtree has them for $1.25 each; if you buy their box joint jigs and their version of the EZ link dovetail system they included an additional mini jig at no charge that sells for $80.

You can pick up a Musclechuck or some really neat bowl templates from Woodline.

Be sure to tell Roland Johnson, Jim Heavey and all the vendors that Mike from routerforums says hello.

Some interesting products to check out:

Rabot Kid planes. Instead of plane irons they use utility knife blades and razor blades as scrapers; lots of utility from these little planes.

Sand-Flee finishing mops. This is a new product in mops; they also have standard sanding mops and mini mops. Tell Bob I sent you and you will get a bonus smile at no charge.

Ridge Carbide and Guhdo GMAXX saw blades are specially priced.

Plan to be at the show when the door opens and stay until they kick you out.
Thank you, Mike...I will say hello on your behalf...I guess it's worth to check out all the deals...who knows, the $6 I have in my pocket will only burn a hole anyway.

Thanks for the heads up on saving shipping and combo packages...hadn't thought of that...

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Went to Somerset. What a disappointment. I use - and swear by - the Keller DT jig. Saw a rip off thete...

Saw Jerry Cole from In-line, pushing his Dubby. Didn't see any sales, and I watched for quite a while.

Saw a big dealer there - had both Jet and Powermatic on the floor, and was pushing Jet. Lets just say that I use Powermatic - Jet has left a very bad taste in my mouth, and a hole in my pocket.

Wanted to look at some DeWalt stuff - they were more interested in selling things than answering questions about their tools. I'm in the market for a DWP611 - my old "light" router (a) isn't so light, and (b) is about shot.

Some very nice wood there, prices not too bad, but...

A lot of junk being sold by "Larry".

A lot of old tools being sold. Not interested myself, but there was some action.

PeachTree had a huge booth, and they were quite busy. Also selling a lot of stuff from China, as far as I could see.

A few of ww clubs were there. A lot of interesting stuff, but just not up my alley.

A guy selling a laser CNC-type machine. $$$$$$ Not interested in making things out of 3/16ths thick stuff.

Somebody selling a gutter protection system. Wellll.... I suppose leaves do have a relationship to trees, and trees are made of wood, and woodworking is about doing things with wood, and leaves go into tables, but they are a different kind of leaf.k
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I have the 611 Ed. I love it. I found mine at Woodcrafters during the "Black Friday" sale. Got it for a really good price. The last show I went to was at Performance Tool close to where I work. While like you I was a bit disappointed, I will say that there were a couple of reps that answered questions for me. (I have the problem of being taken seriously, since I'm usually one out of approximately 100 men at these shows.) I did get a router bit that I fell in love with, and plan on getting another one next time I'm there.

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