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I am within an eyelash of ordering the CMT Industrio Router Table System from Amazon; $305 with free shipping. This table is classified as an accessory, which means if I purchase a power tool, I get 20% off the accessory, about $60.

I am looking for suggestions for a useful shop tool so I can get the $60 discount, preferable something router table project related so I can be more useful right away, but not necessarily so.

The tool must be sold by Amazon itself (not other businesses selling products on Amazon) to qualify for the discount.

I have no major tools and only a few minor tools so I can use almost everything. You would think that would make my choice easy, but I'm only familiar with wants/needs for major tools and now is not the time for an additional major tool purchase.

Power tools I have:

Freud 2200E router purchased recently

Ancient 6.5" Skil circular saw that still works great and is my main cutting tool.

A decent Ryobi 12v cordless drill

An el-cheapo older orange Black and Decker jig saw

Older Shopmate quarter sheet vibrating sander


I suppose a decent jig saw that could be mounted under the router table would be useful; the seemingly decent ones at Amazon are $110 to $160 more than I was looking to pay but I suppose I could be convinced.

A spindle sander would be nice too, but those price out much higher.

A drill press would be very nice; the cheapest one at Amazon is a Delta for $100, but I question its quality even for infrequent noobie woodworker use.

Dust collections systems are accessories, not power tools, so no go there.

I could get an el-cheapo cordless screwdriver to qualify for the $60 discount, but I don't need or want one. There's gotta be some other small tool that I don't know I need!

Suggestions and advice requested!

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Hi Ladd

I would suggest the item below, I have one and it's great,,, so many times you want to sand a item that is not strait or it can be setup to sand strait items as well with just a quick home made jig...(1/2" to 3" drums will fit the tool)
Plus because it's bench top model it will fit on the bench top or under it to save shop space, I use mind all the time...

You can always use a brad nailer, elec.or air for just one more item..





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I'm looking at getting a drum sander also. Have my eye on the Ridgid belt/spindle sander. About $200, so it's a bit higher than you're looking at.

I have also been looking at the Shop Fox drill presses. They have an oscillating feature that lets them pull double duty as spindle sanders. The small one is about $115, Not sure if it includes the sanding drums. Might want to look at those.
http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Fox-H0625...7404363&sr=1-2

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I'm looking at getting a drum sander also. Have my eye on the Ridgid belt/spindle sander. About $200, so it's a bit higher than you're looking at.
I have and highly recommend the Ridgid sander. I use mine all the time with both spindles and the belt (both oscillate). The dust port works great when used with a shop-vac. And I've used it with the table angled for a project with a beval. Plus it has onboard storage for all the spindles and the belt assembly when not in use.

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If you are wanting a tool just to save you $60 on the router table, order the Dremel 290-01 Engraver for $15.86 This is the cheapest tool that I have seen that will qualify you for the discount. I used it to get a Jessem router lift. The $16 you pay sure saves you some money and you still have the engraver to use. I think you have to order the engraver first, put it in your ordering cart and then put the router table in your cart, then checkout. I just checked and you also save $52 by using the "Free Super Savings shipping". This deal looks better and better.
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Yup, that's a good suggestion. Unfortunately while it is available on Amazon, it is sold by Grizzly, so it doesn't qualify for the discount.

Thanks for your time and the tip though!
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I have also been looking at the Shop Fox drill presses. http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Fox-H0625...7404363&sr=1-2
That looks interesting too. Also sold by Grizzly on Amazon, not Amazon directly so it doesn't qualify either.

Thanks for your time though!
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If you are wanting a tool just to save you $60 on the router table, order the Dremel 290-01 Engraver for $15.86 This is the cheapest tool that I have seen that will qualify you for the discount.
Dang, already have one of those.

I guess I could get another to give away to someone, but haven't a clue who that might be either.

Saw the Black and Decker BDBN1202 cordless brad nailer on Amazon last night (and sold by amazon) for $124 and got quite interested, but for some reason it wasn't a part of the the power tool promotion. I could see that as being a handy tool to have as I have nothing like it at all.

How about the Delta SM300 10" 1/4-horsepower drill press for $99?
http://www.amazon.com/Delta-SM300-Sh...7468437&sr=1-2
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How about the Delta SM300 10" 1/4-horsepower drill press for $99?
http://www.amazon.com/Delta-SM300-Sh...7468437&sr=1-2
I think I would still go for the Shop Fox.

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