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I’ve decided to sell off some astronomy gear to fund something resembling real power tools, namely a table saw, a planer and a band saw. I have my preferred list with some alternates and would like a heads up on anything that might throw up a red flag for anybody. Every thing MUST stow into and setup as easily as possible from a space approximately 14’ x 3’ along one wall of my garage. There is a large shelf/bench about 4-1/2’ high along the wall for storing bench style tools and I have a very cheap light weight facsimile of a woodworking bench similar to the attached image (one drawer but with a front vice in addition to the end vice), that I plan to use as a work station for the bench style units. Basically I plan to mount the tool to a plywood base and use bench dog hold downs. I’ve left a jointer off the list and have opted to use a planer sled for facing and a jig on the table saw for edge jointing.

Facing - A Planer Sled for Milling Lumber - Fine Woodworking Video

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Table Saw
Ridgid 4510
Alternates:
Dewalt 744 – Cost, Cheesy looking stand
Bosch 4100 – Cost
Planer
Ridgid R4331 (not the R4330 without the cutter lock)
Alternates:
Dewalt 734 – Fewer features, Replacement blades cost more
Band Saw
Rikon 10” bench unit
Alternates:
Craftsman 10” bench unit – Looks like a rebadged Rikon for much less with the fence AND a miter gage
Ridgid 14” floor unit – cost, may need mods for balance/vibration issues
Harbor Freight 9” bench unit – Very low cost with surprisingly good reviews; could be a low cost disposable bridge to a better unit down the road.

Thanks in advance for the input.
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I guess since I asked for red flags, no news is good news.

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Forget the tools, Patrick, what astronomy gear are you getting rid of?!
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Hi Patrick,

I own all 3 of the tools you have listed above and have been extremely satisfied with all 3 choices (the Dewalt 734 alternate being the exception to the Ridgid). No problems of any kind and they have always provided what I have asked of them. I do not think you can go wrong with these choices and see that you have done your homework well on the selections

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Meade LXD-75 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain with JMI cases, a JMI precision motorized focuser, a custom designed and built pier plate for a fixed observatory installation, and a few miscellaneous odds and ends.




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Hi Patrick,

I own all 3 of the tools you have listed above and have been extremely satisfied with all 3 choices (the Dewalt 734 alternate being the exception to the Ridgid). No problems of any kind and they have always provided what I have asked of them. I do not think you can go wrong with these choices and see that you have done your homework well on the selections

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Thanks Bob,

Ya ninja'd me while I was answering Dan.

The wife says I always over analyze but I like to be sure before I drop serious coin down for something.

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Hey Pat,

Sounds like your wife and my wife attended the same school

Good luck on the tool purchases and show them off with some pics when you get 'em in the shop.
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Of course I'm interested! Our daughter's getting married in Aug.; if I bought anything other than stuff directly associated with the wedding, I'd be sleeping in the new and as yet unfinished garden shed...
Having said that, nice 'scope!!!
My neighbour has built an observatory with a 16" reflector...I'm not allowed in any more 'cause I drool all over it. That, and I failed his Physics exam. lol
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You do know that a garden shed with a roll off roof makes a great observatory.



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From the looks of your 'scope, I'd say you are one who enjoys well designed and well built instruments.
If so, you may want to reconsider some of your tool choices. Not knocking any of them, but I don't want you to be disappointed in their ability to do the sort of work you want to do.

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