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I already have a table saw (portable Ryobi), and many hand tools including a plunge router. My space is limited for the time being and I am using my carport for any projects, so most of my future purchases will be the bench model variety.

IF, you were going to buy only one of the following tools (assuming they all cost about the same), which would you buy next.

Drill Press

Band Saw

12 inch planer

Combination Miter

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Comment by Steve McCullough on May 18, 2010 at 9:30pm
awesome. Yep, I'll be looking at something like this.
Comment by Tom Hansen on May 18, 2010 at 8:39pm
Combination Miter - That's the most used tool I got..... Hitachi C12LSH 12-inch Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw with LCD Display and Lase

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Comment by Steve McCullough on May 18, 2010 at 6:57pm
Well, I bought the Drill Press. I bought a Ryobi bench model with the dinky little round table and then I built the table with the sliding fence so I can use "stops" when I have several pieces to drill. In a month or two, maybe I can get another big boy toy.
Comment by Don Clark on February 18, 2010 at 10:16pm
@Don - whats the advantage of a circular sander as opposed to a square?
Comment by Richard James Anderson on February 16, 2010 at 3:23pm
hands down the answer is a good 14 inch floor bandsaw,you can resaw,rip,cut curves and do small cuts and shapes.make fat boards into thin boards and save $$$$
plus if you take your time and learn how to control the saw with a thin blade you can make some of the most beautiful boxes...great for gifts and a good money maker
Comment by Steve McCullough on February 9, 2010 at 11:56pm
Hey, thanks so far for the comments. I have a mitre saw, but not a combo. I have the palm sander and I also have the Fein Multi Master which is prett cool in itself. I really like the combo mitre with the laser.........really really like it. Thanks everybody.
Comment by Don Grubish on February 9, 2010 at 11:49pm
I'm with Jenny. Go with a combination mitre saw next. You'll need that before you need the drill press or band saw. They make great cuts and do it very quickly. I'd get all those tools in this order:

1. combination mitre saw
2. drill press
3. band saw
4. planer

Also, and this is not on your list, but I'd look into a palm sander, and the circular kind, not the square ones. They make your sanding task sooo much easier.
Comment by Bob Fowler on February 9, 2010 at 9:26pm
I'd have to say drill press. Unless, of course, you need a bandsaw, 12 inch planer, or combination miter :-)
Comment by Jenny on February 9, 2010 at 12:56am
I love my Combination Miter saw - It makes cut-list so fast and easy. That would be my next choice.
Comment by Anthony Lanting on February 8, 2010 at 5:26pm
It really depends on what you plan to spend the most time building. I work mostly in my driveway so most of my equipment is "portable". If you plan on building tabletops or other panels you might want to look at a joiner before you get a planer. A bandsaw is good for smaller tasks. I use my drill press whenever I can - and I am currently building a alignment fence for it. Ryobi and Sears have miter saws for $100. Get one with a laser if you can.

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