table saw help
I’m a woodworker from Scotland at present working with a couple of other cabinet makers. I’m gonig it alone in the next couple of months, and am looking at machinery – especially table saws. The only ones available in my immediate area are the Jet JTS250cs (supersaw on US web sites) and a Scheppach version. Being in a bit of a backwater as far as these things go (we have to go to England for main dealers), getting advice and reviews is a bit difficult. Does anyone know of any review sites for these kind of things. Even if they were US sites it would help get a picture of whats out there (and how good it is).
You're on one of the best, if not the best, site for tool reviews. They are available to paying members of Fine WoodWorking.com. Some are available to nonmembers, but I don't know which are since I'm a paying member. Here are a few of them:
and the most recent one:
thanks for that. i'm a subscriber to the magazine and web site. Unfortunatley most of the big machines reviewed are from US or Canadian companies who dont supply in Europe - General, Grizzly, Powermac etc. Looking at machines "in the flesh" is a bit difficulkt here. The search goes on!!
In reference to your saying the only saws “available in my immediate area”, are you referring to what is available in local stores in your area or what is available at a reasonable shipping cost in your area? If the shipping cost is not ridiculous, check out General. They make quality, reasonably priced products. http://www.general.ca/
Hi. When i say "my immediate area" I mean Scotland, which has only a couple of decent woodworking dealers. Then your into England - most of the dealers being in the south round the London area. Getting to see machines at first hand is a real problem, and spending that kind of money on photos and reviews on web sites is a bit of an educated gamble. General, powermac, grizzly etc dont seem to have European dealers. Thanks for the help
Seems like Richard Jones could help you out, maybe he passed this post as too generic to be of interest. You might try a new thread titled "Table saw in Scotland--Help!" or something like that.forestgirl -- you can take the girl out of the forest, but you can't take the forest out of the girl ;-)
Have a look at copy of Furniture & Cabinetmaking from GMC Publications (UK). You might be able to sus out a back issue as quite a few reviews on various pieces of equipment (ie for smaller scale profesional users) have been done recently. Best part is the availability & prices will be current for you.
Thanks. Do you know if they have a web site like FW? I have an old copy of the magazine but they dont seem to list a web site.
They don't have a board like Knots but go to their site via http://www.thegmcgroup.com & follow the link to Furniture & Cabinetmaking.
I would suggest you look up a few of the advertisers to get a feel for the gear that is available in the range you are looking at. Some of the stuff available in the UK is not readily got elsewhere but much of it is. The likes of Felder, Altendorf, Wadkin, Startrite, Sheppach Rojek, SMC & subsideries (Mini-Max, Morbidelli. L'invincible) are world wide & have their own sites, & in the case of Felder a users group.
Also get on to Ebay & check out the woodworking machinery section.
There are a lot of European saws available in the UK, and I would not recommend that you limit yourself to what is accepted in the USA market. Check out these people, for example:
I don't know what brand of saws you have in Europe...but here is a place you can ask English woodworkers.
Thanks for that. looks like I'll get somehelp there.
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