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Question Of The Week... ( 2019 week 7)

Discussion in 'Contests, Swaps, Giveaways, Member Meetups etc.' started by ripjack13, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. ripjack13

    ripjack13 ɹǝʇɹɐqpooʍ Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator Full Member Thread Starter

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    Out of all your power tools, which one is your most useful and which one is the least used tool in your shop?










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  2. Brink

    Brink There's nothing to see here Founding Member Full Member

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    I don’t think I have a most useful PT.
    It would be a 3 way tie, TS, BS and DP.

    Least used, spindle shaper. And that’s been in storage for 6 years.
     
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  3. woodtickgreg

    woodtickgreg scroll, flat, spin Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator Founding Member Full Member

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    Least used tool was a grizzly floor standing drill press, took up a lot of room so I moved it to the metal shop and purchased a smaller delta variable speed bench top model that stores out of the way when not being used.
    Next after that would be an old dewalt radial arm saw, but that's mostly because I want to restore it.
    Most useful is hard to decide on. I'd say it's equal chop saw, band saw, jointer, planer, table saw.
     
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  4. Tony

    Tony Hardwood Enthusiast Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    My Rockwell bandsaw has always been my most used tool, for many years now. Least used is my spindle sander. I very seldom use it but it is great and the only tool that can do the job when I do need it. Tony
     
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    My 10” jet table saw
    My hand held electric planner
     
  6. Tony

    Tony Hardwood Enthusiast Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    Wendell reminded me, I change my least used answer. I haven't used my handheld planer in probably 3 years.
     
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    Ray D Member Full Member

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    Most used is my table saw. The least would be my chop saw.
     
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    Most useful would be the CNC and the least mortise machine. I have never used it since I got it ten years ago. But if I need one I have it. :good2:
     
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  9. rocky1

    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    Tough call there... Dewalt Cordless Impact Driver, Cordless Drill, cordless impact.

    Bandsaw is probably the most used stationary device, bumping the table saw out as it got shoved over out of the way, when I moved the bandsaw in.

    Followed by my Harbor Freight Belt/Disk sander, and my bench grinder.

    Least used... The half dozen functional corded drills I own.

    Chop saw is not far ahead of them, but only because I have to drag it out and set up saw horses to use it. It will be incorporated into the work bench when I find time and money to close off and dedicate a bay in the shop to wood working. Definitely on a slide out shelf so it will still be portable, and so I can slide the Jointer in that slot on the bench, utilizing work surface and rip fence for multiple tools. In down sizing work area, like Greg, I've been looking for a bench top drill press that suits my tastes, for the right price. Old drill press will remain out in the steel/mechanical work area of the shop.

    Had contemplated 10" table saw purchase, but in thinking downsizing my woodworking area, my little 9" saw might be more easily stashed in the limited shop area. And, I can build portable cabinets sized to serve as an outfeed table, or incorporate the saw into a portable work bench, or something.
     
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    Most used is a toss up with the lathe, band saw and table saw in contention.

    Least used, as in never, is a Grizzly shaper. A Craigslist purchase from several years ago, brought it home and set it in the corner. Apparently the previous owner never used it either. But there’s hope for it. I’m going to try using it as a router table for my stool build. Got it out last week, cleaned it up, squared up the fences, turned it on to make sure it still worked and figured out I needed a spindle adapter/collet for the router bits.

    Tracking a package slowly crossing the country is painful if you really need something.
     
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  11. DKMD

    DKMD Sawbones Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator Full Member

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    Bandsaw is probably tops for me followed by the lathe.

    Least used is probably a mortiser that I bought years ago when I was making furniture.
     
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    I'd have to say the CNC is the most used.
    As for least used........oh crap, there's tools in there that don't even belong in a woodshop!
     
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    The tool used most is definitely the lathe...least used tool is the craftsman router/shaper.
     
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  14. David Hill

    David Hill I collect & use Texas woods---but prefer Mesquite. Full Member

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    Wow , great stumper.
    Most used are the lathes, followed by the bandsaw.
    Least used—hmmmm... would have to be the shaper/router, with the planer a close second.
    To me, tools are like guns..... better to have and not need— instead of needing & being in trouble.
     
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    Sprung Amateur Sawdust Maker Full Member

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    Least used - compound miter saw. I've contemplated selling it because of how little I use it, but for the little bit I'd get for it, I might as well hang on to it and use it the maybe once per year I drag it out.

    Most used - table saw. If I was forced to give up all stationary or bench top power tools and could only keep one, it would be my table saw.
     
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    Cross up between router amd tablesaw, I use both alot. If I find I am not using something, I sell it off. I don't have space for things I don't use.
     
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    Arn213 craM de la craM # RipJack City! Full Member

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    Most useful and I can’t live without is the jointer planer combo and then my bandsaw.

    Least used power tool is my hand held planer.
     
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    Table saw, jointer, router table, doing mostly display cases and flag boxes for flatwork lately, so I use all the above almost daily. Least used; probably my biscuit joiner...
     
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    Table saw, band saw, lathe - most used.

    Least used - at the moment it's my router. Or maybe scroll saw.
     
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    Most used is table saw
    Least used is cored drill
     
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