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    couple questions

    in this dream shop adventure,, i have been told that 3 phaze power is available for no extra charge. so if it were you folks and this was a small shop but had this chance would it be a good idea to get it? i know that reasonable tools are out there in 3 phaze. the next question is if you had a choice between a mono slab and pole construction which would you opt for and why? the slab would be stick built construcktion. thanks for the advice
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    Dunno about your pole and slab problems, but the 3 phase............ HECK yeah!

    All kinds of older GOOD machines that you can get on the cheap, as the average homeowner cannot use them without a phase converter

    Cheers!
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    3 phase for sure Larry, especially at no charge.

    Now I'll refrain from the second question cause I think we talked about this one over a couple of brewski's.
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    3-phase yup!.....and i`d go with a slab....even though concrete is harder on feet it`s much easier to keep up! i`d also vote for stick built especially up north.....for ease of insulating and wiring....plus down the road if you ever decide to sell a stick framed building on a good slab will be a faster seller that a polebarn structure....tod
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    Slab sucks on the feet and legs, but while you are building it, you could put in a subfloor of wood, and you could run the electrical under the floor to the middle of the shop...?
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    Larry.....stick built or pole barn.....that's one of the decisions I wrestled with when I built my shop. In the end, I decided on stick built. IMHO it's easier to do the electical and insulation and I'm not so sure it's not cheaper because of that in the long run. 3-phase........take it! There's nothing stopping one from using a single phase........or 3 phase once it's installed!

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    No extra charge on 3-phase.
    Take it. Main box will cost a little more though.

    I'd do a slab, stick built.

    Highly suggest a wood floor if its in the budget.

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    3 phase, stick built, wood floor
    Cheers, Frank

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    Third option on the construction for here in Michigan and other northern locations. Look into using SIPS. A little more expensive to put up but the increased effectiveness of the insulation is significant.

    OK, I know, what does SIPS stand for. Honestly I don't remember but it is essentially a a styrofoam like substance laminated between two sheets of plywood that goes up quickly like a jigsaw puzzle. No sticks or poles. You can use trusses or SIPS for the roof as well.

    If you do a Google search on SIPS, you will find lots of additional information.

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    Pole barns are about the same cost, but the pole barns can be up in less then a week once the poles are set. This one of those topics that can go either way. I would go with stick or SIPS. Strucaul Insulated Panels.

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