What tools don't you have and why don't you have them (other than price)?

Frank Pellow

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Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Do you consider a permanent heat source in the shop as a tool? I've been heating in the past with kerosene reddy heaters and just last year bought a propane heater, but I want to install wood heat in the shop....I make my fair share of mistakes and I have a good supply of BTU's just waiting to be used.
Steve, I think that a propane space heater (externally vented) coupled with a wood stove is a great combination. That's what I have. The space heater is on a thermostat that makes sure that the shop does not go down to freezing, then when I go into the shop in the morning I start a fire to warm the place up for comfortable working.
 

Frank Fusco

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Mountain Home, Arkansas
I would consume too much bandwidth listing all I don't have. But three come to mind:
A good shaper;
A scroll saw;
A better lathe.
The shaper would be nice. I currently have a Grizzly G8693 mini-shaper. It is a "mini" but is a working sucka. Amazing. But the real McCoy would be nice.
Scroll saw, I don't have because I don't want one. I inherited a very old, very large, industrial quality 24" Delta and promptly sold it. That endeavor simply does not appeal to me.
I have been singing the virtues of my $400.00 Grizzly G1067Z lathe for a long time. I still consider it one of the best dollar value lathes on the market. But, now I realize limitations of low speed and lack of power and am ready to move up. When the pocketbook is ready, I'm ready.
 

Doug Shepard

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Waterford, MI
Really need a workbench bad - Workmates just aint cuttin it. Just nowhere to put it. I've used all kinds of things as a workbench - the top of my TS, DP table, picnic table, the floor. I'm hoping the Jetson's model comes out soon - the one that folds up to the size of a sugar cube and morphs into a massive 700 Lb, 7 ft long vise-covered beast when the right button is pushed.
 

Mike Wenzloff

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Forest Grove, Oregon USA
My feeling is like expressed by others: more shop space. Need it, don't have it.

But tools themselves? I use to have too many, sold off tons of stuff. Now I purchase a few things I don't really need but instead simply want.

If the business expands there are upgrades to present equipment and a couple items I don't currently have which would enhance production.

But space will remain the top issue.

Take care, Mike
 

Joe Jensen

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Here's my list of tools I want but have no room for.
1) Widebelt sander, I'd want a 37" or wider. Not only do I lack the space, but also sufficient power
2) Big sliding table saw
3) Oscillating spindle sander. I may find a way to squeeze one in the shop I have.
4) Downdraft spray booth
5) Large mortising machine
6) Large assembly table
7) Edge sander
8) 12" or wider jointer
9) Dedicated Rip saw

Oh well, dream on...joe
 

Bruce Page

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
One of the common wood working machines that I have no desire to own is the shaper. I’ve works with industrial machines, large & small all of my working life but the shaper just scares me!
 
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