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Old 11-10-2014, 07:51 PM   #61
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In addition to a lot of things mentioned already, I'm a fan of a 4" combo square, cordless circular saw, cordless jig, power planer, biscuit jointer, and a 5 in one (or as I call it 1000 in one).

I value the most is a great miter saw stand with a stop system and continous support.
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I have the fast cap scribe and never had anything else so I can't say for sure how it compares. It works, it's a little awkward I guess but I don't take the pencil out that much.

RAS for coping or scribing anything. Just got it, much nicer than an angle grinder with sandpaper. The RAS isn't dustless but it's much better.

Tracksaw is for back cutting for a scribe to remove as much as you can. Or anything else you want to use it for. Lol. We do everything pretty much so I don't know what the typical finish carpenter is doing. I use it for building cabinets, cutting flooring, trim, whatever I need to use it on.
Quality with the RAS, first time I've seen it.

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I agree with strongtower,

Adding continuous support to my miter stand, and extra length has made so much difference in productivity. Measurements are faster/more accurate, cut's go faster when I'm not worrying about dropping the offcut. Plus it can give you a work surface for jigsawing/routing/sanding/scribing/joining. I've used my extensions as a router table and even a makeshift jointer at one point.

Getting a good miter saw setup is without a doubt the most important thing IMO. Having dust collection is a great addition keeping bevel/miter gauges clear to read.

I went many years without a multimaster/tracksaw/23 gauge. As great as they are you can make do without them.
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Am I hack cause all I have is a 6' Blue Empire for setting doors? Don't worry, the Stabila is on the tool purchase list. I'm going in baby steps though (or not so baby...)
That's all I use.

But I never understood buying a level that costs 3x as much that's accuracy is the same. I've actually used 3 stabilas that were off. 3 different peoples.
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That's all I use.

But I never understood buying a level that costs 3x as much that's accuracy is the same. I've actually used 3 stabilas that were off. 3 different peoples.
I don't think it matters what you use. As long as the door is plumb and operates properly you could use anything that works.

High priced or high quality tools do not make up for lack of skill.
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That's all I use.

But I never understood buying a level that costs 3x as much that's accuracy is the same. I've actually used 3 stabilas that were off. 3 different peoples.
Its the name. I have never used a stabila that was off. When I buy a level there is to much at stake to go cheap. Stabila has had a great name for a long time. That is why they are the only level I buy. They have never let me down. If they are taken care of I believe they are a lifetime tool and also have a lifetime warranty if I'm not mistaken.
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In addition to a lot of things mentioned already, I'm a fan of a 4" combo square, cordless circular saw, cordless jig, power planer, biscuit jointer, and a 5 in one (or as I call it 1000 in one).

I value the most is a great miter saw stand with a stop system and continous support.
What is your setup there? Midi vac? What stand and hood?
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What is your setup there? Midi vac? What stand and hood?
Rosseau stand and wings with integrated stop system. Fastcap hood and my old CT 22. Rosseau also makes a sweet saw hood.
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As for levels, I believe that you should use the longest length that fits the application to achieve the most accurate results. I used a 6ft level on 6-8 doors for a couple years then switched to a 78, so nice to be able to set it on the floor and get above the top hinge. Same is to be said on setting an 8 footer with a 8 foot level. As long as the level is on the money it really doesn't matter what the color is. Even though all mine are yellow...
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Rosseau stand and wings with integrated stop system. Fastcap hood and my old CT 22. Rosseau also makes a sweet saw hood.

Thanks, I'd never seen these before.

http://www.amazon.com/Rousseau-5000-...rousseau+stand
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Thanks, I'd never seen these before. http://www.amazon.com/Rousseau-5000-...rousseau+stand
Rosseau is an awesome company, makes solid stands (they aren't light weight). All made in USA, and lucky for me just 3 hrs south of me. You can actually order right from Rosseau, but if you're a ways away shipping might be costly, and Amazon might be a better option for ordering. They are located in Clarkston, WA.
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That rosseau stuff looks pretty nice. And its got a pretty decent price on it too. I had my eye on the fast cap stand for a while, but I'm having a hard time justifying the price tag. How small does it break down?
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I have 2 of the rousseau table saw setups and a router table. Table saw systems are the best. Don't love the router table.
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30" two-sided wide stepladder.

Slickplanes. One for rounding edges, the other for chamfering them.

A baker rack on rollers for sitting all the tools, nails, glue, etc. off the floor and easy to get and move around to where you are.
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That rosseau stuff looks pretty nice. And its got a pretty decent price on it too. I had my eye on the fast cap stand for a while, but I'm having a hard time justifying the price tag. How small does it break down?
The main stand turns into a hand truck, all supports stow. Stands about 3 ft tall, 20" deep with saw attached. Extension wings are 12" deep ladder frames, 60" long, I put 16" wide 1/2 prefin ply on them. It's a heavy stand with a saw on it, I wouldn't want the setup if I had to load into a pickup. Enclosed trailer it works awesome. All powder coated steel. For the stand, extension tables and stop system, I've got around 600 in the setup. Thing I liked about it is that the stop system had an outrigger that you can have a stop all the way out to around 10'. I'm rolling into new construction all the time so it's setup in a garage or a big great room. Rolls awesome.

For smaller easier setup they offer a stand similar to what the saw helper had for saw support, one of my friends has one.
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I have my excellent SawHelper stand and fence and stop for sale. 8'4 on the L and 5'0 on the R.
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For doors I love my stabila plate to plate levels. I can adjust them to whatever height I need for the different size doors we put in. The two little standoff nobs allow me to make the top and bottom perfectly level. Then I can flip the level around and use the straight edge to shim the rest of the door straight.
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For doors I love my stabila plate to plate levels. I can adjust them to whatever height I need for the different size doors we put in. The two little standoff nobs allow me to make the top and bottom perfectly level. Then I can flip the level around and use the straight edge to shim the rest of the door straight.
it thought i was the only one that used them for doors. very good unit

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