Hey guys, just been thinking that it might be useful to post what each of you own/use/have used, by way of power/hand tools, it might be good to give a short/long critique of your personal experiences with them also
Here's mine, I'll likely re-visit this post to add to it as I think back over time:
Sears Craftsman Radial Arm Saw - circa 1970's I mention this one because it's really where I started in woodworking, it was my Dad's and he used it for everything, yes he even had the 'cutterhead('mauler')option. I've seen a ridiculous amount of wood fly from this crazy machine and I likely could write a book on it's horrors.
Skill worm drive circular saw 8-1/4", one of my first power tool purchases circa 1980. Still have it and use it for outdoor projects usually. Oddly enough I had an antique one years ago that from what the factory rep told me was a 'first run' after the prototype phase, somewhere along the way lost track of it, don't ask
Ryobi table saw, more of a hobby machine than anything else eventually traded it for my current table saw. The aluminum top marked everything so I used masking tape to cover the entire top only to realize that was probably the worst thing I could have done, don't ask
Leigh D24 dovetail jig, I bought this because I was making a lot of furniture and it came in handy to make some nice looking pieces with all the variably spaced joints and such, seldom use it anymore although made some toolboxes for my two boys with it, a little while back, something for them to remember me by I guess
Yeah as I get older I'm starting to think of these things
Delta Mortiser, again more for furniture making, but now have converted it to a very rigid drill press with a very long stroke. I use it quite a bit for drilling my 'pen blanks' You knew I'd eventually mention 'Pens' didn't you!
Delta tenoning jig, furniture use again, but invaluable for 'case' construction.
Freud biscuit joiner, useful for gluing boards together, used it a lot in furniture making
Mastercraft 9" bandsaw, practically useless for anything, but quicker than hand cutting.
Mastercraft 8" grinder with Wolverine sharpening attachment, use this constantly to keep my turning tools sharp.
Craftex 14"x43" variable speed lathe, use this lathe for all my pens now. I switch it over to 'Beall buffing system constantly, I use the buffing system all the time and everything I make gets the 'shine'!
Freud jig saw, another useless tool, threw it away.
Jobmate 8" drill press, junk, It's now laying in pieces somewhere in the corner of my shop!
Rigid Oscillating edge belt sander, this thing is still going strong use it a lot for 'cubes' and 'boxes' very versatile machine!
Craftex dust collector, I use this for mostly the tablesaw and switch to planer chip collection as well.
Jet 10" contractor table saw, this is the workhorse of my shop, hope to someday move up to a 'cabinet style saw.
Mastercraft 12-1/2" planer, Delta clone, very inacurate and underpowered, gave it away.
Dewalt jig saw, only ever used it once, although good quality tool.
Craftex 6" jointer, use it all the time, the one tool I could never do without!
Dewalt 12" compound/miter saw, I made auxiliary adjustable fences and a zero throat clearance and with a forrest chopmaster blade very accurate, it's only drawback is it's speed, I really wish I could slow it down.
Dewalt 735 two speed 13" planer, nice planer but as Eric will tell you blades are crap, but with new blades very smooth finish, especially on the slower feed rate.
Dewalt orbital sander, use this sander quite a bit when finishing boxes.
Porter-Cable palm sander, this is what I use for my final touch on boxes before being lacquered.
Porter-Cable plunge router 7539, I use this router in my router table mounted in a modified top from my original table saw wing, works really well with my Veritas router fence, very nice combination!
Taig mini-lathe, this lathe is what started me on my 'pen addiction', believe it or not it was a gift from my niece! Very robust and accurate lathe that can be used in 'metal' or woodworking mode. It also makes a very nice horizontal drill press. I don't use it for penmaking anymore as I now turn between centers so I use my larger lathe exclusively, I'll probably switch it to 'metal turning' eventually.
Sears Craftsman Radial Arm Saw, I just recently set this beast up to cut burr pieces and dang it, if it didn't perform very well. I always thought it was the best tool for dadoes as the piece can't be lifted of the table like in a tablesaw application
I'll likely update this list as I think of other tools and accesories.