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Posted in response to beginner from mo on June 03, 2012 at 23:10:51:

Re: beginner

Number one rule: regardless of what you get, buy the best you can afford. It will save you lots of frustrations down the road and could even prevent you from giving up our great hobby before learning just how exciting, and rewarding, it is. Not knowing your budget, or what size of material you plan on handling, making recommendations is hard. I'll go with what I started with - a Genie cab making set-up and a 10 inch Lortone trim saw. Handling larger material you will need a slab saw and the one you purchase depends on the size of material you want to work with. I eventually bought a Lortone 14 inch slab saw. Also, with larger slabs - if that's where you are headed - you will need a flat lap of some sort to polish them. Good equipment is expensive, but you'll be better off in the long run with it. I'm sure others on here will have some great ideas to help you get started. Good luck and welcome to the hobby.

From John D Gonzales-Lusk - June 08, 2012 at 22:12:12

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