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Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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To me for your budget I'd buy a Bosch skillsaw. Done a couple thousand with mine and very accurate . Cost is around 100$. I wouldn't go cheaper. Skillsaw is useful for a lot of stuff and you will have it for years. Get a straight edge for now and you will be fine. Start building a box a week and you will want something like a tracksaw.
Don't need a big plunge router. Love my Bosch ( yes I like Bosch ) laminate router. In past six months I've used it for over a 100 driver cutouts, edges, and its easier to use then full size. Only advantage full size has is cutting a large number of deep cuts. If I was cutting out 4 or more cutouts a day then I'd get 3hp.
I'd spend a little extra on brad nailer. Yes harbour freight has one for 20 bucks but I think the Porter cable is worth the 70 bucks. I do go cheap for some stuff : clamps, but a good nailer, skillsaw, and router will last you 10 plus years. Once you build a coupleof subs you will be addicted and start building other stuff around yur house.