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Old 11-04-2017, 09:47 AM   #23
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Any kind of modifications with engineered joists is more of a PITA than the same operation with dimension wood joists in my experience, Steve. But I still much favor the engineered joists for consistent straight (albeit with a bit of a crown), uniform pieces of tested strength and rigidity.

Interesting about the belt sander. The Makita 3" belt sander I once had was one of the only Makita tools I would ever have told folks not to buy. Was never really happy with mine and went back to a trusty Porter Cable.

Maybe the 4" Makita is better built than their 3" model or maybe they have improved upon both since I tossed mine away years ago.
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