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Five Woodworking Gifts for Over $250

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Are you looking to impress the woodworker on your list with a top-of-the-line woodworking gift? Then check out these five professional woodworking tools in the price range of $250 and up.

1. Delta UNISAW

Delta UNISAW
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Since its 1930's release, the Delta UNISAW has been an innovative leader in table saws. For 2009, Delta has completely revamped the UNISAW. This all-new 10" cabinet table saw features a left-tilt arbor, Biesemeyer fence and will be available as a 3-HP with 36-inch fence rails, a 3-HP with 52-inch rails and 5-HP with 52-inch rails. The Delta UNISAW includes a 5-year limited warranty.

2. Bosch GCM12SD Sliding Miter Saw

Bosch GCM12SD Axial-Glide Miter Saw
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Sliding miter saws have been around for years. The Bosch GCM12SD Sliding Miter Saw has rewritten the rules. This miter saw, using the patented Bosch Axial-Glide system is incredibly smooth, and with sealed bearings on the slide mechanism, this slider miter saw should glide as smoothly for years to come as it does the day you pull it out of the box. Learn the benefits of the Bosch GCM12SD Sliding Miter Saw in this woodworking review.

3. Delta 46-460 Midi Lathe

Delta 46-460 Midi Lathe
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The Delta 46-460 Midi Lathe is an electronic variable speed woodturning lathe with a reversible 1-HP motor that can turn stock for turnings at speeds varying from 250-4000 RPM in either direction. Although it is a midi lathe, a bed extension and base (both optional) are available to give it the capabilities of a larger lathe.

4. SawStop CNS175 Contractor Table Saw

SawStop CNS175 Contractor Table Saw
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SawStop has added their revolutionary blade brake safety system (which is designed to stop the table saw blade and drop it below the table within milliseconds should the woodworker's hands come in contact with the blade) to their new contractor table saw, and the results are very good. In addition to being arguably the safest table saw on the market, the SawStop Contractor Saw is an impressive woodworking machine. While it's more expensive than most contractor table saws, the added safety features are definitely worth the money.

5. Milwaukee 6955-20 Sliding Dual-Bevel Miter Saw

Milwaukee 6955-20 Sliding Dual-Bevel Miter Saw
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For a woodworker in need of a compound miter saw, I'd be hard-pressed to recommend a better option than the Milwaukee 6955-20 Sliding Dual-Bevel Miter Saw. While it is rather heavy to be used as a portable unit and is a bit pricey, the unit is well-built and very precise. Think of it as an investment in a feature-laden tool that the woodworker on your list will be able to use for years, and it'll be money well-spent.

6. Festool CT 22 E Mobile Dust Extractor

Festool CT 22 E Mobile Dust Extractor
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In a wood shop, dust collection certainly isn't a "sexy" topic. However, a quality dust collection system with HEPA filtering can make a huge difference in how a woodworker is able to work in his/her shop. If you're considering a portable dust collector for a woodworking gift, they don't get much better than the Festool CT 22 E Mobile Dust Extractor.

7. Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw

Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw
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Looking to give a band saw as a woodworking gift? Check out the Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw. This band saw is perfect for a first band saw for woodworkers developing their skill level, such as hobbyists and beginning woodworkers. For those not looking for a high-end band saw, but instead a solidly-built unit that will handle most band saw tasks admirably, this is one to consider.

8. Porter-Cable 893PK Router Kit

Porter-Cable 893PK Fixed Base & Plunge Base Router Kit
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As far as combination router kits (which offer a single motor with interchangeable fixed and plunge bases) are concerned, they don't get much better than the Porter-Cable 893PK Fixed Base & Plunge Base Router Kit. This combo router kit is loaded with features that were obviously designed or requested by woodworkers. Porter-Cable has a winner in the 893PK.
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