Results are in for our first meeting. Focus was on tools that would make the workshop operational within the next few months, with a lot of the most important tools being bought within one month from now. Attending were @Jan_vL, @dsandber, Vibeke, @hampus, Witold and @Sero.
Some general points were brought up:
- We should decide on a brand and buy most of the tools from that brand to make sure we can use the same batteries and accessories. Festools were brought up, with the blue Bosch professional line and Makida being brought up as possible lower cost alternatives.
- As many of the tools as possible should be bought in one batch from a single supplier that allows for paying in instalments. We need to mind our liquidity, so spreading the cost over 12 or even 24 months would be preferable.
- Large stationary machines, like band saw and tower drill, should be of high quality and can be bought second hand if we find good deals.
- Smaller tools, bits and pieces, and handheld manual tools will be allotted a budget of 10.000 and not specified in detail, but rather bought as the need arises.
We came up with a plan for which tools we should get, and a rough priority:
Tools and equipment to get within the next month
Approximate budget in total: 60.000 SEK
Should be bought in a single batch, preferably paid in instalments over 12 or 24 months. Getting as much as possible paid in instalments is important. Our liquidity does not allow us to spend the whole machine and tool budget of 400.000 in one go, it needs to be spread out.
Approximate price in parenthesis.
- Table saw, foldable and mobile (20.000)
- Batch of protective gear (10.000)
- Cross-cut saw (5.000)
- Jigsaw, cordless (4.000)
- Power drills, 3x (6.000)
- Vacuum cleaning system (10.000)
- Multitool (2.000)
- Router (3.000)
Stationary tools to get used when a good opportunity arises
- Large band saw, stationary (10.000)
- Tower drill, stationary (10.000)
On Friday, there is a second meeting with @Ollxor and @juliaa to discuss further.
Once we have a plan, the next action point will be for someone to find a good supplier and brand for the first batch of equipment.
When the workshop is equipped, Witold has offered to hold trainings on how to use the machines. He has worked as a carpenter for years, and has run his own business. Happy to have him join us!