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Extremely Average #183: Which is Better?

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 1515 days ago 895 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello All,

There was a recent debate on Twitter, among woodworkers, about which was better. The Festool Track plunge saw and table system vs. the Saw Stop table saw. After much discussion about which I should consider for my next purchase, someone said neither. I gasped. They suggested a bandsaw. This changed the direction of the conversation considerably. I had not been even thinking of getting a bandsaw.

Tonight I did some investigating of my own and even went to ACME tools to talk to Del.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/07/a-trip-to-acme-tools/

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com



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Troy

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#1 posted 1515 days ago

It completely depends upon what you need to accomplish with whichever tool.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) || http://www.birchhillwoodcrafts.com

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 1515 days ago

so which is better? purple? or brown?

a bandsaw is great tool, but doesn’t do what a TS does – they both have different purposes. saying that one is better than the other doesn’t really make any sense without the context of a certain operation.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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wichle

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#3 posted 1515 days ago

Evenyually you will have both a band saw and a table saw. They compliment each other. Purplev is right, it depends on the project you are doing. I have both a Jet band saw and a table saw. a saw stop by the way which is really a great tool, aside from the safety issues.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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canadianchips

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#4 posted 1515 days ago

MY first purchase was a craftsman table saw,1 hp. belt drive,cast iron table. I am STILL using it these days. Over time I added a LH table with a router underneath, the RH extension is 42 inches wide.(This saw is celebrating its 33 birthday this year) I didn’t get my bandsaw till 5 years later than table daw. It is a smaller DELTA,I bought it to cut profile in my cabinet doors. Most cuts were through 3/4” material. I wish I would have bought a larger one. TODAY I use it to resaw smaller logs. (Not large enough)
SO: My suggestion is look for a good used table saw. (Large and stationary,) Purchase a NEW band saw, if they have not been looked after well a used one might cause a lot of grief ! Also blade for older bandsaw are becoming harder to find.
Whatever YOU decide, GOOD LUCK !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Ecocandle

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#5 posted 1515 days ago

Thanks everyone. I don’t know why I made the grammar error “Which…not What”.

I think you are all right. It mostly depends upon how one is going to use the tool. I guess a better question would be Which one should I get first, as I will probably eventually get all three. I devote most of my disposable income to buying tools and part of the fun is deciding which is next.

I would also comment to Purplev ...Purple is better than every other color! It is my favorite.

I think I am going to make my decision tomorrow. I will let you all know. :-)

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 1515 days ago

of course purple is better! ;)

As for the newly emerged question “which to get first”. This one should also be personal to you. Find out which operations you do most in your woodworking, and based on that 1 of the 3 options will match up.

Bandsaw = resawing (logs/veneer/thick slabs), curved cuts, joinery
TS = repetitive cuts (rips,cross cuts – although for cross cuts in most cases a miter saw would do better) and work on smaller parts (ply/solids) than full sheets.
Plunge saw = sheet goods work (easier to work on a subfloor/raised block while moving the saw then having to handle a full sheet on a TS.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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tyskkvinna

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#7 posted 1514 days ago

I find the table saw with sheet goods to be unwieldy, and usually requires at least one helper. (Okay – I am usually the helper.) But with a circular saw and a track, I can do it easily by myself… and have less worry of things flying around in bad ways.

I admire the balance skills of those who regularly cut sheet goods on a TS.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 1514 days ago

Brian
it all depends on what way you think you will work in the coming future
and what you will work with and make
if and when you figur that out you will be able to say witch of the three
saws you shuold have but don´t forget the 4th possipbillity HANDSAWS :—))

Dennis

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Ecocandle

1013 posts in 1697 days


#9 posted 1514 days ago

Dennis,

Japanese hand saws were and will always be my first love!

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Dennisgrosen

10850 posts in 1746 days


#10 posted 1514 days ago

OOOOH UPS
forgot to tell you when I was up at my mothers place delivering my
daughter to have some vacations there I bought a cheap set of japanese handsaws
mostly to my daughter she is strugling with the pushsaws so I thought
she maybee would have it esayer with the japanese but I most admit I´m
a little excited too about trying them when she return
and my little comment on handsaws was only to tease you hadn´t forget
that you made the blog about sawing, by the way have you finished pratishing
on those blocks….LOL

Dennis

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