I just read Chip’s entry on table saws. They have to be the workhorse of American woodshops.
My journey into what I term “decorative” woodworking started when I purchased my first table saw. It was a Craftsman – on sale – and I bought it to trim a solid door for our old house in Bisbee. (Bisbee is still full of older houses that have those old solid doors with wooden frames for the glass.)
I discovered that it, also, made acceptable miter cuts for frame making. Anyway, that old Craftsman has served me well in my frame-making endeavors, but I have yearned for a better one. One with a full ¾” miter slot, instead of the I-can’t-find-a-jig-for-it size that the lower-end Craftsman saw came with. One of the BEST features of the old saw was that tit had casters on the wheels. Living in that turn-of-the-century house (1912), the garage was an added building that was not very big. In fact, I had to roll my table saw outside to cut wood. I used the top of the table saw to clamp my miter saw on and rolled it outside to cut my miters, too.
After we moved, our new house did not have a concrete driveway, so the little casters on the Craftsman table saw often got caught when I wheeled it outside to make a cut. I knew I needed a new saw!
! Did I mention that I use braces and a crutch to walk? That made the table saw on wheels VERY important to me. I have a hard time carrying tools – I only have one hand to carry them in. The other is using the crutch. So, mobile tools are important to me.
When I checked the Home Depot web site, I saw my dream saw…. The Ridgid Jobsite Portable table saw. Its 8” wheels would easily handle the dirt terrain outside my shop. It was even foldable and portable, so I could even take it in the back of my pickup to other locations. Anyway, after months of comparing the Ridgid to other brands, such as Ryobi, Bosch, Craftsman, and a much higher-priced one at my “local” Woodcraft store 100 miles away, I ended up choosing the Ridgid. The simplicity of the folding frame, as well as the lifetime warranty made the decision simple. I now own a Ridgid TS 2400 LS.
I make my first cuts today. I am building a wooden fence around our grass to keep dogs and rabbits out of yard. I will dado and angle cut all the pickets out of 2×3 studs, so the saw will be busy. Once the fence is completed, I am off to using it to build the Thorsen challenge. It has a 90-day satisfaction guaranty, so I will try to put it to the test in the weeks ahead.
Any of you have any experience with Ridgid table saws that I might find useful? Any peculiarities you have found?
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