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Blog entry by Gerald Miller posted 2408 days ago 5076 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife says I get a tablesaw for Christmas. I’ve had my eye on the delta model at Lowe’s and I have not found any tool reviews to gather an opinion for any other saw in this price range. Anybody have anything to say about this saw or advice on another in the $500-$600 range?

-- Jerry Miller



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Russel

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#1 posted 2408 days ago

Jerry, that saw is pretty similar to the Delta I have (though I can’t seem to find the model number) and I like it. It was a definite step up from the toy I started with, but I thought it was worth the money.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Gerald Miller

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#2 posted 2408 days ago

Thank you

-- Jerry Miller

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Bill

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#3 posted 2407 days ago

Ridgid also makes a nice table saw in about the same price range. You can see it at the Home Depot. The table top is a little larger than the Delta, and the rails are about 6 inches longer. All the tops are cast iron, where the Delta I have seen have cast iron for the main table, and aluminum for the extension. The Ridgid also seems to have plenty of power for its size.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Dorje

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#4 posted 2407 days ago

Rockler had that Jet closeout on a real decent saw with cast wings and a 1 1/2 horse motor…and I think they still have them.

I think that makes for a good deal on a brand new saw!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 2399 days ago

I have the Ridgid that Bill talked about. For a contractor type saw, I do not think you will find much better. I love mine. Have had no power issues yet and the top is very flat and heavy. If you’re like me, the $1500 – $3000 for a cabinet saw is not possible, then this is a great saw for you. Also comes with the rolling base that helps out a lot (as long as the floor is pretty flat).

Kevin

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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nellie

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#6 posted 2399 days ago

I’ve got the Jet 708100—it’s a contractor type saw but the motor is inside the housing, which makes it slightly more compact than a traditional contractor saw with the motor hanging out the back. I bought it online from Sears for a little over $500, delivered. I added a mobile base so I can move it around my small shop (i.e., half of a two-car garage). It’s a great saw, and fairly reasonably priced, IMO.

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