I purchased my first table saw a few years ago and it is still running like a champ. I have since become comfortable using dado sets, and learning how to be safe! I would love to have a nice cabinet saw, but I really do not “need” one at the moment. That being said, I have always disliked my stamped wings on the side of the table saw. For about a year or so I have looked for cast iron wings to replace them. Then I ran into the Bench Dog Pro Max cast iron router table extension. I had it on my wish list for over a year until my wife got it for me for Christmas! Although it i was not the most exciting gift to get, I didn’t have to buy it, and that’s what Christmas is about! lol
So my search continued until i came across a CL post for a Craftsman table saw top for $25. I thought about it for a few days and made the decision to roll with it. I could always place a blank insert into the empty space, or use the space for clamping if need be. Plus….There are now two mitre slots that could be used if another tool occupied the space. It also came with a wooden stand tat the old base sat on. (i threw the base away and kept the top). So, the top is longer than any cast iron wing out there and the router table extension is also longer than a wing. So when it is fully assembled, I will have about 56 inches of cast iron surface with 5 different mitre slots.. I plan on installing a Vega Pro 50” fence soon, then I will begin to make a base with storage and a compartment for the router. I also have a router lift and outfeed table in the overall plan as well.
-- Jerome, Marietta, GA