Having lost my early 80’s Craftsman with cast iron top in a divorce, I was left with basically nothing tool wise.
I remarried 7 years ago and we bought a home with a basement two car garage. Due to some kids coming home and my father (95 years old today) coming to live with us, I had to make two bedrooms and a full bath in the other part of my basement. I didn’t have a lot of money when I started the project, dad helped out later, but I went to sears hoping to get the same table saw I had way back when.
When I got to Sears, I was very disappointed in the selection of tools. Everything had plastic all over it. I bought a small 10 inch table saw and a 10’ inch compound miter saw which saw me through the basement remodel.
After I cleaned out the extra building material in my garage, I (just lately) put my shop down there. I’ve been buying tools like a mad man. You name it, I got it.
While taking my dad to his weekly bowling, I spied a wholesale overstock place with a huge sign that read TOOLS. I think I spent the whole day looking at everything they had, and ended up buying a Ryobi Model RTS30 Contractors Portable Table Saw. I got it home and read some reviews on it from Amazon.com. Most were favorable, and the one’s that weren’t complained about a plastic piece snapping off. So armed with this knowledge, I will make sure to go easy on it.
So now I have the small Craftsman, and the Ryobi. But it isn’t going to stop there. One thing I hate is having to stop my work to adjust to a 45 degree cut, then go back to straight. So once again I’m looking for another Table Saw. I have my eye on several. The same cast iron Craftsman I used to have, or the Porter Cable PCB270TS.
I just don’t think you can have too many table saws.
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.