Shop Update #18: Saw drama...

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Blog entry by TheKingInYellow posted 07-09-2011 11:59 PM 1163 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I took the Ridgid saw back to HD this week. I was going to do it last weekend, but attempting to load the saw back in my truck triggered a problematic bulging disk in my back and I spent three days on the couch this week.

What triggered this whole event was detailed in this thread but the gist of it is that the blade slide out of alignment again, and now the belt is slipping or the motor is shot. I’m fed up with all the little annoyances and back it goes.

So, I’m shopping for saws again. I was trying to stay local but Grizzly has such great pricing, that I am leaning towards that. I still really want a SawStop but that is not going to happen with my budget this year. I do want a step up but I can’t come up with $3k right now.

So the saw that seems to be a great match for me is the 715P. It’s a hybrid but it’s got a lot going for it. My next option is the 0690, but it’s going to be really expensive to get up here to Canada…

Anyhow my back is better, I am table-saw-less for now, but I did get a deal on a new Jointer (Rikon 20-100) from a local shop, so I have something to work on until I choose a saw and it arrives here.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 02:51 AM

Ive had my 715p since early Feb. and love it. No problems with set up, etc. Ive got it cutting dead on every time with minimal effort.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 07-10-2011 02:59 AM

In todays market I really don’t understand why folks with a small budget insist on buying a new saw when they can buy 10x the saw for the same amount of money had they bought a “used” machine

I love new, but as I am approaching retirement, I would much rather have my cash in the bank

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 07-10-2011 03:08 AM

The market here for used stuff is awful. The only decent saw I’ve seen for the last several months was a 70s Rockwell 1.5hp unisaw for about $500 and it needed a lot of work. I also want some of the modern safety features like a quick change riving knife.

I’m just not an old iron guy.

One thing scaring me off the 715 is that apparently it is the same table and trunnions as the Ridgid I just returned. Not good. Trying to convince the wife to let me price out the 0690 instead.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#4 posted 07-11-2011 05:59 PM

I think I just got the go ahead on the Grizzly 0690 :D

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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