Well as you can figure out my name is Travis, I live in Federal Way Washington. I have been in my house going on about 4 years now, and figure its about time I get my shop/garage really organized and set-up. I do not get a whole lot of time to fiddle around the garage as I would like, beings that my wife works and I have 2 little ones running around. Really makes it a challenge to get time to do things, if you know what I mean. But projects are starting to add up that I’d like to do. Now in the past, and also currently, every time I have something I need to cut I am stuck using a circular saw and whatever piece of “straight” wood I have to use as a guide. Needless to say this never seems to work out for me, and I’m left with a board that a has a wavy edge. I think this is another reason I keep putting things off that require cutting and sawing. Well now I am starting to get in a place where I can afford these things of somewhat luxury, like a table saw. Then eventually a band saw and lathe to broaden my woodworking horizons. But in the time being, I am for the most part 1 step prior to square one. I am searching for my table saw.
I have been spending a lot of time on here researching different TS’s. I just get so frustrated because just when I think I have found “the one”, I find some kind of issue with it. Now just like everyone else I do have a budget, and the more below it I am the better. I started out looking at the Craftsman 21807
found reviews to not be so great, I have pretty much ruled that out. I then moved onto the Craftsman 21833
I have found on LJ that there can be alignment issues, and having to deal with Sears C/S I don’t think I want to have to deal with, and also the lack of quality with Craftsman now a days. Now, I have not totally ruled this TS out of the picture completely. It’s just the case for it is not very strong. I then went to look at the Porter-Cable PCB270TS at my local Lowe’s store. I really don’t like the pressed wings, they just don’t impress me what so ever. Then I found the Grizzly G0715P, in which I pretty much fell in love with this machine. Then I found the parallelism issue on a couple of LJ reviews. Other than that it sounds like a great machine for the money.
Just recently I have been looking at the JET JPS-10 and 30. I don’t have too much info about the JET, like I said I have just been recently looking at it.
The bottom line is this. I am looking for a quality TS thats going to last me for years to come, and isn’t going to break the bank. I don’t want to start out with a cheap POS either, that’s just going to give me problems and heart ache and then will be looking for a replacement in 2-3 years. I mean essentially this is for the most part going to be the center piece of my shop. I really am leaning towards the Grizzly, I am just afraid of getting one with an alignment issues.