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Blog entry by Trev_Batstone posted 01-10-2012 05:00 AM 1966 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went out window shopping today for table saws. Any table saw would be better than the old clunker that I bought last summer, shortly after I decided to take up woodworking. It has served me until now, but I just wanted something better. After looking at a few makes and models at one retailer, not liking what I saw, I went to my local Canadian Tire store and discovered that they had a table saw which is on sale for this week only. It was a lot better built than some of the other brands that I had seen in the other store. It is a 10” laser line, 15 amp saw with left and right side table extensions as well as an extendable rear table outfeed support. The price tag was $149.99, including the stand. When I asked the sales associate if he had one in stock, he replied “Sorry, we’re all sold out” but he said he could give me a rain check and guarantee the price. He said he already had given a couple of other rain checks on the same saw, and he would be expecting a shipment within 10 days. So, I got a rain check and am anxiously waiting now to receive it. The ratings on the saw is 4.7 stars out of 5, so I think it is a very good saw for the money. It regularly retails for $299.99 Canadian.

-- LIVE, LAUGH, CUT WOOD.



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kiefer

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 05:29 AM

Hi Trev
I would look for a good used saw , there are many good deals out there .
I picked up a cabinet saw four years old ” shop fox ” brand for three hundred bucks .
There are many saws just sitting around waiting for a buyer in estate sales ,garage sales, KIJIJI and on and on.
You would be better off with a contractor saw or hybrid ,much nicer to use.

Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 05:29 AM

Certainly is an improvement over your old saw. I also agree with Keifer in that there are plenty of used saws out there that can be had for the same money or less that will meet your needs. Even if you have to spend a few dollars to fix it up, you wind up with a much better saw.

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Trev_Batstone

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 05:32 AM

Hi kiefer, appreciate your suggestion but I don’t have the room for a contractor’s saw, my workshop is a single car garage, so it’s pretty full as it is.

-- LIVE, LAUGH, CUT WOOD.

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Dark_Lightning

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 05:37 AM

I don’t know what you have up there in Canada, but around here we can find an old cast iron table saw for $200 USD. I got it with a micro-adjustable fence, but no in- or out- feed tables. YMMV.

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Moron

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 06:35 AM

I’ve bought so many saws, most based on budget at hand. It took a long time for me to realize that “new” is often another word for “regret”

I have seen so many good TS’s at auction for much less then you are about to spend on a future “regret”. A one car garage is a poor excuse to waste your money.

That said, I would rather have that saw, then none at all : ))

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

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kiefer

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#6 posted 01-10-2012 06:46 AM

Hi Trev
Here is my little saw with downdraft sanding table /router table and planer under .
Take a look at my other projects like the angle drive and router fence , it’s all very compact on a roll away base .

Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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BigTiny

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#7 posted 01-10-2012 08:24 AM

Hi Trev.

I own an earlier model of that Canadian Tire Corp. saw, the same except for the laser. A couple of inexpensive upgrades will make it a lot better. First, the supports are flimsy and tend to “rack” a lot. Adding a skin of 1/8 baltic birch plywood or something similar to stiffen it up will be a big improvement. Cut out an access panel in the front and put a shelf in the lower part and you have a sawdust collection bin. Next, the rip fence isn’t always parallel to the blade. Pick up a paper tape measure of the type that sticks down on its own and position it on the rear of the table, make sure it’s lined up perfectly with the front measurement indicator, then scratch through it into the table leaving inch and fraction marks on the back of the table so you can make sure it lines up the fence correctly.

The good part of the saw is that there’s a CTC store in just about every neighborhood, so getting parts access is pretty easy. They also have the trouble line you can call toll free for service, either in warranty or after it expires.

One little hint for all new power tools: use your computer and scanner to copy the manual into a file then put the original away in a file folder along with the receipt for warranty purposes and use the computer file to check the manual whenever needed. That way, you have every manual in one place and quickly accessible. If you need a diagram, just print it out. If it gets shop soiled or damaged, the original is still pristine and the computer version is still there unharmed.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Trev_Batstone

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#8 posted 01-10-2012 09:05 AM

Thanks, Paul.. some good suggestions, which I appreciate. I do exactly what you say with all my manuals, and have the originals all filed away.

-- LIVE, LAUGH, CUT WOOD.

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 01-10-2012 04:51 PM

FYI, most manuals are available for download as a PDF file.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Shanem

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#10 posted 01-10-2012 05:58 PM

My father has the same saw. I had used it on a few occations. The rip fence gets a little play in it after using it for a while and will not always lock down parallel to the blade. The last time I used it I made a cut and the fence was parallel and then I moved it out slightly for another cut and ASSUMED it was still parallel…. Board kicked back and stuck in the wall behind me. My own fault for not checking but I’m used to the fence on my unisaw.

I second buying a used saw. A contractor saw is not that much larger than the bench saw you have pictured. A cabinet saw is tight in a one car garage. Trust me

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Moron

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#11 posted 01-10-2012 06:25 PM

CT………….bought a welding helmet there, took it back the same day as all the “guts” were missing and it was clearly useless and they would not refund my money, instead giving me an in store credit that had to be used the same day.

Bought a set of tire chains there and never even opened the box, took them back the same day and not only would they not return my money, nor give me an in store credit, they would only exchange them for another set of chains exactly the same as those that wouldnt fit my tires ?

phmmmmffff

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

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Trev_Batstone

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#12 posted 01-10-2012 10:01 PM

After re-consideration, I have cancelled the order on this saw, and found another saw today at Home Depot which has a very solid locking fence on it. It is a Ryobi, has extendable side table, extendable rear outfeed support, and it also has a enclosed housing under neath the blade with a dust port and a very large collection bag which attaches to the dust/sawdust port, and also is mounted on a foldable stand. The sales associate at Home Depot says he has the same saw in his shop, likes it, and he says the dust bag system works great, with very little sawdust on the table after cutting. I think I’m going to go and pickup this saw later today. Thanks for all the comments about the rip fence on the Mastercraft.. I had coffee this morning with a friend, he used to have the same saw that I had ordered and got rid of it for the same problem with the rip fence.

-- LIVE, LAUGH, CUT WOOD.

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