I’m pretty new at this, I worked in a shop last year that had the best of everything right at your fingertips. Festool power tools, a 22” planer, two cabinet saws, three 14” bandsaws, a 24” bandsaw, a 12” jointer. A dust collection system that sucked every ppm of wood dust right out of the shop.
When I left, I took my hand tools. And my desire to build a comparable shop, and I moved to Southern Kentucky.
Now, I’m getting there. I have a workbench and pegboard and I’ve cludged my way into being able to do enough work to build my kayak (which is a work in progress). In short, things are moving right along.
I recently bought an older Jet WBS-14. I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been taking it apart, cleaning all the bits and pieces, making sure it runs smooth flat table all that stuff.
My next purchase is going to be a tablesaw. I’ve already decided that. I have ripped boards by hand and I am convinced that a tablesaw is a time saving machine that opens up a whole world of awesome.
So I’ve done some of my research on which tablesaw to buy and I’ve narrowed it down to three brands: Delta, Powermatic, and Jet. I like the idea of SawStop, but I don’t like the way the owner is trying to cram the technology down my throat. And honestly the two worst injuries I’ve seen in a shop were from a hand saw and a screwdriver. I won’t get into the details but it was gnarly, there was lots of red stuff and I nearly passed out.
So, onward and upward as they say:
All three of the saws receive pretty comparable ratings for arbor runout, table flatness and motor performance. What it seems like I’m spending my money on is the fence, the gizmos that come with it, and brands perceived reputation.
With Jet, it appears that I’m getting a good saw at the price;
Powermatic seems as good, about 600 more than Jet, but it’s made in America and that’s important to me;
And the Uni-saw is new, flashy, shiny and has all sorts of bells and whistles.
User reviews for all three saws seem pretty consistent, most people like their saw the best. Some people don’t like their saw and are grinding the ax about it pretty good.
Does anybody have any opinions about this? I’m looking in the 5hp range. It might seem like overkill but I have a lot of white oak on my property and a lot of it needs to be trimmed back because the forest is suffering. Some of it is just blowing over on it’s own.
But what do you think about your table saw, and what are things I should look for when I’m deciding on mine.