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Posted on To buy or to wait, Table Saw Dilemma...

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 01:13 AM

Usually, I advise people to get the best tools that they can afford. But, assuming that you don’t have an unlimited budget to work with, in this case I might say go with a contractor saw. The primary reason that I say this is because you don’t have a jointer/planer, and while you can work without these tools, most of the ways to do it are work arounds, and the most efficient way to surface wood is with a jointer/planer. So, I say come up with a plan to get all three tools. (Or learn how to surface boards with hand tools.)

Contractor saws are pretty good tools, and you will learn a lot owning and using one. Yeah, you might end up replacing it in 5-10 years, but you might not either. And, in the meantime, you will have added the other tooling (jointer and planer) that you need.

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