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

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 02:35 AM

Cheap tools are expensive! I once bought a modest Craftsman TS (don’t remember the model number). I put up with it for a while, but eventually I bought a much better TS. The money I had spent on the craftsman was, de facto, a waste. That’s why I say that cheap tools are expensive. You don’t need a super expensive TS. Just step a notch or 2 above the cheap s**h.

Here’s something to consider – A track saw (a.k.a. plunge saw) can do virtually 95% of what a TS can do and, when you eventually get a good quality TS, the track saw will still play an important role in your shop. I routinely use a TS, a miter saw and a track saw. There is a role for each in my shop. However, if I only could have one saw, it would be the track saw. It’s the most versatile.

Festool, DeWalt and Makita all make track saws and they are all priced about the same. Furthermore, they are priced lower than any good quality TS. They also don’t take up much space in your shop.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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