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

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#1 posted 06-09-2010 02:18 AM

Rather than spend $1200-$1500 for a saw that will last 10 years, why not buy a used Unisaw or Powermatic that’ll last a lifetime. Watch Craigslist, and be patient, and you may find a really good cabinet saw for around $750 or so.

As for a tracksaw doing 95% of what a table saw can do. I’d say that 95% of what I use my table saw for can’t be done with a tracksaw.
Yesterday, I ripped a 3”x24” board in half, then put a 3/4” dado on to cut some slots. Then used my sled to crosscut some 3”x6” parts. With a tracksaw, I’d still be standing there scratching my head??

What about making rabitts, box joints, tenons, coved mouldings? A miter sled on a table saw is the most accurate way to cut mitered mouldings. A tablesaw is far and away the most versatile tool in the shop.

Sure, a track saw has it’s place. But can it do 95% of what a table saw can do?? Not even close.

-- Gerry,

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