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#1 posted 07-16-2010 03:39 PM

Since you live in an apt and space is an issue, an alternative to table saws maybe is track saw, sold by Dewalt, Festool or Makita. I don’t own any one of these, but I have read good things about these saws. You will find a lot of users for whom track saw is the primary saw, instead of a table saw. You can buy/build a knock-down table for it and with proper jigs, you should be able to do precision rip and cross cuts. If you work with sheet goods, you will have much more capacity than the benchtop saws. These saws also will offer better dust collection than the bench top table saws.

Since I haven’t used these saws, I can’t speak for their noise level. I would imagine it won’t be more than what you already have with the BTS10. I used to have a benchtop saw and then I replaced it with a hybrid one. The noise level is lower, but it still is loud for where I use it.

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