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#1 posted 01-10-2012 08:20 PM

I’d definitely look to a full size saw with belt drive induction motor. Used is usually the best value if the right deal comes along, but if not, there are only a handful of new full size stationary saws available for < $650…Ridgid R4512 (~ $550), Craftsman 21833 (~ $550), Porter Cable PCB270TS (~ $599), and the Steel City 35900CS (Lowes – $619). At that price point, there’s usually at least one desirable feature that’s not included, like cast iron wings, upgraded fence, full enclosure, etc. While none are fantastic saws, all are capable of good service if set up well and fitted with a good blade, and all have their fair share of happy campers (as well as detractors). Most of these are fairly new models, released within the last 18 monthgs or so…I suspect the majority of issues you’ll read about are early manufacturing defects that eventually get worked out.

The PCB270TS has a plastic elevation gear that would be cause for me to look more closely at the others, plus the fence is nothing special.

The Steel City 35990 that was mentioned has cabinet mounted trunnions, and comes in a few variations 35990CS (stamped steel wings – $619), 35990C (cast iron wings – $727 online), 35990G (all granite top).

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