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#1 posted 12-02-2012 05:23 PM

”...If not, would a $500 Bosch or Porter-Cable TS get the job done, or is is really worth it to plunk down the extra cash for a Grizzly?”

IMHO, yes…or some full size saw similar to a Grizzly. A good table saw is the center of most wood shops. I’d go for a decent full size stationary saw, whether a hybrid style contractor saw or a full cabinet saw. A portable will cut, but I’d skip the portables unless you need to move it regularly from job site to job site…aside from portability and some modest size benefits, the portables offer no performance advantages over a good stationary saw, and have several disadvantages. Since budget is a concern, I’d skip the miter saw altogether until you need one….a good TS is inherently more accurate than a miter saw, so I do the vast majority of my crosscuts on the TS. A good TS can also rip, cut dados, grooves, miters, rabbets, coves, etc. My CMS collects dust most of the time unless I’m cutting some really long boards like molding that the TS doesn’t support well. Entry level full size stationary saws start in the price ranges as the better portables, so they’re no more expensive. I’d add a router and few other items long before a CMS or SCMS unless you know you’ll have a need for that tool.

Some reading that you may find useful in your TS search:
Table Saw Classifications

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