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#1 posted 12-22-2012 10:46 PM

From my limited experience, I would look for a few things.

Cabinet mounted trunions, cast iron wings, good dust collection. Most hybrid saws should have those. I know a lot of fellow LJ’s are going to plug 220v 3hp cabinet saws which are great, however for a hobby woodworker who wants a nice saw there are a number to choose from in the $650 to $1000 range. Steel city, griz, Jet.

The fence is another consideration. I have a Craftsman hybrid that was on sale with good DC, cast wings, cabinet mounted trunions and a less than desirable fence. I like the saw, but plan on adding a Incra fence and link belt. I gave away the stock blade and use Freud fusion thin kerf blades with home made zero clearance inserts.

With all the upgrades I will have a top of the line fence, good DC, plenty of power running thin kerf blades,and dead on accuracy for around $1100.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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