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#1 posted 12-22-2012 10:53 PM

Its difficult to recommend a table saw unless one has a crystal ball into what your future needs may be. Depends on how often you will be using it and what kind of woods and thicknesses you will be running . Obviously if you plan on running a full-time operation , or you cut a lot of thick hardwoods, then you want the beefiest power and saw you can afford.

I would think if you are a casual woodworker than just about any contractor saw (500-900 dollar range) would do. However, with a hybrid or cabinet saw you are getting more power, beefier components, and likely, larger table areas, and generally much better dust collection.

Buying a 3 hp industrial TS doesn’t make a lot of sense to me if you will not be cutting a lots and
lots of wood or thick hardwoods all the time. If budget wasn’t a concern I would say go for it. But in most cases budget is always a factor. I would recommend the hybrid and use the money you will save on other equipment
for your shop.

Usually it is better to buy more saw now, (if your budget allows) so you don’t have to upgrade down the road.

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