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#1 posted 01-03-2013 08:46 PM

The old saying is very true with tools. You pretty much get what you pay for. My first table saw was a bench top Delta. I think I only paid about $150 for it new. I was able to do some things with it, but even though the motor in it wasnt much bigger than an electric shaver, I always felt it wasnt safe. The fence didnt hold tight, was difficult to position, and the table was small. I had the saw on a stand with wheels so even the slightest pushing on it would tend to almost tip it over. I agree with everyone, that it probably would be in your best interest to return it and find something else. I know everyone on here has their personal choice for saws, but the name brands like Saw Stop, Delta, Powermatic, Grizzly, and others will do much better for you. Most of those companies build a smaller contractor type saw if you choose not to spend more on a cabinet saw. Dont forget to look on sites like Craig’s list and Ebay for good used contractor and cabinet saws. They are often half the price of a new one and many are in excellent condition. The ultimate is of course a good cabinet saw…once you have one of those, you probably will never want anything else.

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