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#1 posted 01-04-2013 03:11 AM

For a new woodworker that could scare the devil out of his wife.

i don’t usually make suggestions like that. every “i’m a new woodworker, what TS should i buy” has someone who suggests a 5 hp, 3 phase 1941 unisaw wiith a 52” bies fence as the only saw the new WW should buy. for once, i wanted to be that guy. consider it a tongue in cheek remark.

You pretty much get what you pay for.

i guess i don’t generally agree with that sentiment. i cobbled together a 10” c-man aw with a a t2, CI wings, a ridgid open stand and a ridigid herc-u-lift for<$200. i kept that saw and a souped up ridgid 2412 and sold a 3hp unisaw i refurbished as it wasn’t as mobile s the two contractor saws. and consider the poor buyer of new jet and powermatic tools. they pay top dollar for tools that are never rated top tools in their class in comparative tool tests. i prefer to approach tool purchases form a value perspective rather than a brand perspective.

fstellab…..............i’d suggest this overview as a good starting point for determining how much saw you need:

http://www.rockler.com/articles/table-saw.cfm

it’s really easy to get caught up in the “tim the toolman” syndrome of “more power” always being the answer
to every problem and situation. and it’s real easy to overspend for features you don’t need.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.


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