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#1 posted 04-14-2013 11:55 AM

Comparing full size stationary saws with belt drive induction motors to portables with direct drive universal motors is never a fair fight. The mechanical and performance advantage weigh heavily in favor of the bigger saw. If the R4512 would have worked well for you, I would encourage you to at least stick with that class of saw. If a small portable just makes more sense, then so be it, be know that you’re giving up some saw in comparison. Also, cutting sheet goods on a portable is a tall task….better to have the home center rough cut them for you, or do it with a circular saw, then trim to final dimensions on your TS. Some reading to help… Making Sense of Table Saw Classifications

The G0732 is smaller than full size, offers steel wings, and a bit of a lesser fence compared to some in this price range, but it still has some advantages over the portables (more mass, belt drive induction motor, std miter slots). while retaining some portability.

The Porter Cable PCB270TS should at least be on your list if you’re looking at full size saws. The Steel City has a similar reputation to the other entry level full size saws….pretty decent, but isn’t all things to all people. The Cman 21833 is about the same saw as the R4512, but with a slightly bigger motor.

Have you looked for any used saws in your area?

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