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New Guy/New Shop/Saw Size

by LOW1
posted 02-14-2018 03:53 PM

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 04:05 PM

Mine is one stall of a garage, about 15×25 I think. It would be really cramped with a 52”. I went with the 36 and while there have been times I wished for the extra width, I would notice not being able to walk around the saw 100% of the time.


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#2 posted 02-14-2018 04:22 PM

IMO it depends upon whether you plan to try to move everything out of the way so you use the space in other ways (such as a garage) when not in use. If that is not a factor, then as long as it has a mobile base on it you can always move it around or turn it a different direction way if needed so I would definitely go with a larger one. Smaller saws tend to be portable contractor saws designed to take to a jobsite and would not be my choice for a dedicated shop. Perhaps a better question is to compare the saws you a considering so we can help you decide between them?

BTW, My shop is a 2-car garage but I have so much wood and other stuff stacked in there it is effectively a 1-car. My saw is 62” wide and it never feels cramped to me.

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#3 posted 02-14-2018 04:50 PM

If the saw is left tilt, you can usually rob capacity from the left side by sliding the rail farther to the right….meaning if you get the 36”, you could fairly easily extend to about 46” if necessary.

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#4 posted 02-14-2018 05:46 PM

Also depends if you think you will ever use that much capacity.

If you’re only going to be ripping pieces less than 4’ wide, you can easily do it with a 36” fence.
Originally, I had a 50” fence on 2 different table saws and i never opened them up that wide.

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#5 posted 02-14-2018 06:49 PM

It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it!

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#6 posted 02-14-2018 07:31 PM

I have 16×20 shop, with the extensions the saw is at 62” has worked for years. As someone else mentioned it does take up space and longer pieces get challenging. To work with this I installed double doors and oriented the saw to allow the off cut to go out the doors when needed. Mostly I rough cut 4×8 ply outside and bring it inside. Current cabinet build to attached two contractor saws together side by side comes to 68”, still no issue but I doubt I would ever go larger. Current base cabinet under construction:

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#7 posted 02-15-2018 12:25 AM

While 52 inch rip capacity is great for ripping 4’x8’ sheet goods, you will not have a large enough shop to handle the infeed and outfeed requirements of 4’x8’ stock.

My Upper Peninsula “Workshop in the Woods” is a basic garage floor plan of 24’x28’ outside dimensions. I can just barely rip a 4’x8’ sheet of plywood, but it’s very close.

Your shop will have a “center stage” area where a large machine will have to be moved into place and then again put back somewhere to make room for other equipment. If you are a big strong guy you can shove around 500 to 700 pound machines. For me… way!

Keep in mind your electrical requirements. Big powerful machines need to be on 240 volt. You will need a 60 to 100 amp breaker box.

Be sure to include on your list, a nice workbench with shoulder and tail vises. My workbench is indispensable. It is my gluing, clamping, and assembly station.

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#8 posted 02-15-2018 01:04 AM

I have a 52 and use it to cut down sheet stock pretty regularly. If you intend to do that with a separate track saw or that type of setup then the 36 will be more than enough.


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#9 posted 02-15-2018 01:53 AM

Wheeled unit if 52’’, mine is a 52’’ uni saw, and while i sometimes cut large stock with it, i usually pull it out of the two car garage and do the deed. as all the work tables in garage have projects on them, as does the dang patio. lol. seems i’m always clogging up the joint with stuff, (wifes words not mine).
again depends on what aspect the saw will serve in your intended hobby.
Rj in az

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