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Forum topic by Debora Cadene posted 06-14-2015 08:23 PM 1836 views 0 times favorited 58 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Debora Cadene

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06-14-2015 08:23 PM

Hey all…I’m looking to get a table saw and am wanting some opinions on the better ones out there. Tons of name brands, and each have their hi lights…but from your experience…which one is going to be solid right from the start. Most of my tools are Dewalt, but I am not name brand loyal….yet. I seen a Bosch (model 41000-09) at Menards and it looks pretty solid. The fence was nice and tight and it seems like a good unit. bit that is the only one i’ve looked at so far.

All thoughts and ideas are greatly appreciated.


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toolie

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#1 posted 06-14-2015 08:27 PM

check out the 3 part table saw classification write up here:

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/

great info to help choose type of saw first and then what features to look for.

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#2 posted 06-14-2015 08:32 PM

I’ll ask you a question I got asked one time about a saw. I was in the Grizzly booth in Atlanta at the IWF show.
A Griz rep asked could he help me and I told him I was in the market for a new table saw,

The first thing he asked me was what kind of work would I be using the saw for? The question made sense to me.

You’ll probably get some good saw reports here.

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#3 posted 06-14-2015 08:42 PM

To me, the type/class of saw is more important than the brand. A step up in class, is still a step up even if the brand isn’t as prestigious.

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#4 posted 06-14-2015 09:34 PM

There are three consumer levels of table saws, they are:
Job site saw- universal motor, 110 V
Contractor saw – induction motor 110 V
Cabinet saw – 220V 3HP and up

What you should buy depends on the work that you want to do and also what your wallet can stand. As far as I know Bosch only makes job site saws. There may be some crossovers on the basic types as some manufacturers try find their market niche they add or subtract features. I wouldn’t want a job site saw for my work, as I think the table is rather small on most of them especially in front of the blade, the fences are cheap and universal motors are really loud. I have gotten by w/ a contractor saw for 30 plus years but would love to have the additional HP of a cabinet saw.

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#5 posted 06-14-2015 11:18 PM

Let’s start with a budget to work with. .

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#6 posted 06-14-2015 11:33 PM



There are three consumer levels of table saws, they are:
Job site saw- universal motor, 110 V
Contractor saw – induction motor 110 V
Cabinet saw – 220V 3HP and up

What you should buy depends on the work that you want to do and also what your wallet can stand. As far as I know Bosch only makes job site saws. There may be some crossovers on the basic types as some manufacturers try find their market niche they add or subtract features. I wouldn t want a job site saw for my work, as I think the table is rather small on most of them especially in front of the blade, the fences are cheap and universal motors are really loud. I have gotten by w/ a contractor saw for 30 plus years but would love to have the additional HP of a cabinet saw.

- bondogaposis


I would one more class of saws. Hybrid Table Saws.

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David Dean

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#7 posted 06-15-2015 12:09 AM

I here that the lunch box table saw’s are nice if your on a budget not so good when your working with larger piece like sheet goods but I have aways used a Contractor saw but I’m saveing my penie’s for a Grizzly Cabinet saw but that’s me.

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Debora Cadene

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#8 posted 06-15-2015 12:13 AM

Well, the Bosch 10” sells for 569.00 brand new at Menards.
I’m not at this time thinking of making cabinets, but I’d love to own a saw, that could do a pretty good job if I wanted to try. I don’t want a wimpy saw. I am not rated for 220, so would not be needing a 3hp saw. I want a sturdy blade, and REALLY want a sound fence. If I can’t cut straight with it and have no worries….I might as well use a circular saw and make a mess that way. I thinks its very important to have space in front of the blade, so I don’t want to be cramped or rushed to make my cuts. and since at this time, I don’t have a shop…I don’t hate the idea of it being portable.
That article was very informative….so let me ask you’s all this… What table saw have you found to fit the majority of the items that article touched on..

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#9 posted 06-15-2015 12:17 AM

I think any hybrid would be good for you, perhaps the delta?

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#10 posted 06-15-2015 12:22 AM

My 4100 is okay but the fence toes out around 2 or 3 poker cards

and that adds up. It does track true if I take the time…..

Have you considered a track saw or a DIY track saw?

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hotbyte

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#11 posted 06-15-2015 01:00 AM

Unless you have a need to relocate the saw often (going to different job sites, breaking down shop for other users, etc), the $500 to $1000 “contractor” saws might be a better option. I had a Craftsman 113.xxx belt drive model for 20+ years and recently replaced it with a Delta 36-725. I’d love a 3hp cabinet saw but don’t currently have 220.

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#12 posted 06-15-2015 01:04 AM

I’ll just like to interject one little comment here that never seems to come up till after the fact.

That Bosch is expensive for a portable saw, but it is about at the top spot, quality wise, for a portable saw. And there are a lot of lumberjocks out there who use these.

About the same money, or maybe a hundred more, puts you in thee bottom end of the hybrid line. I went this way and have regretted it for 5 years.

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Stewbot

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#13 posted 06-15-2015 01:14 AM


I ll just like to interject one little comment here that never seems to come up till after the fact.

That Bosch is expensive for a portable saw, but it is about at the top spot, quality wise, for a portable saw. And there are a lot of lumberjocks out there who use these.

About the same money, or maybe a hundred more, puts you in thee bottom end of the hybrid line. I went this way and have regretted it for 5 years.

- crank49

Don’t mean to bring up a sore subject, but what have been your gripes with the bottom end hybrid saws? im asking, because I’m in the market for a stationary saw to stay in the shop, but have the budget for a nice mobile job site style saw, or entry level hybrid.

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Luthierman

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#14 posted 06-15-2015 01:21 AM

I have the bosch portable table saw. It is fantastic. Being a full time carpenter it really suits my needs. Now that being said, would I use it in my wood shop? No. The accuracy just isn’t there. The arbor has some pretty serious runout. That doesn’t matter that much for field work, but trying to dial in a straight edge or making accurate box joints, I fear I would never be satisfied. I am particularly picky about my stuff though, so each their own.

As stated before a budget would be really helpful as most of us can list a plethora of different suggestions ranging from 200.00 to 5000.00. It would be nice to be able to narrow it down.

For me, what I ended up using for my dedicated woodworking was a hybrid contractor type saw made by Jet. I have no complaints. One thing I never understood though is why they call them contractor saws. I would never take that to a job site. It weighs a schidtleaude.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#15 posted 06-15-2015 01:23 AM

How about a used saw? I see Delta contractor saws for sale on Craigslist all the time, ranging from $250-$450. I don’t know anything about the Bosch portable, but I suspect that a delta contractor will have more weight and stability, which definitely helps when working with larger pieces.

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