Best table saw in the $500ish range?

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11-02-2009 04:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw hybrid reccomendations

I just bought/returned a Craftsman 10 in. Table Saw model 21807. Cheap piece of junk was so flimsy & sloppy… You get what you pay for I guess.

So now I’m in the market for a real table saw, probably a hybrid, maybe contractor in about the $500 range. Hopefully I can track down something actually decent this go around.

I’ve seen the granite topped Ridgid R4511 at Home Depot & the couple of reviews here on this site. It looked pretty decent, a bit beat up being a display model at the main entrance. Being in Colorado Springs, humidity is a scarce commodity & the granite isn’t as appealing as it would be where they actually have water in the air to rust things.

Sears also had a decent looking 21833 ($500) & 22124 ($750, a bit high, but maybe doable).

I’ve been running around overseas for the past decade, so haven’t been able to do much tinkering or building. Now that I’m finally planted back stateside I’m looking to build up my shop for occasional weekend/evening projects. I have a bit of room in the garage, but not a lot, so something that I can at least shuffle around a bit frequently is kind of a must, but something really portable isn’t.

Any comments on the ones I’ve seen locally or suggestions for something else?


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#1 posted 11-02-2009 04:35 AM

I think Home depot reduced there contractor saw to $ 499.

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#2 posted 11-02-2009 04:37 AM

How active is craigslist in your area? Sometimes nice cabinet saws show up for sale.

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 04:38 AM

I personally will not buy any new Sears power tools. Cant say much about the new Ridgid, but I have a Ridgid TS3612 that I have had zero issues with since I bought it about 9 years ago.

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#4 posted 11-02-2009 04:38 AM

I have had a Rigid R4511 for a couple of years now. It has been very good for the money. I could find no other saw close to it. It is portable and that was a key for me. It had to have a great fence, which it does. I have had to make a couple of tweaks for adjusting the cuts, but it has been a great saw all in all. The motor is guaranteed for life.

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#5 posted 11-02-2009 04:45 AM

I have the Rigid 3650 and love it.

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#6 posted 11-02-2009 04:46 AM

Craigslist is pretty good, I just setup a RSS feed for a search for “table saw” here in Colorado Springs & in Denver an hour north. So far just seen cheaper ones in the same ballpark as the one I returned.

Have to see if anything pops up before I run into something my chop saw can’t handle. I just finished making a shed, so I might be holding out for a little bit.

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#7 posted 11-02-2009 04:48 AM

At $795 (currently being closed out), the Grizzly 1023SL full cabinet saw with the excellent Shop Fox Biesemeyer-style fence is a killer deal. While it’s possible to get a good contractor saw, they are a compromise and are difficult to set up compared to a true cabinet saw.

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#8 posted 11-02-2009 05:11 AM

+1 on the Griz 1023SL for $795 ($889) shipped…beyond budget and requires 220v, but if those aren’t show stoppers, it’s really a killer deal on a very fine “keeper” 3hp cabinet saw.

If that’s not possible, the Ridgid R4511, Steel City 35920, Cman hybrid, and Hitachi C10FL are about the only sub $600 full size saws around unless you look for used, or find a sale.

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#9 posted 11-02-2009 05:20 AM

The R4511 seems like the best option to me, you will not regret that decision. I’ve been so happy since I bought it a few months ago.

buckeyedudes How can you have the R4511 for a couple of years if it was just released early this year? I think you are confused because one thing is for sure, the R4511 is not portable at all, at least I will not be able to set 470 lbs of machine on my bench top at all, you can move it around thanks to the herc-u-lift system, but is not portable.

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#10 posted 11-02-2009 05:37 AM

The Craftsman 22124 is virtually the same as the Delta 36-717 and also the Steel City.
I bought one a few month back and I must say that I could not be happier with it, it cust smooth and true, no vibrations or noise when compared with the Ryobi I had before and I love the Biesemeyer fence that came with it.
I have not seen a negative review on this saw.
Just my 0.02 cents..

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#11 posted 11-02-2009 05:50 AM

Spend way more than you want to right now! You’ll just do it later anyway. Just now to take advantage of Grizzly’s deals. I vote Rigid for your price range. Get the saw then upgrade to a decent Freud or Forrest blade. Or get the G1023 if you can afford it. I have the G1023GSWX and it’s great…almost pisses me off how cheap it is.

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#12 posted 11-02-2009 06:02 AM

I’ve seen good reviews on the Bosch 4100. I think it’s got a folding stand and costs about $600.

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#13 posted 11-02-2009 06:12 AM

jerryz said: “The Craftsman 22124 is virtually the same as the Delta 36-717 and also the Steel City.”

Jerry – There are some similarities but also some significant differences. The Cman 22124 and Steel City hybrids both have cabinet mounted trunnions, while the 36-717 has table mounted trunnions.

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#14 posted 11-02-2009 06:20 AM

I’m a Delta man myself. If you can afford a couple hundred more, look at a Delta model, one with cast iron table extensions. I just got me a new Delta and it’s a dream to work with. Compared to the last POS t/s that I had, this one is as good as any contractors saw out there. (Just one guy’s opinion.)

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#15 posted 11-02-2009 07:01 AM

I got a 1993 Delta Unisaw 3hp on Craigslist a few months back for $500. A lot of saw for the money. I haven’t needed to, but I’ve started to upgrade the accessories, with an Incra 1000HD miter gauge and a Bench Dog router table extension. Next will be an Incra TS-LS for the fence. Altogether, I will have a saw as good as any for half of the cost of the new Unisaw, or other like model.

But for $500, my used Unisaw was still a tremendous bargain.

Definitely keep watching CL. Patience can score you a good deal.

-- jay,

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