|Forum topic by joshtp||posted 12-30-2015 07:01 PM||625 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
12-30-2015 07:01 PM
Hello, been a lurker for a while, just getting started into woodworking as a hobby. Right now I have a Craftsman 137 series table saw with non-standard miter slots, poor fence, hard to make inserts for, etc etc. I barely even use the thing as I don’t feel very comfortable using it without a zero clearance insert and crosscut sled (which are hard to make given the non-standardness). I am looking to upgrade.
The space I have is a typical 2-car garage, 24×24, with the caveat that we’d like to be able to park at least one car in there when a big project is not going on.
I’ve got my eyes on a Dewalt DW745 at Home Depot for $229, which I was going to get tonight or tomorrow, but up just popped what looks like a really good deal.
This Delta table saw with Beisemeyer fence and mobile stand for $400 seems like a really good deal, and have asked for the exact model number:
One of the biggest issues is how big this thing is, and wondering if it might be overkill for my space and abilities. Even with a mobile base I’m sure moving the thing isn’t something you want to do every day. Perhaps I should stick with the cheaper, smaller, and more limited job-site saw with a nice multi-function worktable/outfeed table, and if I actually get good and continue in the hobby then upgrade to a saw like this.
I’ve certainly read many topics on here about how much better cabinet or even contractor-style saws are than bench or job-site saws, but I suppose in many ways it seems like these are too much saw for me (abilities and space). This also seems like it would be rather difficult to move myself, even though it would be from garage to garage, I’d have to get a lift-gate truck or some serious muscle.
There are of course many other saws in the area (Fredericksburg, VA to Washington, DC), but this one stuck out to me as a good deal.
Thanks for any input!