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ragin_cajuns

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01-06-2016 03:10 PM

New to the forum. I started woodworking a few years ago and have built a few things – toy boxes, bookshelves. I didn’t grow up with any woodworkers so I have learned on my own with the help on the internet. I took a break for awhile but I am getting back into it. I just finished building a bookcase for my wife out of 3/4 plywood with solid oak trim and banding to hide the plywood edges. Came out pretty nice for a beginner I think.

I want to get more into this hobby and build more things – built in cabinets, bathroom vanity, tables, etc.

Building this last bookcase made me realize that I need a better table saw. Right now I have a Craftsman saw that is probably 12 years old. It’s not that stable, the fence is hard to keep parallel to the blade, etc. I want something that is of better quality. Something that I can build a sled for and maybe even a router table to attach to the side.

I want to spend around $500-$600. What are thoughts on a good saw? It needs to be somewhat mobile – not a jobsite saw that you can carry from place to place but something that I can store against the wall in my garage and pull out a few feet when needed.

Any ideas?

Any opinions on these saws at Lowe’s?

Delta 13 amp 10inch – http://www.lowes.com/pd_510897-52010-36-725_1z0wck2__?productId=50081568&pl=1

Porter Cable – 15 amp 10 inch – http://www.lowes.com/pd_510902-46069-PCB222TS_1z0wck2__?productId=50146380&pl=1

Thanks


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#1 posted 01-06-2016 03:29 PM

Welcome to Ljs
There has to be 100 threads on Ljs that address “what table saw to buy” In general many folks recomend the Ridgid or it’s sears version. Knottscott is our resident Table saw guru ,he usally comments on table saw questions and he has a table saw blog that might be of help.

http://lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/32154

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WhyMe

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 03:53 PM


Welcome to Ljs
There has to be 100 threads on Ljs that address “what table saw to buy” In general many folks recomend the Ridgid or it s sears version. Knottscott is our resident Table saw guru ,he usally comments on table saw questions and he has a table saw blog that might be of help.

http://lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/32154

- a1Jim

Really??? The Ridgid Contractor saw has to be one of the most complained about saws because of the notorious blade alignment problems. I don’t know anything about their jobsite saws. I’d say Grizzly holds the highest recommended spot on LJ.

As to the two saws linked to, they are two different animals. Of the two, I have the Delta 36-725 and am very pleased with it. The Delta is mobile but not a portable saw.

Here’s a review on the Delta 36-725….... It’s a little dated, so parts and support seem to be okay now and a zero clearance insert is available.
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3822

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#3 posted 01-06-2016 04:02 PM

Hi

Ragincajun – I’m newish as well and recently went through the same purchase. I ended up getting the Delta.

Almost everything you ever wanted to know about the Delta can be read here:

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3881

I recently got it and like it a lot. I could tell you why, but the guy who wrote these two reviews (thetinman) does a better job than I ever could.

If you have time to read through the hundreds of comments on his two reviews you’ll pick up additional tidbits of useful info. But long story short, it’s a great saw.

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#4 posted 01-06-2016 04:03 PM

on the delta 36-725 would i have any issues using a sled and mounting a router table to it? i’m new to routing and sleds.

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#5 posted 01-06-2016 04:08 PM

Yes WHyme you are right about previous complaints and problems about Ridgid saws,but from my understanding the new version has solved the alignment issue the older version had,I don’t recall Grizzly table saws that fall in the $500-$600 being recommended that much only the Hybrid falls in the most recommended category ,but it’s right at $800 when shipping is included.

rigin
If you’re able to bump your budget up a bit here’s the grizzly Hybrid.

http://grizzly.com/products/10-Hybrid-Table-Saw/G0771

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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WhyMe

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#6 posted 01-06-2016 04:10 PM


on the delta 36-725 would i have any issues using a sled and mounting a router table to it? i m new to routing and sleds.

- ragin_cajuns

I made a sled and added a router extension table to my Delta. Here’s another link for more info. See page 4.
http://lumberjocks.com/replies/on/2711572/page/1

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ragin_cajuns

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#7 posted 01-06-2016 04:34 PM



Yes WHyme you are right about previous complaints and problems about Ridgid saws,but from my understanding the new version has solved the alignment issue the older version had,I don t recall Grizzly table saws that fall in the $500-$600 being recommended that much only the Hybrid falls in the most recommended category ,but it s right at $800 when shipping is included.

rigin
If you re able to bump your budget up a bit here s the grizzly Hybrid.

http://grizzly.com/products/10-Hybrid-Table-Saw/G0771

- a1Jim

I need the saw to at least be mobile a little. It’s stored in my garage against the wall. I need to be able to pull it out a few feet from the wall to operate it or about 10 feet out of the garage into the driveway.

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#8 posted 01-06-2016 04:37 PM

ragin
A mobile base might help with the mobile part.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Heavy-Duty-Mobile-Base/D2057A

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 01-06-2016 05:07 PM

Jim that new Rigid R4513 is basically a contractor saw, looking nothing like the old R4512. They may have corrected the issues surrounding the blade tilt, but it is a completely different animal. I was not impressed for the price, considering the other options now out there.
And yes, I still like my R4512, one of the lucky ones I guess.

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#10 posted 01-06-2016 05:44 PM

The Delta 36-725 will do what you need. It is mobile with what amounts to a build in mobile base and has a good T-square type fence for accuracy. Read the linked reviews of the saw and you will be convinced. It would be my saw right now, but I am in a 9ft by 9ft storage room, which that saws longer fence rail just won’t fit in comfortably so I went with the Kobalt 10 inch saw with the folding base. Very convenient , but the fence is still hard to align and there is practically no space on the top before the blade so using a sled is tricky….

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#11 posted 01-06-2016 06:11 PM

If there’s anyway that you can squeeze in a full size stationary saw on wheels or mobile base, there are a ton of advantages over a portable. They can all be made mobile. The PC you linked to is basically a jobsite saw on leg stand….lots of plastic, small table, universal motor, etc.

In your price range, I’d opt for the Delta 36-725…better fence, better track record. I’d also certainly look at what’s available used in your area.

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#12 posted 01-07-2016 03:13 AM

I, too, have the Delta 36-725. I love it. I seem to have a similar space constraint. I store it against a wall in my garage, and roll it out to use it. The mobile base built into the saw rolls very smoothly.

I believe you will be very happy if you purchase that Delta you linked to.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#13 posted 01-10-2016 01:15 AM

I bought it today. Does anyone use the zero clearance insert that Lowes sells for it or you making your own?

http://www.lowes.com/pd_645955-34340-36-501_0__?productId=50273917&Ntt=

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#14 posted 01-10-2016 01:25 AM

wow that’s a lot for a table saw insert,for that you could buy a sheet of melamine and make 40-50 inserts.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 01-10-2016 01:49 AM

This guy has the same delta, you can use some of his measurements etc.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7gpsb0TkLcE

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