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Forum topic by LucasWoods posted 02-29-2016 10:45 PM 477 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LucasWoods

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02-29-2016 10:45 PM

I am a hobbiest and I am getting into more furniture making. With that being said if you can to pick one of the above with a limited budget what would you pick and why?

I think my budget would possibly be close to $600-750 range so I could get 1 nice table saw but probably not much else like a good blade for it etc. or spend a little less and get a compound miter saw or sliding compound miter saw and have some $ left in the budget to get better blades etc or other items.

What do you all think?

-- Colorado Springs, CO


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redesigningwood

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#1 posted 02-29-2016 10:55 PM

Craigslist!

I very rarely purchase anything new for my shop for two reasons
1. I don’t have the money for most new things
1. I can try a tool I am not sure I will use 24/7 for a relatively low buy in. If i use it every time I’m in the shop, chances are I will upgrade it when the time comes.

Between my jointer, table saw ,miter saw, drill press and band saw I spent $197. Seriously. $197. They are all super old and mostly trashed but as I have just started in this hobby I better figure out when I need/ like before I spend a lot of money on it.

-- Mat

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Lenny

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#2 posted 02-29-2016 11:03 PM

You’ll get more functionality out of a table saw since you can both cross cut and rip cut. With the miter saw, you’re only able to cross cut.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 02-29-2016 11:30 PM

I am with Lenny.

I am a big fan of miter saws. I think since they are more efficient and effective for crosscuts and miters than a table saw since that is what they are designed for.

But, if you get a table saw first, you can build a crosscut sled that will stave off the need for a miter saw for a while.

But you can’t get a miter saw and effectively use it in place of a table saw.

You should be able to get a cast iron contractor table saw for the price range you described. I started out with a JET 10” contractor table saw, 1-1/2hp motor, cast iron table, stamped steel wings and a 30” or 32” rip capacity. You can get something like that in your price range.

I would steer you away from the portable job site table saws, they are not as solid of a machine and they still cost $500 to $550. They are lightweight because they need to be portable, but they are not as good as a saw with a heavy induction motor and some cast iron for the table.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 11:32 PM



Craigslist!

I very rarely purchase anything new for my shop for two reasons
1. I don t have the money for most new things
1. I can try a tool I am not sure I will use 24/7 for a relatively low buy in. If i use it every time I m in the shop, chances are I will upgrade it when the time comes.

Between my jointer, table saw ,miter saw, drill press and band saw I spent $197. Seriously. $197. They are all super old and mostly trashed but as I have just started in this hobby I better figure out when I need/ like before I spend a lot of money on it.

- redesigningwood

Just like redesigningwood suggests, you can get some good deals on used tools.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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TheWoodenOyster

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 11:45 PM

Tablesaw. You’d definitely get the most use out of it and it can be a workhorse if it needs to be. You can do almost anything with the right jig. I cut a lot of joinery on the tablesaw. In fact, that’s actually what I use it the most for.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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knotscott

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#6 posted 02-29-2016 11:49 PM

A decent table saw can a lot more than a decent miter saw, including most of what a miter saw can do. Good blades start at ~ $30.
The ABCs of Table Saws
Bargain Saw Blades

From a glance at CL in your area, I spotted a couple of decent looking used saws at fair prices…
- https://cosprings.craigslist.org/tls/5467342951.html
- https://cosprings.craigslist.org/tls/5450378316.html
- https://rockies.craigslist.org/for/5439266457.html

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 02-29-2016 11:51 PM

I think my budget would possibly be close to $600-750 range so I could get 1 nice table saw but probably not much else like a good blade for it etc.

LOL – for $600-$750, you could get all three (TS, CMS and slider) and still have a few hundred left over for other stuff :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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conifur

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

Lucas, I dont know where you live, but watch CL, be patient, get a good TS, and if need to by a good blade, get a good Freud combo blade for now, then look for a CPMS, I like a slider, and dont like them used, too much wear and might not be accurate, so IMHO buy a knew one. Then get a good rip blade for the TS. Then watch CL for a decent 6” jointer, if in your needs, and a 12-13” lunch box planer, if you need one, or depending on your needs a 14” band saw, 2-500$ used.
I have found when buy used many accessories are in the price that if you bought new, would have to buy at retail also.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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LucasWoods

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#9 posted 03-01-2016 10:30 PM

Thank you all for the info. CL is a good option to pickup a big delta saw like the ones you posted I would have to rent a truck probably. Which is not a big deal.

I appreciate all the advice and once I get the money I think I will go with a CL item or two.

And yes I would like a lunch box planer. If I have $ left over.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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