On the Fence- new table saw or not????

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Forum topic by kenthemadcarpenter posted 03-01-2016 08:55 PM 733 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2016 08:55 PM

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I am on fence on whether or not I want a new table saw, my current saw is a great unit but finding spare parts hasn’t been easy given her age (1960’s), for me my biggest pro to keeping her is she is belt driven unit and I can do every thing i basically want. most of my work has to be done on the right side (I prefer working to the left of the table whenever possible, I could take the right wing and switch it to the left) The biggest issue is I haven’t been able to find and extension wing that is compatible with both the table and my fence.

so I am debating on whether or not to retire the old gal for something newer. Any recommendations and do they still make belt driven table saw’s??? for me that is a big selling point. Plus I really hate using a block of wood against the blade to change them.

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#1 posted 03-01-2016 09:07 PM

If the only thing you don’t like is the missing wing, I suggest making one from plywood an put a plastic laminate top on it. Plastic laminate is pretty tough stuff.

One recommendation I have seen regarding blade changes is to grip the blade with your hand using a thick rag to protect your hand from the teeth.

But buying a new saw is a lot of fun if you have the budget to get what you really want.

-- Greg D.

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#2 posted 03-01-2016 09:43 PM

I know they do make belt-driven saws, they just don’t always say it in the description so if you’re looking you might have to ask. I know Ridged makes a very good belt-drive saw that retails for under 600. Other brands make them but they get into the $1000’s pretty quickly.

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#3 posted 03-01-2016 10:18 PM

My Grizzly G0715P hybrid cabinet saw is belt driven.

If you want perfection add an Incra LS-III precision fence and miter gauge.


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#4 posted 03-02-2016 04:40 AM


Keeping the saw you have while at the same time saving money to replace the saw is the way I would go. Hopefully you can solve the wing issue and the current saw will last until you have enough money so that budget is less of a driver in your later purchase decision.

Like you, until this month, I used a chunk of wood to keep the blade from moving when changing blades. However, GregD has it right according to Forrest. I recently read the info included with their blades. It states that using a block of wood can damage the blade. They recommend a heavy rag to grip the blade when changing blades. It seems to me, wearing a leather glove along with the rag would be a good idea. This is how I am now changing my blades.

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