Two tablesaws for small 1 man shop?

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Forum topic by Jarrett posted 03-07-2016 03:33 AM 1049 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2016 03:33 AM

How many of you have a two saw set up and do you think its handy?
I have a powermatic 5hp saw that is currently hooked up in my shop, but have often thought about staging my 1950’s rockwell 5hp next to it (currently its at a friend of mine’s shop, but he’s an excavator and doesn’t use it). I do a good bit of “resawing” of larger pieces and also of old barnwood. Was thinking of having the older saw take on the brunt of the resaw and use the powermatic to handle the cuts when the lumber is milled out…also when it gets time for serious production mode, I could have one loaded with dado, the other with a nice finish blade. I have the space for it, but the more my shop expands to its needs, the more I cherish smaller shops. I’m fortunate to be selling a good bit more furniture, and can now turn up production a bit since spring is around the corner and I won’t be needing to take the time to fill the woodstove.
Thanks for any insight/pictures of your setup!

-- Jarrett

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#1 posted 03-07-2016 04:08 AM

WOW! I’d love to have half your space. It makes your saw look small. hahaha You should use the other saw as an outfeed table and set up with a dado as you mentioned. Set them up back to back. I’ve seen several shops that have done that.

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#2 posted 03-07-2016 04:51 AM

small shop? looks to be 30×50

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#3 posted 03-07-2016 05:29 AM

I have two saws in my shop and it does come in handy. But, in you case it sounds to my like you could use a good band saw instead of another table saw.

Band saw for re-sawing would be better than the table saw. JMO

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#4 posted 03-07-2016 09:04 AM

place your second saw to butt up to the other,try to line up the miter slots,and you get a out
feed table!

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#5 posted 03-07-2016 10:32 AM

My shop is too small for two saws, but I could definitely see it being handy to leave one setup for a specific task….ripping, crosscutting or dados.

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#6 posted 03-07-2016 11:53 AM

My shop is so small that canoe would not fit…
That being said, I do have two bandsaws, one with a small blade, one with a resaw blade. Saves a lot of time.

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#7 posted 03-07-2016 12:32 PM

That shop does look decent size for being “small” as I would guess 30×50 too. I have two Unisaws and the older one I picked up not too long ago has a fence that leaves alot to be desired. I’m looking for a lightly used Unifence to put on it, but I was thinking of putting it beside my newer saw and letting them share the same fence so together they’d take up about the same floor space as just one. Having two saws would also give flexibility in performing different operations such as if a project(s) required several dados to be cut while still needing to rip or cross cut stock in between.

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#8 posted 03-07-2016 02:05 PM

Agreed, larger bandsaw would be awesome….just not right now as I’m trying to save up, sell my vehicle, sell my kids, and buy a bandmill. Right now I have a 14” delta and am going to hook it up to 220 for a bit more umph, but I’m still going to be gunshy about feeding a big piece through it, even if I got riser blocks for it. Was planning on setting up the tablesaws catty corner from one another where the large side extension would be the other saw’s outfeed table. (They would be running opposite direction than each other). Two fences might get in the way every now and then, but I rarely cut any sheet goods, or large glue ups, so I don’t think it will be a pain. It was my dad’s tablesaw and the one I grew up learning on, or else I may have thoughts of selling it or trading up for a bandsaw.

-- Jarrett

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#9 posted 03-07-2016 02:29 PM

Haha, I ain’t saying my shop is too small, I am saying that I cherish small shops! Less footsteps, less places to mess. But I do love being able to rip a long board in this shop! My shop prior was a hayloft in a barn…got tired of trying to fit a canoe out the hayloft doors! I’m fortunate to have such ample room, but it comes with a hefty tag… The house that came with the shop is small and the wife is loving designing all kinds of additions

-- Jarrett

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#10 posted 03-07-2016 03:51 PM

I’d love to be set up with 2 tablesaws…since you already own them I’d say go for it.

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#11 posted 03-08-2016 11:58 AM

I have 3 saws in my shop. A Powermatic backed up to a Delta Uni with a 6’x4’ outfeed table between, and another Delta Uni with a 3×7 outfeed table. One saw is set up for plywood, one for hardwood, and one for dados. Works good for me and cuts down on blade changes, although I do a little more walking than when I had just one

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#12 posted 03-08-2016 12:52 PM

OK, I have 4 saws in my shop… for dados, one for ripping, one for xcutting and one for plywood.
Thinking of getting 2 more one for soft wood and one for hardwood. I’m gonna have them all on power lifts that drop the whole saw into holes in the floor.

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#13 posted 03-08-2016 12:52 PM

Gotcha…................ ;-D)))

Didn’t say what kind of saws, did I ha ha.

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#14 posted 03-08-2016 01:19 PM

Sounds like one heck of a setup, Jeff! are your saws that are back to back in line with one another or offset?

-- Jarrett

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#15 posted 03-09-2016 01:35 AM

2 are in line back to back, one is stand alone all with outfeed tables

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