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Forum topic by DebraB posted 03-15-2010 04:28 AM 4693 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2010 04:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw question

GEETEech is the Taiwanese company that makes a lot of the “name brand” saws. They market one under their own name that is – on the surface – suspiciously cheap.

While I would like to get a good deal, I don’t want to buy a piece of junk. I suspect the fence is inferior from the description, but given the price, and can probably afford a decent fence as an upgrade in the very near future.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I am reluctant to buy a saw without a riving knife. I know most of you probably have saw without them, but I do understand the added safety – they can stay on even when the splitter/guard comes off. But I don’t want to pay a couple of hundred bucks extra just for that.


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#1 posted 03-15-2010 04:30 AM

I guess I should say that I am looking at a 10 inch left-tilt contractor saw that looks a lot like either the Delta or Ridgid, except it comes with stamped steel wings in place of cast iron.

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 04:40 AM

Does it look like this?

A decent splitter will work nearly as well as a riving knife if used….its not using them that causes the problems. Geetech makes stuff for a lot of well known brands…GI, Grizzly, Sunhill, Bridgewood, Woodtek, Jet, etc.

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#3 posted 03-15-2010 05:12 AM

I’ve never heard of that brand, but Taiwan can make some pretty good stuff. I wouldn’t have a problem with stamped steel table extensions. I had them on a Craftsman TS for almost 30 years and they didn’t give me any trouble. They weren’t as cool looking as cast iron, but they did what they’re supposed to do. – lol

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 05:25 AM

That is it exactly.

I know they make a lot of different saws

But I also know that it is possible for one factory to make 2 things (saws in this case) that look very similar but act very different.

When I think about what’s important… can I get the blade parallel to the miter slot. Can I get the fence parallel to the blade and will it stay that way or deflect (which is why I think I would be upgrading the fence in month or 2 as funds allow.)

I have talked to a lot of guys – mostly guys and mostly in places that are trying to sell me something. Most of them say they don’t use the splitter/guard that came with their saw, and depending on the saw it can be tough to put them on and take them off. A lot of the newer saws make that easier, but I don’t guess this GEETech saw is one of them.

Riving knives get used because they can be left just below the top of the blade – not sure what happens when you use a dado setup…

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#5 posted 03-15-2010 05:40 AM

IIRC, that particular Sunhill Machinery contractor saw was very similar to the Emerson made Ridgid contractor saws. If the price is right ($200 or less), it could be a very serviceable saw. If it’s expensive, I’d definitely look elsewhere.

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#6 posted 03-15-2010 06:49 AM

All I can saw is that you get what you pay for. You may have seen this video before but give it a try and you will be saving your money to get this saw!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3mzhvMgrLE&translated=1

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