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Forum topic by EYEdotGEE posted 04-28-2016 01:14 PM 857 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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EYEdotGEE

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04-28-2016 01:14 PM

Hello everyone,

Just made an account here to ask a question since every time i search for something a Lumberjocks page pops up and in most cases has a good solution to my problem. So here I am making a more custom problem, hoping you guys have a solution.

SO.
I am looking to purchase a table saw for my hobby “shop”. I relegated my car to the elements in order to be able to build a few things. I am currently using the portable Ridgid table saw which has actually done surprisingly well for what I expected. I really hate the fence on it but i did manage to build some night stands, a coffee table, and little things here and there for gifts. That saw was a long term storage agreement with a friend of mine and he finally wants it back, i guess in return he will get a ton of sleds and new blades.

I am somewhat limited by space as there are plenty of times i had to move the saw over right beside the workbench to put my car back in the garage. The other major limitation is that I only have 110V in the garage, and the entire thing seems to be on a single breaker which is really annoying if i jamp a wide piece of wood into the planer with the vacuum running and it trips. So i need to find something that is 110V 15A and being able to move it is a bonus, not a must. I should also mention that i live in Canada, which means the prices are higher and the selection is smaller (at least it seems). I am trying to keep it under $1000 but if there is something majorly great at a bit more i would likely spend the money.

So far the top contenders are:

Delta 36-725 from Lowes – $750
Seems to be pretty sturdy and would be a greatupgrade from what i have now. The wheels on the base are nice. The fense seems great even though it has the split design, im sure i can work around that. The extentions are stamped steel which isnt ideal, I dont have any good flat surface in my garage so this would be nice to have larger to see if i am good and accurate if putting together a box or something.
https://www.lowes.ca/table-saws/delta-36-725-10-in-13-amp-contractor-table-saw_g1776672.html

Craftex CT146 from Busy Bee Tools – $800
Seems like a great deal until I saw the Delta appear at Lowes. Im a little apprehensive to buy Craftex things since I see them on Kijiji (classifieds) often and some of my friends suggest i should look eslwhere, but no one has hands on experience with them. The one thing I may say is that the fense looks a lot like the Ridgid bigger table saw and that doesnt make me feel great.

General International #50-090RC from Rona – $900
Super hard to find any reviews on this one since most things that come up are for its big brother the 50-200R. It mentions an Excalibur T fence, i hear that is a good namebrand for fences. So is this to top pick?
http://www.rona.ca/en/10-in-table-saw-68595097

I am still trying to figure out what is important in a table saw, but so far to me having a cast iron top and an excellent fence seem like two very important features. Is there anything else really important i should look out for? what do you gentlemen think about all this?

Thanks

Ian


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hotbyte

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#1 posted 04-28-2016 01:26 PM

I’m very happy with my Delta 36-725. The two piece fence rail wasn’t that much of an issue to setup and once setup, it operates no different than my old one piece Delta T2 fence did on an old Craftsman saw. No idea on the other two brands. I’m guessing the $750 is Canadian price? They are <$600 here in US.

I’m no where near a TS expert but my thoughts on decision factors:
- Table top material (cast iron) and size (“full” vs job site)
- Fence that is easy to adjust and locks reliable to aligned position
- True miter gauge slots
- Holds alignment (blade to miter slot and fence to miter slot)
- Powerful enough for lumber I generally deal with (up to 3”)
- Dust collection
- Safety features (easy to use riving knife/splitter, convenient off/on switch, blade guard, etc)
- Mobile for my small shop

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alittleoff

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#2 posted 04-28-2016 02:33 PM

I don’t think you can beat the delta. They must have gone up. I bought one about 2 year ago for 550.00. It’s really a great saw. I used it until I restored an old unisaw which I use now. I still have the 725 though, I was going to sell it but have not got around to putting it on CL. I might just keep it and put a dado blade on it. If you watch Craigslist you can find some pretty good deals there. Just be ready to buy when something comes up.
Gerald

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 04-28-2016 02:39 PM

Welcome to Ljs EYEdotGee
Which table saw to buy is almost a daily question on LJs ,you might search the search tab I’m guessing they’re at least a 100 post on the subject.Good luck on your hunt.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 04-28-2016 02:56 PM



Welcome to Ljs EYEdotGee
Which table saw to buy is almost a daily question on LJs ,you might search the search tab I m guessing they re at least a 100 post on the subject.Good luck on your hunt.

- a1Jim

Yes. Its akin to what car should I buy. Nobody wants to talk bad about their baby.

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#5 posted 04-28-2016 03:03 PM



Welcome to Ljs EYEdotGee
Which table saw to buy is almost a daily question on LJs ,you might search the search tab I m guessing they re at least a 100 post on the subject.Good luck on your hunt.

- a1Jim


This^^^[points up]
And should also be a sticky at the top of the forum.
No insult intended.

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jesinfla

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#6 posted 04-28-2016 03:37 PM

Are you sure about the price of the Delta?

My lowes has it for $599 (I bought one last year for $500.

Don’t forget there are 2-3 discounts you may be able to get at lowers – 10% first time buyer (you can also get this from a local real estate agent), 5% if you use their CC and 10% veterans/active military

I’m obviously not an expert but my delta 36-725 is about the best tool I’ve ever purchased – and the price was right where I wanted to sacrifice

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 04-28-2016 03:50 PM

Here’s a great blog by our resident table saw guru ,very informative.

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

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#8 posted 04-28-2016 04:21 PM

i’d look seriously at the craftex saw. same as the ridgdid 3650/60. great saw.

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#9 posted 04-28-2016 04:26 PM

Regarding the posted price on the Delta, OP is in Canada and $750 is correct based on the Canadian Lowe’s link.

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#10 posted 04-28-2016 06:30 PM

The 50-090 is sort of a cross between a stationary and a portable saw. At 25” vs 27”, you give up some depth, and the version I saw had a lame fence. The Craftex is the old TS3650….good fence, solid cast wings. The Delta has a modern riving knife, hybrid design, and a decent fence going for it.

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#11 posted 04-28-2016 06:39 PM

I would suggest you consider paying a little bit more (as long as you are planning to buy new). I have the “big brother” of the General you listed, the 200R, and really like it. On sale now for 1500$, it’s a lot of saw for the money. And a lot of people claim that the King Canada T KC-10JCS/J30 is the identical saw (looks like it, although I would suspect that their QC may not be as good), which you can get now for 1300$.
My experience with Craftex has not been great (it involved a bandsaw), although others have had much better luck.
Just a suggestion, feel free to disregard.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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EYEdotGEE

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#12 posted 04-28-2016 07:50 PM

I was reading about the General big brother but the motor at 110V seems to want 19 Amp and my breaker is 15. Unfortunately the panel is on the opposite side of the house and the basement has been reno’ed so id have to redo half a ceiling to drag more power

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 04-28-2016 08:12 PM

You may be able just to change the breaker to 20 amp. check with an electrician.

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jdh122

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#14 posted 04-28-2016 08:18 PM

As I understand it as long as you have 12 gauge wire you can put a 20 amp breaker, although either way you’re better with a dedicated circuit for a tablesaw. But like Jim says you’d need to consult an electrician. Re-wiring your basement and redoing a ceiling would considerably increase the cost of the more powerful saw…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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distrbd

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#15 posted 04-28-2016 08:19 PM


i d look seriously at the craftex saw. same as the Ridgid 3650/60. great saw.

- toolie


+1.
I have heard many praises for that model,c/w,1.5 HP motor, good fence,I think you’ll be happy with that saw,if you want to read more about it, check out Ridgid 3650 reviews ,as Toolie said they are essentially the same saw.

http://www.busybeetools.com/products/tablesaw-contractor-10in-1-5hp-craftex.html
http://www.finewoodworking.com/tool-guide/product-finder/ridgid-contractor-saw-no-ts3650.aspx

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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