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05-09-2016 02:39 AM

I’m always struggling with change saw set ups between a regular blade and a dado set up. I own a crafstman table saw from the 50’s. I recently was given a model exactly the same.

My question is … do two saws side by side make sense? I have the space. Or would having them set up back to back more practical?

My shop is a 16×20 garage



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#1 posted 05-09-2016 02:47 AM

Yes. I have a friend has 2 Unisaws bolted together side by side one with a dado head. The table area alone is well worth it.

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#2 posted 05-09-2016 04:10 AM

Frank Howarth has 2 Powermatics set up back to back. But I think it depends on which way fits your work flow and style.

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#3 posted 05-09-2016 11:25 AM

i love to have the room for 2 table saws.
set up,imo,is what works best for the person.
seems to me side by side would be nice if the fences were set up one to the left and one to the right.

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#4 posted 05-09-2016 11:37 AM

I would think one (of those saws) would be enough…...:-D

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#5 posted 05-09-2016 12:02 PM

i have two table saws. Not bolted together because they are different brands. I have my dado stack in one and my combination blade in the other. I wish I could bolt them together.
Go for it. See how you like and let us know.


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#6 posted 05-09-2016 01:59 PM

I have two Unisaws and am planning on doing just that, the space taken up by both will be very close to what one takes up with a 52” Unifence.

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#7 posted 05-09-2016 02:42 PM

Who wouldn’t like to have a setup like this? Wish I had the room…

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#8 posted 05-09-2016 03:45 PM

Complicated projects require me to install and remove the dado set many times. For this reason alone two saws would be a time saver. It’s kind of like having multiple routers with dedicated setups.

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#9 posted 05-09-2016 04:21 PM

I was in a discussion about this with someone else.

Here’s their solution – wish I had room for iit (3 together):

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#10 posted 05-09-2016 04:44 PM

I have 2 saws, but not connected. 1 right tilt, and 1 left tilt, both have there purposes,

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#11 posted 05-11-2016 02:41 AM

I’m looking for another Unisaw so I can set it up similar to the photo Ripper posted

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#12 posted 05-11-2016 04:34 PM

Yes it does make sense when doing production work. Most cabinet shops use multiple saw setups.

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#13 posted 05-11-2016 04:39 PM

We all have to see what works for us,try it out and see how you like it.

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#14 posted 05-13-2016 02:44 PM

Thanks for all the ideas! I’m going to try to mount them side by side with one wing between them and see how that goes first.

Will send pics and updates as I progress.

The entire shop is getting a makeover. A new dust collection system as well.

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#15 posted 05-14-2016 08:40 AM

Yes I have two Craftsman saws mounted side by side just for that purpose.

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