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Tabletop

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05-09-2016 09:38 PM

I’m upgrading from a jet 1 3/4 horse. I build a lot of Tables with 2” thick tops (have built 11 since Jan 1). I’m looking at the shop fox 1820. 3hp single phase., $1900. Any thoughts, opinions would be very helpful? First time posting.


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#1 posted 05-09-2016 09:58 PM

The similar Grizzly also gets good reviews. THeir 690 and 1023 are well regarded. a 3hp SawStop is just north of your budget, but a great saw too.

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#2 posted 05-10-2016 02:32 PM

If you aren’t in a hurry; might consider searching Craigslist in your area. I purchased a Jet Exacta 3hp table saw for $1500 a few months ago. It was like new.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 05-10-2016 02:55 PM

This might help ,it’s a very good blog about table saws from our resident table saw guru.

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

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#4 posted 05-10-2016 02:56 PM

BTW
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#5 posted 05-10-2016 04:06 PM

The W1820 should be a nice upgrade from your current saw. It’s worth noting that the inerds of the W1820 are essentially the same as the Grizzly G0690/G0691. The corners of the cabinet of the W1820 are chamfered, the miter gauge offers a fence, and it has a 2 year warranty vs 1 year for Griz, but is otherwise pretty much the same saw AFAIK.

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Tabletop

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#6 posted 05-10-2016 08:27 PM

Thanks for the help. I have found Craigslist very beneficial. I purchased a PM 14”bandsaw for $600. It was made in 1984, a solid saw. I also found a jet 6×89 edge sander, one year old, for $400. I’ve been watching for a table saw but, I know its crazy, I’ve kinda got the fever for a brand new one.

Thanks for the link, a lot of information.

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#7 posted 05-12-2016 03:55 PM

The PM66 and the Unisaw have both stood the test of time. These saws have been around since the late 40’s with little change. Unfortunately, they are no longer made. Like everything else, saw manufacturers follow the lead of car manufacturers by making changes that are “the latest and greatest”. “How could you use such an old saw when the latest and safest saw is now available!”; of course you know it as marketing. I have a Jet cabinet saw I’ve owned and used for 30+ years. It is still going strong with never a problem. To me, that saw too has stood the test of time. I guess what I’m trying to say is; long life, dependability and quality trumps “the latest and greatest” every time and that’s where I will put my money. The new saws, IMO regardless of their new features and looks have not proven themselves over the long term. To me I buy a saw (and any other machine) that will last me a lifetime and has a proven record. I don’t want to have to “upgrade” every few years (think Windows XP, 7, 8, 9 and now 10). I guess that’s the conservative in me.

So to answer your question, I would take that $2500 and invest it in an older but wiser machine and have money left over for a good blade and a Biesemeyer fence.

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Tabletop

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#8 posted 05-12-2016 05:49 PM

Thank you MrRon, great advice. You sound just like my father. “They don’t build’em like they used to.” I can’t argue with either of you. Lol. I have used both the 66 and the unisaw and both are great. I’ve seen those saws in the 1000-1200 range and would be great for my budget. I like to think things through and I’m in no hurry. You ever sit in a new truck and just have to have one? That’s where I’m at and if this feeling passes in next couple weeks. I just might look at the 66. Thanks again.

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#9 posted 05-12-2016 05:56 PM

I agree with the idea of a PM66,I bought one new 25 years ago and it has been a great saw,the only saw I have used that is comparable is the $5000 Saw Stop . If I had the money I’d upgrade to a Saw Stop mostly because of it’s safety factor. After buying a used PM you will have a lot left over for other toys or shop upgrades.

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#10 posted 05-12-2016 06:07 PM

You are in a pretty good location with several good spots for used equipment within a moderate drive from you. Since you already have a usable saw, you can use that to your advantage. Patience is key, and if you can get over the ‘gotta have it now’ impulse, you can wind up with twice the saw at half (or less) the price of one of the new imported sheet metal and plastic things.

Cheers,
Brad

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#11 posted 05-13-2016 12:55 AM

Many thanks, both to knotscott for the article and to Jim for the reference!


This might help ,it s a very good blog about table saws from our resident table saw guru.

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

- a1Jim


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#14 posted 05-14-2016 03:14 AM

I picked up on CL a Powermatic PM2000 3HP, 3 years old used by a hobbiest before he passed away for 1900. You have troll CL and when a deal comes up you have to be Johnny On the Spot with cash in your hand.

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#15 posted 05-14-2016 07:54 AM

The Dallas area is just a little too far but thanks for the extra set of eyes. I’d like to stay within a 4-5 hour drive. I noticed one a little closer but they are asking 1600. I’ll keep looking through CL. Thanks again ribs and brisket and fired yo moma.

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