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Forum topic by bringitonhome posted 04-02-2010 05:14 PM 2503 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2010 05:14 PM

Hi- I’m in the market for a new table saw and was wondering if some of you folks could help steer me in the right direction. I have a little bench-top now, and boy do i regret that decision. I bought it for some small home improvement projects without knowing what really makes a saw functional. Now that i’m trying to do some more advanced projects – basic cabinets, furniture, molding/trim, i quickly realized I had reached it’s limitations. So, I’m leaning towards a contractor or hybrid saw. Here are my requirements:

  • Price: $600-700-ish
  • Power: must be 110V and draw < 20 amps
  • Mobility: must be able to move it around the shop – store it against the wall, move it to the center to use, etc. but not necessarily from jobsite to jobsite.
  • Some sort of dust collection would be nice – be able to hook it up to a shop vac, etc.
  • I like safety features, too. A functional guard & riving knife score points for me.

The thing is – i know nothing of brand reputation, especially for these big tools. What do you guys think of Grizzly? What about this one:

Open to any other suggestions you may have. Do the big boxes sell ‘real deal’ TSs, or just low-end stuff?


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#1 posted 04-02-2010 07:31 PM

Used is always a viable, though not reliable option.

There aren’t a ton of hot deals on new saws right now, but there are some reasonable $500-$600 choices, as well as some $800+ options:

Grizzly has the Shop Fox W1725 (Griz item T21853) on sale for $425/$519 shipped. It’s a conventional full size cast iron contractor saw with outboard belt drive induction motor, steel wings, no riving knife, and a great Biese style steel fence. Griz also has a few other choices with riving knives for < $1k

Craftsman has their new 21833 hybrid/contractor saw…full size cast iron top with a riving knife, inboard belt drive induction motor, steel wings, built in mobile base, and an aluminum fence. It runs in the $425-$550 range depending on the sale and the deal you can swing.

Craftsman also has their older model 22114 hybrid on sale for ~ $680…cabinet mounted trunnions, cast iron, no riving knife, aluminum fence. Their new granite top model 22116 hybrid replaces the 22124…cabinet mounted trunnions, riving knife, steel Biese style fence for $899….might be some better discounts to be had….Cman Club,, etc…it dipped to ~ $700 a few weeks ago if you played the cards right.

Lowes has a new PCB270TS stationary hybrid/contractor saw with inboard belt drive induction motor, mobile base, steel wings, riving knife, and aluminum fence for $600…looks very much like the Hitachi C10FL with updates (they also have the Hitachi on sale for $500).

You should be able to find a deal on a Jet Proshop or Delta 36-715 for a bit more. These are both older style hybrids with no riving knives, but both have decent fences.

Regarding brand…buy the saw, not the name plate…there are excellent and poor examples from most brands. If you stay with full size, belt drive, induction motors, and a good fence, and the odds of getting a capable saw are very good. The key to any of them is getting them set up well and equipped with a good blade, so be sure to leave some budget for blade(s).

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 08:11 PM

A lot of people love the Ridgid R4511 from Home Depot if you can find one. Many have been clearanced. It would fit your budget. You can also check out table saws inthe review section here. Hope that helps.

-- Matt -

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 08:54 PM

If you go with the ridgid r4511, make sure it has already had the arbor recall completed, or have it done yourself. When I was saw shopping, I steered away from this model. Apparently the arbor will fail when used a stacked dado set… potentiality sending blade parts flying everywhere!

I purchased the aforementioned craftsman 22114, only paid $200 used! It was a floor demo model. I’m happy with it so far, I love the full cast iron top and cast iron wings, very sturdy, heavy. Runs on 120 on a standard 15 amp circuit. It can be converted to 220, will do that when I move into the new shop.

Good luck with your search!

-- Jason, Central Virginia

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 09:24 PM

Yeah I’m going to check Lowes and HD this weekend.
I like the looks of that PC one, if Lowes carries it yet, may be a possibility. I like how the casters are integrated.

for the grizzly, you have to buy the mobile base separately. Another $90.

The specs for the PC say the table size is: 27-1/8×20-1/8, the grizzly: 27” D x 44-1/8” W
Can they really be that much different?

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 09:41 PM

I have a Jet 708100 … don’t know what they go for today (I bought mine 3+ years ago … see: ). It is a hybrid contractor saw (open leg stand with the motor inside the frame) so there is no motor hanging out the back.

Mine rides on a 600-lb capacity mobile base even though the saw came with wheels. I just thought the legs would flex too much rolling in and out of the garage.

About a year ago, I upgraded the fence (see: ).

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#6 posted 04-02-2010 10:15 PM

20-1/8” is the main table width only….44-1/8” includes the wings. The saws should be very close to having the same overall table areas…they’re pretty much standard full size.

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#7 posted 04-06-2010 09:12 PM

Well, contractor TS are alright I guess. Depends on your shop, what you’re REALLY going to use it for, and if you just want to “just get by”. I would recommend a cabinet type saw with a mobile base for a few extra bucks. I currently us a Steel City TS with their top fence and have never regretted the few extra bucks involved because of the ease and quality involved.

Shop around and do lots of research and you’ll find quality. If you have friends nearby with s TS try them and out and get their input. Hands on is the best way to help you decide.


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