|Forum topic by Woodcanuck||posted 04-12-2010 06:15 PM||1233 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
04-12-2010 06:15 PM
Is it wrong that I should be secretly happy that my 15 year old Skil benchtop table saw finally bought the farm? With its plastic casing, whiny motor, floppy fence, non-standard miter slots, non-standard blade inserts, too-short arbor, bouncy aluminum table/extensions…..I’ll stop.
It was a good saw to get me started…it has cut through a ton of wood, but ripping a pile of 6/4 hard maple seems to have been too much. The coupling for the motor to the arbor has burned out. I know…I could probably find some replacement part somewhere….but I expect to mill more thick hardwood in the future and enjoy buying tools much more than taking them apart and trying to repair them.
I’m now trying to figure out what to get.
I don’t have capacity for a big cabinet saw, need more than your $150 benchtop saw….which seems to land me somewhere in the land of contractor/hybrid saws.
I’ve looked at a few…and while I’d love to get the Sawstop contractor saw…it’s a bit out of the budget.
I pretty much have to keep it under $1000.
So far I’ve looked at and am considering:
I’m looking for other options…and best places to get them in Canada (Toronto ideally) if anyone has any suggestions.
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