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Forum topic by GeneL posted 04-17-2010 02:25 PM 984 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2010 02:25 PM

I need to replace my table saw. The one I have now was “free” as in “I want this thing out of my garage.” It came with no guards and I retro fitted a guard from my Shopsmith. I have ruined one nice blade by having the guard move and hit the blade. The plus side is it has a large iron table, but I can’t move it. Anyway I broke an insert (they are zink castings) which seem to be a nonstandard size, and I just decided I had enough.

So I want a saw with a full size table that can be moved by one person. Lowes has one by Porter Cable, but the table extensions look a little flimsy.

So keeping in mind that I would like to not spend more than about $600 or so. Does anyone have recommendations?


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#1 posted 04-17-2010 03:18 PM

Yeah I just paid $479.99 for mine. I bought it yesterday from sears. Regulary $549.99

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#2 posted 04-17-2010 04:29 PM

You might want to consider watching craigslist for a used but nice saw. You really have to spend a ton to get anything new of any quality today & there are a lot of great used saws out in the world.

I don’t know if you use your Shopsmith as a table saw very much. I have one of mine as a dedicated dado saw & another I use mostly as a table saw, but you can usually get a 510 or even 520 upgrade to bigger tables pretty reasonably on ebay (of course, if you do a ton of miter work, you might not like the tilt table feature, but most guys hardly ever do any cuts that are not 90deg, so it really is not an issue)

Of course, I might be a bit biased about Shopsmiths, but I am a big believer that some of the older used tools are a better way to go.

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#3 posted 04-17-2010 04:55 PM

Powermatic. ‘nuff said

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#4 posted 04-17-2010 05:11 PM

I bought a Grizzly contractor saw a year or so ago and have been pleased with it for the price. I believe in the latest catalog all of the Grizzly saws have riving knifes, mine was before that change and if I ever buy another saw it will have one.

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#5 posted 04-17-2010 05:25 PM

I second the Grizzly Idea unless you can find a good used Powermatic, Delta, or even a Ridgid.

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#6 posted 04-17-2010 06:28 PM

My Lowes has a Haitachi full cast iron table saw for $499, and a Porter Cable on their web site that looks just like it for $599. I was interested in the Haitachi untill I grabbed the fence and gave it a twist, Very flimsy, no way it could hold a straight line or support any auxillary jigs. They have a Porter Cable portable for $299 that really feels solid, but the cons are it has a cast aluminum table and the blade is mounted directly on the motor shaft like all portables. It still looks like the best deal for the money right now at Lowes. I think when you get over $450 you are going to get a better product from Grizzly; or as others have said, used from Craigs List.

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