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ktremblay

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1443 days ago

Im looking for a new table saw, I currently have a craftsman, but it’s not very powerful or accurate. Does anyone know of a good 120 table saw?


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live4ever

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#1 posted 1443 days ago

Most power you can get on 110V is 1.5-2hp (which is enough for most hobbyists). This of course keeps you in the contractor or hybrid saw ballpark. Do you have a budget in mind?

Take a look at Grizzly’s offerings. In particular, the G0661 is a nice, very powerful (2hp) contractor saw and it has a riving knife. It does draw 20A on 110V. With freight you’ll come in under a grand. It is hard to beat Grizzly on value.

Of course, if you’re willing to have a little electrical work done (or do it yourself), a 220V cabinet saw doesn’t cost much more money but will bring you a lot more in terms of power, stability, dust collection, etc. Again, Grizzly has some nice offerings in that department.

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mrg

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#2 posted 1443 days ago

Jet or Delta both make nice saws that run on 120 as well as the Grizzly’s mentioned above.

-- mrg

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MedicKen

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#3 posted 1443 days ago

When faced with this question, which has been discussed here ad nauseum, there are a few questions that need to be answered first. What are your intentions? What type of woodworking are you doing? Cabinet making, toys, furniture etc. Does the saw need to be portable?After you can answer those the best saw is one that first you can afford. If in the question you are referring to 115V power, most saws are dual voltage. For me I have a 2hp unisaw that I picked up off of Craigslist and restored. It is also 220V and 3ph, which brings in another set of issues all its own. If I had to do it all over again I wouldnt change a thing. But, I also have the room for a larger saw. If it were me asking this question I would go after a larger cabinet saw because of the type of work I do. My saw may not be the answer for you. I would look at CL and see whats out there. If you are mechanically inclined a slightly beat up saw in need of bearings and maybe a little paint will serve for many more years. If you dont want to go to that extent there are many saws out there that will be plug and play. I would stay away from the smaller table top models. They are not stable and can cause a problem if trying to cut larger pieces.

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ajosephg

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#4 posted 1443 days ago

I think that Ken has nailed it – sorry, woodworkers “glue” it!

-- Joe

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blackcherry

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#5 posted 1443 days ago

I had a contractor saw for years and it served it purpose until like Ken stated in his comment a unisaw fell in my lap at a great price and now I have more saw than I’ll ever need at a great price. Large model saw are the work horse of any shop and I would not hesitate in buying used for the h.p. and durability. Just my thoughts good luck on finding your work horse…Blkcherry

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John Gray

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#6 posted 1443 days ago

I have a Ridgid TS3650 and it does all I’ve asked of it.
If I had “unlimited funds” I probably would buy a Sawstop Commercial TS.

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Bradford

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#7 posted 1443 days ago

Pitch the CRAPSMAN, buy a real saw. Spend the money for a 3 horsepower, 1 phase saw that plugs into your dryer wall socket. There’s no substitute for a good tool. Accuracy and repeatability is what you’re after.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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knotscott

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#8 posted 1442 days ago

As has been mentioned, more info is really needed for an answer that best suits your needs. What’s your budget, where will it be used, what types of projects, etc.

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ktremblay

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#9 posted 1442 days ago

thank you all for your comments, I have been looking at a General with a granite top, it 2hp with a 40``x 27`` top. The saw looks great on the computer, now I need to see it live.
thanks again

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bigike

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#10 posted 1442 days ago

upgrade the power and go with a powermatic, that’s what i want to do now but i have a delta unisaw brandnew.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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knotscott

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#11 posted 1442 days ago

Sounds like that could be the General International 50-240GT, which I suspect is actually made by Steel City’s Orion division who also makes the Craftsman 22116, Ridgid R4511, and Steel City 35920/35930….all hybrid saws with cabinet mounted trunnions, riving knives, and good track records.

I’d also consider the Grizzly G0661…a riving knife & table mounted trunnions:

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hObOmOnk

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#12 posted 1442 days ago

Criteria?

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blackcherry

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#13 posted 1442 days ago

One of the biggest flaw of a granite top it that the miter gauge slot will wear out and become sloppy of time, also you’ll need to be very careful when sliding the miter gauge into the slot, avoiding chipping the entry way. I’ve notice this on numerous saw that were on display over the years. This is just a head up on granite type top in the end it’s your preference, good luck and stay safe…Blkcherry

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