|Forum topic by SJD3||posted 1371 days ago||5915 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
1371 days ago
Thank you to those that posted welcomes this morning.
Im just starting to get into woodworking, weekend projects and such. Currently Ive done some rough shelving, framed some walls, built 4 computer desks (very basic) and have read a lot about joinery and how/when to use it. Im starting to get the hang of it and I think its time to step up and buy a table saw. I bought a cheap tabletop at Lowes and have been completely disappointing every time I use it.
Ok, so Ive been looking around and just like anyone else the biggest baddest tools are tempting. I would love to get a cabinet saw but with what little room I have as a workshop out of half my garage, needing to wire up 220v, and obviously the cost a cabinet saw is just not the right thing for me At this time I think a Hybrid saw would be great. Its middle of the pack from Cabinet Saws and a Contractors saw.
Right now Im leaning toward a Delta 36-717 Hybrid with a Biesmeyer fence or the 36-717 with T2 fence. I like the boxy style of the fence as Im thinking it would be easier to attach jigging and also double as a router table fence at a later time. These are pricey but do-able. Add in a Frued dado stack and a Woodworker II possibly a mobile base and suddenly Im up in the $1200-1500 range. I justify the price knowing that this is a saw that will last 10 years minimum.
I had seen a couple review of the Jet hybrid but it seems like the Pro Shop series is the only thing available at this time. I like the cabinet style setups more then the leg setups combined with preferring the better end fence. Otherwise this is another option but at nearly the same price I lean more to the Delta.
And then comes the sale…...
So my friend has also been looking into lower end contractor saws. Well he finds Sears is having a sale on the 21833. This is currently marked at $409, with two coupon codes and Bing cash back its looking to get this down in the area of $350 before tax. He has now bought and I helped him put it together and while it looks solid I have seen a few posts about alignment issues. This scares me.
Well, this is where I come to the experts. I believe the price on the 21833 is only good for the next week and the cost has me thinking about using the savings to get a jointer and a planer. Or should I stick to my original plan and get the saw that I think will become family.
Thank you in advance for any advice.