|Forum topic by SJD3||posted 06-08-2010 12:57 AM||6596 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
06-08-2010 12:57 AM
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.