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07-14-2010 02:34 PM

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My table saw went out on me recently and im thinking of upgrading to this saw mainly because its in my price range and its rather portable. Ive been woodworking for about 3 years now and have ALWAYS bought very used equipment but i was thinking of going ahead and getting a good reputable brand saw that will last me. My projects are rather small. I build outdoor furniture and various other smaller projects. Lowe’s has it for $369 and i was going to wait until it went on sale to purchase it. What do you all think of it?


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#1 posted 07-14-2010 02:47 PM

Personally, I would look for a table saw powered by an induction motor. Other features to look for include a reliable means to align the miter slots with the blade, and a fence that locks both front and rear, and can also be aligned parallel with the miter slots. You will not be satisfied with any saw that cannot make precision cuts.

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#2 posted 07-14-2010 03:04 PM

I’m a fan of DeWalt tools. If you really NEED a portable saw, I think this one is probably a good choice. However, no portable saw is ever going to give you the accuracy and performance of a full-size saw. If you’re only going with a portable to save money, I’d wait until I could find a used contractor saw on Craig’s list, etc.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-14-2010 03:12 PM

I have not used this saw, but I’ve never been disappointed by a DeWalt tool.

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#4 posted 07-14-2010 03:14 PM

ITs just the 10” jobsite saw is 499…i dont really have the funds for that one. I didnt know there was a difference in the accuracy of the saws. I figured one was cheaper because it was more compact and portable and that both saws would have the same capabilities. I guess im showing my rookie colors!

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#5 posted 07-14-2010 03:36 PM

all these portable saws are meant to be portable, which means they use universal motors which are very noisy and have a shorter life expectancy than induction motors (belts and pullys) that are used on the heavier saws which are not only quieter, and last longer, also transfer much more torque and power to the blade.

other than the motor – the portable saws are light in weight making some cuts on larger pieces more complicated. Also they are made of light materials (aluminum for the table) which can warp and is harder to keep true and aligned in all aspects compared to CI or Granite.

these portable saws are really meant for construction – thus they are light and easily portable in a car/truck to the jobsite for rough cuts. but for accuracy and fine woodworking they lack in many ways.

can you make a portable saw work for you for fine wood working – definitely. the question is – is it worth it for you, and are you willing to work around the limitations.

I tried – and upgraded to a hybrid saw and never looked back.

If price is an issue – look at CL. there are plenty of delta contractor saws that use induction motors and CI tops all the time for $100-$300 range in varying conditions and models that would be a better choice than a portable saw if you don’t NEED portability.

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#6 posted 07-14-2010 04:12 PM

I bought a slightly used Griz 0444Z, dust collector, and some small accessories for $500.00. All in excellent condition and ready to use.
I think that you’d be wiser to move away from a job site saw.


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#7 posted 07-14-2010 04:15 PM

The Bosch, Ridgid, and DeWalt portable jobsite saws get the lion’s share of recommendations in this category. I’ve also read some positive comments about the new PC portable.

With that said, I’ll jump on the bandwagon about not buying a portable due to price if portability isn’t the primary motivator. Patience will net you a full size stationary saw with a belt drive induction motor that will be more stable, have a larger operating surface, quieter more powerful motor, better reliability, easy upgrades, and good resale value. The better portables are capable of good work, but you’re far less likely to outgrow a full size saw. Used or new, keep your eyes peeled for the killer deals that pop up.

Current bargains to watch for…a new Ridgid R4511 can go in the $300-$400 range if you can still find one. The Craftsman 21833 goes on sale near $400. You might find a clearance deal on a Hitachi C10FL. You might even find a clearance deal on a Craftsman 22124. The key to good performance from any of them are good alignment and good blade selection.

Good luck and please keep us posted!

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#8 posted 07-14-2010 04:31 PM

what saws would you all reccomend in the $300-$400 range? I am not ruling out buying a used saw off CL but i would VERY much prefer to buy a new saw at a store and have a warrantly with it just in case something happened. The last time i bought a craftsman contractors saw . I used it twice and the motor blew up and i was SOL.

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#9 posted 07-14-2010 04:44 PM

How long did it take you to use it twice, was it not still under warrenty, seems like a waste to throw the saw away if the motor is the only thing that gives out. You can get a full size Delta contractor saw for around $650, whcih can later be updated to a beismeyer fence, and you can replace the stamped steal wings with cast iron, and end up with a pretty good saw. Basically the same one as I have, its not a 5HP cabinet saw, but as long as you arent running it 8 hours a day under heavy load, it should last a long time. Once the warrenty is gone on those portables they are pretty much disposable, there are not many after market parts for them, you are going to end up using the fence that came with it for the life of the saw. a full size model will give you much better options. If you do go portible, take a look at the bosch, its actually quite nice.

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#10 posted 07-14-2010 05:00 PM

no it wasnt under warranty. it was probably a early 90’s or late 80’s saw. I didnt pay m uch for the saw but i just dont feel like putting money into it. I dont need a real big saw just one to do around the house projects and other things like that. A floor model or a portable model, doesnt matter to me. I just want a good affordable saw thats going to give me a good preformance whether its portable or not.

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#11 posted 07-14-2010 05:26 PM

I once bought a small portable Sears table saw. Later I upgraded to a full sized TS. In the long run, the portable saw was a waste of money.

In retrospect, I wish I had waited until I could get a “real” table saw.

OTOH – If all you are doing is crude woodworking such as outdoor furniture, you can probably get by with a portable. I would not recommend a portable for fine work on small items.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 07-15-2010 04:20 AM

I used one of these many years ago while working construction and for that it was great. I remember being impressed by the rack and pinion style fence….other than that it was just another job site saw.

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#13 posted 07-15-2010 04:44 AM

I know that for me, I got started into woodworking to do “odd jobs around the house.” One of the first items I purchased was a small Craftsman saw. It worked fine for some very basic, rough carpentry projects, but as soon as I tried to build anything resembling furniture it fell far short. The table was not nearl large enough. The fence was not solid and was a pain to make sure it was in alignment. Every time I tried to cut something it left saw marks that required lots of planing or sanding to remove. The miter guage was useless and had way too much play in the slots. Also, if I tried to cut any decent sized sheet of plywood, the weight of the plywood was enough to almost tip over the saw. It became dangerous at that point. I now have a Delta (about 20 years old) contractor saw that I purchased used and have never regretted it. Sometimes, I wish I had a cabinet saw and would like to upgrade to one someday, but the Delta makes it possible to do real woodworking.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#14 posted 07-15-2010 05:34 AM

I’ve had my craftsman 10” table saw for almost 8 years. It’s worked well for anything that I didn’t absolutely need power and pinpoint accuracy for. I got it for under $100 at the time. It’d work well for outdoor furniture and does a fine job on some of my smaller projects.

However, it’s not suited for fine woodworking which is where I am at now.

I believe that if you want something that is going to last, then you’d just really need to take good care of it. I have beaten the stuffing out of my table saw in the last few years on my several moves and the constant shuffling around in my cramped shop.

You could probably settle for something under the $200 dollar range and still get good work out of it for anything but the best stuff.

However, I think that if you want something that is going to last, something that is going to do quality work, you’re going to be looking into a hybrid table saw…or if you are not going to be doing a lot of complicated work (and the pieces are not too small) you could look into getting a track saw.

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#15 posted 07-15-2010 06:27 AM

I own a Dewalt portable with a stand and that’s what I use it for. If I have to go out to a jobsite I can throw it in the back of the truck and it will cut up sheet goods and trim molding, but not very efficiently. I gotta mess with the fence, use two hands to crank up the blade, and carefully balance large pieces to get a straight cut.

I have owned two or three Delta contractor saws that were more accurate but heavier. Two guys could throw it in the truck if needed. The round bar fence was crap, constantly had to compare back to front blade/fence measurements to get cuts without binding. They are a good starter saw.

My shop TS is a 1980’s Powermatic 66 with a Beismeyer fence that I picked up from a farmer for $500 ten years ago. It was rusted half way up the side cause he had left it out in the yard. I took it home, refurb’ed it (sanded, painted, honed, belted, and adjusted – probably spent about $100 more), and it’s still the best saw I’ve ever owned. Walks thru 2 1/4” maple, cuts to a 64th if I ask it (without a tape measure), and you can stand a dime on the top, start the saw, shut it off and the dime is still standing. Everything is adjustable.

IMHO, the new plastic saws are just that – plastic. After a year you won’t be satisfied. Run a 2X4 thru one and look closely at the cut side. I’d guess you’ll be able to see blade chatter, burning, and misalignment marks somewhere on the board.

Shop used machines til you can get a deal on a metal bodied saw that you can adjust and tweak until it works. Put that $300 toward a real saw. You be lots happier with the performance over time.

-- vicrider

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