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07-14-2010 06:05 PM

I’m still new to woodworking but I have already found the limitations with my inexpensive Craftsman table saw. I’m looking for a good saw that will I will be able to use sled’s and jigs with the 3/4 guides. The Craftsman has a smaller size and they do not make very many accessories.
I also have a small shop. My shop is the size of a one car garage about 500 square feet.
looking for any suggestions.

Thanks Mitch

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#1 posted 07-14-2010 06:21 PM

Mitch – Do you have 220v in your shop? If so, the best bang for you buck is likely to be a good used 3hp cabinet saw.

If you don’t have 220v, I’d look into one of the many hybrid saws now available on the market….these are similar to the older style contractor saws but have the motors tucked inside which saves space, improves dust collection, etc. The Grizzly G0661, Craftsman 22116, Jet Proshop, Delta 36-715 are all good examples that get close to your price range on sale.

A good read Right Table Saw for Your Shop

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#2 posted 07-14-2010 06:50 PM

If you do not have 220v in your shop and you can add it it is worth the money. I found a Delta Unisaw with a 54 inch. Biesemeyer fence on ebay for $250. it needed a little TLC but it was not bad. Look on Craig’s list and other places and do not be in a hurry. A good deal on a great saw can be found.
You will never rergret buying a top quality cabinet saw. I am sure you can find one in that price range.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 07-14-2010 07:57 PM

If you can find a Ridgid 3650 you’ll be happy with it. Used should run in about the 3-400 bracket. They are on a rolling base so they are easy to move in a garage. Try craigslist.

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#4 posted 07-14-2010 10:58 PM

How far are you from Huston Texas? See this

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 07-14-2010 11:23 PM

FWIW – I own the Jet Proshop. i consider it a perfectly adequate saw. I wish I had a little more power, but the lack of power really only means that I have to cut slower. It is very precise and that is more important than power for most applications.

I highly recommend a good thin kerf blade with this saw.

If I recall correctly, mine was a little over your $700 limit, but I think you can get below that if you accept stamped steel extensions instead of cast iron.

In your situation I think a really good used saw would be your best option if one is available. If not, the Jet Proshop is a good, safe option.

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

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#6 posted 07-14-2010 11:30 PM

I’ve had a Jet contractor saw for years. Really like it. If I was going to buy one today, I’d go with Grizzly just due to their good customer service.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#7 posted 07-15-2010 04:15 AM

I would second the ridgid. I have had mine for 3 years and no problems. Added a router table and an extension table attached to the saw and it still rolls nice.

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#8 posted 07-15-2010 05:45 AM

A used 3HP cabinet saw and some 220V outlets should fit in your budget and make you quite happy.

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#10 posted 07-15-2010 06:43 AM

Here’s another vote for a good cabinet saw. Mine is a Powermatic 66 with a Beismeyer fence. Bought it used and had to refurb it, but it’s the workhorse of my shop. really accurate, stable and powerful. I have a couple buddies that have Grizzly cabinet saws and they are very happy with them.

The Grizzly store is an hour up the road from me and it’s a real woodworkers candy store. I have their 17” band saw (purchased under-the-money at the annual scratch and dent tent sale) and I cut very nice 1/16” X 6” cherry veneer with it today. I also have their 6” jointer (don’t have room for the 8”).

Get the best saw you can afford (or the next one up that you can’t afford), you won’t regret it. IMHO, woodworking is a lifetime activity, and the $ put into tools is $ well spent.

-- vicrider

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