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Forum topic by rammel posted 07-17-2010 09:26 PM 1869 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2010 09:26 PM

Does anyone know which woodworking magazine has done a comparison & evaluation of the hybrid table saw. If so please tell me the magazine and issue information. I am thinking about getting one this week and would like to see a good review.

-- Mel

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 12:11 AM

I cannot refer you to a comparison of hybrid table saws in a magazine. Sorry.

I own a basic hybrid, the Jet Pro-Shop. I consider it a very adequate basic TS. With a TS I think the most important characteristic is precision. On that characteristic, I give the Jet high marks. Of secondary importance is power. I give my Jet only a “C” on this characteristic. Less power basically means that you cut slower. It is a compromise I have been willing to accept.

You really need a thin kerf blade with this saw, but they are readily available. The Forest WW-II thin kerf is my primary blade.

I really only have one petty complaint about this saw. Even with a good dust collector attached, it seems like the saw dust still accumulates in the space underneath the blade. I have to manually clean out that space on a regular basis.

Nonetheless, I consider this Jet a good, safe option.

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

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 12:15 AM

FWW did one a couple years ago. Go to their site and see if you can look it up. I do know that the Woodtek came out on top

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 12:36 AM

rammel, I also cannot point you in the direction of the magazine you want but I will give you this:

I too was looking for a hybrid table saw when I first joined Lumberjocks. I was new into woodworking and figured that a hybrid would be a good step up from my el-cheapo ryobi saw. I also came and asked my questions on the forums about saw and in the end I bought a cabinet saw from Grizzly ( for not a whole lot more than I was wanting to spend on a hybrid.

Let me tell you, I was very glad I spent the extra couple of hundred bucks and went with the 3hp cabinet saw. I would recommend the same to you.

If you have the time I would suggest you check out the thread when I was in your position. Here it is

One thing that stuck out in my head was “If you are going to stick with this craft for some time then you will end up with a cabinet saw, so why not save the money and get one now?” That was the truth.

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#4 posted 07-18-2010 04:20 AM

Fine Woodworking Issue #195 did a complete run down on hybrid saws…

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#5 posted 07-18-2010 04:50 AM

Right now isn’t the best time to buy a hybrid since some of the bigger saw companies are phasing out their current models (e.g., Jet Pro-Shop and Delta Hybrid) in order to make new ones with riving knives. Highland Woodworking has some decent Steel City hybrids for a good price, but people have speculated over future of Steel City, which caused me to look elsewhere. Grizzly has a very promising hybrid coming out soon for a good introductory price (around $750 + 100 for shipping)—it’s due in September, although that date might get pushed back. If you have a little more to spend on a saw, I’d recommend Grizzly’s 3hp G0690 with a Leeson motor, which is available now.

The following link is a useful comparison of hybrids, although it’s a couple of years old:

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