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12-06-2016 03:29 AM

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Hello all, I have a background in IT and looking to get into woodworking again. I picked up a few things here and there working with my grandpa. As time has passed it’s time to settle down into a hobby.

If you asked me an IT question I would be able to have an answer or know someone who could get that answer.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any idea of what to buy a day the reviews of multiple table saws have made me hesitant.

I would appreciate any feedback on what would make a solid saw overall saw with a fence/dado/versital with 3rd party products.

Thank you

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#1 posted 12-06-2016 04:03 AM

Look at the grizzly 715 or 770 (i think its 770). Also, a lot of people start out with the Delta floor standing model that is available at lowes, or the ridgid that can be found and Home Depot. Read reviews and see what you think. Beware, there are a lot of opinions that these saws are junk. Just remember that the internet skews towards bad reviews, and that hte average lumberjock doesn’t have a $2000-5000 saw. Lots of good work can be and has been done by those saws mentioned above. You’ll do fine with them.


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#2 posted 12-06-2016 04:03 AM

Your going to a lot of advice here. This question has been answered many times here. Trust me! I’m not trying to front you off, but go back and look at what everyone else has asked and the answers they have received . You’ll definitely get an idea of what folks think.
As for me…You $800 boot money. Sit back boot some more..$1200-$2000 and get a used Powermatic T66 if you’ve got the room. It’s the best there is no matter what anyone else says. Sadly it’s no longer made!

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#3 posted 12-06-2016 04:12 AM

How are we going to know what saw you want?


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#4 posted 12-06-2016 04:14 AM

Hey, fellow geek. I can relate. I bought a Delta contractor saw back in 2000 and it has served me well. It somehow manages to keep up with whatever challenge I present to it.

If I were buying something today, without a limitless budget, I’d go with a hybrid. The motor’s inside, and dust collection is more of an option. Of course, if you win the lottery, those Lagunas and their cousins would sure be sweet.

That reminds me, I need to check those tickets.

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#5 posted 12-06-2016 04:16 AM

Get ready to be swamped with even more suggestions that will make you even more uncertain!
(do a search for just ”$800” and see how many people have asked the exact same thing)


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#6 posted 12-06-2016 11:22 PM

Thanks for the replies. Im such a noob that I don’t even know what to want or ask. Thank you for some suggestions. I was looking at Grizzly but the setup is a little scary. As for the retail saws such as Rigid and Dewalt and Delta do they actually allow 3rd party products such as dados, miter, and a quality fence. My goal for this saw is to allow cabinet making, floor/ceiling trim and cutting boards to start out.

Is the Grizzly that much better than the store bought saw?

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#7 posted 12-07-2016 12:55 AM

I bought my Porter Cable contractor saw (PCB270) from Lowes in 2013 and I am very happy with it. I think I paid around 500 for it. They have since then replaced it with Delta saw which looks quite comparable to my saw. Once you get it, replace the stock blade with Forrest or Tenryu blade, get a freud 8” dado set and couple of zero clearance inserts (if available for your saw). You should be around $800 by then. Make a crosscut sled and upgrade the stock fence if you like.In my opinion that’s all you want, if you are just a weekend warrior like me.

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#8 posted 12-07-2016 08:09 AM

Keep it simple, buy the best Delta, new or used, you can afford. Very few people ever bought a Delta saw and wished they hadn’t. There are exceptions but compared to other companies they have a solid track record. Powermatic has a slightly better track record but only because they were never owned by Black and Decker, thankfully those days are over.

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#9 posted 12-07-2016 11:58 AM

The ABCs of Table Saws

Your budget should allow for a decent full size saw with a belt drive induction motor and a decent fence. If the stars align right, a good used saw can sometimes yield the most saw for the money, but it’s hard to count on.

Within budget, the new Grizzly G0771Z with the updated fence looks promising to me….cabinet mounted trunnions, solid cast iron wings, full enclosure.

If you have easy access to 220v, and/or think you may delve deeply into woodworking, I’d consider spending closer to $1400 for something like the Grizzly G1023RL 3hp industrial cabinet saw.

Any saw’s performance is going to be largely dependent on good setup and proper blade choice….don’t skim over those huge factors.

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