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Forum topic by CovenantCreations posted 08-17-2010 06:29 AM 1692 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2010 06:29 AM

Hi, I recently upgraded my table saw and am debating whether to keep the old one or sell it. I am just moving into a bigger shop (24×24) and nows the time to make the decision while I am setting up the shop. The one in question is a craftsman 10 inch with a long bed extension to the right which makes it a total of 6.5 feet. It makes it nice for cutting plywood thats for sure. The newer one isn’t quite as wide. How many of you do or would have 2 table saws in their shop given you had the room? What are the pros and cons of this? A few I can think of are having one for ripping and the other for crosscutting or ply wood. A con would be the extra space it took up. Any other ideas or suggestions? Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-17-2010 07:41 AM

I used to have 2 TS in the shop. Based on the way I used them, the only advantage I experienced in this setup was to have one saw set up with a dado and the other used for sawing. It would seem that the driving force behind your decision is whether you have the space and how well you like your current saw. You can always give it a try and sell one of them if it doesn’t work for you.

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#2 posted 08-17-2010 04:57 PM

If there is room, I would say keep it. I don’t have 2 but the idea of having 2 sounds like it could have its adavantages like extreme said, have one set up for dado and the other for regular cuts.

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#3 posted 08-17-2010 05:10 PM

Depends if you need the space or the money from selling the original for another tool. If the question is between having two table saws or one table saw, a mortiser and a benchtop sander then having a second saw for cross cutting or laying a dado is probably unnecessary.

Another thought is would a different tool offer more flexability than having a second TS. A good used Radial “H”arm saw might be a better use of space. It offers great cross cutting ability, can be used for laying precise dado grooves and effectively replaces your miter saw.

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#4 posted 08-17-2010 05:19 PM

I would love to have two table saws in my shop. The table saw is the heart of most shops – at least where the stationary power tools are concerned. However, IMHO, I would not have two tablesaws in a shop that is only 24’ x 24’. Don’t get me wrong, a 24’ x 24’ is huge to me. That would be about twice the sq footage that I have. However, to me, a 24’ x 24’ shop is just at the beginning size where one has enough room to have what I consider a ‘complete’ shop and still have enough room to work in. So in order to have a complete shop, which is what I want, I would sacrifice the second table saw. If I can add the 12 ft extension to the front of my shop and complement it with at least a 12’ x 12 ft’ storage shed I will probably have something equivalent to a 24’ x 24’ shop. When I do that that is when I will want to add all the other accessory type machines such as a shaper, edge sander, belt/disc sander, morticing machine, planer, and a few others. Of course it’s all just a matter of personal preference.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-17-2010 06:01 PM

I have 2 table saws, but I have a large shop. One of these is a 1948 model Unisaw that belonged to my dad, so I don’t want to give it up. It is the first table saw I used growing up. I like having both because I can leave a dado blade, or set for miters on one for a while and still have the other free. Makes it very convenient, although with my Torque Work Center, I doubt I will use a table saw for dados now.

I don’t see a big advantage to using different saws to rip and crosscut.

In a 24×24 shop, I’m not sure I would sacrifice the room for the convenience of 2 saws. You could however, put a router table in one to help with space. Or make an auxillary top for one to double as a work bench


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#6 posted 08-17-2010 07:29 PM

Having 2 table saws would tend to be a hindrance as for space size. As for ripping and cross cutting plywood you will find yourself using one saw to do that type of cutting. I would be inclined to sell one and invest in a radial arm saw instead. As the RAS can be placed against the wall or mounted in a counter type set up. I’m fortunate to have both a TS and a RAS and use both equally. A 24’ x24’ shop will fill up fast when you have a complete shop especially if you don’t have a storage room for keeping other items needed in the shop.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#7 posted 08-17-2010 08:18 PM

I would keep the second saw. (I have 3 table saws, one in shop, one in portable work trailer, one in storage)
I do my dado cuts on table saw (I am not a router person) so I leave my settings on one saw and make the other cuts on second saw. I also have a router mounted in the MAIN table saw. I used to also have radial arm saw, I sold it !

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#8 posted 08-17-2010 08:42 PM

I seem to always need more space, i would probably give it up regardless of my shop size. If you are constantly changing blades during a project it would be handy to have two set ups. Is it going to be difficult to cut your ply on the new saw? That is probably the most important question.

I think a second router table would be sweet,

-- RKWoods

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#9 posted 08-17-2010 08:55 PM

I posted something like this a month or so ago when I got a new table saw. I had considered turning my old bench top saw into another tool of some kind or maybe even removing the motor and using that for one thing and using the table top of the bench saw for something else.

Things to consider- How much money can you get for the old TS? Do you need that money? Is it enough to make it worth it? In my case I had bought my first TS which was a Delta Shopmaster on a stand for 35.00. When I got my new one which was a Delta Contractors saw I considered selling the Delta Bench top but I only paid 35.00 for it and I don’t think I could get more then 50.00 for it so to me the materials in the saw were worth far more then 50.00. I have a larger shop and it does not take away any needed space (yet). I am still kind of at the same spot you are in trying to decide what to do with it. I am thinking I am going to keep it and in time hopefully it turns out I have great use for it. The point that it is portable is nice too just in case I ever needed to bring somewhere else to use.

So IMO its all about the money. If you need the money you could get for selling then SELL it. If you can do without selling then there is no harm to keep it. No rush to find use either. Like I said, maybe in time something will come up where I need it. I also think about my big saw possibly breaking down (I hope not) but if it did, it would be nice to have a backup until I could buy a new one.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#10 posted 08-18-2010 06:23 AM

Lots of good points and considerations made here. Thanks for all the input. I only paid $150 for the saw and put $50 worth of bearings into the motor so its not like I have a ton invested into it. If it doesnt sell I think I will try to find a spot for it, it could be handy. I will probably build a top for it to make it double as a work bench when not in use.

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#11 posted 08-18-2010 07:52 AM

I have 2 TS. my main is a rigid 3650 which I love. My second is a craftsman portable which is the one I started with. It has served me well. I debated upon selling it but I also wondered what to do with it. One idea I thought of recently is to purchase a 10” sanding disk. that they sell at rockler/woodcraft and use 10” sand paper disks. Use of the miter gauge and ability to accurately tilt the blade would make a fairly decent sanding station. It is small enough to store in a corner and use on a table top.

-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation

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#12 posted 08-18-2010 03:00 PM

I have two myself. Now i have my bigger craftsman that is used for the majority of the work in my shop but my bench top ts i store under my work bench and use for small cuts and for quick cuts so that i do not have to adjust my big one. Now my shop is half of a one car garage and space is tight for me. just up to you and your set up.

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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#13 posted 08-18-2010 03:12 PM

If you can, keep both table saws.

My “Workshop in the Woods” has two Shopsmiths. I mostly keep one set-up with a crosscut blade and an INCRA 5000 sled. This gives me perfectly square cuts and boards of exactly the same length.

I often have the second Shopsmith set-up for ripping, or with a Freud 80T HiATB blade, I cut plywood. I also do my dado work on this machine. It’s also used for horizontal and vertical drilling.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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