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Jimintomahawak

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03-04-2017 12:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question poll tablesaw

Guidelines:
Budget under $1000
budget is $1000-$1500
Budget is $1500 plus
What tablesaw would you buy?
Hybrid contractor and cabinet saws are all acceptable.

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#1 posted 03-04-2017 01:14 PM

Sawstop PCS

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#2 posted 03-04-2017 01:39 PM

By including cabinet saws, I’m assuming you have 220v. In which case, < $1000 I’d look for a good used cabinet saw like a Uni, PM66, Bridgewood, Jet, Grizzly, or Shop Fox. In new saws < $1k, the Griz G0771Z or G0715P are decent hybrids, but they give up quite a bit compared to an industrial cabinet saw.

For $1500 I’d lean heavily toward a Grizzly G1023RL/RLW, or maybe stretch for a G0690. This is the sweet spot IMO, offering a lot of saw for the money. You get industrial grade underpinnings, mass, stability, power to spare, good fence, excellent track record, and more saw than most of us will ever need. The better hybrids can run in this same price range, but don’t offer the mass, power, or robustness of an industrial cabinet saw.

For $1500+, I’d go with a Saw Stop PCS 3hp with the T-Glide fence upgrade….it doubles what a G1023RL costs, but is what I think it’d take to justify spending more than ~$1500 on an industrial cabinet saw. It’s got all of the benefits of a saw like the G1023 and then some, plus it won’t bite the hand that feeds it.

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#3 posted 03-04-2017 02:12 PM

What Scott said, he knows his stuff….....

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#4 posted 03-04-2017 02:39 PM

IMO, Grizzly G0690 w/T10222 – Router Extension. Have had mine for several years and love it.

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#5 posted 03-04-2017 04:21 PM

I caught the Powermatic PM1000 on sale and got it for $1600. I didn’t have room for the wider table so I got the 32”.
Absolutely great saw. I have sliced 3” Ipe and no problems with power. GREAT dust collection below the table. Fit and finish is top notch. I actually have a Sawstop dust shroud/collector on the top. I had to have a custom riving knife cut to fit it. It cost me $40 and I think its the best solution for a blade guard type dust collector. I would do it again without hesitation.

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#6 posted 03-04-2017 04:37 PM

<$1000, G0715P:

Got an Incra fence, miter gauge and router wing. There is a big 3-1/2 hp Milwaukee router hiding under the Incra plate. This adds about another $1000 to the cost so this is also the > $1500 answer:

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#7 posted 03-04-2017 05:01 PM

I like my Unisaw. I would buy another if I needed a table saw.

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#8 posted 03-04-2017 05:41 PM

I had a number of table saws. Now I settled on Sawstop Professional I would not trade it for anything else.
It changes the way you work with a table saw. You are much more confident having that extra layer of protection. At the same time you are more careful as it is very sensitive and mistakes pop out the brake which you set you $100-$200 back. Weird isn’t it.
I would recommend it for any budget. If you have less than $1000 just wait it out till it grows.

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#9 posted 03-04-2017 11:25 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/assets/pictures/projects/1460970-438x.jpg
Dig in, there are a bunch of opinions out there. Buy what you want but remember that spell-checking is much mare than “brand” checking. Good luck, but please be careful in your choice… All works out in th2 end…

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#10 posted 03-05-2017 12:36 AM

Thanks everyone, I have a Delta saw now. I don’t know model number but it is a direct drive unit. Nickel test, about the only thing that will stand up on this table while it’s running is a 60 lb rare earth magnet. The motor most likely has an unbalanced winding.
I will convert anything I buy to 220. It is really good for motor in long run.
In my neck of the woods there’s not much on used market. I missed a PM and Unisaw on CL… and will keep watching. Bearings and some alignment work is inexpensive.

I really appreciate everyone’s comments.

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#11 posted 03-05-2017 04:41 AM

After Using a modern saw with a proper Riving knife, I would never consider buying any table saw without one. It’s probably a better safety feature than the Sawstop feature. This is just my opinion, and I am not trying to discount the SawStop. Its just that I fell that strongly about the riving knife.

If you look at any used ones please keep that in mind. I would be interested to hear how others feel about the riving knife. I cannot find a single thing that makes it better without it, and in fact it helps actually keep the cuts cleaner. I use it for all cuts including non-thru cuts. Once I have it adjusted I have never had to touch the adjustments.

In Addition to my Powermatic, I also had a Dewalt contractors saw with one and it too was great and never once made me wish I didn’t have it on the saw. Even it was WAY better than my old Delta.

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#12 posted 03-05-2017 04:47 AM

I wonder if they have a retrofit riving knife for older jet 10’ cabinet saws?

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#13 posted 03-05-2017 04:57 AM


... I would be interested to hear how others feel about the riving knife.

- Steve_C

I like riving knives, but a good splitter will also accomplish the same basic task. A riving knife is a better mousetrap IMO, but there are a lot of other factors that make up a good TS. If my budget was small, I wouldn’t overlook a good used saw because it was from the pre-riving knife era….I’d just add a decent splitter. I wouldn’t give up

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#14 posted 03-05-2017 06:05 AM

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/tls/5984346243.html

These are very common here in Los Angeles. Many times even cheaper than this.

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Jimintomahawak

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#15 posted 03-06-2017 10:33 PM

Does anyone have any experience with Baleigh Saws?

http://www.baileigh.com/table-saw-ts-1040e-30

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