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newbiewoodworker

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11-30-2010 12:24 AM

Well, my father just told me to pick out a table saw… thats gunna be his gift…:) But under $300… I may chip in a couple to get a nicer saw..since frankly there is nothing nice under $300…

But if there is, that I apparently overlooked, than please speak up.

Any ideas.

I want to get something that will WORK…. I dont want to have him get me a saw that either won’t handle things like Dados, or will shake like someone who just drank too much coffee…

That said, I dont mind a smaller starter saw. I was looking @ this

The Ridgid also caught my eye, but thats getting up there…

Can any of these accomidate a Dado?

Personally… Id love a nice Oliver, or Unisaw… but frankly, those are slightly outside the budget.. :(

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ClayandNancy

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 12:28 AM

Check ebay and Craigslist, you can find some great deals on unisaws that’s if your not in any hurry. Might need a little elbow grease but you’ll have a great saw when your done.

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#2 posted 11-30-2010 12:33 AM

Check ebay and craigslist for a delta contractor saw. You can probably find one for two or three hundred bucks used and in my opinion in will be better than a benchtop saw. I wish I would have known that you were looking because I just sold a dewalt benchtop a month or so ago for 325. It was pretty much brand new. I had only used it for a month until I got my delta. To late now but you will find something good just keep looking.

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 12:44 AM

The benchtops and (I think most if not all) the portables like the PC model you showed a link to have short arbors, which means you can’t use much of a dado stack. If you never plan to so a dado wider than 1/2” they might be OK, but if you want to use a full dado stack, you’re going to need a full-sized (either contractor, hybrid, or cabinet) saw.

Another common problem is the miter tracks … make sure the saw you buy uses a full-size (3/4”) miter track. A lot of the smaller saws have a 5/8” miter track and that is a BEAR when it comes to accessories, jigs, and fixtures.

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#4 posted 11-30-2010 12:45 AM

Oh dear.. that could be an issue.. lol

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#5 posted 11-30-2010 12:58 AM

I agree with the others that responded already regarding searching craigslist first. I was in the same boat as you three to four years ago, and ended up paying a little more than I budgeted to get the Ridigid 3660. I haven’t looked back since. The Ridgid by the way replaced a $250 benchtop saw that had an odd sized miter slot, and a bad fence. Since many people will argue that the table saw is the heart of your shop, I would say if your going to exceed your budget a bit that would be the item to do it on.

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#6 posted 11-30-2010 01:27 AM

Search Craigslist for a good used saw. There are LOTS of older Emmerson built Craftsman and Ridgid cast iron topped contractor type saws on the market in the $200.00 and up range. A few sub $200.00 but those aren’t seen as often…

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#7 posted 11-30-2010 02:34 AM

I have a 3650 Ridgid I bought new and never had a problem with it. Craigslist is the place to look and there are a few around for 300-350.

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#8 posted 11-30-2010 02:45 AM

Do you need portable ?
MY suggestion is find a good used solid table saw. There are a lot of estate sales, or retired men that are moving into smaller places looking to sell there older saws. Look for the following :
a). Large work area from front of saw to blade, the more work area you have you can line up your material BEFORE it hits the blade.
b). A belt drive motor, you can replace motor without throwing the rest of saw away.
c). A fence that doesn’t move when you are cutting. Mine are old, they attach at front and back, take a little time to make sure they are square and you can cut straight .
d). An older contractor saw has adjustments that allow you to line up blade with table.
I have owned the lighter portable Table saws and sold both of them They were not accurate for what I knew a table saw can do.
Just be patient and you will find one you want.I am attaching a picture of latest saw I bought last week for $170. Includes the mortise attachment, the mitre attachment, the bevel fence and the table saw fence. It came with original book, the blade guards were all there. I need to remove some minor rust

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#9 posted 11-30-2010 02:47 AM

Another vote for finding a Ridgid table saw. I had their portable one (2400) and it was great for the money.

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newbiewoodworker

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#10 posted 11-30-2010 03:08 AM

Might I ask HOW you MORTISE on a TS?

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newbiewoodworker

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#11 posted 11-30-2010 03:40 AM

What about General International http://www.toolking.com/general-international-50-070-m1-10-inch-table-saw

Its cheaper than the Craftsman that looks like it, and the PC Lowes saw..

I really wanta spring for the Grizzly… but I dont want to shell out 5 bones…. ontop of whats being given to me.. lol.. we’ll see… lol… maybe if I win the loto..

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#12 posted 11-30-2010 03:58 AM

That mortise attachment is the one that uses the small square blade; a real pain to get lined up, however. ;-)

Seriously, what I think looks like a mortise attachment in the picture is an attachment for a drill press. And then again, maybe its a tennoning jig. I think canadianchips just was pointing out how you can fall into some pretty sweet deals on CL.

Newbie, that PC saw you linked to is what I was considering before I caught a Craftsman 21833 hybrid saw for $409 back in the spring. Sears puts that saw on sale pretty often; anywhere from $400 to $500 is normal. By the way, this is the same saw that now gets an orange paint job and is sold by Ridgid as the replacement for the granite top saw they discontinued. Its not as good in my opinion, because the granite saw had cabinet mounted trunnions. The Craftsman and new Ridgid saws mount the trunnion on the table top.

Woodworker.com has a real full size GeeTech 1-1/2hp cast iron contractor saw, but with stamped steel wings on sale right now for $289. I don’t know anything about this saw, but if I was shopping for a saw it would deffinately be on my radar.
http://woodworker.com/10-table-saw-l-t-1-12hp-open-stand-mssu-155-543.asp

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newbiewoodworker

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#13 posted 11-30-2010 04:28 AM

Looks like chineese junk… harbour freight quality… Since I personally have never heard of the name…lol.

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#14 posted 11-30-2010 04:44 AM

Newb,
Except for old iron found on used tool sites, it’s ALL Chinese Junk if it cost less than $3000, but I thought you were looking for suggestions for something around $300, maybe a couple hundred more.
I tried to point you in a direction for exactly what you asked for. The GeeTech saw looks exactly like the General International you just asked about, except for the price being about $300 less. Make no difference to me if you check it out or not. I ain’t got a fricking dog in this fight.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#15 posted 11-30-2010 05:10 AM

Sorry if I came off as Hostile, Crank. I was trying to type quick between comericals of a show I am watching. I just meant that I dont think that is what I am looking for.

Sorry, fromt he looks of it, you took it to heart.

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