|Forum topic by jerkylips||posted 05-13-2011 11:27 PM||1195 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
05-13-2011 11:27 PM
I posted something similiar in a reply but I wanted to add a couple things.. I’m new to the site, looks like lots of good info here!
I got the go-ahead from the wife to buy a table saw & am trying to figure out the best option. I don’t have a workshop, but do have a big 3 stall garage with an empty (ish) stall. My budget is limited. I originally wanted to keep it under $300, but it seems like spending a little more can buy quite a bit more quality. I can’t go overboard, though..
I looked at the Ridgid saws today. I have a Ridgid 12” miter saw that has served me well, so I’m ok with that brand. Also (posted this earlier, too), I’ve discovered that HD will honor the 20% one item coupon from the weekly Harbor Freight ad. I recently got a Werner ladder & an Ariens snowblower (!) at HD & got 20% off..
I looked at the Ridgid R4512 & R4510. Both were $499. Assuming 20%, I could get either for $400. I don’t expect a need for it to be portable, but I guess you never know. My first project is to build a storage wall in the garage & want to rip some plywood down to 24”. I was looking at a couple others, including the smaller Dewalt (745, I think) but the ripping width was limited. I don’t know how much I’ll need to do it, but I definitely need that for the first project.
The Bosch 4100 seems universally loved, but is a bit out of my price range.
Also, I’m seeing a used Ridgid TS3650 on craigslist for $350, but I’m not sure of the condition. I’m not opposed to buying used, but I don’t feel I know enough about table saws to know if I’m getting a good saw.
One question I do have – I’ve heard that in an unheated garage, a cast iron top isn’t the best idea because they’re prone to rust. Is that something I should be concerned with?
thanks in advance!