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oldfolks

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04-16-2008 11:53 PM

Please don’t laugh but right now I have a Dremel table saw and I know I need a larger one. I am on SS Disability and a very tight budget so what is a good starter Table saw at a low cost ?

Thank you

oldfolks

-- oldfolks


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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 12:09 AM

what sort of things are you looking to do with a table saw. like what will you use if for most often. i think that that will help to try and figure out what saw is right for what you plan on doing with it.

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ChicoWoodnut

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#2 posted 04-17-2008 12:25 AM

You might keep an eye out on Craig’s List in your area. I live somewhat near Sacramento and there are always a ton of woodworking tools there. Since the housing flop has hit I have seen entire cabinet shops closing business and selling everything. There was a hardware store north in Red Bluff that closed it’s doors (bankrupt) after 50 years of business. Auctioned everything off.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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motthunter

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 12:36 AM

dremel should work fine for small projects.. Check the paper and e bay.. craigs list and more… there is more out there at a good price

-- making sawdust....

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Josh

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 01:56 AM

I picked up a 12 inch craftsmen tables saw on craigslist for 50 bucks. Added on a vega fence for 270 and i’m good to go. I should say I’m good to go friday when the fence gets here.

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brianinpa

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 02:40 AM

Craigslist or local auctions. I am amazed at what you can get for only a few bucks. Older Craftsman tables are really good, but I have one so I am partial to that brand. I also had a Delta 10” that was a direct drive (no belt – motor turned the blade) table saw that I could not over-work. You mentioned a fixed income so the the power-matics may be out of reach, but if you get a chance I wouldn’t turn it down. Used is definately the way to go as long as used is not abused. Good luck.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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cbart51

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#6 posted 04-17-2008 03:01 AM

For my first table saw I took 2 free standing cabinets about 2-1/2 or 3 ft apart and put an discarded laminated counter top on top of the two, cut a hole in the middle and mounted an old (the all steel construction) craftsman skill saw mounted on a Plexiglas throat plate and dropped it in upside down, this also served as my first router table. Very rudimentary but it worked until I picked up an inexpensive contractor’s table saw that I still use.

-- Craig Barton, DFW, TX

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bryano

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#7 posted 04-17-2008 03:23 AM

I mounted a skill saw upside down on some ply wood for my first table saw

-- bryano

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StraightEdge

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#8 posted 04-17-2008 03:41 PM

Great idea Craig! I find myself in the same boat as “oldfolks”....

May have to go that route… pardon the pun… LOL

-- Cheers!

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