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SeaWitch

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899 days ago

Good Morning All:

I have some rookie Table Saw questions. I have the Bosch portable TS and stand. Now that I’m starting to make cabinets, I’m finding that it’s so small. I’m struggling with should I make a bigger table that surrounds it or just buy a cabinet saw. One question I have is, if I build a table around the existing saw to make it more stationary, can I rewire the on/off switch in some way so it’s on the outside of whatever structure I build? I find the switch is not the most intuitively place as is—I’ll never find it with a larger table.

Thanks

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt


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SCOTSMAN

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#1 posted 899 days ago

It can be done but if your not sure get a good well versed friend to help you.Alistair

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 899 days ago

You would be better served in the long run to upgrade, providing you have space and budget. Bigger heavy saws are easier,safer and quiter to use. Keep the other saw for its portability.

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 899 days ago

I started with the same saw and when I started getting more interested in larger projects and precision cuts I upgraded it to a heavier saw that also runs an induction motor and is easier on your hearing not to mention it’ll outlast the universal motor on the Bosch in the long run.

I say – upgrade now, one less thing to worry about later.

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knotscott

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#4 posted 899 days ago

I’d just go for the upgrade, whether a cabinet saw, contractor saw, or hybrid. Portables are great for lugging to other jobsites, but all the other advantages go to a good stationary saw. Table space, especially in front of the blade is a big advantage. Mass and stability, more torque, smoother quieter operation, easy upgrades, plentiful accessories, better long term reliability, resale value, and feasibility of repairs are just some of the other advantages.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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richgreer

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#5 posted 899 days ago

I don’t know this for a fact, but I suspect your portable TS has a universal motor. Cabinet and hybrid saws have induction motors. Induction motors are heavier, but they are also quieter and the last a lot longer. You really want an induction motor on your table saw.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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HerbC

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#6 posted 899 days ago

CR1,

Zip code saws???

Herb

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knotscott

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#7 posted 898 days ago

“Zip code saws” were a nick name given to the early Craftsman hybrid saws made by Steel City/Orion because of their model numbers… 22104, 22114, and 22124, (which is actually the zip for Oakton, VA) . IIRC, it originated over at Woodnet ~ 2005.

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RogerM

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#8 posted 898 days ago

Go for the upgraded table saw. You will experience a notable difference in power, accuracy and reliability. You might try Redmund & Sons (http://www.redmondmachinery.com/) in Atlanta. They often have some real good buys on factory reconditioned equipment and usually have a good selection of cabinet saws to choose from.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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JERRY54

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#9 posted 896 days ago

I took a old junk sears tablesaw made a top & put on a delta fence, it works very well for breaking down plywood and other typs of sheeting. The blade tilt didnot work right so i just covered the whole top of saw, I have a dewalt TS i use for bevel cuts & sled, That delta fence is just great and dead on. On off switch i got from rockler works great.

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crank49

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#10 posted 896 days ago

The after market switches have a plug on a long cord to connect to the power source (outlet) and a short cord with a socket on the end where you lug in your existing power cord from the saw. Some of them have an outlet on the switch instead of the short cord. You just turn the saw’s existing switch on and leave it. Use the new switch to operate the saw. Good example in the last picture of Jerry54’s post above.

These switches are handy for other jobs too. I have one to turn on my dust collector. Will probably have another one for my router table; if I ever get time to build it.

-- Michael :-{| Diapers and politicians both need to be changed often; and for the same reason.

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mcase

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#11 posted 896 days ago

Cool work Jerry!

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jeff

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#12 posted 896 days ago

that is some nice work Jerry…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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SeaWitch

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#13 posted 896 days ago

Wow Jerry54, that’s fantastic work!

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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JERRY54

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#14 posted 895 days ago

Thanks guys

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