Circular Saw vs Jobsite Saw

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12-05-2011 01:00 AM

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I am just getting into woodworking and looking at getting a saw. I plan on doing moderate projects and some cabinet making. My only question is wether I should get a circular saw and use edge clamps as a guide or get a Jobsite saw. I know the cheaper Jobsite saws are just circular saws upside down however I can get the Craftsman 21829 for a good deal. My two limiting factors are price and space. I don’t want to spend more than $300 and I only have a small storage building to store the equipment in. A normal cast iron table saw will not fit. Anyone have any suggestions? Since the 21829 is belt driven and has a mount for a router does that make it a better deal?

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#1 posted 12-05-2011 01:18 AM

if you’re going to try making cabinets, i think you’d need both. you’d need the circular saw for cutting plywood sheets (probably too unstable for a jobsite saw). then you’d also need a table saw for dado/rabbet cuts. if you’re on too tight of a budget for both, i’d say go for a circular saw, straight edge and a router. it will be a real test of skill with either setup that you mentioned. there will be alot of accuracy issues.

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 01:36 AM

I’d say get less expensive versions of both if money is your limiting factor. If it were me I would do the PCB220 at lowes with a 20% HF coupon for a table saw and then use the other 60 for a circular saw (realistically you can probably get a decent one on CL for less than that)

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#3 posted 12-05-2011 01:53 AM

I started off working on a craftsman jobsite saw. It wasn’t long before I discovered that it wasn’t enough for doing what I wanted to do with larger projects. As I got into bigger projects (building a dresser, cabinets, etc), there were too many moments where there were safety concerns because of the size of the workpiece relative to the size and stability of the saw. Additionally, for cabinetry work, you may find that the cheap jobsite saws are not compatible with the various accessories you will want to use (stacked dado sets, precision miter guages, etc).

I would look for a deal on a more substantial used saw if you plan on doing that kind of work. Just my two cents.

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 02:27 AM

I started woodworking in 2006. I started with a craftsman ts bought new for 149.00. I burned that out in 2009. Bought a delta contractor saw on CL. Then lucked into two new Ridgid TS on clearance. Recently I bought a 9 year old unisaw 3 hp off CL for 400. Now i own and manage a thriving cabinet shop. So based on my experience, something small and inexpensive can get u through many projects, but in the end CL will provide you the best deal for what u are looking for.

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 02:55 AM

I wouldn’t mind getting a true table saw but I am worried about fitting it in my storage shed. Are there any good models that I might be able to find on CL that can come off the stand or are “modular”?

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 03:49 AM

Ridgid makes a decent full size portable unit. It folds up nicely.

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#7 posted 12-11-2011 04:17 AM

Don’t be afraid of the 21829. It’s a rebadged Ryobi BT3100 with a few upgrades.
I have an older BT3100 and it cuts straight and true and hasn’t had a problem with anything I’ve thrown at it.

There is a whole forum dedicated to these saws, and once you learn how to use it, you’ll likely as not be one of the converts.

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#8 posted 12-11-2011 02:01 PM

I’d go for the best TS you can get.

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