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Iggles88

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12-12-2011 06:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw

Hey all, I have a quick question and just want to tell you that I’m new to woodworking and could really use some good advice. I just recently bought a lot of my tools and my question is about my table saw. I was going to spend most of my budget on a table saw and maybe I should have but I thought that the saw I went with would be enough for me for now, I have the dewalt 744xrs…..I love the saw but one problem I have with it is that the tabletop is just too small and it really makes things a lot more difficult then I’d like. I could still return it for a refund and get a bigger table saw or should I maybe stick with the table saw I have now (remember I do love the saw) or spend the extra money on a track saw for sheet and larger stock. We have one at work and it makes unbelievably straight splinter free cuts, (as anyone with a track saw knows.) thanks for the advice in advance. Btw I have been on lumberjacks for two days and have started three threads already, I’m amazed with the amount of advice I have received and the willingness of people to lend some knowledge and good advice.


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#1 posted 12-12-2011 06:33 AM

Hey Iggles. You can spend the money for a track saw, but a simple circular saw and this jig is what I use:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29056
I have made perhaps 6 of these and leave them where I use them, one at church, one at work, one for the truck and a couple in the shop. They are cheap dead on accurate and simple to make.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 06:42 AM

Jack, I have seen all kinds of jigs to work with a circular saw and have also used the exact same one that you use, they work and are decent if you have a circular saw but I dont own one (only use one at work) do for me it’s between getting a good circular saw for about 150-200, I don’t like to buy cheap stuff because I need my stuff to last. Or I could buy a track saw, I just seen the Makita sp6000k on homedepot.com for 393. I’ve used both a track saw and a circular saw with straightedge guides and seeing that whatever I buy is going to need to last me a long time I think spending the extra 200-250 might be a very good investment and make my life a little easier

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 06:45 AM

I have had a skil worm drive left side blade for fifteen years. I have gone through countless blades. I have many many hours on this saw and love it to this day.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 06:50 AM

Believe me I know how much simpler a circular saw can make a job, I really have wanted that track saw for a while and finding a good price on it along with having the money to spend on it makes me really want it but before I did I wanted to get some opinions on my bigger table saw vs track saw question. Thanks for the suggestion because if I do go with a bigger table saw I’ll be buying a circular saw along with building the same exact guide that you currently use

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 09:00 AM

If you like the DeWalt and would like to keep it, give some serious thought to building a cabinet around it. I did this years ago to my ancient Sears 9” bench saw. I have 48” to the right of the blade, 24” to the left with a router table with a conventionally mounted router and a horizontaly mounted one. Under the table to the right I have 5 drawers, the table is 30” deep and the whole thing is on a shop-made (1 1/4” x 6”) base on 6 casters and can be rolled away if needed. It also serves nicely as a assembly/work bench (no vice or dogs) and the whole thing cost under $100. I built the fence of mdf, maple handle lock and a stratocaster tremolo spring I had lying around. Nothing fancy, but it works.

You want a first project; there it is. You get to consider your needs, design a project form start to finish, make drawings to guide you, and make good use of a perfectly good saw that you love. Life is good.

Let us know how you’re doing and feel free to ask anything. There’s people on here who are just plain scary they’re so good. Welcome to the club. You are in the right place. Jack’s idea of a circ saw guide is right on. I use one when I break down sheet goods on saw horses. With a good blade and care, you can get extrodinary accuracy and cut quality. No need for a track saw; that’s it.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#6 posted 12-12-2011 11:24 AM

The other thing you could do is buy some roller stands – they will help when cutting big stock and they’re easily put away when you’ve finished using them. I only have a one car garage for a workshop and I get by with the small TS and roller stands and a Dewalt track saw. The track saw gets some amount of use, I can’t fault it, and it’s paid for itself a couple of times over already.

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#7 posted 12-12-2011 01:56 PM

My question would be, Are you in a production shop or a hobby shop? Being able to adapt to your needs is a wonderful talent but having a tool you can grow into sure beats having to always be adjusting your setup to accommodate jobs your tools were not designed to do. I’ve gone through three wormdrive skill saws and have used them on job sites to build many cabinets but I’m always happy to get back to my cabinet saw with a 52” cut capacity. It is a fine line between needs and desires, and to be honest I have my share of one-time use tools packed away in my shop.

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#8 posted 12-12-2011 04:14 PM

I’m in a brand new hobby shop (less then 1 month old) I have a pretty good amount of space right now and could probably use a bigger table saw, my saw does great when cutting small to medium size stock but is terrible on larger stock that’s why I’m considering the trak saw to cut down sheet and larger stock. I am not exactly sure what the best choice for me would be. I actually thought I’d be getting more votes for a bigger better table saw but it seems people may be in favor of circular saw with guide or track saw. That’s where I was leaning but again I’m new to this and didn’t want to make a bad decision and regret it in time.

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#9 posted 12-12-2011 06:33 PM

I bought my Hitachi at lowes for $79 and it has been a create circular saw. As for the table saw I would go with something larger. You will want something larger one day. At least you can get 100% of your money back for the dewault and use it twards the larger saw rather than waiting and having to sell it as used.

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#10 posted 12-12-2011 07:18 PM

If it were me I would get another saw like a ridgid contractor saw. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&productId=202500206&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&ci_sku=202500206&ci_src=14110944&cm_mmc=shopping-_-googlebase-_-D25X-_-202500206&locStoreNum=4020 If you want to try and work with what you have you might consider enlarging your saws table top. A track saw will only take care of ripping wood ,a table saw can do many other operations.

http://lumberjocks.com/dedalo/blog/18908

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#11 posted 12-12-2011 07:22 PM

Save your money and buy booze.
That may be good advice. I think there’s some other good advice above. There are a lot of people getting by with their Festool track saws. I say “getting by” a bit in jest, as they are pretty expensive. Worm drive circular saws show up in pawn shops all the time. A nice jig might add to your repertoire if you really like your saw. I’d be worried a bit about the longevity of that saw and the availablity of parts. I see them on my local craigslist pretty often and I know the motor is proprietary. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 12-12-2011 10:28 PM

Time and Money have always been the two big criteria. I have always owned at least a contractor’s saw and usually a bench model too. If you can afford the bigger saw get it. If you like puttering around making your own own shop furniture get the bigger saw anyway. The time I lost cutting up panels with my skillsaw was not great but if you have the space and the cash get the larger saw and you will never regret it.

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#13 posted 12-12-2011 11:46 PM

Get the larger saw. Never know with that change you might not need the booze….

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#14 posted 12-14-2011 02:53 AM

Funny enough I dont drink at all…..quick update, I went with the track saw the Makita sp6000k. It got phenomenal reviews and I think it would be my best option at this point, my next tool will probably be a planer

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#15 posted 12-15-2011 05:21 AM

I don’t drink either. Guess that leaves more for cr1

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