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Forum topic by rblank posted 01-18-2012 07:44 PM 857 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2012 07:44 PM

I know this has been asked a million times and I’ll apologize right off the bat for it, but I just can’t seem to find what I’m looking for in terms of information. I usually just lurk around because I’m fairly new to the hobby, trying to learn as much as I can. I’ve searched here and by using Google extensively over the last few weeks. What I’m looking for is experienced based opinions or if someone can point me to a test report and comparison, please do.

I’m finally ready to purchase my first table saw, and I have a general idea of what I want, but I’m not sure which saw I should be getting.

- First off I have some construction experience and I’m a commercial construction project manager, so I’m not a total novice.
- I know I’d prefer a stationary saw as opposed to a portable job site saw, because I have the room and I think the stability is important.
- I can run either 110v or 220v, although 220 is preferred.
- This would be mostly for general small furniture making, with maybe some small, light cabinet work.
- I’d ideally like to spend as little as possible, but I’m prepared to spend up to $1K.
- If I can find a used, better quality saw for the same or less money than a smaller, new saw, I’m game for that. I’m all about getting a good deal, but also getting the best value for my money.

I’ve been looking around online, both and new and for used saws on Craigslist, e-bay, etc. I think that a hybrid saw will suit my needs just fine for the time being because a full blown cabinet saw just isn’t in the budget right now. Where I’m struggling is which brand. I’ve been leaning towards the Jet JTS-10, but I also like the Grizzly. I know the Powermatic 64A is out there and among the top ranked, along with Steel City. I’ve yet to see an updated test on the new Craftsman with the granite top or the replacement to the Rigid TS3650. I can’t even find a new version of a Delta hybrid on their website.

I guess my biggest question is why should I choose one brand over another? I need something to convince me one way or the other, or I’ll continue to overanalyze this for month to come and my wife will never get her rocking chair I promised her for Christmas.

Enlighten me oh great and all-knowing Lumberjocks!!

-- Commercial Construction Manager - Attleboro, MA

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 07:51 PM

Used cabinet saw, with a high quality blade. Jump in with two feet and start making dust. I doubt that the difference in a used Unisaw,PM, or Jet will revolutionize your life over the other. Plus you can rest easy after its over. And worry about what jointer or planer you want!

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