Should I upgrade my benchtop table saw?

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Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 05-20-2008 04:31 PM 3213 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2008 04:31 PM

I am wondering should I upgrade my Delta benchtop table saw, its a good saw I have use it on a lot of projects, I am wondering should I replace it done the road. I really love my saw I done cut lots of hardwood on it. but what I dont like about it that I cant rip wider boards. Now I dont know if a bigger table saw will fit in my shop.

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#1 posted 05-20-2008 04:59 PM

I would think this is a decision only you can make. How often do you need to rip wide stock. If the need is there and you have the space and funds go for it, you could make a new wood worker a great deal on your delta to get him started also!


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#2 posted 05-20-2008 05:01 PM


Making sure the saw will fit in your shop is the main criteria on which to base your decision. With a benchtop you can build a mobile workstation around it to make it more versatile. This mobile station was posted by gwurst. You can add supports for ripping sheet goods, a downdraft table and router table and make it mobile so that it can be stored out of the way when not in use.

Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 05-20-2008 05:13 PM

I agree with Scott. If you’re low on space, make the saw you have work. Those Delta saws can also benefit from a better, thin kerf blade, like a Forrest. It will help the motor not be bogged down while cutting.

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#4 posted 05-20-2008 07:29 PM

I dont have to rip wide boards all the time, the max I have rip is 8’’. I have a Freud 50 tooth combo thin kerf blade in my table saw.

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#5 posted 05-20-2008 07:32 PM

I work out of a 10×12 shed.

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#6 posted 05-20-2008 09:01 PM

It sounds like you like what you have. I would upgrade only if I required it.

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#7 posted 05-21-2008 02:13 AM

Yes I do really like it GrayK I done had it for 2 years or more.

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#8 posted 05-21-2008 03:44 AM

if you feel that you might need it but are aprehensive to go out and spend a lot of money you might want to go and look for a used one. check out this one that i just go used and i love it.

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