Table saw sizing question

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Forum topic by david_larch posted 02-07-2012 10:37 AM 927 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2012 10:37 AM

Hello LJs

Like most who came before me I have a question about that first real table saw. I have narrowed down the manufacturers based on many of the great reviews here. So, here is my question;

Do I go for the 30” or the 50”+?

I have room and the price difference is pretty low. Of course, I would like to save both. The 50” is appealing for an extra table and potentially breaking down sheet goods. Do you all use your TS to break down plywood? I dont have a circular saw yet and have read that using a TS can be problematic or dangerous. If I wouldnt be using it for breaking down plywood then I think the 30” is better and I’d add the CS. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.


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#1 posted 02-07-2012 01:53 PM

Hi David – You’re not likely to ever regret having extra capacity, providing you have room for it….ya just never know when it’ll come in handy, and as you mentioned the extra table space is useful. I usually have my homecenter break down full sheets into rough dimensions and finish them on my TS, but if the saw is heavy and stable enough there shouldn’t be a problem doing a full sheet, though it can be awkward for the user.

I don’t really have room for 50” rip capacity, and have historically landed great deals on saws with a standard 30” rip capacity. Since the last two saws were left tilt (didn’t need left side capacity), I robbed some capacity from the left side of the blade and slid the rails farther to the right for ~ 40” rip capacity to the right. It’s surprisingly easy to do.

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 04:08 PM

Having too much saw is like having too many clamps. Hard to do that but if you need the space or would never use it then it is an investment and not a useful item to you. Only you can decide.

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#3 posted 02-07-2012 04:20 PM

If you have the space, and price difference isn’t overwhelming, I would not hesitate to get the larger capacity. You might not need it everyday, but when you do, it’s worth its weight in gold.

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#4 posted 02-07-2012 04:21 PM

I have to ditto what has been said. If you have the room I would always go for the larger table. You will find that even cutting panels, and doing tenons etc, its much easier with the larger table. The more support for the material the better. It gives you many more options. I use the TS to cut up large pieces of ply etc too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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