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ulises48

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02-11-2012 11:05 PM

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Hello all. My wood working activities at the moment are model ship building and pen turning. Can some of you post suggestions for a table saw appropriate for cutting pen blanks? Room and price have to be considered.

I have my eyes set on a DeWalt DW745 but it probably will be overkill. I’ve also seen Craftsman, Skil, Ryobi and Black and Decker as other options.

I will greatly appreciate all input as this matter is driving me crazy. This is first time in my life I buy this kind of equipment, so I am a total noob.

Much obliged

Ulises

-- We all have something to teach, and a lot to learn.


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#1 posted 02-11-2012 11:57 PM

If I were you I would look at Proxxon tools. When I get back into small stuff that’s where I am going. Not inexpensive, but hopefully good.

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#2 posted 02-12-2012 12:14 AM

Thank you madts. Proxxon was in my list, however I was dismayed to see the poor reviews this saw got at Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Proxxon-37070-FET-Table-Saw/dp/B005FI3MKC/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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#3 posted 02-12-2012 01:41 AM

Check out the Bosch benchtop model, I’ve heard good things about it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 02-12-2012 01:55 AM

If you are just doing pen blanks how about a quality miter saw box. No electric, little noise, little dust.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#5 posted 02-12-2012 10:35 AM

Thanks rmoore and doncutlip, but in the time I finish one blank with a miter box, I probably finish 10 with a powered saw.
Bosch is a bit over my budget. I may go for the DeWalt unless expert advice here says it’s definitely overkill.

-- We all have something to teach, and a lot to learn.

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#6 posted 02-12-2012 12:27 PM

Correction! Just rechecked and the Bosch is even slight cheaper than DeWalt.

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#7 posted 02-12-2012 12:49 PM

All those that you mentioned would probably work ok with the right blade, but I’d sure pick DeWalt over most of the current offerings from Skil, B&D, Ryobi, or Craftsman (if you can swing the price difference). To the list, I’d add Bosch, Ridgid, and Craftsman does have a model 21828 that’s about identical to the Ridgid R4516…both made by TTI/Ryobi.

You might even find that the Cman 21829 has some features that could be useful to you…this is the latest version of the former Ryobi BT3000/BT31000…there’s an entire website dedicated to this type of saw.

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ulises48

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#8 posted 02-12-2012 01:04 PM

OK. Thank you all. I just made up my mind. At Amazon, where I do most of my online shopping, the DeWalt was just $2. higher than the Bosch, but $110 lower than the Craftsman. So DeWalt it is!
I appreciate all your input.

-- We all have something to teach, and a lot to learn.

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#9 posted 02-12-2012 08:55 PM

Being a nooby, and working with small pieces of wood on a 10” saw is a very dangerous thing to attempt. Make sure you read the safety instructions carefully. Use push sticks and keep your hands clear of the blade at all times. I would suggest you get a book on saw use and find a friend who has experience with saws to mentor you. Fingers can disappear in a split second when you are not careful. If you haven’t bought the saw yet, I would suggest you look at a bandsaw instead of a circular saw; much safer and probably more useful if you are building model shipe and pens.

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ulises48

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#10 posted 02-12-2012 11:05 PM

Thanks for the advise MrRon. I am fully aware of the dangers of a saw. I purchased a set of push sticks even before buying the saw. The sight of the spinning saw is always on my mind, and the thought of getting my hands near that blade makes me actually shiver.

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#11 posted 02-12-2012 11:18 PM

I was at a model shop once and the owner told me microlux stuff was top quality.
This saw looks interesting

http://www.micromark.com/microlux-mini-tilt-arbor-table-saw-for-benchtop-hobby-use,7500.html

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#12 posted 02-12-2012 11:18 PM

Have you considered a band saw instead?

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