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02-29-2012 05:40 PM

I have been researching and debating on which table saw to buy.I have a average size shop ,16×24,so I can’t go a unisaw or any thing in that line of saw. I’ve been leaning toward a Jet jps-10 with cast wings,or a Grizzly Go715p,What is your opinion on either of these saws.What I have now is a old Craftsman made in the 1950’s,tough saw but getting wore out. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 05:50 PM

I have a 14X18 shop and fit a Unisaw with 52 inch rails in there. I don’t regret it. I went through two ridgid table saws (one cast iron, one granite) and a sawstop contractor before I got the unisaw. besides being wider than the other saws it really does not take up that much more space. Really it is about the same depth as the other says and just 16” wider.

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 05:56 PM

What are your criteria?

My position, as always, is that you’ll get a lot more saw for
your money if you buy used. With such a big retired
population in your state, lots of nice higher-end hobby
saws get sold on ebay and through other channels
at bargain prices.

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 06:04 PM

I have a DeWalt tablesaw which is about the same at the Jet jps10. It is fairly compact since the motor does not extend past the base. Enough power for most work. My shop is a two car garage and I still park one car inside. This style of saw fit my situation and it has served me well for over 10 years. But I do agree with Loren; checking ebay & craigslist is a good idea. Hope this helps.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 02-29-2012 06:07 PM

A Unisaw or Grizzly G1023RL with a stock rip capacity (26” to 30”) won’t take up any more space than the G0715P or the Jet Proshop saw. A cabinet saw is the same size as a hybrid, and both are actually have a smaller footprint than a traditional full size contractor saw wtih the motor hanging out the back. The standard full size table on all of them is 27” deep x 20” wide, plus whatever wings you have….usually 10” to 12” on each side. A 50” rip fence on any of those saws will take up more space, but not the table or the saw itself.

The Jet is a nice saw but has not yet been updated with a riving knife…the g0715P has. However, A Griz G1023RL is $1349 shipped, which can’t be much more than the Jet, but it’s a much more substantial saw….the 1023RL will require 240V.

Used can often yield the most bang for the buck if the right deal comes along, and if you’re comfortable giving up a warranty.

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#5 posted 02-29-2012 06:08 PM

I see your new John This is a question asked almost daily , I would suggest doing a search on LJs in the upper right hand corner. I find that Knotscott is best versed on most table saws and blade issues. If your shopping under the $600 range I recommend Ridgid’s contractor saw .

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#6 posted 02-29-2012 06:13 PM

I am looking for one too but out of fun money.

If you buy a used one, check it real good. Cast iron table can warp. Evidently mine old saw had one conner raised. It creates a concave dip about 1/16” (betwen end conners). No wonder I don’t seem to able cut anything and keep it squared.

I am sure there are others checks that you should make.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#7 posted 03-01-2012 12:10 AM

thanks for the advise,I have been checking craigs list and ebay,plus a goverment auction site for used ones.My budget is $1200.00 right now.If I get another cabinet job that will go up.If this ends up turning into a busness then a bigger shop,and back to working my hobby.Gotta Dream!!!!

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#8 posted 03-02-2012 10:06 PM

yes I would get the heavy saw with the most power I put rubber under my saw or u might say I cut up a tire and set the saw on it yes get the weight and power I have a 1023sl for 2 years just keep it clean and I’ve had no problems whatsoever

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#9 posted 03-02-2012 10:36 PM

Yeah, the tablesaw question takes a lot of research, doesn’t it. I put it off for years nit picking all the details. I think when you get right down to it, the differences are really small. I ended up getting a Grizzly G0690 because I already had some Griz tools and liked the quality. Once I got my TS I wondered why I waited so long. You might want to think about power, mine has 3 hp and at times well I’m glad I don’t have less. I agree with some other posts, if you are willing to take the size of a hybrid in your shop I believe you’ll be much happier with a cabinet saw – but you’ll have to go 220V to do that. That was another decision point for me; before I put in 220 I was only looking at hybrid saws. In the end I’m glad I did the 220 and I love my saw.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 03-03-2012 05:26 AM

if your thinking about opening a cabinet shop i would go with a TS that can handle the right the first time and maybe cry once.good luck and keep us posted…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#11 posted 03-05-2012 04:26 PM

Holding off on buying a table saw for the next month.My wife and I are going on vacation to Manchester Md.Its on the border of Md. and Pa.We plan on taking a day trip to Muncy Pa. and check out the Grizzly store .I am one of those people that has to be able to see and touch some thing before I buy it or one like it.To bad I can’t wait untill May for the tent sale.

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#12 posted 03-05-2012 04:42 PM

What @Doncutlip says… took the words right out of my mouth (I also have a g0690). As @Jim says as well about @knotscott. Knotscott is the TS guru, IMO.

As for me, I went with the g0690 because it was a couple notches above the manufacturer’s price leader (entry level) tablesaw. It seems to me that ALL manufacturers will have a relatively/rather cheaply made low price product for those who insist on paying the very lowest price regardless of quality or lack there off. I am not picking on Grizzly, all of them do it. I just feel that by stepping up a couple model levels the quality soars much much higher very quickly. That is just my opinion, but it seems to be working out for me so far.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#13 posted 03-05-2012 07:25 PM

Update to my first reply…..Jet’s new Proshop line has been updated with a riving knife. The 708492, 708493, 708494, and 708495 have replaced the original 708480, 708481, 708482, and 708483 in the Jet lineup. They look pretty similar external, but I’d imagine the guts would have to be different to accommodate the RK. It’s been a long time coming, but is good step IMO. Thanks to John for bringing it to my attention.

That could mean that the older models will be on sale….

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