Dedicated Saw for Ripping/Cross Cuts/Dados?

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Forum topic by DavidSC posted 04-12-2012 06:56 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2012 06:56 PM

This is my first post here, and I hope I posting to the correct forum. I have been contemplating adding a second table saw to my shop and dedicating it to cross cuts or dados. Recently I have been been building several cabinets and other case work and find myself having to switch my saw set-up back and forth between ripping, cross cuts, and dados. I try to plan my cuts the best that I can so I don’t have to change multiple time during a project, but I always seem to need to switch between one or the other.

It does not take me that long to switch out blades and plates, but I would rather be making sawdust than adjusting the saw and changing blades. I also seem to have issues being able get my dado setup exactally the same everytime. Its always close just not exact as I would like it to be. I would like to have a saw dedicated to ripping and another for dados and/or cross cuts. Please don’t hate me but I have enough space that I can have multiple saws for dedicated operation. Do any of you run this type of set-up? I have been also debating if I want a second tablesaw or a radial arm saw for the crosscuts/dados. I have an old (1950’s) Craftsman table saw in the back of the shop that needs some work that I have thought about using for the second saw, but I’m not sure if its worth putting money into or if I’m better off finding something in better condition used.

Your input is greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 04-12-2012 07:05 PM

That’s a common setup in shops that have the room. A step
up is replacing the dedicated grooving saw with a panel router.

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