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Don

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854 days ago

Hey folks….

I’m looking to upgrade from my BT3100 to a better tablesaw. A lot of my work revolves around cutting boards, chess boards etc but I also build bigger items as well so I would like something a bit peppier than a 1HP motor.

Space is an issue for me so a large, stationary cabinet saw is out of the question.

If it doesn’t come with a good fence, I need to be able to buy an aftermarket one.

If you have the time, I would love to hear your recommendations.

Thanks…Don

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca


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Cato

641 posts in 1946 days


#1 posted 854 days ago

Don, I am in a two car garage and have not needed more than a 30” fence.

Seems like most of the 1.5 to 3hp saws whether contractor, hybrid, or cabinet can be found with a 26-30 inch fence.

Lot of Grizzly fans on this site, so there should be plenty of experienced backed recommendations for one of their models.

I had a Ridgid hybrid model that performed quite well, and recently bought a Jet that is really nice.

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Don

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#2 posted 854 days ago

What do you have for a saw Cato?

I had looked at and was considering the Rigid TS3650 because I always see cabinet saws as stationary ones, located in the middle of a big workshop. Someone mentioned to me that a cabinet saw can also be put on a mobile base and pushed out of the way if it has a smaller fence and not the 50” on it…

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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dbhost

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#3 posted 854 days ago

I have the BT3100, and while it’s not a bad saw, it has some shortcomings in the area of mass. Why rule out a cabinet saw? If you stick with a reasonable fence they actually have a smaller footprint in the shop than a contractor model that has the motor dangling off the back end…

IF I were to replace my saw now, and had the budget for it, I would seriously consider the Grizzly G0691 cabinet saw. But the fence rails are a lot longer than you want. The G0690 is the shorter rail (30” rip) version which might be more what you are looking for….

Of course a SawStop 3HP PCS would be great too!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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John

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#4 posted 854 days ago

I now use a Powermatic Contractor Saw, a down grade from my PM66 Cabinet Saw and there are times that I miss the PM66, the PM 64A hasn’t let me down yet. I think the most important thing is to keep it tuned and only use Quality blades. BTW, Most contractor saw are available with 30 and 52 inch fences.

John

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Don

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#5 posted 854 days ago

Like I said, the only reason I was ruling out the cabinet saw was because I saw it more sitting in the middle of a huge workshop, not on a mobile base. After chatting with another woodworker, I now know that it can be just as easily moved around and can take up less area than a contractors.

If I went to a Griz, I’d have to find an outlet in Canada or someone who supply’s them. We have a place in Ottawa that handles used saws so maybe that would be a way to go as well…..

http://www.marksmach.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=34:saws-table&Itemid=64

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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KenBry

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#6 posted 854 days ago

I have a Jet ProShop in my 2 car garage. And if I had the Money I would get a Bigger Unisaw or Powermatic cabinet saw. You can put these things on wheels and roll them around. Simple solution to any saw. I am a believer that a table saw is the cornerstone of any wood workers shop. (others would argue that point). Get the bigest and best you can afford make it portable. Design your woodworking area (garage) to allow you to store the unit with ease.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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KevinM02

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#7 posted 854 days ago

Don, I am also in a two car garage and I use a Jet JPS-10 with the 30” fence. The 1-3/4 HP motor has plenty of power for all of my cutting needs. I keep it on a mobile base, so mobility has not been an issue. It is a great saw, however they have jumped in price over the last four years.

I know the Ridgid has a great price point and most of the folks on this site have good things to say about them. The only thing I have been wary of with the Ridgid power tools is the availability of parts and service. I know just about every saw out there is available with a 30” fence and has a mobile base available. The only thing that could hold you back would be finding a saw with the features you want and price. My two cents.

Kevin

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 854 days ago

A “stationary” cabinet saw takes up less space than a contractor’s saw…
If you have 220, go for the cabinet saw, otherwise, try for a good hybrid with cabinet mounted trunions.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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knotscott

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#9 posted 854 days ago

If you’ve got 220v and can swing the extra cost, a 3hp cabinet saw is significantly more substantial than a hybrid or contractor….there’s a lot more to them than just extra power.

If not, there are some very good hybrids that take up the same space as a cabinet saw with a standard fence, which is less space than the old style of contractor saw with the motor hanging off the back. There are also some newer contractor saws that move the motor inside the enclosure (like a hybrid saw), but still market the saw as a contractor saw, so check those closely.

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dbhost

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#10 posted 854 days ago

Sorry, can’t help the Cannucks… Only familiar with the U.S. and Mexico…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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toolie

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#11 posted 854 days ago

both of these will do whatever you need to do and are on mobile bases. the ridgid i got on clearance and the older c-man’s total cost $145 (that’s the c-man, with the t-2 fence, behind the ridgid) . “Battlestar Gallactica” sized TSs (i.e., cabinet saws) are nice and they can be useful, but if you don’t need all their features and power, why pay for it? older emerson electric built 10” CI TSs are routinely available on CL for <$100. add a delta t-2 fence (~$160 @ tools plus) and away you go. that older c-man will balance a nickel while bevel ripping a 2×4.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Fred Hargis

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#12 posted 854 days ago

I used a Delta contractors saw in my garage having to roll it against the wall to bring the vehicles in. With the motor hanging out the back being a slight inconvenience, it still wasn’t all that bad. Even so, today you can get the hybrid saws that have the motor tucked inside. Kinda having the advantages of both styes for your purpose.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, we sent 'em to Washington.

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Cato

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#13 posted 853 days ago

Don, you can click on my workshop and see a pic of my saw on a mobile base with a 30” fence.

I move the saw occasionally for maintenance, but mostly it sits in the same spot. Same was true of my hybrid that I was using before.

Should be tons of choices for you in table saws, just try and match to the type of work you do.

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Don

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#14 posted 851 days ago

Well, at this point, I’m leaning towards a Grizzly G0715P. I have read a lot of good reviews on here about it.

The issue will be getting it to Ottawa without paying a ton of fees for shipping etc.

A friend of mine uses a drop box in Ogdensburg so…

Have any of the Canucks on here used a drop box to go down and pick something up? Any major issues?

As much as I would love to drive down to one of their showrooms and pick one up, there just aren’t any close enough.

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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knotscott

5428 posts in 2009 days


#15 posted 851 days ago

”Well, at this point, I’m leaning towards a Grizzly G0715P….Any major issues?”

Yes….G715P issues

I haven’t read the same issues with their G0661/G0713, which appear to be different saws than the G0715P.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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