|Forum topic by TraveledSome||posted 04-30-2012 03:49 PM||6855 views||0 times favorited||50 replies|
04-30-2012 03:49 PM
Hate to make my first post in the forum to be another “which saw should I get?” thread…but yeah that’s what I need help with first. I have lurked here a few years but this is my first post. I am just getting started really with woodworking, my father always kept a decent shop but my complete experience with table saws was his old 1960’s era Craftsman (still works great), and as I can’t convince him to sell me his, I am in the market for a table saw. I have checked craigslist, but locally it’s been pretty bleak. There are table saws there for Chattanooga area (where I live) to be sure, but I just haven’t seen any that didn’t look like saws that have been ridden hard and worn out, or less then what I am looking for. Again there may be gems I am overlooking because of my lack of knowledge but most have looked to be in bad shape. I have seen some newer ones being sold by people who i guess changed their mind about the hobby, but if it’s only going to be a hundred less then what I would pay new I just really rather get my own and have a better warranty. If you see something for Craigslist in Chattanooga I am missing please point it out, but I haven’t seen anything I really wanted and I have been watching a year…...well i did see some but they were ones that even on sale I could not afford for my lil two car garage or would take ALOT of love to fix up, and I need a saw ready to go, and I am not sure I have the expertise to fix them up.
My purpose is for home improvement, I want to build some cabinets, and other storage units for walls and closets etc…..and if I can get decent at it I really would like to try my hand at furniture building. I have been reading books for years, and feel I can do this. The most I have built so far is shop work tables and the like using a hand circular saw, and an Aluminum edge guide with clamps….which has worked pretty well…but I need a table saw…
I have narrowed it down to these the Porter Cable PCB270TS/C10FL at Lowes, Craftsman 21833 or Ridgid 4512…. I think. I have read in the past some of the posts on these, but would really like some updated feedback. Now that problems have had time to show I have read some reviews making me less certain. I am reading alot of people talking about the Porter Cable saw breaking when raising blade, and that parts to fix are hard to come by. I’ve heard the Rigid/Craftsman twins have had issues as well…....
I’ve got to keep my purchase to 500 or lower if possible, and I really need it to be much lower because I really need that to include an upgrade blade. Now that people have had these saws awhile and their blemishes have had time to show which do you suggest? Or am I completely missing something else? because I’m tired of waiting for that great deal on craigslist to show up, maybe I may just not know what to look for but I haven’t seen it.
Thanks for your time reading this and any advice you may have to guide me….I fully admit to being a complete novice…..also would like advice on what blade I should consider for upgrade. Thank you!
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