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05-13-2012 02:51 PM

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I’m finally gunna replace my 10” sears table saw. Looking for recommendations/ thoughts and opinions. Don’t really need a cabinet makers floor saw. Looking to stay under $1,500, unless there is a really good reason to go higher. Jet has a few in this range. What does anyone think of “saw-stop” technology? Thanks a heap, Taco-dan

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#1 posted 05-13-2012 03:11 PM

Take a GOOD look at Grizzly saws.


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#2 posted 05-13-2012 03:22 PM

Ridgid 4512. I think this is the best for the money, 600.00.

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 03:27 PM

If you’ve got 220v, it’s hard to beat a 3hp cabinet saw. A Grizzly G1023RL is ~ $1300 delivered, a G0690 is ~ $1400 delivered. A good used Unisaw or PM66 can be less. If you don’t have 220v, you’ll need something under 2hp. Either way, get full size with a belt drive induction motor.

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 02:05 AM

You have a good budget for a table saw. If I had your budget, I would go with a good used Unisaw or PM66 like Knotscott stated. If I were to go new, I would save until my budget reached Sawstop territory. We run a cabinet shop so I would be looking at no less then 3 hp and would hope for a 5 hp motor. Some might disagree and I agree that any saw with any hp will cut well with a sharp blade and properly aligned fence, however our saws see more consisten usage and plenty of hard hickory and mequite, among others gets ripped. You might even find a nice saw stop used for around 2000 or so. And I do not like contractor style saws due to bad dust collection issues and the motor hanging out the back.

You would be hard pressed to beat a good used Unisaw or PM66 and if you don’t have a 220 you can wire one or get one wired with some of the money you would save going used.

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 02:45 AM

If you really don’t need a cabinet saw then one of the many hybrids would do. I agree with others here though that you would be way better off with a used Uni or PM66. As for Sawstop they are nice saws regardless of the safety. I think there is a 1.75hp 110v Sawstop cabinet saw for around $2200.00. But then there’s a shipping charge and that would a few hundred. But, again I would avoid the hybrid route even if they really will fill your long-term needs. They often have motors that fail. Whats worse is that the manufacturers trap you with motors that are uniquely configured so you have to replace them with the same manufacturer’s crappy motor at ridiculous prices. I had a Delta hybrid that went through two motors in about five years.

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 02:51 AM

I have just broken the piggy bank for a new 3 hp cabinet sawstop. I have absolutly no problems with the saw. I was cutting dados about 1/2” wide by 1.5 ” and there was no problem. I have always been kind of attached to my fingers and would like to keep it that way. The only accident I had on my old Sears TS was a small kickback that still broke the skin through 3 layers of clothes. Yes, it hurt. But the SS is just an insurance policy.

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