Any suggestions with table saws.

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Forum topic by Brutal posted 06-04-2012 12:02 AM 940 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2012 12:02 AM

I have a ryobi bts15 table saw. have had it for 6 years and worked great. but this past month i was using it when it jus up and quit. I bought a new switch and changed it and nothing. I have spun the blade and there seems to be no grinding or roughness like a bearing is bad. any suggestions?
And if i have to go buy a new one any suggestions for a good cheap one. I dont need a 400 to 500 dollar saw, i dont do nearly the stuff half of you on here do but i do use it for alot of small projects. but this occured right before i was gonna start on a hope chest for my future daughter inlaw. I hope to get one with a good size work deck like the bts15.

-- Brutal, some where in Kansas

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#1 posted 06-04-2012 12:22 AM

I’d skip the benchtop saws altogether if at all possible, and look for a decent used full size contractor saw with a belt drive induction motor. They sell used in our area in the $100-$250 range pretty frequently. These saws are much quieter, run smoother, have more torque, there’s a lot more table area in front of the blade, they’re more stable, more reliable, have better resale value, are easy to upgrade, and are feasible to fix if something goes wrong.

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 01:31 AM

Yes….you can get a saw like mine (the first one in Scott’s photos) for @ 150 and it will last you a long time, and handle most anything you can throw at it.

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