I’m not sure if all newbies had the same concerns as I did, but when I was looking for my first table saw, I ended up buying a new, all be it lower quality, entry level saw with a riving knife and anti kickback paws over something older and used without either of these safety nets.
I’m sure glad I had both because I did some pretty stupid, unsafe, cuts starting out. Now though, with a little experience under my belt (six whole months), I find that half the time, I remove both safety features from my saw to do the job.
I’m wondering though what those more knowledgeable than me think. As a rookie, the most desirable saw I could have would be a SawStop. I’m willing to admit though that my choice is driven both by reviews but more so because my tools still scare me a little. I know now that a safety feature, by itself, isn’t likely to save me from getting hurt. It doesn’t hurt though, right?
I’m drawn in by the romance of restoring an old tool, but the lack of safety features scares me a little. Ok, maybe a lot. And don’t say “Look for a used newer tool on craigslist.” There’s NOTHING out there in SoCal. I looked for months. I really mean nothing. The saws I went to go check out were sitting is someone’s backyard for years or had been abused as workbenches, etc. The pitting or bows in the tops were off the wall.
Where do you land on this? I’m ready for an upgrade now, but finances won’t allow it for another 6 to 12 months. I’m eyeing the Griz G0715P at this point, but am still drawn to restoring an older saw.
Where do you land?
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