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Forum topic by Carya posted 08-31-2012 02:12 AM 1125 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2012 02:12 AM

Howdy guys. I need some help again.

Does any know of a good table saw in the $600.00 – $650.00 range new? The one I’m using now, a hand me down, has seen its better days and just will not cut square no matter how much I work with the adjustments. I had a Bosch 4100 that died on me with less than 3 months of very light use. I returned it for my money back. That was the third of three Bosch products I’ve owned in the past 10 years that failed in very short order. Any Bosch product is out of the question.
If I had the money (have not won Powerball yet) and space (my shop is a single car garage already cluttered with lawn and snow removal equipment), Sawstop is the way I’d go. I’ve used them in the woodworking classes I’ve taken and they are fine machines.
That said, does anyone know of a reliable contractor style table saw with a dust collector chute in my price range. Any help is GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks ahead it time

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 02:35 AM

Ridgid, craftsman or grizzly sell pretty good saws in your price range. Heck, the ridgid is $499. You can use the extra $100 for a couple nice blades.

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 03:27 AM

Have to say I’ve been pretty happy with my ridgid 3650 with the cast iron top. Though I thought I saw in Home Depot once they were making them with granite tops, which seems like it would be nice and smooth and solid and stable and…wrong, somehow. Dunno what that was about, but their website is showing the current model as cast iron again.

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 03:36 AM

I’ve never owned or used a granite topped machine before, and I doubt I ever will. Ive grown too fond of magnetic acessories, especially my featherboards. I also like using a magnetic base for my dial indicator when making adjustments to the saw.
In my mind, granite tops are the answer to a question that was never asked.

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 04:32 PM

the ridgid granite topped saw was the 4511. the 3650 and 3660 were, of course, CI tops. to the OP, the 4512 gets good reviews, aside from an arbor alignment issue that has apparently been addressed, based on the reduction of posts on this and other forums concerning continued problems with that issue. if you can find a HD that honors harbor freight’s “20% off any single item” coupon, you’re out the door for $400 pretax. that’s a lot of saw for $400. and it qualifies for registration with ridgid’s life time service agreement (LSA):

just stay away from new jet and powermatic. overpriced tools, IMHO, that are long on promise, short on delivery, expensive and appeal primarily to uniformed tool snobs.

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