|Forum topic by pendledad||posted 10-17-2012 03:40 PM||4264 views||0 times favorited||170 replies|
10-17-2012 03:40 PM
After my last post about the issues I had with my tools, my wife gave the okay to pull the trigger and purchase a new TS. I’ve been doing lots of research and I’ve decided on a few things but I will need help narrowing my selection…
I don’t have 220V in my garage. And I am not going to pay to run a 220V line out there because we’re tearing it down in less than 5 years as part of a larger project on the house. I know that limits my capabilities for cabinet saws because most of them are in the 3hp range. However, I am going to build a dedicated woodshop as part of this addition and I can run as much power as I need when that is complete. So 220V will be available in the future, just not now. The idea of Grizzly’s 7015P 110 or 220 operation is very appealing in this aspect. I can wire it for 110 for ~5 years, then bump it to 220 when I get my new shop. Another reason why cabinet saw may not make sense for me is I don’t see myself working with 3” thick walnut. I am more of a poplar/spf guy for the foreseeable future as I am just getting started with this hobby. I think a 1.5-2hp range would be adequate for many years.
That said, all the reviews I’ve read about the Grizzly hybrid saw have indicated issues with alignment at different blade heights. The last thing I want to do is pay $900 for a saw that can’t cut square when I want it too. The idea of an enclosed cabinet where the motor isn’t exposed is very appealing to me. I understand it isn’t a cabinet saw because of the trunions and design of the saw, but having a cabinet base where the moving parts are fully enclosed inside is appealing to me.
So let’s call my budget ~$1,000. I can go a bit more if needed, but $1,500 would be a stretch to get approved from the boss. And I’m leaning towards new vs used. I want the quick release riving knife option on the newer saws for an extra layer of protection against kickback.
Some saws I looked at:
Steel City? Laguna? Not sure of those brands, they seem less popular than the others.
Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help.