|Forum topic by DavidNJ||posted 451 days ago||3940 views||0 times favorited||76 replies|
451 days ago
Since getting my Kreg tool I’ve been on a tear. My table saw is an 20+ year old low end Craftsman on a steel base. I think it is time to upgrade.
My first foray was a portable contractor saws: DeWalt 744, Bosch 4100. With stands they are over $500. HD has the DeWalt 745 for $299 put that unit won’t accept dado blades.
I’m now focused on a few options. Note: my observations from numerous reviews is that rated power or amperage is not the determinant of cutting speed and that smoothness trumps power in most cases.
1) Craftsman 21833, Ridgid R4512, Dayton 4KXD1. Reports have them all being identical although Dayton and Craftsman list the power as 1.75hp and Ridgid as 13amps@120V (the others say 15a@120v). Most owners seem satisfied. I believe it has a cast iron center and formed steel wings. The Ridgid is $529 at HD, the Craftsman is $550 through the 13th, $590 after. The Dayton is in the mid-to-high $600s plus shipping.
2) Steel City 35990 SS/CS/C/CG/G. The first at at Lowes for $620 has formed steel center and sides, the CS has cast center/steel sides, the C is all cast, the CG is cast center/granite sides and the G is all granite. Steel City says the all granite has the least vibration and doesn’t corrode. All are rated at 1.5hp. Lowes has the G for $820 and Amazon have the G for $899. The others are at dealers and net of shipping are more. HD has the C and G, each for just under $1000.
3) Steel City 35926. Similar to the 35990G with a 1.75hp motor and a base that looks like a cabinet but is open on the side and has wheels. The base is easier to assemble. $850 at Amazon but out of stock.
4) Steel City 35960 C/G, Craftsman 22116. Similar to the 35926 but with an upgraded fence. The Craftsman has a rear support with miter slot clearence. The Steel City price is $1000, which is probably $1150-1200 with shipping The Craftsman is in store pickup for $950 plus an additional 5% off for using a Sears Card.
Are there models in this price range that should be considered but that I missed?
If the analysis above is correct, the choice is probably between the $529 R4512 at HD, the Steel City 359550SS at Lowes, the 35926 at Amazon, or the 22116 at Sears.
What do you recommend?
I’m making various bookcases, cabinets, racks, etc…organizing 30 years of “stuff”.