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Forum topic by bbasiaga posted 12-19-2012 04:42 AM 5424 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2012 04:42 AM

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I am doing some research on a table saw. I have to have portable tools since I have to fold it all up and put it away in the house or garage at the end of the day. So I’m looking at some of the smaller ones, in the class you see at the big box stores. So for those of you with direct experience in that class of saw..what’s the best bang for the buck?


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#1 posted 12-19-2012 04:46 AM

Dewalt saw is good. I’ve used the newer one with soft start and I have a old one without. The saw was abused for years on the job site until it was handed down to me. It is still kickin and will cut through anything as long as you allow it to do the work. My only gripe is the fence can’t be used for jigs. I have heard good things about the bosch.

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 04:55 AM

what’s the best bang for the buck?

without a doubt, the ridgid 4510:

all the ergonomics of the bosch 4100 at a lower price, great fence and stand and eligible for ridgid’s LSA (free parts and labor for life). find a HD that will honor the harbor freight “20% off any one item” coupon and it’s $400 plus tax for a first class saw for which you never have to worry about having to pay for repairs. neither bosch nor dewalt can match that.

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 05:05 AM

- I would require any portable or jobsite type saw to have standard miter slots or a slider top. That rules out many of the cheap offrings.
- I personally would not care if the saw can use a dado blade, but that capability is important to some folks and it eleminates many more saws. The Dewalt is one that is considered pretty good, but it won’t mount a dado.
- I personally like the Porter Cable PC S220TS, but don’t have one. It typically sells for $299.
- Ridgid makes a nice little saw with standard miter slots. So does Bosch. These are both in the $400 to $500 range.
- If you can find a good used one the Ryobi BT-3000 has a huge following. there are even user groups for this saw.

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#4 posted 12-19-2012 05:29 AM

I had a Bosch 4000 before I upgraded to a full sized cab saw in my shop. I liked it but no room after the new bigger saw came in the shop. I sold it on Craigslist for about 250 bucks, wished I still had it at time to take to a job, but the sale helped me buy the bigger saw. Might look on Craigslist for a deal like that.

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 05:32 AM

I use a Ridgid 4510 almost daily for storage reasons that you mentioned. It has a good size table, soft start, standard miter slot and the fence system is pretty nice for a portable. The manual for this saw doesn’t recommend using 8” dado stacks, but that is all I have so far no problems. The TS folds up and stores on it’s side, takes up very little space. I’m real pleased with it so far.

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 06:30 AM

Ridgid 4512
Stay away from the small portables there toys compared to this great value

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 09:59 AM

Somebody (I think it was Wood) did a test of various saws within this category and the Rigid won hands down. If I recall correctly the issue with using a dado stack was the length of the arbor, but to my understanding that has been resolved on newer models, and there is a retro kit available for the older ones.

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#8 posted 12-19-2012 12:53 PM

The bosch 4100.
You don’t compromise like you do with some of the other benchtop saws. You can use a full dado stack with the 4100 no problem.

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#9 posted 12-19-2012 12:55 PM

I have the Dewalt DW744XRS, which has the foldable rolling stand. I couldnt possibly recommend this saw more! I used it both on the job, mainly for ripping jamb extensions, and used it in my small shop before i got my ridgid 3650.

this saw did everything that i asked it to do at a high level. The fence is the real selling point for me. from everything i looked at before buying, it has the most rock solid fence of any jobsite saw. my opinion anyway. concerning crank49’s comment about mounting a dado stack, i used a dado set in my many times. i believe i read somewhere that it can only handle up to a 13/16” width. i used up to a 3/4” and never had any problems. they even sell a factory dado insert for it, which i bought and used.

its most definitely not the cheapest jobsite saw on the market, possibly the most expensive. with the rolling stand, i believe it is at about the highest price point. however, with the standard base it is inline with a lot of the other saws. I believe it is worth the money if you’re looking for the best quality saw that will last

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#10 posted 12-19-2012 01:37 PM

Love my Ridgid with an 8” Fusion blade.

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#11 posted 12-19-2012 01:49 PM


I have a Ridgid 4510 and have been quite impressed with it. I did a lot of research on the portables before I bought mine and I narrowed it down to either the Bosch or Ridgid. I decided on the Ridgid because I liked the fence a little more on the Ridgid.

I’m used to working with a Powermatic model 66, 5hp cabinet saw in my business everyday, so figured I would be really dissapointed in any portable saw I got. I’ll have to admit, I’m not. Of course I’ll take a large cabinet saw over a portable any day, but if a portable is all you can have for now, I believe you would be very happy with the Ridgid.

That and a really good blade and you’re set to go. BTW, The stand works so easy, even my wife can set it up and put it back down.

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