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Tig1242

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577 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

I am wanting to make some nice boxes and figure I need a table saw for the exact edges.

I have a small shop a little bigger than a 1 car garage.

For safety I am thinking of a sawstop.

Any suggestions on what I should look for, questions I should ask before buying a table saw.

I have never owned one before but I have used them from time to time.

Thanks.


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Rick M.

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#1 posted 577 days ago

Chances are you’ll be buying new unless there happen to be used Sawstops in your area. Not many questions to ask (that you can’t simply look up) other than about after the sale support.

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Tig1242

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#2 posted 577 days ago

Having never purchased a table saw I was thinking of questions like how accurate is the fence? (I can look it up just don’t know what is important to look up :)

After sales support that is a good question.

Does anyone know or have dealings with stopsaw after sales support?

Oh and suggestions on locations to purchase*?

  • the reason I ask is I purchased a scroll saw online and afterwards learned that I should have purchased from vender x as they have excellent after sales support.
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jeff

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#3 posted 577 days ago

A cabinet saw would be highly suggested…Sawstops have a following and a search will yield some good onfo on what you want…A table saw on a mobile base would be nice also…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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toolie

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#4 posted 577 days ago

IMHO, start here (or someplace like it):

http://www.rockler.com/articles/table-saw.cfm

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Rick M.

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#5 posted 577 days ago

like how accurate is the fence?

Ah, that seems to be a question you’d want to research before deciding what to buy. I have not seen a review of the SS fence but my impression from playing around with one is that it is as good as any other major saw brand. Actually saw fences have come a long way in the last 10-15 years.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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kdc68

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#6 posted 577 days ago

In agreement with Rick M about saw fences. I’m not familar with SS, but I’m sure someone who has one will respond to your forum. IMO, Knotscott is to LJ member to refer to. He provided a ton of info on saws prior to my recent purchase of a Grizzly.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Woodmaster1

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#7 posted 577 days ago

The fence is as good as any of the top tablesaws. I use a sawstop pcs at school with the fence upgrade. It is overall a nice tablesaw if that is the saw you want buy it. I like my new Unisaw better but that is a personal preference nothing to do with the quality of the saw.

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sixstring

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#8 posted 577 days ago

Welcome to LJs. Bit of a newbie myself but I’ve learned tons of helpful things on this forum so far. Not only time saving, but life and limb saving!

Here’s a tip. Since you are interested in SawStop, you can use the search feature at the top right of the page and just type in SawStop. You will be rewarded with just about everything there is to know about purchasing, owning, loving and yes, hating, the amazing SawStop saw.

I had to buy used because of my budget so SawStop didnt fit my personal preferences. Hell, I’d love to drive a Ferrari but wont be considering one anytime soon since I NEED my truck. Just saying… A lot of work can get done on lesser tools but you have to be careful regardless of which saw you get… Good luck!

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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Cole Tallerman

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#9 posted 577 days ago

If your budget allows, go for the sawstop contractor saw. Sounds like it will be plenty good for your needs and it is relatively light weight and has a good mobile base so you can move it around your small shop.

If sawstop is not in your budget, I used a grizzly contractor saw just yesterday and I think it is every bit as good as my sawstop contractor saw sans the brake. Although the brake is nice, IMO the riving knife is the real safety feature and matters more then the brake.

http://www.grizzly.com/outlet/10-1-3-4-HP-Left-Tilting-Contractor-Style-Table-Saw-with-Riving-Knife/G0713

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Loren

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#10 posted 577 days ago

“exact edges” are made most exactly with a jointer
or with hand planes.

Making all your fine edges with a table saw and
sandpaper will make for “mushy” boxes.

Krenov’s books are worth reading. He understood
what clarity in woodworking is and explained well
how to get it.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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AJswoodshop

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#11 posted 577 days ago

Here’s the table saw I have. It’s perfect because it can easily fold up and roll it out of the way if you need to make room for cars. And the price is not to high either.
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/product/2658

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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Tig1242

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#12 posted 576 days ago

Thanks for all of the info, lots to think about now.

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Clint Searl

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#13 posted 576 days ago

Consider the Ridgid portable with an 8” Freud Fusion blade. It’s all you need.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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