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Forum topic by CharlieW posted 02-15-2013 09:32 AM 510 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlieW

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02-15-2013 09:32 AM

Those that have long sliding tables on their machines (saws/combos etc), 8’+, do you ever regret getting a long table? Those that have under 8’ tables, how often do you miss the added length of the long bed and if you had a choice would upgrade to the longer table? Seems the few posts I’ve read over the last few weeks always say to get the longest you can fit, just wondering for those that did, if they ever regretted it. And I know it comes down to the work you do and the frequency, but what is the opinion of the folks that own these sliding tables on the table length?


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rum

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#1 posted 02-15-2013 06:59 PM

79” so not sure if it qualifies as “long” being right on the edge :D

I’ve wanted another couple feet only when ripping 4×8 plywood end to end or trying to straight line a really long piece of solid stock (I can obviously still do the plywood with the traditional rip fence, but vastly prefer to be able to use the slider when possible). So yeah it definitely depends on what you make/do there is no simple answer here. If I was doing all plywood cabinets I’d want a bigger saw.

The downsides to the longer slider can I think be summarized to:

- space (pretty obvious :D)

- more supporting hardware fore and aft on the saw body. This gets in the way when trying to use it as a “traditional” saw more. The B3 Winner I have isn’t to bad on this, but the 48” has much less hardware in the road on the infeed side so it would be slightly easier to deal with for some use cases.

My concern on the latter point is perhaps somewhat mitigated by making better jigs & fixtures for the slider, if you are sufficiently clever there is little use for the hardware to the right of the blade.

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#2 posted 02-15-2013 07:14 PM

Are you a pro?

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