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02-16-2013 07:05 AM

Thank’s to this web site and all fellow lumber jocks my wife has called me anal. I’ve been trying to decide on a new table saw for a month now and have read every review on this site, searched the web of all known manufacturer’s, had my mailbox stuffed with every free catalog available. I’ve done an excel spreadsheet with specs, features and prices (including shipping). I have even included ratings on company’s customer service based on comments. I’ve stayed up all hours of the night, walking the hallway and scratching my head balled. I’ve resisted the urge to list my short list here for fear of retribution from the table saw pro’s from telling me to by the best I can afford or I can get a better deal on CL. I was never like this before. In the past I’ve purchased a camper, a pickup to pull it and a tractor to get us out in the winter in less time that it has taken me to decide which table saw to buy. I sure wasted my time as I’m going with my original gut feeling and ordered from my local tool distributor today.

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#1 posted 02-16-2013 09:07 AM

Let me sum it up for you: There is no perfect anything.

Enjoy your new saw!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 02-16-2013 10:13 AM

There isn’t a tablesaw made that’s as important as the person pushing the board through. Table saws don’t have to be perfect. Buy what you want and don’t look back.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 02-16-2013 10:15 AM

My ex brother in law used to(still is I’m sure) be anal like that. Excel spreadsheets out the wazoo. He even did spreadsheets for goofy things she wanted to buy. It would drive my sister crazy.

Worst part of it….9 out of 10 times, he was disappointed with his purchases.

I’m a little more….impulsive.

‘Tony’s spreadsheet’ entails the following…

Me walking into the tool store and asking an employee where the large doohickies are….
Me standing in the tool store staring at the large doohickies….
Employee asking if I have any questions about that particular doohickie….
Me, saying yes actually…One really important question…..can you help me load it into the back of my truck?

Bang on Smitty

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#4 posted 02-16-2013 02:37 PM

And the next trick is to STOP LOOKING AT TABLESAWS! Because I promise, if you keep looking at ads and sales brochures, you WILL see either the one you just purchased (or maybe the #2 choice you had) at a better deal/cheaper prices/no shipping charges…. And you’ll be beating yourself up over it.

Now just sit back and anxiously wait till your new saw arrives and BE HAPPY THAT YOU MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE!

Congrats on making a deciision

Oh yeah, dont worry about the wife… my wife tells everybody that I’m anal as well. And I just say that I call it “Paying attention to detail” LOL

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 02-16-2013 02:43 PM

I’m pretty sure you purchased the wrong table saw. :-)

Haha, whichever saw you chose, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! A good table saw makes the world of difference. Congrats to you.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 02-16-2013 02:44 PM

Sounds like you were suffering from a bad case of PARALYSIS BY ANALYSIS.

Enjoy your new saw!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-16-2013 02:54 PM

Ya sure, but the camper, a pickup to pull it and a tractor wouldn’t give you a beeyootifull crosscut in oak would they? No contest.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#8 posted 02-16-2013 10:54 PM

fun read … have a great time with your new tool !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 02-16-2013 11:08 PM

bullhead, I’m inclined to agree with your wife. Pull the trigger.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 03-06-2013 09:29 AM

I am on your side. No major purchase goes without researching everything. Especially if you’re going to be using it formmany years to come.

Many outsiders don’t understand.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 03-06-2013 12:31 PM

your not thinking of converting the trailer to a moving shop are you?

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#12 posted 03-09-2013 03:21 AM

hey bukkhead ! what did u get?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 03-09-2013 03:22 AM

Bullhead1, who wipes your nose?

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#14 posted 03-09-2013 07:35 AM

First off, Don that’s not a bad idea. I live up north, getting old, and it’s becoming harder to tolerate the winters. I talked to my electrician today to see if I could get it wired for my tools to go south in the winter and he laughed at me.
Dan, I bought the Shop Fox Hybrid which is similar to the Grizzly. Of course, I paid a little more but got it at the local woodworking show with a discount. I just picked it up today. It was put together and tuned up plus it has a extra year warranty over grizzly. It’s sitting in my pickup in the shed until my stepsons get the urge to help me get it out. Doesn’t matter because my electrician can’t get here till Monday to put in the 220 outlet. It’s kind of like getting that cool Christmas toy but Santa forgot the batteries!
I originally posted this as kind of a tongue and cheek post of how the members here become so passionate about their tool purchases. I found myself becoming a proud participant in that group. Each has differrent needs, means, availabilty and circumstances. In the past I would have walked into the store, picked one out and drove home with it a month earlier. But thanks to this site I may or may not have made the right choice, but I have certainly became much more educated about tables saws than I was before. So thanks to all that contribute to this forum.

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#15 posted 03-09-2013 02:44 PM

cool … sounds like a nice saw. I’m sure u will enjoy making chips with it

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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