|Forum topic by Brenda T.||posted 04-14-2013 08:04 AM||1485 views||0 times favorited||41 replies|
04-14-2013 08:04 AM
Since this is my first post here is some background: I am a 20 year Navy vet and I am currently retired. I have done extensive home improvements including a deck and some minor furniture pieces all using basic tools (circular saw, jig saw, miter saw, drills, etc…. I was a Machinist Mate and therefore not unfamiliar with tools.
I want to build a bedroom suite, an entertainment center, picture frames, some boxes I.e. jewelry boxes and keepsake boxes for the grand kids. Maybe a kitchen table.
I have a small cordless circular saw and drill and a Ryobi CMS. I have purchased a Bosch router set, Bench dog router table (which looks good on the 4512), Porter Cable jig saw, a bosch ROS along with an Incra miter gauge, some bits and blades, clamps, so on…
I have a SMALL area for a shop. It is in an attached enclosed porch and measures 9×12 with some storage area in the other half of the porch. There is a single outlet rated for 20amps, but is shared with some other outlets in the house. I also have a 12 gauge ext cord that I can run from elsewhere in the house.
I recently purchased an R4512, but have discovered it has the blade alignment problem. I think I would have loved it if it hadn’t been one of the bad ones. It is going back this weekend. If they have another R4512 in the store and let me check it out and it’s good, I may go that way. Otherwise my choices are: Steel city 35990SS, Grizzly G0732, Makita 2705 the Bosch 4100. I would rather have a full size saw, but need to watch the weight due to the flooring in my space. I am considering the job site saws due the size of the space and I could take them outside to breakdown sheet goods. A smooth accurate cut is the most important, but I also would like it to have standard miter slots and be able to use a dado set.
Sorry for the lengthy entry. I am having a difficult time making this decision! Some opinions would help. Thanks for indulging me and I look forward to gaining a lot of knowledge here!
-- Brenda T., Bodega Bay, CA.