What is a good quality small table saw for under $500 that I can get in Sydney?

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04-26-2013 08:51 AM

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I was wondering are there any good table saws for under $500 that are available in Sydney Australia.
I was looking at this one but I dont think I can purchase that saw in Australia.

DEWALT 10-in Compact Jobsite Table Saw DW745

Can someone help me please.

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#1 posted 04-26-2013 12:47 PM

try looking at used tablesaws. If you only have a very small shop that Dewalt will work ok, but it is more of a jobsite saw.

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#2 posted 04-26-2013 01:04 PM

Great Saw for the Money: The Bosch 4100, here is a link to find locations in Sydney selling Bosch power tools,;jsessionid=4e3045c00a42d57e83bd123845371392c2c5?vl=en-AU&country=AU&mode=&view=searchresult

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#3 posted 04-26-2013 01:10 PM

Since you’ve mentioned a job-site saw, if space is at a minimum, which mine is, I’d recommend the Bosch 4100 with the gravity-rise stand. That’s what I have and I’ve been extremely pleased with it. If you have the space to go with something stationary, however, go that route.

One thing I will say, that maybe will help you plan…look at your space and think about how your shop will be growing. I’m glad I got something that I can easily collapse and move. I work out of 1/2 of a 2-car garage (well, I’m taking over the whole thing now). Since I acquired my saw, I’ve also gotten a jointer, planer, router table, drill press, band saw. Everything is on mobile bases, but if I didn’t have the ability to fold up my saw and stick it in the corner, it would be much more cramped.

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#4 posted 04-27-2013 01:42 PM

I have just a very small shop its just a little shed. I think its around 6 metres squared for free floor space and about 2 metres squared of just bench top space so its not that big. I will do some more researching but the Bosch table saw is looking good. And also I am looking for one with ajustable hight and angle.
And also lol BinghamtonEd does the Bosch 4100 do very smooth cuts and does it do near precision cuts?

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#5 posted 04-27-2013 03:53 PM

Haha, yet another ‘which table saw to get?’ thread.

Opinions here:

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 01:16 PM

Timzo, if you end up getting the 4100, you will definitely want the side and outfeed extensions they make for it. They can be found on amazon and are not that pricy, but worth every penny. When not in use, they slide into the saw body and don’t increase the storage footrpint.

I’ve found that the Bosch makes smooth cuts. Does it make professional cabinet-saw smooth cuts? No. But that’s not apples to apples. The riving knife system works well, as does the guard and prawls. I run a Freud thin-kerf 40-tooth blade on mine 90% of the time, and it will make glue-ready cuts if you’re very meticulous about it. Now that I have a tuned up antique No. 4 plane, though, I just pass them through and give the two boards a swipe or two with that to prep the joint. The other blade I run is a Freud 8” SD208 dado set, and it works great. You will need to get a separate insert for it or make your own.

This probably goes for whatever saw you end up with, but with the Bosch : before you make the first cut, apply paste was to the table, fence, where the fence slides on the table, etc. I didn’t do this, and it wasn’t too long before I noticed I was having to really push the workpiece through the blade. I cleaned and waxed everything, and the wood just glides through no problems.

Aside from the extensions, the best add-ons to my saw have been an Incra miter gauge, some featherboards, and an adjustable cross cut sled.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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