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06-12-2013 07:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question laguna general steel city baileigh tablesaw

I need to purchase a Tablesaw. My budget is $ 1,500.00 and it has to be 110v and I want cabinet mounted trunnions. I have looked at the following Tablesaw’s;

General 50-200R
Laguna Fusion
Steel City 35950
Baileigh TS-1044H

I know there are better saws out there but I have the limitations as stated above. i am doing small projects like jewelry boxes, bandsaw boxes, and turning pens. I am having trouble making a decision and hope my fellow Lumberjock’s will point me in the right direction.

Thank you for your valued input!

Best Regard,


-- Patients is a virtue, please exercise it with me. Greeter

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#1 posted 06-12-2013 08:08 AM

Buy a vintage tilt-top saw like an INCA 259 or
Delta and spend the rest on a good band saw.

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 10:01 AM

I’d add the Grizzly G0713, G0715P, Powermatic 64B, Craftsman 22116 (made by Steel City/Orion), Shop Fox W1824, and the Jet Proshop 708494 to your list, then compare features….that covers most of the 110v saws in your price range. In many cases, Grizzly offers the most bang for the buck by selling directly….if you’re willing to be your own middleman, the savings are legit. If you want dealer support, you’ll pay a premium with most of the others. Your budget should get you solid wings and a very nice fence. With the correct blade and good setup, any of these have potential to serve you well.

Food for thought…the Baileigh TS-1044H and Laguna Fusion appear to be the same saw. The SF W1824 and Griz G0715P are also essentially the same saw (associated companies). Take a good look at the fence on the GI 50-200R…the tube is bolted to the head, not welded, making a potential weak point….their 50-220R offers a better fence…they may even offer other fence options for the 50-200R, so ask before you buy it. Most of the others I welded AFAIK, but it’s worth checking.

I’d also take a look at your local Craigslist just to see what’s out there.

Please keep us posted on your progress!

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 02:14 PM

i like the laguna and the Baileigh. They are the same saw with a very proven design and they both have cabinet mounted trunions.

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 05:21 PM

Steel city. 5 Year warranty.

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#5 posted 06-12-2013 05:39 PM

heres one 50 miles from you. should be quite a saw

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#6 posted 06-12-2013 10:42 PM

Steel city. 5 Year warranty.

+1. and their sale ends 6/30/13:

i believe they can be purchased through HD online, which with a little encouragement will honor the sale prices. purchase with HD includes free ship to store shipping.

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 12:47 AM

Why limit yourself to 110Volts?

And why exclude the SawStop ? It’s right at the top of your range, but a very fine saw.

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 04:28 AM

I agree with Loren, check around for an old saw. They were made so much better 25 yrs or so ago. There’s a lot of used equipment on the market these days with pro shops going under. A good fence (Biesmeier or a knock off), a true running arbor (check it with a dial indicator) and a sharp blade will make you a happy man. And it’ll be cheap. That said, if somehow you can afford a Saw Stop and get 220 you will have made a really good investment.

-- Scott, NM

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 04:41 AM

Another vote for a good used saw.

Levan showed you a great deal on a Powermatic but I am certain that TS is 220 and at least 3 hp. But it is single phase and converting from 110 to 220 is not that terribly difficult and would certainly be worth the effort if you were to land that Powermatic at the Gov auction. I would go for it if it were close enough.

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 12:43 PM

Michael, the sawstop contractor saw doesn’t have cabinet mounted trunions, and unlike their cabinet saws, it’s not a good value IMHO.

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#11 posted 06-13-2013 02:27 PM

Thank you all for your input and please keep it comming. Many have made a good point about 110v vs 220v. I would prefer using 220v it sure would have made this process a lot easier however, I am in a mobile home and do not have any open slots left on the main panel to add the circuit. I have been looking thru CL for some time but have not found anything suitable that meets my requirements. I love the Sawstop saws but they are above my budget.

I would like to thank Knotscott for bringing my attention to the powermatic 64b. Even though it is a contractors saw by definition it has cabinet mounted trunnions and can run on 110v.

So, of all the saws I listed above and adding to that list the Powermatic 64b which saw do you think I should go with?

Best Regards,


-- Patients is a virtue, please exercise it with me. Greeter

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#12 posted 06-13-2013 02:41 PM

I’m going to go in a different direction.

you mentioned you do smaller projects – jewelery boxes, bandsaw boxes, and pens – all of those in my mind wouldn’t require a table saw at all – I would just use the bandsaw for all 3 of those type projects exclusively (and I personally do that myself, so it’s not just hearsay).

to add to that, if you are fixed on ‘must get a table saw’ – I would get a good bandsaw (if you don’t already have one), for now and use that while keeping my eye on craisglist and other used tools sales and just wait for that solid used TS (you can find used Unisaws that run on 110v with a 1.5HP motors – as in the older ones).

for sake of example (I know you are on the other side of the continent… but if you are not in a hurry, something may come along on that side too):

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#13 posted 06-13-2013 05:32 PM

I have decided I would like to buy new on this purchase. I have purchased all the rest of my tools used. I am not worried about the fence or miter as I have a incra table saw/router fence system and miter I will be using on it.


-- Patients is a virtue, please exercise it with me. Greeter

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#14 posted 06-13-2013 05:39 PM

I have the Grizzly 0713 and am very happy with it. It should come in under $1000 the other $500 could be used for blades and accessories.

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#15 posted 06-13-2013 08:31 PM

After waiting for a few years, I got one similar to that top Delta saw for $100, it will take a little work, but
I like to tinker with my toys. It all depends on ones ability and attitude. Hope you find a good one.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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