|Forum topic by natenaaron||posted 433 days ago||902 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
433 days ago
Hi there. I have been wondering around this site for a couple of weeks and there seem to be some knowledgeable folks who might be able to answer this question. I am not a beginner but not very experienced either. Guess I am a tweener
My shop has been cobbled together with odds and ends tools for quite a while. I have everything I need to design and make quality furniture except the table saw. This has held me back for years. I had been using an old Skil, model POS, that always left me a little worried safety wise and there was no way to do repeatable accurate cuts. A couple weeks ago I turned it on and the darn thing jumped off the floor. The whole thing jumped and I am lucky it did not jump into me. So, never using it again.
I have read many threads/ =articles/reviews about choosing a table saw but none seemed to answer my question. I want a table saw that I will be able to start living my dream of making well designed and built furniture without tool frustration. I worked as a boat mechanic. I know the importance of having the right tool to do the job. Cheap assed tools will do nothing but frustrate you. Problem is, I don’t know if what I want to do can be had for my 1600 dollar budget. I am leaning toward grizzly because their cabinet saws are in my budget and I think I will need a 3 HP saw to do what I want to do. No other saw seems to come close to the specs of the 0690 or 1023RL in this budget. Having never seen one or used one I can only go off what I read. I also live in the middle of no where and there is not a place to see a cabinet saw without driving 5-7 hours one way.
Here are my requirements
Safety-Having a table saw jump up at you reminds you of the inherent danger in these tools. Sawstop is out of my range but a true riving knife and quality guard is not. This pretty much chucks all older saws out the window. I fully expect to buy new.
3HP unless someone thinks I can rip 8-10/4 hard wood with less (my current POS struggled with 1/2 inch oak
Space is NOT an issue. my wood shop is plenty big enough for a full sized saw and I already have a monster island/out feed table. Once this puppy is set up it ain’t movin.
Thanks for your help