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07-01-2013 12:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

I’m looking for a table saw under $400 that is reliable and not junk. I’m worried that if i go out and bye a cheep saw the fence will be off and other things that will effect my cuts and not make them accurate. if you no of any reliable saws that will get the job done for a amateur woodworker PLEASE COMMENT ON THIS


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Howie

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 12:27 AM

Search “tablesaws” and I’m sure you will find an answer there.

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 12:29 AM

Hard to get a decent new saw at that price, check Craigslist.

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 12:36 AM

“I’m looking for a table saw under $400 that is reliable and not junk.”

Good luck. Haunt Craigslist and pounce fast if you see what you are looking for.

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 12:37 AM

No new saw at that range; either expand your budget or look for a used saw.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 12:53 AM

In that price range, a good used saw is probably your best bet. Here's one example of a full size belt drive saw with an induction motor that would serve you well.

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 04:07 PM

bye a cheep saw the fence will be off and other things that will effect my cuts and not make them accurate.

by that statement, if you think you can buy any saw, new or used, that doesn’t need some fine tuning to it’s settings, you’re kidding yourself. i’m not familiar with really high end saws, but the only saw i’ve read about that seems to be consistently accurate out of the box new is a sawstop PCS, which usually starts around $3000. any other saw, new or used, needs to be set up, or aligned, before it will deliver satisfactory performance.

BTW, the grizz linked by KS just above is a really good deal for a left tilt used griz. but it will also probably need to be aligned in order for it to perform accurately and safely.

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 10:30 PM

I recently sold a Powermatic Artisan’s saw for about $500. It is a very good saw and the fence is very reliable. So good used saws should be available in your budget range (or perhaps just a bit over).

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#8 posted 07-02-2013 08:49 PM

Good luck to you on this search. A good used saw is probably the best that you can hope for, but a new saw fitting your criteria is not going to happen at that price point. Kind of like wanting a pony, but living in an apartment. Nice to want one, but that’s as far as it is going to go.

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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#9 posted 07-02-2013 08:58 PM

What a joke!

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#10 posted 07-02-2013 08:58 PM

I got a Ridgid 3650 for 275 on Craigslist. I kept an eye out for about a year. Saw the ad ,called,went and
looked at it, made an offer, seller accepted.

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knotscott

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#11 posted 07-02-2013 11:12 PM

Chuck are you still here?

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#12 posted 07-02-2013 11:42 PM

Look for a saw that has a stout fence. In my opinion that is one of the most important must haves on a table saw. I agree with others you may need to look on Craig’s list to land that decent saw. With that said, I am a firm believer that the skill of the woodworker can overcome many short comings of a cheaper saw.
Good luck my friend.

-- Joe from Western Ma.... Peace to all

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#13 posted 07-03-2013 12:34 AM

I paid $75 for a Craftsman 113.298762 and $160 for an upgraded fence. After tuning the saw and installing the fence, I have a machine that will keep up with any modern contractor saw…..and would blow away anything you could buy new for $400.
If you save up another $150, there are a few options. Craftsman, Ridgid, and Porter Cable all have decent options in the $500-600 neighborhood. Anything below that, you’re looking at portable jobsite saws.
Don’t get me wrong. Some good work can, and has, been done on such saws. But you give up some power, stability, and features that make contractor and cabinet saws superior in the eyes of most woodworkers.
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redSLED

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#14 posted 07-03-2013 02:38 AM

Perhaps you would like to state your choices further . .
- used or new?
- portable saw?
- cabinet saw?
Otherwise there seems to be about 4-8 “which table saw?” new threads a month on this forum – just search for more info. Best of luck with your choice.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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