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Forum topic by BBrown626 posted 07-06-2013 09:05 PM 1107 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2013 09:05 PM

I took advantage of a great offer and sold my MiniMax sliding tablesaw. I have not been making cabinets for a few years and don’t expect to be breaking down a lot of melamine anytime soon. I have been making some smaller projects such as a night stand, dresser for the grand daughter, a few subwoofer boxes for my son and his buddies, etc. Future projects are another night stand, dresser and more tinkering.

I looked on this site an a few others for recent reviews but didn’t find much.

Looking for a quality saw. 50” fence. 220V. ~3 HP. Budget is around $2500

Please point me to recent reviews or provide your own.

Thank you,


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#1 posted 07-06-2013 09:41 PM

There are 214 reviews on this site listed under table saws. Some as recent as 23 hours ago.

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#2 posted 07-06-2013 11:02 PM

Sorry, but i was looking for more of a comparison. Ideally by folks not emotionally attached to a new purchase. For example, FWW and other magazines sometimes have thorough reviews and take a hard look at the quality of parts, accuracy of indicators, reliability, etc. You often don’t get such information from the individual reviews. I read one just today that said the sawstop was a POS because a fastener stripped out of the mobile base during assembly.

Thank you.

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#3 posted 07-06-2013 11:16 PM


I’m not sure you’re going to find what you seek here. Most reviews here are reviews of individual specific pieces of equipment. In order to do comparative reviews like you seem to want you’d have to have access to multiple pieces of equipment from several vendors. Most LJ’s don’t have the luxury of that kind of access and I don’t see the manufacturers/vendors providing the typical user with demo unit to do that type of review.

If your looking for a review like you find in FWW and other magazines, perhaps that’s where you should be looking.

Good Luck!

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#4 posted 07-07-2013 02:11 AM

You have a good amount of options at that price point.
Grizzly for value, jet or powermatic for warranty, sawstop if you want a great saw with a safety feature.
Most of the imports are pretty similar; IMHO comparative reviews aren’t very useful for big cabinet saws. Just get the one that has the features you want.

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

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#5 posted 07-07-2013 01:34 PM

I pretty much agree with what nite said. Get the sawstop if that feature is of interest to you. Grizzly is a great value if you want to save a few bucks, and the rest of the brands in that price range are all pretty similar and nice.

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#6 posted 07-07-2013 02:43 PM

Not sure how recent you are looking for, and this isn’t exactly a review, but it might help.

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#7 posted 07-07-2013 04:08 PM

Thanks guys. I think I am going to just go with the SawStop. It is the right size and has the features I want. I was considering going table saw-free and getting the Festool saw and track system. Seems like it would be pretty slow though. Maybe I’ll still need Festool for cutting panels?

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#8 posted 07-07-2013 05:31 PM

knowing what I know now…

If I was starting today and didn’t have the space for a
slider, I’d get Eurekazone track saw setup (had Festool,
prefer Eurekazone) for sheet goods, an 18” or larger
band saw and a vintage table saw for joinery.

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#9 posted 07-07-2013 06:37 PM

You will be happy with your choice. I still like my 5hp unisaw better but sawstop is a good saw.

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#10 posted 07-07-2013 06:45 PM

if I had it to do over again I would get a sliding table on my saw

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#11 posted 07-07-2013 08:41 PM

You’ll be happy with the Sawstop. I just got one this spring and it appears to be very high quality as advertised. I find that it is extremely accurate and down the road you won’t be saying you should have got the Sawstop if you have an accident.

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#12 posted 07-08-2013 12:55 AM

if you are making European cabinets and breaking down a lot of sheet goods then a slider is fantastic. Sliders have some drawbacks when it comes to woodworking (big blades, wagon not perfectly level with the table, no dado capability) and they also have some advantages (perfect edging/jointing, loads of power, excellent cross cuts, multiple stops on the crosscut fence, scoring blade, ability to clamp your work to the wagon at any angle). Learn what they are before you make the leap.
I have a Bosch portable job site saw for installation work. It also works great to fill in where the slider doesn’t do so well, such as narrow rips and dadoing.

While I was pretty happy with my saw, it had just a 6-foot stroke. If I would have bought one with a 9-foot stroke, I’d probably still have it. There isn’t much of a market for a 6-footer so I took advantage of the offer I received.
Since I am not making melamine cabinets, my first thought was that a Unisaw would be great. The safety features of the SawStop are a deal breaker.

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