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07-19-2013 02:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: first table saw what to buy dont have a clue

I am looking to buy my first table saw, and honestly, I know nothing about them. I was thinking my budget would be about $500. Is that a fair budget?

I read a few posts on here, and it looks like Grizzly is a good brand. I just found this one on CL: – Is that a good deal?

If the Grizzly on CL is not a great deal, what should I be looking for in a saw? I expect to be doing some detail stuff, so an accurate fence I would think would be important. I don’t think I’d often need to tackle anything to thick, maybe 4×6 or something. Sheets of plywood maybe. I expect most my projects would be furniture type projects or smaller.

Thanks in advance for the advice!

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 02:30 PM

I wouldn’t have any issues with that saw. I think definitely a little wiggle room on price based on no fence.

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 02:42 PM

That’s a lot of saw for the money, IMHO, even without the fence. I’d much rather have that than anything you could buy new for $150.

Grizzly can hook you up with a new fence for that, I would imagine. Or you might run upon a used fence somewhere. They are out there. Might try Ebay.

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#3 posted 07-19-2013 02:46 PM

Awesome! I emailed him about it. If he still has it, what kinds of things should I look for to make sure it’s in good condition? I’ll have him run it to make sure it sounds good, but I don’t know what to look for beyond that.

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#4 posted 07-19-2013 03:47 PM

I don’t know how much it will help but Grizzly still has the manual and such online Here:
It does not appear that they sell the fence separately but a blade guard could be had for around $50 for all the parts.
As new-old-stock are going for $625, this looks like a good deal.

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#5 posted 07-19-2013 04:12 PM

I talked with their sales staff. Apparently this is the fence it came with:

It looks like a pretty good fence. I have an email to their tech dept to see if there is a replacement that they have that is compatible. If not, what are my fence options? $350 for a fence brings the cost up to $500, plus another $50 for the blade guard and $20 for the blade insert. I’m almost paying $600 by the time it’s all said and done, which makes me reconsider.

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#6 posted 07-19-2013 04:45 PM

I would jump on the deal, but I would try to talk him down fifty more dollars since the fence system is incomplete. I would add a nice aftermarket fence which can be had for about $350…

That is a nice setup for your budget.

This on amazon for $266:

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#7 posted 07-19-2013 04:48 PM

The vega is a great fence; never mind the shop fox classic.
That said, I hate saws with table mounted trunnions.

I’d reconsider for a hybrid/cabinet saw with cabinet mounted trunnions. If you have 220 available, I’d save a bit longer for the grizzly 1023 or G0690. If not, the steel city 35950 is a nice one.

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#8 posted 07-19-2013 04:53 PM

My shop is in my garage, and I really like my Ridgid r4510 Portable Table Saw. It only takes up about 2’x3’ of floor space when its put away.

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#9 posted 07-19-2013 05:00 PM

I also have the 4510 and, while it is a good saw, if I had room I would get the 4512 due to the larger table. I think these saws are a bit out of the original posters budget, unless he can find one on sale. Also, while the folding stand on the 4510 is nice, since I put mine on a wood mobile base with locking casters, it’s much easier for me to move, set up and stow away. Your mileage may vary.

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#10 posted 07-19-2013 05:20 PM

NiteWalker – I am guessing you hate the table mounted trunnions because they are difficult to square up?

I feel like I would like the larger table than the portable saws you see. I have a 3 car garage, one third of it I plan to dedicate to my shop, and can always move cars out of the way and use the whole thing when I have big projects going, so space isn’t a HUGE concern.

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#11 posted 07-19-2013 05:30 PM

Mount your saw on a mobile base. Easy peasy to move about if needed.

I had a Vega Pro 40 fence on my old craftsman. TS. That is a nice fence. Made the saw seem like a new one.

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#12 posted 07-19-2013 06:03 PM

I bought my Ridgid 4511 used and paid $350 for it. I like it a lot and it’s a great starting point. I think the 4512 is not much outside your budget if you buy it brand new.

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#13 posted 07-19-2013 06:11 PM

for 500 bucks you might could find a good cabinet saw something with 3hp castiron top lots of power and less vibration noise

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#14 posted 07-19-2013 08:40 PM

Awesome! I emailed him about it.

good luck with the hunt. check the price of the splitter/blade guard and the OEM fence. tsquare fences don’t appear on CL quite often in my area, so verifying those two costs will determine how good a value that saw will ultimately be. also, be advised, it’s a right tilt. almost all new TSs built in the last 5-8 years are left tilt.

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#15 posted 07-19-2013 09:09 PM

Sorry for the questions, but I’m still learning this stuff. What is wrong with the right tilt? I am guessing it is easier for the wood to bind and kick back?

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