|Forum topic by paxorion||posted 11-18-2013 02:34 AM||32774 views||0 times favorited||66 replies|
11-18-2013 02:34 AM
LJs, I thought I’d crowd-source a dilemma I have been debating for the last 24 hours…
Long Version: For the past few years, I’ve been using a very old Skil 3305 table saw that is long overdue to be trashed. In fact, I’ve found myself avoiding the table saw because of how aggravating and dangerous (since I can’t properly square the saw blade, or guarantee that the fence is parallel) the Skil 3305 has proven to be.
My circumstances requires me to go with ONLY a portable jobsite table saw, as I do all my at-home woodworking outdoors and would have to drag the machine through my house to store between use. I do have access to a pay-per-use shop which is fully loaded with stationary equipment, meaning that any “fine woodworking” I want to do, can be done there, while at-home projects (i.e. making toys for my kids, cabinet boxes to build out an office, or other random projects that don’t necessarily require tight tolerances) are currently done mostly with hand-held power tools. While I have been saving my self-imposed monthly woodworking allowance towards a Bosch 4100, I noticed a possible alternative within “budget” right now.
Lowes has just released a new Kobalt-branded table saw I had a chance to play with it in-store this weekend and found it to be both promising and disappointing. My conclusion, is that it has a lot in common with the Porter Cable PC220TS, but blends in elements of the latest Dewalt DWE7480 compact saw to address the PC220TS weak points. Specifically:
At that $279 retail price, I wouldn’t consider the saw. However, the Lowes Black Friday sale knocks the price down to $179. My question to the LJ community is, if you were in the market for a portable table saw, should I take the risk and buy this saw so that I can get rid of my Skil 3305 ASAP, allowing me to re-allocate my woodworking budget to materials/projects, and frequent visits to the shop with proper machinery, or should I keep saving and buy the Bosch 4100 in the next 12-18 months?