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Forum topic by Gabe1981 posted 01-06-2014 03:06 PM 2269 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2014 03:06 PM

So there’s some cabinet table saws that I’m looking at some are really expensive and some of them are more budget friendly and I want to know which one I should buy I’m just a hobbyist so I’m not going to use the saw all the time but like to get high quality tools I have seen the delta unisaw and sawstop ics and pcs in person but not the other models

Here’s a list of the expensive models

The new delta unisaw
The powermatic pm2000
The sawstop industrial cabinet saw
The sawstop 3hp professional cabinet saw

List of the cheaper models
Grizzly 60691
Shop fox w1820
Grizzly g1023rlx
Grizzly g0651 extreme series table saw

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 03:11 PM

So you have a 220V recptacle in your shop? If not, you’ll need to add the installation of said outlet to your pricing.

That said, I’d go with one of the Grizzly. Your self-described occasional hobbyist status doesn’t really justify a $2500 saw. but if you ‘want’ a high end saw, and can easily afford it, then by all means…..get the Sawstop.
Honestly, you could pick from your list at random and have a great saw.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 03:25 PM

“Honestly, you could pick from your list at random and have a great saw.”

^^^^^^...if one saw or the other has a feature that’s especially important to you, choose it. Otherwise these are all very capable saws.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 05:50 PM

As others have stated, If MONEY is not a problem then get the SawStop for Safety Reasons. If MONEY IS a factor then I’d Get the Grizzly 60691.

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 07:11 PM

Who was it that had the idea of posting stickies with answers to the most asked, asked, asked, asked, asked, asked, asked questions? You know, the ones that are asked over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over…

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 07:36 PM

Depends on budget. On the lower budget, get the grizzly. On a higher budget, get the sawstop, it’s a rock solid saw with the safety features to boot.

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 01-06-2014 07:36 PM

I am much more than a hobbiest and I am buying Grizzly tablesaw and planer.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 01-06-2014 08:20 PM

I was in your shoes just about a year ago. No room for the wide fence rails. But I liked the idea of the cast iron router table. One year and a couple of weeks later and I am still happy with my purchase – no problems.

Don’t forget to purchase a mobile base. You can thank me later. :-)

Note: I bought the additional tail gate delivery and the SAIA driver used his pallet jack to put the crate in my garage. Same as with the band saw and drum sander. I dropped a tip on him. That stuff is heavy.

I followed Knotscott’s suggestion and relocated my fence rails 10 inches to the right and built a shelf to fill the void. I now have 37 inch rip capability, perfect for cabinet base carcase (34 1/2).

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 01-07-2014 12:13 AM

All of them would make a great saw for you, but I’d narrow it to either SawStop or Grizzly…..basically a choice between state of the art or bang for the buck. The SawStop has an obvious advantage with their safety feature over the Delta or PM at a similar price point. Grizzly has an obvious advantage in value…..if you happen to find a Shop Fox at a similar price as the Grizzly, the SF has a longer warranty and potential dealer support (the G0691 and W1820 are basically the same saw).

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#9 posted 01-07-2014 12:57 AM

I agree with the opinions posted above. Like Mike, I opted for lift gate service when I bought my Grizzly jointer and the driver pallet jacked it right into my garage for me. Well worth the $35 or whatever it cost (+ tip).

And +1 on the mobile base!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#10 posted 01-07-2014 01:05 AM

Cut the guy a break Deek, he’s new here ;)

To answer the question, buy them all. That way, you can set each of them up with a different dado width, and never have to change blades. Bingo.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#11 posted 01-07-2014 01:21 AM

Day-um…I couldn’t read the original post in one breath. Apparently punctuation is no longer the in thing LOL.

I kind’a like the fact that both adjustment wheels are up front on the Delta, but don’t know if it’s truly good mechanically. If I was in the market and $$ was no object, without physically looking at them all, think I’d go for the Saw Stop. But for sure I would read as many user reviews as I could before making the final decision.

Regardless, seems like any one of the saws listed would at least last through one hobby career, and then some.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#12 posted 01-07-2014 01:34 AM

If I had the money, and the reason, to buy a new saw I would probably buy a Saw Stop.

Everything I had read about it, on this site and elsewhere, it appears to be a very good saw with the benefit of the saw stop blade brake which can be costly if it does engage. I personally do not like the fact that the inventor is trying to force his invention into a law and sort of raping the other manufacturers for patent rights but that is just my opinion!

The SS table saw has almost become a religious topic on the site as there are many on either side of the fence (no pun intended). Just search this site for SS table saw, or the like, and you will certainly get an eye full of lovers and haters of the Saw Stop table saw.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 01-07-2014 01:58 AM

I love the saw stop. I wish I could afford one. I can say that I liked the fence on
The saw stop that I bought one and installed it on my craftsmen table saw

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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#14 posted 01-07-2014 02:13 AM

SS and Delta for great tools. griz for the best value.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#15 posted 01-07-2014 02:25 AM

I have the Sawstop and I really like it, the safety feature is just icing on the cake. If you are just a hobbyist and don’t plan on going pro I would skip the ICS and go for the PCS. Actually, I think any of the saws would work well for you.

Here is where I’m going to differ from most people in saying that unless you are planning on cutting 3” thick hardwood I would consider the 1.75 hp version. Mine cuts 2” thick oak and 3/4 inch dadoes without any problems while still being every bit as accurate as the higher hp versions. I also believe you have less chance of injury producing kickbacks and you can plug it in just about anywhere.

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