What table saw should I get?

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01-14-2014 04:44 PM

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Hi all, I just wanted some input as to what table saw I should get. I’ve been working without one for some time and finally decided it’s time. I do not have a lot of money to spend and don’t care about all of the fancy stuff that they add. I simply want a cheaper saw that makes an accurate cut. Any thoughts would be appreciated. On a side note, my local Craigslist is useless so used doesn’t seem to be a great option in my case. Thanks

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 05:05 PM

The ABCs of Table Saws

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 05:16 PM

It will be easier for the knowledgeable guys (like knotscott) to make suggestions once you have given us your budget. As a starting point, many people have had good luck with the Ridgid R4512 for around $580 after taxes.

-- Rex

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 05:25 PM

I’ve been very happy with my Grizzly.
Like you, I did not have a bundle of cash to throw at a high dollar saw but when I saw the reviews on this saw and found out I spread out the payments with “Bill me later” without interest, I jumped on it.

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 05:52 PM

I’ve been very pleased with my Grizzly G0690 since I bought it about five months ago. Prior to that, I had a Jet 3hp cabinet that was fine, but I wanted a saw with updated safety and operational features. For the money, you can’t beat Grizzly products.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 05:58 PM

Bought this one from Sears about ten years ago, no complaints, and accurate. Mine came with a Biesmeyer fence which I see they’ve since discontinued. Replaced the OEM mitre gauge with an Incra. Otherwise a good unit.

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 06:13 PM

Well good advice dictates that you first say how much you are willing to spend. How much space you have, and finally can you do 220v or greater? Finally where are you located? If you can do 220v and budget is not in question, then sawstop without question. I’m getting ready to upgrade my 3hp griz with 7’ rails to a 5hp ICS and will be selling mine cheap if you are in PA, lets talk. I could also say check craigs list in your area for an old american iron beast that you could rehab and use. Great tools cheap that way. If you can’t do 220 then maybe a 1.75 hp sawstop or a sears zipcode saw maybe. It all depends on your wants and utilities available to you.

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#8 posted 01-14-2014 06:30 PM

if you provide some useful information (what you want to do, projects envisioned, the budget, ... ), it will be easier to give you some recommendations. Not knowing that is like shooting in the dark. Good luck in your choice

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 06:57 PM

Have you checked on this site?
Two very good saws were posted a short time ago.

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#10 posted 01-14-2014 10:48 PM

Thank you for the replies. As far as budget goes I was hoping to be 500 or less. Space is pretty tight so the ability to move it would be a plus. As far as projects go, I have been doing coffee tables and book cases and other small tables. I would like to start some light cabinet making. I have the possibility of 220 but would prefer 110.

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#11 posted 01-14-2014 10:55 PM

Are you ok with a used saw or are you looking for new?

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#12 posted 01-15-2014 01:32 AM

Dewalt dw745

If you can find the 745 at your local HD for $229, hard to beat deal.

I bought one a couple months ago for $300, and I’m happy with it.

So far, I only work on small pieces and it works fine. The top is only about 2×2, so larger pieces could be a problem. If you want to work larger pieces, and spend a little more, the rigid is supposed to be nice.


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#13 posted 01-15-2014 01:43 AM

Just get the blue one. Blue goes with everything. The red one will clash with the drill press, the white one will get dirty, the yellow one will look good originally but eventually you’ll get tired of looking at all that yellow. So just go with the blue and you’ll be happy.
For features – the more plastic the better. Plastic is modern, plastic is the future. They’ve even got plastic in space now. You can’t go wrong with plastic. Sure plastic breaks, but you can fix it with duct tape. Can’t do that with cast iron can ya? And get a universal motor. Loud is good, louder is great. You want a universal motor so when you’re feeling froggy because your neighbor’s baby hasn’t stopped crying for 12 hours, or the guy across the street let his dog cr@p on your lawn again, you can go out to the garage at 1 am, open the door and crank up the saw to repay the favor.
Get one with a flimsy fence and a top that flexes under pressure. Woodworking can get tedious, monotonous even if you’re just making one easy cut after another. But a tablesaw that moves underneath your board like it’s sitting on a waterbed, and threatens to trap a piece of expensive birch plywood and propel it up and past your right ear at 200 mph before bouncing it off the Prius just because you had the audacity to trust it – well that adds a hint of excitement to the hobby that will get your adrenaline pumping and keep you coming back for more.

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