|Forum topic by eltee||posted 193 days ago||1452 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
193 days ago
HD has the Bosch on sale for $480 (Lowes actually has it in stock and will match HD’s prices) and Sears has the 21833 for $460. I’ve read about the alignment issues common with the 21833/R4512, so there’s that potential headache… What do you guys think, entry level contractor’s saw or high end portable? I’m pretty new to woodworking but have jumped into the deep end lately and need a table saw. I’d like to get something I can grow into, but $500 is about the extent of my budget. Portability would be nice, but not really required because I’m not going to be hauling this thing outside of my garage/drive-way… unless I can ;)
Oh, the Ridgid R4512 isn’t an option because HD in my area doesn’t stock them and they won’t ship it to the store. Having them ship it to my home is my only option and would be another $100 over the $530 MSRP.
My upcoming projects include some built-in bookcases, shop cabinets, kid’s bed, storage shed and some front porch repairs. Once I get some more experience, I’d love to tackle building new kitchen cabinets (nothing too fancy), but that’s probably not going to happen for a while.
I do have it assembled now and more or less tuned, which made cuts with the stock blade much smoother. I’m glad it didn’t turn into a project on its own as I was initially afraid of. I ditched the anti-kickback pawls because they were etching grooves into everything I cut. The blade guard and riving knife aren’t bad although sometimes the riving knife will interfere with the wood when using the miter fence to crosscut. That will come off for cross its as soon as I build a sled. All in all it seems like a good saw as there is very little cursing when I’m using it (as opposed to when I’m maintaining it.). For the money, it seems like a good deal.