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07-14-2014 03:25 PM

I want to purchase a new saw for my shop and looking for any advice or insight from others. My hobby shop is for my own use but will do some commissioned work at times. I have ample power so the horsepower and amp draw is not an issue. New saw needs to be solid and be able to be fine tune and stay that way. My budget is $2,000 for this saw. I want a 50 inch or larger rip fence also. any help or ideas will be appreciated. thanks

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#1 posted 07-14-2014 04:03 PM

Look for a used cabinet saw.

If you can consider the weight 14” industrial saws can be found
at bargain prices. Many are 3 phase but that’s no big deal really.

For making furniture I really find a 12” or larger saw preferable
to the 10” saw.

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 05:10 PM

I second Loren’s suggest for a used cabinet saw. At that budget you should have no problem finding a clean, lightly used machine with all the features you want. On CL in my area last week was a Powermatic PM2000 with 50” fence that looked new for $1800. Good luck!

-- "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum" - James L. Petigru, 1860

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 05:21 PM

one of the best bangs for the buck available. more value than a used PM costing more and offering no warranty.

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

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#4 posted 07-14-2014 05:34 PM

You can get a real deal on a used table saw from someone that rarely uses it and wants it out of their garage.

Just take some tools with you to check the fence, table, and blade squareness. Bring several different types of wood and thickness’ too. Melamine, Plywood, and hardwood come to mind but you know better than I what will be the saws primary use.

Ask to run a few test cuts. Bring your own blades ( a rip and a cross cut) just in case the owner still has the original, unserviced blade from the 70’s still on the saw.

If they cut true, no burns, no loss of power, and seems to vibrate very little, grab it.

Spend the bucks you saved on a nice fence (to get whatever cut width you want), quality blades, and an upscale miter gauge.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 07-14-2014 05:37 PM

I’ll take a used Powermatic over ANYTHING grizzly sells anytime.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#6 posted 07-14-2014 06:05 PM

Not to confuse you, but I felt I should say something after Mr. Samurai made such a blanket statement. I’ve had my Grizzly 1023RLW for about 1 year. It’s a good solid saw. It came tuned up and ready to go. Only a minor adjustment to the 90 degree stop. I also have a Grizzly 17” band saw that I’m quite happy with. I don’t think I’m the only satisfied customer out there. Do your own due diligence, and good luck with your decision.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#7 posted 07-14-2014 06:18 PM

You don’t say what part of the country your in, but you may want to watch some of the goverment sights for some decent deals on used ones

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#8 posted 07-14-2014 06:28 PM

Checking the used market is worth a look. If you want new, the Grizzly 3hp cabinet saws are a great bang for the buck, and leave money for a mobile base, good blade or two, and maybe even an aftermarket miter gauge. It’s worth noting that any saw over 2hp is best run with 220v.

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#9 posted 07-14-2014 06:57 PM

I have a 691 and could not be happier. I like the added safety of the riving knife. Fit, finish and set up were great right out of the box. If a riving knife is not a concern then I would find an old PM, delta or just about any cabinet saw made before 1970.


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#10 posted 07-14-2014 07:06 PM

The Grizzly saws have many good and very few bad reviews. Don’t be fooled too much by the brand names as most of the newer machinery is very much the same, some even coming from the same factory overseas. You can’t go wrong with an older PM66 or Unisaw as they’re both available with a 52” fence and can easily last forever if you take care of them.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#11 posted 07-15-2014 02:13 AM

Save a few pennies and buy a sawstop. Safety and a fantastic saw! TM2CW

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#12 posted 07-15-2014 02:34 AM

Don’t forget an incra miter gauge.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 07-15-2014 02:38 AM

Don’t forget ebay. Saw some greats deals recently. Get it? Saw?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#14 posted 07-15-2014 03:56 PM

THANKS for the input on this. I live in North Dakota so shipping on a used saw is a issue for me. We have on tool dealer in the area that is not a big box store and CL has a few saws being all 3 phase, so my one tool dealer is my choice without driving 350 miles. I am leaning to Powermatic w/3hp but pushing my budget. Anyone have any reviews on Jet saws.

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#15 posted 07-15-2014 04:22 PM

Dozer57 – Here’s my review on the Baileigh cabinet saw I bought new several months back. Even brand new it should be in your wheelhouse. For $100 more you can get the 50+” rip capacity (I opted not to get it due to space). I can’t begin to say enough about this machine. There aren’t many (if any) Baileigh reviews out there just yet as they’re newer to the industry, but feel free to contact me with any questions and I’ll do my best to answer.
Baileigh Cabinet Saw review/thread

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