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Forum topic by indplswoodworking posted 08-12-2014 10:02 PM 1423 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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indplswoodworking

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08-12-2014 10:02 PM

I am considering upgrading my table saw. This will be the third time.

#1 Craftsman 8IN bench top

#2 Hitatchi Hybrid 10in Table Saw

#3 ??

I am considering upgrading to a mobile Grizzly , Delta , or possibly a Sawstop but curious what others feedback has been on these and other brands. I am a furniture builder and make a variety of items. I cut everything from plywood to hardwoods.

What are your thoughts?

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mikethetermite

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#1 posted 08-12-2014 10:47 PM

If I owned a business or ever buy a new saw it will be a Sawstop. My fingers are worth it. I do like the looks of the mobile Grizzly.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 11:14 PM

Do you have 220v?

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 11:36 PM

Budget?

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TheWoodenOyster

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 12:24 AM

As much stuff as you make, I would go 220 3 hp cabinet saw. CL is the place to find the best deals. Seeing how much you post, and how many projects you make, I think a lifelong saw is in order.

I have a early 90’s unisaw and I love it. I think there are tons of quality cabinet saws out there to do the job. Powermatic, Sawstop, Delta, and Grizzly as well. In the end, you always get what you pay for when you buy new. Used is a different story, sometimes you get great deals, sometimes you get robbed.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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indplswoodworking

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 12:47 AM

I do have 220 available and dont believe that the tool makes the craftsman. I would like to stay under 1k. The fence is the most important thing to me and the ability to handle material under load without roasting. I wish Delta was still USA made.

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#6 posted 08-13-2014 01:14 AM

I’d look for a 12” saw if I were you. In making furniture
I find the extra depth most helpful.

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#7 posted 08-13-2014 01:34 AM

As in all tool purchases, buy the best you can afford. I have a 220v 3hp Unisaw and I’d never have less in a table saw. The idea that you can get this saw new for under $1000 is, in my opinion, impossible. I agree that horsepower and fence are two extremely important factors. You’re not going to get either in a cheap saw.

-- --Dale Page

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#8 posted 08-13-2014 01:52 AM

Is the craftsman 8” benchtop option a joke?

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#9 posted 08-13-2014 02:11 AM

An old Unisaw would be a good choice to keep you under 1k. Here’s one for 1k, probably a little drive for you. Not real old but a good looking one.
http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/tls/4604617178.html

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#10 posted 08-13-2014 02:40 AM

I would vote for a used unisaw, can be had used with a good fence for well under a grand. That’s what I did, paid $600 and have been very happy.

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knotscott

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#11 posted 08-13-2014 09:16 AM

A decent used industrial cabinet saw will probably be the most saw for your money if you can find one near you. Upping your budget to $1400 would get you a new Grizzly G1023RL industrial cabinet saw with a riving knife and warranty, which is also a lot of saw for the money. A new saw for < $1k will definitely be a hybrid or contractor saw.

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

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Crank50

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#12 posted 08-13-2014 04:22 PM



Is the craftsman 8” benchtop option a joke?

- TheFridge

No, he was listing the first two saws he has had. That was not a list of saws being considered.

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SamuraiSaw

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#13 posted 08-13-2014 04:30 PM

Powermatic PM 2000. I wouldn’t consider anything from grizzly unless you want substandard quality and a lot of work getting it up and running.

Avoid Delta as finding parts is becoming a huge issue.

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indplswoodworking

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#14 posted 08-13-2014 09:56 PM

Amazing feedback everyone! To clear up one repeated comment and question. I listed out my previously owned saw in the original post to show the evolution in saws.

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#15 posted 08-14-2014 11:51 AM

I just picked up a Sawstop contractor model and love it, to bad your in Indiana and I’m in WI – could cut you a deal on my old (5 month’s old) setup which is a Ridgid granite top with an Incra TS-LS fence on it. I would recommend the Sawstop if you could afford it.

-- --Tom - Saint Francis, WI

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