Purchasing first table saw

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Forum topic by Drewble posted 08-25-2014 03:56 PM 908 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2014 03:56 PM

My name is Drew and I am new to this forum. I am conducting research around my area and seeing what other people are purchasing in terms of a table saw. I am a recent graduate, and as a graduation present to myself I will be purchasing a nice table saw. I have browsed the forums here, over at and I have come to conclusion that the quality of saw comes down to luck, who you know and how much you are willing to spend. I have about $700 to purchase my table saw.

This is one that I am going to question:

It is a Delta Unisaw from around 1987 is when it was built. Would this be a good starting option? I am very new to woodworking, but would prefer to have something safe to make cuts. And something that will last a very long time.

I also considered a craftsman 113 belt drive saw and do some renovation to it.

I am from Toledo OH (recent survivor of the Water algea bloom), and I am willing drive within a 90 mile radius. So Detroit, Ann Arbor, etc…

I would certainly appreciate any feedback.

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#1 posted 08-25-2014 04:04 PM

I bought a saw like that to replace my old Sears
If the Sears kicked back – it usually just jammed and the wood didn’t fly

not so four hours after I had my UNISAW

If I had purchased a new Powermatic or Delta [with the sate of art riving knife] – well today – I would have a new saw in my shop AND a thumb that still worked – maybe – and for about the same or less cost

But thats me

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#2 posted 08-25-2014 04:09 PM

See what others have to say but I bought a Delta Contractors 10” saw with a decent fence system back in 2001. The owner of the local company that I bought it from, set it up for me and I haven’t done anything but clean and lube lift from time to time and change the blades. It has been well used over the years and it cuts just as good today as it did when it was new. Cuts good enough that I’ve used it for jointing pieces for laid up bowls and inlays for goblet turnings. I’ve never regreted getting it and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Just my 2c worth.
Happy hunting.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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