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Forum topic by 2405 posted 11-05-2014 06:22 PM 1188 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2014 06:22 PM

Long time lurker, first post.

In a bit of a conundrum as to how to move forward with this and am looking for new advice. Before you grill me, I’ve read thread after thread on the subject, but my situation is a bit unique.

Been looking at getting a table saw for really only two purposes; Accurate crosscutting (90 & 45) with a miter sled and ripping/squaring hardwood lumber.

I have a Festool TS55 for breaking down sheet goods (rare) so I really have no need for a large capacity table saw. I have been considering a Dewalt DW745 with an upgraded blade and Incra sled, but am wondering if I will be missing something from the upgrade to something more robust/heavy duty.

Curious to know what others would do in this situation. Also might be good info; I fabricate furniture and lighting (metal/wood mix) and my budget for this can go up to $1K. I only have 110v available to me so a used 220v Unisaw (while a nice option) is out. Space is a bit of an issue, but I can make a larger saw work if need be. Also, I have run through two miter saws now for crosscutting and have found their accuracy not quite what I’d like hence the decision to go for a table saw with a sled. I also considered the MFT/3, but I think the table saw will be much better suited for ripping.

Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 11-05-2014 06:43 PM

For the money you are going to spend on the dewalt you should easily be able to find a used contractor saw. Its not unheard of to find a craftsman contractor saw for around $100, usually thats going to come with a stock fence. Another 200 or so should get you a better fence and you are set. A used CS with an induction motor will usually outlast the universal motor in the dewalt. After all is said and done you will have a bigger, stronger, and more functional saw. If you are going to be largely stationary then you will get much better results on of a CS rather than job site saw. If you have a budget of 1k then I would highly suggest the Delta contractor saw at Lowes, price is $600 before any discounts and from all accounts it is a solid saw.

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#2 posted 11-05-2014 06:49 PM

I wouldn’t ever buy a tiny jobsite saw unless I had NO other choice. Larger saws, even traditional contrctor saws, have many benefits. Smoother, quieter induction motors; larger working surfaces, more robust materials/construction; standard miter slots; more mass to resist moving around while working.

Buy one of the several offerings from Grizzly or snag a Craftsman/Ridgid contractor saw off of Craigslist. Get a mobile base so you can move it out of the way as needed.
My .02

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#3 posted 11-05-2014 06:51 PM

That Delta is on my list of possibilities as is the Ridgid R4512. More worried about the Ridgid and the problems it has going out of alignment (never found any thread in regards to that problem being permanently fixed?). I have been on CL and Ebay local everyday for a month searching for a decent contractor saw. So far no bueno; either people are trying to get $500 for saws that should be going for $100 or they’re trying to sell rusty junk. Seen a few nice 220v options for good prices, but I am in a commercial space that refuses to wire a 220 outlet (can’t complain, space is super cheap).

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#4 posted 11-05-2014 06:56 PM

Make sure to check ebay, have seen pretty good deals there and you may find one local.

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#5 posted 11-05-2014 07:17 PM

Based on your description of what you wish to use this saw for I would suggest something along this line. I know that it is well over your budget but if you are serious about investing in a good saw that will fit your current as well as future needs then you should think about something like this. I purchased a standard cabinet saw with a 50 in. fence for about $1000.00 less. Now I wish that I have invested the extra in something like this. Yes it is 230 volt so that and the price may kick this out. But still it is a nice saw for a small shop.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/10-Sliding-Table-Saw-with-Scoring-Blade-Arbor/G0700

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#6 posted 11-05-2014 07:46 PM

It may be worth checking with the sellers that have 220v motors to see if they can be rewired. I bought a 70’s era Delta contractor with an original motor wired for 120v and switched it to 220v. It only took a few wire swaps and a new plug and it would be just as easy to go back to 120. The downside with 120 is you are limited on power. When my 1.5hp motor was wired for 120v/18A it pulled enough to trip the 20A breaker on start up so I switched it to 220v/9A. But I did what David suggested above – buy a used saw for 100 and put a new fence on for 150 and have a saw that runs like a new one worth 600.

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#7 posted 11-05-2014 07:46 PM

Yeah, unfortunately that’s way out of budget and capabilities of the shop.

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#8 posted 11-05-2014 07:59 PM

Try running an ad on Craigslist for a table saw wanted ,make sure to put the maximum price you can afford. I’ve had better luck putting wanted ads under the” tools for sale” section instead of the “wanted”section.
I agree with the others that your better off getting a contractor style saw and stay away portable saws.

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#9 posted 11-05-2014 08:09 PM

What city are you in? Some people here might have used stuff for sale, as well as possibility to let you know of good deals in the area.

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#10 posted 11-05-2014 08:21 PM

My setup is in Burbank, CA. Obviously I could pickup anywhere in/around Los Angeles.

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#11 posted 11-06-2014 06:57 PM

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/tls/4743048919.html

How about this, with your budget you could get it, get a better fence. And if the motor is 220, you could get a 1 1/2 120v motor and still stay below your budget.

Or this if you want to go cheaper
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/tls/4741660833.html

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#12 posted 11-06-2014 07:17 PM

After much deliberation I have decided to go with a new Delta from Lowes. I’ve read mostly good things. If I can somehow shrink the fence rails down, it will be perfect.

Thanks everyone for the input.

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#13 posted 11-06-2014 07:37 PM

Find someone with a chop saw and a metal cutting blade and you are good to go. If you have any confidence in your grinding skills get a cheapie from Harbor Freight and go at it.

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#14 posted 11-06-2014 08:06 PM

Got the metal side of things covered completely. Just still working the kinks out on the woodworking side (much to learn still)

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