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Forum topic by woodengolfer posted 12-11-2014 04:51 PM 945 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2014 04:51 PM

Hello All & seasons Greetings

I am currently looking at purchasing another table saw. Currently a have a Craftsman saw that is about 12 years old. At the time I paid about $200 for it.

I can not spend a huge amount of money on a new saw…...... probably under $700.00

Any suggestions on a brand or model would be appreciated.

P.S. I was thinking amount the Rigid table saw at home depot.

Look forward to all suggestions

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#1 posted 12-11-2014 04:57 PM

If I had it all to do over again I would of bought a SAWSTOP Contractors saw. I still might after taxes this spring

-- Rich

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#2 posted 12-11-2014 05:04 PM

Lol oh my gosh, well there are about 2 or 3 active threads covering the ridgid vs delta saws in your price range. I am not trying to be a jerk at all, but do yourself a favor and check out those, it should answer your questions.

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#3 posted 12-11-2014 05:05 PM

Home Depot as you stated has a Ridgid and Lowes has a low-end delta in the $500-$600 range. Or if you’re ok with a used saw you might see if you can find a used cabinet saw on Craigslist.

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#4 posted 12-11-2014 05:12 PM

You should search the Ridgid 4512 on this site and you’ll see why you SHOULDN’T buy it. I’d grab the new Delta from Lowes if I were in the market for a new, mid-priced saw.

The $700 pricepoint is a “no man’s land” in the NEW table saw market. Not too many choices there. You can get the 4512 (Home Depot) or the new Delta contractor saw (Lowes) for ~$500ish. Past that, you’re probably going to venture into entry level cabinet/hybrid saws that cost $1,000 on up.

A few suggestions:
- Save up another $300-400 and get an entry-level cabinet saw from Grizzly, Steel City, etc.
- Buy a used cabinet saw off of craigslist or ebay. I see great deals all the time, depending on what region you live in and/or how far you’re willing to drive. $700 would get a VERY nice saw in the DC region if you’re patient.
- Buy a used (good quality) contractor saw off Craigslist and upgrade the fence. This is what I ultimately ended-up with. I paid ~$80 for a used Craftsman 113 series saw and $185 for a new fence. End result was a highly capable, accurate saw that meets (even exceeds) my needs as a hobbyist.

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#5 posted 12-11-2014 05:15 PM

I’d go looking for old American piece of iron. For that budget you could find an old delta or powermatic that would do a great job. Or, you could as I did save for a long time sold my old saw and got the sawstop. It was hard saving but I did it and won’t ever have to get another one.

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

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#6 posted 12-11-2014 05:19 PM

The Grizzly hybrid saw is $750, plus shipping. So, close to your budget.

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#7 posted 12-11-2014 05:31 PM

Heard good things about the grizzly hybrid. Also, you could get a decent unisaw for 700$.

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#8 posted 12-11-2014 05:35 PM

I’ll second/third ;)

The idea of looking seriously at the Grizzly hybrid saw. It is a bit more than what you had in mind, but you get a lot more saw for not much more in the long run.

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#9 posted 12-11-2014 05:37 PM

Teds right on some of the 4512 Ridgid saws but the problem they had has been resolved on the newest version.
If you can stretch your budget a new Grizzly Hybrid would certainly be a good choice too.

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#10 posted 12-11-2014 05:56 PM

I have the Delta 36-725 and if you are just a hobbyist or weekend woodworker I highly suggest checking it out.

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#11 posted 12-11-2014 06:36 PM

I purchased the Delta 36-725 this summer when my Hitachi died a horrible death. My price ceiling was the same as what you’re talking about. Considering that my available funds could not hope to cover a decent saw AND $200 shipping that meant the orange or the blue. I also converted the motor to run on 220 which on this saw mean simply flipping a switch instead of rearranging jumper wires. It runs even smoother now.

The orange one has some pretty sever alignment problems that have not been fixed in any iteration of the saw and are pretty well documented. True, you’re not guaranteed to get a bad saw (many, many have not) if you do you will likely not be able to fix it completely. You can then try and tote it back to the store or live with inaccuracy. I couldn’t afford the risk in time so I opted to not get the orange. Plus it just didn’t look as well made or finished, I know that is not a very technical or scientific approach but something like a table saw needs to feel solid to me and this just didn’t

The blue I got and love it. I’ve only heard two real bitches about the saw before I bought it and after looking at it and disregarded both.

1) It only has a 2 1/2” dust port. It does, but I think that fact as a complaint only exists because of years of 4” dust ports being marketed as the greatest thing ever by tool manufacturers and a misunderstanding of what makes good dust collection. Good dust collection means (to me anyway) getting as much of the sawdust as possible out of your face and out of the tool. You don’t want to breathe anymore of it than you have to, making it hard to see the work piece and you don’t want it clogging your tool. The blue has a shroud around the blade area that feeds into the 2 1/2” dust port and does a great job of catching the dust. I’ve only dropped a little dust under the saw when I didn’t notice a large chip had blocked the chute partially. A zero clearance insert replacing the factory insert has stopped that from happening again. I put a Fernco adapter on the piece sticking out of the back of the saw so I can put the hose from my dust collector on it and the dust collection is much better than on my Hitachi that had a 4” dust port on the bottom.

2) The front rail is a split rail. While true on the original version of the saw (my version) I believe that has been replaced with a solid front rail on current versions. My experience with the split rail on this saw is limited. I did have it on and installed originally and even though it is split it lined up square on both sides of the blade with no real problem and only a little extra time to line it up properly. I think the orange has a split rail anyway so this shouldn’t be a deciding factor between the two. I did have a chance to get the 36-T30 fence for half price about a month after I got the saw and replaced the stock fence with that. I only had a chance to build a few sets of utility shelves for the shop with the original fence on the saw but the performance was dead on so I’d say I was happy with it.

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