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Forum topic by izak posted 02-22-2009 09:36 PM 2662 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2009 09:36 PM

I have been dabbling on Weekends with some Woodworking Projects (Spent the last two years learning new skils and building some much needed Jigs.) I have not yet made anything for sale and probably will not anytime soon. I just like to have something new to build! I acquired a used Craftsman TS with a Universal Motor. This TS has a cheaply made Fence and it is very difficult to get the blade aligned with the Mitre Slot. I invested in the TS Aligner Jr and have not been able to get it aligned properly. I like to ensure that my cuts fit well… so to reduce the frustration, I have budgeted some bucks for a good TS in 2009.
So far, I have placed the Laguna MTS 0300-0180 as my preference (Cabinet saw, 10” left-Tilt, 3 HP-230VAC-$2000) I am attracted by the construction, especially the use of two bearings on the spindle mount.
Any words of caution or alternative offerings for my consideration? – BR, Izak

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#1 posted 02-22-2009 10:15 PM

I have read in these forums that Laguna customer service bites. In that price range you can get a Saw-Stop, but don’t ask me because I am thoroughly pleased with my Rigid TS3660 ($399).

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#2 posted 02-22-2009 10:19 PM

Like you I am in the midst of upgrading my Craftsman saw that I have fought with for over a decade now. I really am considering both a Powermatic 2000 or a Sawstop. After seeing Aldente's post 9 days ago I am inclined to go with the Sawstop. The cabinet saw will run close to 5K but 2K puts you in the range of the contractor’s model saw.

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#3 posted 02-22-2009 10:35 PM

I just clicked on Scott’s link to Aldente’s post. Absolutely the best reason to consider the Sawstop.

I can’t justify the Sawstop cabinet saw, but as a reach can justify the SS Contractor saw. Anyway my wife is adamant that I go for the added safety of the Sawstop technology. Now the hard part, saving money for the purchase.

Best luck with your table saw upgrade.


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#4 posted 02-22-2009 11:07 PM

I have gone through a bunch of table saws on the way to my Powermatic PM2000 which I have been using for almost three years now and I still love it every time I have to cut something. I like everything about this machine and have yet to find anything I don’t like about it, even a little. I have a review of it with lots of photos and video at the link below if more info would help.

PM2000 Review

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#5 posted 02-22-2009 11:11 PM

I have had a made in the USA Delta 10” Contractor”s saw that I bought new in 1995 with a Unifence and a mobile base. I added a paddle switch and link belt, plus improved the dust collection on it dramatically. I’ve been a woodworker for about 28 years and I see no reason to buy anything else unless I was running a fulltime shop, been there, done that, didn’t work. I prefer to spend the money on something else, one can never have enough tools, it never ends. I don’t do as much woodworking as I use to, but I’m still buying tools. Welcome to Toolaholics.

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#6 posted 02-23-2009 09:28 PM

Check the cost of shipping. Depending where you live it could be huge. I got a quote a year ago for $388 to ship to MA.
I finally got another brand locally.

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#7 posted 02-23-2009 10:08 PM

I would suggest to look for an Used Saw, look for good deals specially these days with many people broke selling tools and entire shops; look this guy for example.
I sold my Powermatic 66 last year for the same reason, an outstanding machine to consider.

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#8 posted 02-26-2009 12:44 AM

Thnx. I appreciate all the replies from the Jocks. Really nice to be part of the Group!

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#9 posted 03-01-2009 10:37 PM

If you like the Laguna Platinum saw, take a good look at the Grizzly G0691 for $1500 shipped. The two have a great deal in common.

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#10 posted 03-02-2009 04:12 AM

I bought a Steel City a year and a half ago. Really like it. Had a motor switch problem but SC customer service was incredibly responsive. You might want to check out their granite table tops which is quite novel. No more rusting tables! They also provide riving knives now (but then again, most do now). Although the Saw Stop is unsurpassed in safety. If I had it all to do over again, I would be tempted to go with Saw Stop for the safety but the riving knives offered now make probably get you to 80% as safe as the Saw Stop.

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#11 posted 03-02-2009 04:21 AM

The Steel City table saws you have to do your homework on, many of them are Hybrids, but they do sell the more traditional beefy cabinet saw also, you just need to know which ones they are, and they would be the Deluxe cabinet saws.

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