Anyone know if this table saw is a good buy?

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12-29-2014 03:54 PM

I have been holding out for a SawStop (I’m a Chiropractor – need those fingers), however my wife and I are just about to start our DIY kitchen remodel and I need a good saw to do some cabinet work. I found this Dewalt “cabinet” saw on Craigslist (I don’t think its a true cabinet saw). Anyone have experience with this saw? I was thinking about low balling a $400-500 offer and using this saw for the next few years until I’m ready to buy a SawStop…....Thoughts? (We just moved into this house in August, and I finally have a shop, so this will be my permanent saw in the shop)

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#1 posted 12-29-2014 04:09 PM

In that cross cut picture posted above that’s exactly what you shouldn’t

ever do. Ever.

Get the SawStop Doc!

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 04:16 PM

If you can afford it go with the SawStop.

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 04:22 PM

The DW746 was a good saw….it was the first of the modern hybrids, was made in the USA, was available with an optional slider, optional cast wings, and optional rip capacity. It has table mounted trunnions, and uses a traditional splitter. The main knocks were that the fence wasn’t on par with fences on other $900 saws, but it’s decent, and overall it’s a well made tool. What’s pictured is it’s most basic configuration that sold new for ~ $900 IIRC, which makes $600 a tad on a high side IMHO. I’d offer ~ $400-$450 and see where it goes.

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#4 posted 12-29-2014 04:33 PM

knotscott has you covered, as usual. My biggest concern is that the CL listing looks like a stock photo, not a pic of the actual machine.

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#5 posted 12-29-2014 04:42 PM

You need to see it in person. That looks like a stock photo and the real beast may be in poor shape. Wording seems like person selling it knows nothing about the saw or there would be more details.

$400-$450 if it is pristine or has a extras like a good aftermarket fence.

If you truly “need those fingers” to make your living, then go the sawstop route or have the work done until you can afford one. I’m not a sawstop fanboy and don’t have one, just seen people limit their life work due to an accident. Just think, nobody coming to you for adjustment decided to have the incident or life style that got them there.


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#6 posted 12-29-2014 04:43 PM

knotscott has you covered, as usual. My biggest concern is that the CL listing looks like a stock photo, not a pic of the actual machine.

- JayT

I agree with JayT about being concerned with a stock photo. Before you get your hopes up or perhaps travel a long distance to see the saw, ask the seller to send you a photo of the actual saw….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 12-29-2014 04:55 PM

I might look for a saw with a traditional T-Square fence like a Jet or Delta.
A good fence takes the headache out of tablesaw work.
If you look at this saw, confirm that the fence stays parallel with the blade when resetting it.

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#8 posted 12-29-2014 05:52 PM

The Dewalt is cheap deal but it won’t solve your” I’m a Chiropractor – need those fingers” statement. if you have been holding out…it is better to hold ten fingers out instead of 8 or 9… We all need and use our fingers regardless of our occupation and all it takes is one fraction of a second slip…My thought is if you plan to eventually get the SawStop and can afford it then buy it now while you still have all ten fingers

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#9 posted 12-29-2014 07:41 PM

I’m a guitarist among other things and I need all my fingers
too. I don’t use a sawstop but I do use a blade guard
when I can. I set up cuts the way I want them and
I don’t need to see the cut line. I can feel the cut,
listen to the machine and can smell if the wood is
getting scorched. In terms of safety in crosscutting
this is covered by using a miter gauge with a fence
that goes up close to the blade. These are available
aftermarket from Incra and other makers.

In terms of ripping solid wood, I prefer a retracted,
or short, European style fence. This style of fence
when retracted allows the wood to move when tension
is released in cutting. A riving knife splitter behind
the blade keeps the kerf open if the wood wants
to move the other way.

A sliding table attachment was available for that saw.

For cutting up plywood for cabinet boxes a system like
the Ez-Smart track saw with “repeaters” is safer than
a table saw. Festool makes a similar, pricier getup.

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#10 posted 12-29-2014 08:37 PM

At $600 you could buy the new Delta with a riving knife and better fence.

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#11 posted 12-29-2014 09:45 PM

To me, this is way overpriced. I’d say $350-400 would be a better offer. Especially considering he put up a stock photo, instead of taking the time to photo his own saw. (Does that mean there is something wrong with his??)
I almost always pass by people who put up stock photos, due to experience telling me that the real thing looks nothing like the stock photo.

Think contractor, running this thing for months on end, day after day, now finally wearing it out and trying to buy a new contractor saw to keep his business running…

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#12 posted 12-30-2014 01:09 AM

For cutting up plywood for cabinet boxes a system like
the Ez-Smart track saw with “repeaters” is safer than
a table saw. Festool makes a similar, pricier getup.

- Loren

I think Loren makes a good point to consider a track system or track saw. I’m using a 10” hybrid (Craftsman 21833)—i’m not in bad shape for 58, but it’s amazing how hard it is to handle a quarter sheet of 3/4” ply. Ran across an old but unused EZ-Smart last week on another forum, and it is in transit here as i just don’t want to wrestle sheets of stock. Needed a new circular saw anyway, so that is on the list as well—most likely a Makita 5007MGA, but i may commit to the 5008MGA.

I’m planning on keeping my table saw for ripping solid stock, etc. But, as i’m doing more and more cabinet work i’m beginning to appreciate panel products instead of gluing all my panels. I’m in sales by day, mix sound for my wife’s band at church, strum a 6 string (i already don’t have rhythm, so i can’t afford a reduction in talent!!)


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#13 posted 12-30-2014 01:20 AM

I’m going to give you the same justification I plan on using next summer when I get to my kitchen remodel. (I’m remodeling my bathroom right now – kitchen is next). So here it is:

Look at the price of cabinets. A mid-range set of solid wood cabinets costs around $10K. Making your own will cost way way way way way way way less. With all that money saved, you can justify the cost of the Sawstop as part of the total remodel expense. And if you factor in the $500 you’re willing to spend on the used Dewalt, the Sawstop will cost even less.

Just buy the Sawstop and be done with it.

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#14 posted 12-30-2014 01:26 AM

I’ve had that saw for about ten years now, love it. I have the sliding table on the left. Very good motor/blade mount, never have any issues with it. I think DKV has one, too. Certainly worth a look, but I don’t think I’d pay $600 for a saw that old unless it was in incredible condition.

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#15 posted 12-30-2014 01:36 AM

Did someone say guitar player with five fingers….... one hand.

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