Mid Range Table Saw Recommendations?

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Forum topic by Doug posted 01-05-2015 10:43 PM 1246 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2015 10:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw hybrid

Hey Folks,

I need help selecting a mid priced saw – something in the $600 – $750 range. Here’s why:

I’ve slowly been ratcheting up the quality in my shop. For years I was mostly working on home improvement projects and used a couple of Ryobi table saws – which were perfectly fine for dragging around the house, working on decks, and some larger renovations projects.

Of late I have been doing a lot more in the way of detailed woodworking projects and the portable Ryobi BTS-20 which is great on the job site just doesn’t cut it anymore. No sense in having good jigs and measurements if the saw can’t be really good once set up.

I’ve seen a craftsman at $650 and a Rigid at $600 – both seem to have better material – iron over plastic, blade guards, better fences and (finally) locking height adjustment.

Any thoughts on a brand to look at (or avoid?) Any help and suggestions would be very much appreciated. I need this saw to last me at least a good 10 – 12 years before we are looking at retirement and I can build my dream shop!



-- Back at it after a 35 year break...

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#1 posted 01-05-2015 10:51 PM

I bought the Grizzly G0715P a few years ago and haven’t looked back. Cuts everything I need it to and, after tuning it up, is very accurate. Plus, it can run 120 or 208.

Do a search and read the reviews, lots of historical threads about this very topic with tons of information.

Good luck!

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#2 posted 01-05-2015 11:04 PM

The Ridgid has (or had) issues with maintaining blade alignment. Whether that’s been solved or not, I don’t know. Maybe others will respond that are new Ridgid owners.

Which Craftsman? The Professional ? If it is the Professional I don’t remember reading any negative opinions about it. Maybe someone else will post better info for you.

I do remember last year seeing sales ads offering this saw below $500.00. Now that some Sears and some Kmart stores are closing their doors (depending on your area) maybe you will find a good deal.

I’ve read good reviews on the new Delta offered at Lowes…

IMO, if you can part with more $$ then look into Grizzly….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 11:48 PM

I have an Ridgid R4512 at home, bought another for work (1 of 3 there including a SawStop) and a colleague bought one after using it. Great saw for the price, no alignment issues!

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 01:05 AM

I bought a unisaw w 52” rip for 700$.

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