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Forum topic by Rivercitykenb posted 01-27-2015 02:53 PM 668 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2015 02:53 PM

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I am VERY new to woodworking (about 6 months into it) and I have made decent progress I think. I have a question about tool priority I would to pose here.

So, I have around $700 I can use to buy my next tool. I am thinking about getting the best table saw I can within my price range because the one I have now is horrible (the ~$100 skil 10” saw from lowes). However, I recently purchased a festool TS55 track saw, which so far has made up for that. The only problem I have with the track saw is repeating cuts of the same size accurately. I do not have a Planer, but I do have a joiner (although it desperatly needs new blades) I have a miter saw (I built a fancy stand for that, my crown jewel of woodworking so far). I have a dust collector, a shop vac, orbital sander, paint/stain sprayer, router and some other things.

So I guess my question is, Should I get a better table saw? a router table? should I just get the accessories for my TS55 that would make repeating cuts easy? I am stumped and want to make the best decision.

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#1 posted 01-27-2015 03:06 PM

It really depends on how you work and what you build. A good TS is #1 in my shop and is where I’d focus my budget and resources at this stage if you plan to stick with wwing, and use a TS regularly. The usual suspects for decent full size stationary saws < $600 include the Delta 36-725, Ridgid R4512, and Craftsman 21833. Craigslist might offer some gems too. Just one opinion…

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 03:15 PM

As always, as many there are woodworkers there are options. If it was me and I had a Festool tracksaw with the track, I’d go with a Decent bandsaw. If I was working only in my closed off room in our house instead of the basement, I’d invest in a good set of handsaws and a jointer plane.

A router table should be after a good TS and BS if you were asking me.

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 03:18 PM

I agree it depends on how you work. A TS is central to what I do. I would add the Bosch 4100 TS to the above list. I think knotscott meant the Delta 35-725 not 6, which would be my pick if I had room. I need collapsing fence rails for a reduced standing footprint. Since you have a tracksaw, you don’t need a big cabinet saw to breakdown sheet ply. I think all these saws fit your budget. Research blade alignment for the Ridgid – don’t believe I would consider it. If you know much about machines, craigslist is great. If you don’t know what you’re looking at, buying used can be a real problem. I highly recommend a TS with an easy to remove/height adjust riving knife.

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#4 posted 01-27-2015 03:26 PM

It depends what your project goals are. That being said I add another vote for a good table saw. The table saw does so many things well. My hybrid saw is used more than any other power tool.

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 03:33 PM

Take your $700 and get a 2nd hand TS and a 2nd hand planer from Craigslist.

You should be able to get a Rigid TS and a dewalt 735 planer for that if you shop around.

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