|Forum topic by revance||posted 02-03-2015 05:21 PM||947 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
02-03-2015 05:21 PM
A friend of mine came to me for some advice on buying a table saw. He has some gift cards to a specific retailer, so he is somewhat limited on what models he has available to him. His budget is about $300 (further limiting options) and he sent me a link to a small portable table saw for my opinion. He is not a woodworker, but rather wants the saw for various home improvement projects. He said he would mostly be cutting up sheet stock cutting some dimensional lumber.
I personally have a Unisaw and have never been impressed with the versatility or ease of use of small table saws.
I think a track saw would DEFINITELY be better for cutting up sheet stock. I have a hard enough time doing that on my Unisaw, I can’t imagine doing it on a little portable table saw. He already has a compound miter saw that he can use for most cross cuts.
When I brought it up, he was less than impressed with the idea because he is already clamping a straight edge to boards and ripping with a circular saw and that is the reason he wants a table saw. I have never used a track saw, so I can’t tell him with any authority that a track saw will be better than what he is already doing.
I would really appreciate any thoughts or opinions on the matter. I don’t want to lead him down the wrong path, but I have a hard time recommending a little table saw like that for anyone who plans on performing long rips (especially with sheet stock).
Which would you recommend for him? A $275 Grizzly track saw or a $300 small table saw?