|Forum topic by bryandive||posted 02-18-2015 07:21 PM||1186 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
02-18-2015 07:21 PM
I have been shopping around and researching table saws. I recently moved into a new house and have a host of projects that all require a table saw (in addition to always wanting one to expand my hobby). During my research I found this site and have read a lot of the threads. I have also read knotscott’s “The ABCs of Table Saws” and other information from him and other people here and around the net.
In part all of this information just makes it harder for me to really decide what I want and need. So, I would like to get some of your opinions on what I need.
To start here are some of the projects I am planning to do over the next few years:
Now I have read and now the old adage of buy the biggest and best you can afford and while there is truth to that I also know that there is such a thing as overkill. While the fanciest Delta Unisaw would absolutely do everything I need it to I think it may be more than I actually need. But I am not totally sure so that is why I am here to ask everyone here for their opinion.
some of the saws I have been looking at and my thoughts about them:
The first two I am using as kind of benchmarks so to speak. I know a portable unit is not really going to fit my need and since it will be setup in a shop I do not need to move it around much if at all anyway.
As mentioned above, now I know this saw would absolutely do everything I need, but is it overkill?
will this size and style fit what I want to do, make kitchen cabinets? Reading everything and talking to people I think it will but I do not want to just think it will be sufficient and then go to make my cabinets and have the saw fall short. I rather spend a little extra and get what I need.
In comparison to the Delta 36-725 I looked at a Powermatic:
reading the specs between the Delta 36-725 and this Powermatic 64B I really cannot tell a difference, but the price for the Powermatic is $1000 more. What am I missing?
I have also looked at the larger Powermatic cabinet saws and have the same question as I do between the two Delta saws. Are the cabinet saws overkill?
Grizzly G0175P looked like a good option. It seems to be a solid saw with some advantages of a cabinet saw but not going all the way keeping the price a bit lower.
Steel City saws have been talked about and seem to have a good reputation. I do not really know enough to distinguish them between the other brands.
Then there is Jet, which also has a good reputation and seems to be another good option.
Then there is SawStop. I do like there blade stopping and retracting technology. I always practice safety but things can happen. While I do not currently have kids we are looking to and I would most likely be teaching my kids to use this saw someday. So this safety feature does interest me.
Now I have not decided on any of the saws and as I said, I cannot really tell the difference between a lot of them. Can anyone help guide me to a good saw that will meet my needs but not be overkill? If it is a saw that is not listed here then please let me know about it.
I am also willing to look at a saw and then get some aftermarket products in order to improve its performance so some options in that realm are also viable.
Thanks everyone, I appreciate the advice.