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Forum topic by thebaldguy posted 05-17-2009 10:43 PM 4595 views 1 time favorited 47 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2009 10:43 PM

I’m wanting to get a new table saw. I have a portable craftsman from Sears and while this has actually been a good saw the negatives are getting too much to overcome. I have a limited shop space so it has to be portable or easily moved around. I need a universal miter slot (since the craftsman was not) and would like decent rip capacity. There are so many different options on the market so I’m looking for help to narrow down my choices. Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-17-2009 11:02 PM

Hey b guy
I think that you should always buy a Saw stop for saftey. But if your budget will not allow $2000 plus
My choice for a lower cost saw would be a ridgid now the model I looked at for a student of mine might have been discontuned and the one they have now is a new ridgid with a slate top and riving knife. I’m not a convert to slate table tops but if the fence moved and locks like the older model then I would say give it a look I think they are in the $600 range. I know lots of hobbiest like sears pretty low on my list. I would also look in grizzly products I’ve have good luck with there tools and they have resonable prices. The detail I really think is first and formost is a good fence. Its hard to try that on line. then next is power and you have to really forcuse on whether it’s 110 or 220 if you only have 110 . I would try to see any saw your going to get in person and for a lot of people that’s sears, jet,or delta all at some sort of local store. of course there is the used market also, I know Don has one of the Ridgids I recomend for sale but I don’t know how close you are to him.


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#2 posted 05-17-2009 11:37 PM

Take a look at this one, it look good to me

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#3 posted 05-18-2009 12:10 AM

Yah, yah, yah, gotta have a sawstop or you’ll cut your fingers off! $2000 is the low side: plan on $2500 for a sawstop contactor’s saw. [/sarcasm]

Right now, with Ridgid switching to the granite tops, HD is offering the old cast iron Ridgid (TS3660) saws at ~$400. Great bang for the buck in a new saw! Lower than that, you are looking at used.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#4 posted 05-18-2009 12:43 AM

If you are in the Albany, NY area, there is a guy with a brand new Delta 10” table saw for sale. I ahven’t seen it but he claims its still in the box and he’s asking $250.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#5 posted 05-18-2009 01:04 AM

woodchuck was right, Saw Stop Saw Stop Saw Stop Saw Stop Saw Stop

I can see where it gets tiring.

How about this?

UniSaw UniSaw UniSaw UniSaw UniSaw UniSaw UniSaw ;)

Now for something a little more constructive. What price range are you looking at?

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#6 posted 05-18-2009 01:20 AM

lowes is clearanceing out there Delta table saws I got a Delta 979 with the T2 fence for 468, and I love it. I had a craftsman that sounds a lot like the one you described and have a small shop too, and needed mobility. The delta comes with mobile base and was easy to assemble.

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#7 posted 05-18-2009 01:54 PM

In the area of price of course I want to only spend about $500 but what’s the old saying you get what you paid for. This is why I have the craftsman. I would really like to keep the price under a grand. I’m looking at the older Rigid (if I can find one), Grizzly for sure, maybe a Jet and I have even seen some decent reviews for the Hitachi. I need 110v and really need the option to make the saw mobile with a base or something and I really want to be able to have universal parts in the regard of miter guage and zero clearance plate that my craftsman really doesn’t offer.

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#8 posted 05-18-2009 02:50 PM

what about this?

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#9 posted 05-18-2009 03:05 PM

I have the Ridgid TS3660 EEngineer recommended. Trust me, if you can get one of these in the $400 range, you will never regret it. I love mine.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 05-18-2009 03:46 PM

I like my ridgid but with the new saws having riving knives I think I would go that way and forget the close out savings. I find myself running without a splitter more often than I should and if I had a riving knife I would use it. I believe there are new laws that are forcing riving knives on new saw designs. Weather thats true or not you can see that new contractor saws are coming with riving knives now and I wish I could have one.

PS the herculift system makes moving a ridgid a breeze.

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#11 posted 05-18-2009 04:15 PM

I’ll jump on the bandwagon too. I have the rigid 3660 also. It’s been trouble free and very accurate in the 5 years of daily use/abuse I have given it. Riving knife or not, it’s a great saw. If you know how to use a table saw, the new safety features are only mildly helpful anyways.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#12 posted 05-18-2009 04:24 PM

“I too have a less expensive craftsman. My nephew uses Delta. I’m saving for the saw stop. How about this plan from wood magazine “” for ease of moving?

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#13 posted 05-18-2009 04:39 PM

Rigid TS3650 here and I have used it for about 3-4 years non-stop, it has been an excellent saw.

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#14 posted 05-18-2009 05:28 PM

Elaine, I have that issue and looked real hard into building it. I just need a better saw before I do something like that. I should have spent the extra 2 to 3 hundred dollars to get a better saw the first time.

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#15 posted 05-18-2009 06:28 PM

A traditional contractor saw with the motor hanging out the back will consume more floor space than almost any other standard full size saw. A cabinet saw or hybrid require less space with the same table surface. A portable jobsite saw requires even less space, but you give up all the advantages of size, mass/stability, reliability, and noise levels that a full size saw offers.

I’d add the Steel City 35920, Ridgid R4511, or Craftsman 22114 to your list of possibilities in the $650 and under….all hybrid formats, all with cabinet mounted trunnions, all have standard miter slots. The SC and Ridgid come with a riving knife, mobile bases, and granite tops….the 22114 will require a separate mobile base, uses a traditional splitter, has as cast iron top, and accepts Delta throat inserts.

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