Small, But Accurate, Table Saw Reccomendation

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03-04-2015 09:16 PM

I am looking for a suggestion for a small table saw with high accuracy being the primary concern. I will be using this for crosscutting on a sled and making thin crosscuts down to 1/32” or so, the crosscut slices will be in various hardwoods in up to 3/4” square stock. It will be exclusively used for this detailed crosscutting work.

Currently I have a nice cabinet saw in my shop, however I need the convenience of a smaller unit for use in my basement shop space where space is a minimum. I’ve been looking at bench tops in various brands, but without using and seeing side-to-side blade movement, etc. I am not sure where to start.

Does anyone have small table-saw (preferably with a 10” blade for increased accuracy) that they would recommend for this use? Bench top would be great, but open to hybrid or contractor if I absolutely had to. Small footprint & accuracy is KEY!


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#1 posted 03-04-2015 09:57 PM

Not what you asked for, and hard to get, but this sounds like a nice solution to your problem:

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#2 posted 03-04-2015 10:21 PM

I don’t know, but 1/32 – I’d use a bandsaw.

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#3 posted 03-04-2015 10:33 PM

See if you can find an Inca table saw.
or maybe a Byrnes?

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#4 posted 03-05-2015 12:28 AM

Take a look at this to see if it might meet your needs.

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#5 posted 03-05-2015 01:17 AM

A used craftsmen contractor saw minus the extension wings?

Edit: I personally would get get anything less than a contractors saw. I haven’t seen a benchtop saw without a universal motor. So small also equals extremely loud.

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#6 posted 03-05-2015 01:22 AM

I second the idea of the Incra fence system and a really good blade. I think most any table saw would handle this.

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#7 posted 03-05-2015 02:52 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions! Quite a few good ideas!

dhazelton - I have much better luck on a table-saw than a bandsaw for what I do. So far I’ve never had an issue on my large saw with cutting extremely thin slices.

AandCstyle - I did look at the Byrnes, however add a sled to the cutting depth and it’s under cutting capacity for 3/4 stock.

rad457 - The Inca looks wonderful, however parts and having a metric arbor could add problems down the road. Do you know of anyone who sells parts for them or has the blades?

brtech -The Jointmaker looks awesome, I’m gonna drop them a line tomorrow and see what kind of time-frame they are looking at. My only concern would be very oily exotic woods clogging the teeth or extremely hard woods such as Lignum, Camelthorn, Snakewood or Ironwood taking forever to cut through.

TheFridge – Yeah the other issue with universal motors is sloppy motor tolerances. I’ve even went as far as thinking of finding a nice large motor and retofitting it into an old cast iron benchtop. For what I do I would with it, I would leave the motor at a constant height without ever raising it or tilting it. All I need is a one trick pony tablesaw.

Jeff Terrell – The problem with just any table saw is motor tolerances. The reason is, there are times I stack 20+ of these thin 1/32 or 1/16” thick slices. It much easier to just know they are square and stack and glue rather than having to file or sand it square. If you take a slice that is off 1/64” and multiply x20 it gets really off from one end of the stacked slices to the other. I’m prepared to spend a nice chunk on a dedicated saw for one single purpose due to the exacting tolerances I need.

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#8 posted 03-05-2015 03:08 AM

I have a Ryobi BT3100. It is no longer made, but they show up used periodically. Probably about the only Ryobi tool I really like. It was so popular 10 years ago that a forum dedicated to it was created—BT3Central. (There was an earlier model called the BT3000, too, which likely was the model that inspired the forum.) It is well built, has a 1.75HP motor, and 10” blade. I have a thin-kerf Forrest rip blade and it handles thick, tough wood reasonably well. This saw came with a sliding miter table. The standard saw has no miter slots, but an accessory table was offered to add to the saw, and it integrates very well. I have that and most of the accessories, which make it a pretty versatile little saw.

Sears offered their own version of this saw—the Craftsman 21829. Very similar, but in Craftsman colors. It has a stand that looks more like a jobsite stand.

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