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Forum topic by PropMan posted 03-07-2015 12:21 AM 511 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2015 12:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw workbench outfeed contractor portable

I am looking at getting a new table saw. The problem is limited space. Essentially, I have a single car garage to work with- although I can spread it out a little bit if needs be. I can go with:

OPTION A: a contractor saw (ie- the $599 Delta) and add a fold out Extension table or build a separate workbench that doubles as an outfeed as well.

OPTION B: a portable saw in which I build a mobile base/stand with an outfeed table all in one unit.

Some requirements I am looking for:
Good fence
Router Table incorporated (either into the workbench or added via a wing on the TS)
Dust Collection incorporated
Obviously- a good all around quality saw.
decent space for a work bench as well as enough for an outfeed.
ability to incorporate homemade jigs/sleds
workbench will also incorporate a downdraft area for sanding/etc :)

I’ve got limited space to work with- but either of these options CAN work. I’ve learned to let Home Depot do the big sheet cutting whenever possible- but there’s still some occasions where I’d do it myself. Outfeed table is essential for me. I’m not sure if I’ll leave the TS setup in the middle of the space, or, wheel it off against the wall when it’s not in use. Either way, the solution needs to be mobile so I can move it as needed.

Since the workbench/outfeed dictates the size of saw- which do you guys suggest? Anyone have some insights or ideas that I haven’t considered yet? Which way would you go?

Thanks guys!!!

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#1 posted 03-07-2015 12:37 AM

A decent full size saw with a belt drive induction motor has the lion’s share of advantages….more than twice the space in front of the blade to get the board oriented correctly (27” deep), > 4x the mass for better stability and vibration dampening, better torque, much quieter motor, better adjustability, more potential for upgrades, standard miter slots, better long term reliability, less expensive to fix in the event of a failure, etc. Without a doubt I’d pick the Delta over a portable, and since it’s a modern hybrid style contractor saw, there’s not an outboard motor hogging up extra space.

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 12:39 AM

I havent got around to it but Ron Paulks setup seems to be a fairly versatile saw/table combo

Google Paulk workbench if you havent seen it.. version2 i bought plans for, if i ever get around to it.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#3 posted 03-07-2015 06:58 AM

Option A for the full sized contractor/hybrid saw without a doubt. I wrote up my 2cents about the topic in this blog post.

-- paxorion

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