|Forum topic by Hotpuppy||posted 03-12-2015 02:52 AM||2852 views||0 times favorited||52 replies|
03-12-2015 02:52 AM
Hi lumberjocks, I’m looking for some collective wisdom in sorting out the saws in the title.
Quick background: About a year ago I sold the property I had and when I did I had to part with a Unisaw that I had. It was too big to keep and it was 3 phase which I wouldn’t have at the next house. While it was a heavy piece of gear, I honestly wasn’t that impressed with it. I know, Van Gogh and Da Vinci owned one… but seriously here were my thoughts:
So that brings me to the post topic. I’m rebuilding a house and about to get to cabinet work. I’m an ambitious amateur with woodworking. I do okay with welding, construction, etc and have a personal goal/desire to build my cabinets. I used to own a Hurco CNC Mill and have some machining experience which is really baggage in woodworking. :) I try to make cuts with .005” tolerances lol. I have time and enough space. I will be building cabinets for 3 bathrooms, a kitchen, utility room, and custom aquarium enclosure. I may buy the doors and drawer faces if they turn out to be too difficult for my skill level, but I am going to give it a try and I think I can do it. I might waste some wood figuring it out, but that’s okay.
My current gear is:
I’m planning to buy a Dewalt DWS520 track saw to handle sheet goods and their breakdown.
I really like Grizzly’s Outfeed Roller System G1317 and their Sliding Table T10223.
I’m not sure how much I need the roller or slide accessories.
The biggest thing I see myself cutting is a box side at about 30 tall. I expect to plan out my cuts and adjust equipment and make all the similar cuts.
I do not plan to use the table saw for dado cuts or cutting grooves. I tried that with the Unisaw and found it very hard to do. I plan to buy a router table or router table insert for a saw.
I think the R4512 would probably be just fine. My current table saw is a Ryobi BTS20. It’s too light. I spent some time to tweak the fence and put a Freud blade on it. I’m leery of the Ridgid being owned by Home Depot which also makes Ryobi. They just love to cut corners and the cost difference in the Ridgid and Grizzly isn’t significant.
At the high end, I’d like the Sawstop. While it might save my fingers it rips off my wallet instead.
I’m nearly certain that I will put a digital fence Wixey WR700 on any saw that I buy. It was the single best thing I’ve done to a saw.
What I’m hoping for from this post is insight from folks who have owned one or more of these saws. My hunch right now is that the Ridgid would work, but might not be enough saw. The Sawstop is probably the safest option as my hands are important to me… I’ve never been hurt, but I don’t have any spare fingers. The Grizzly saws are tough for me… great value, solid saws if they are anything like the other Grizzly gear I have… nice accessories, but I can’t tell the difference between the two for what I’m doing.