Best First Table Saw

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03-21-2015 11:34 PM


I don’t have a ton of room or a ton of money, but I believe you can find value if you know who to ask. So, as the title says, what is the “Best First Table Saw”?


-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#1 posted 03-22-2015 12:09 AM

Need more info about you and your shop and what you are making.

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#2 posted 03-22-2015 12:38 AM

Also need to know your budget. You can find some fine use old american iron. Can you do 220 volts or only 110.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#3 posted 03-22-2015 12:44 AM

Best value ? Delta rt-40. Last generation made were around 12,000.00 bucks. Can be had now for 2500-3500 dollars . May be one of the best values out there and likely the best table saw ever made

Would be your first and last saw !

Probably not aligned with your plight…....but you asked!


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#4 posted 03-22-2015 12:52 AM

Beam, if you scroll the forums you’ll find tons of guys with your same question in various forms. They’re either asking about what to get, how much to pay or which one to up grade to. My advice, do your research, here and elsewhere. Buy the biggest and best you can afford. Talk with folks and friends in you area. Check out a few cabinet shops, other LJ’s in your area. Check in at a decent woodworking store like Woodcraft or a specialty
large tool outlet. BORG and HD have folks who know how to stock shelves and have little experience with the tools. You have more resources for information at your disposal today, use them.

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#5 posted 03-22-2015 08:00 AM

You can accomplish a lot of impressive woodworking with a used Rockwell/Delta/Old Craftsman/Dewalt contractors saw for a couple hundred bucks. One of the biggest differences between a good table saw and a bad table saw is the fence. Many lousy cuss worthy table saws can be made into beautify pieces of precision machinery by swapping a quality fence in place of the factory junk.

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#6 posted 03-22-2015 11:11 AM

The ABCs of Table Saws

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#7 posted 03-22-2015 11:54 AM

More information is needed.

The two most basic questions are, what is your budget, and are you willing to buy used equipment.

Used equipment will likely require some work on your part. Might need to remove some surface rust, might need to replace bearings. If this is daunting to you and beyond what you want, then you are only interested in new. If your budget is 500$ your new saws are going to be very different than if your budget is 3000 dollars. If you are working out of your balcony in an apartment then the answer is different again compared to if you have a shop wired for 220 volt.

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#8 posted 03-22-2015 03:22 PM


I had a few beers last night prior to posting. I quickly realized I left out the “what I was looking for” section of the post. LOL

So, without further adieu …

1: My shop is a 1 car garage that I share with other hobbies/needs. So, I need to have something compact. Maybe a contractor saw?

2: 110 only.

3: I’m looking to buy something. I am not comfortable trying to repair.restore a machine. My budget would probably be $500 +/-

4: Long term, I would like to build small furniture pieces. In general, I just want something to make simple and complex cuts in a clean and quality manner.

That being said, I apologize for leaving out some details.


-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#9 posted 03-22-2015 04:31 PM

regretably, with all the negstive reports on the 4512 and 21833(?) craftsman, and the lingering comments about the random nature of 715 problems, the new delta at lowes might be the only saw fitting the above criteria. my only questiion about it is the quality of construction. the one i saw at a lowes had a broken fence that sheared off the locking mechanism at the welds! not terribly inspiring.

FWIW, i’d hold out for a used ridgid 3650, 3660 or 4511. all are extremely reliable . the 3650 and 3660 have CI tops and extension wings (the 4511 offers a granite top and wings), 1.5 hp dual voltage motors and, although not tsquares (except for the 4511 which had a marginal tsquare), very good fences that are reliable and offer accutate repeatable cuts. all are quite capable of fine cabinetry in a hobbyist shop.

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#10 posted 03-22-2015 07:11 PM

What about a Dewalt contractor/job site table saw?

OughtSix – Can you tell me more about fences?

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#11 posted 03-22-2015 07:20 PM

I have the 4100 Bosch and it rolls up out of the way when it’s not needed,

great first saw but the fence is a little out, not bad but not perfect.

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#12 posted 03-22-2015 07:29 PM

Can the fence be replaced? What is the cost of a replacement fence? What are the pitfalls of a fence that is not perfect?

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#13 posted 03-23-2015 01:15 AM

This is a little outside my budget, but is this a solid saw?

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#14 posted 03-23-2015 01:23 AM

Adrock1 just did a review on the Hybrid Grizzly ^

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