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Tdak

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05-22-2015 11:45 AM

Good afternoon, all! This is my first post to this site—I came across it while researching table saws. I want to get serious with my woodworking—I have done construction and just finished doing some extensive rehab on a two-family I purchased last year. That said, I have a 17-year old Delta benchtop table saw which has seen better days, but I really want to take my game to the next level. With regards to what types of things I’d like to do, the majority of the work would be built-ins (shelving, closets, etc.) and furniture. As such, I am looking to spend $800-$1300 on a saw that is dependable and that will align properly. I am fairly certain that a hybrid saw will work just fine—don’t have room for a large cabinet saw—but I do want something with substantial capacity that will last a long time. I have looked at many brands, but I am coming to you all to see if I have missed a brand that I should consider. Thus far, I am considering the following saws—many of which I have read reviews for on this site:

Grizzly GO715P
Delta 36-5000
Shop Fox 1824W

As I mentioned, I want something that aligns well and something that will last a long time. Would like to keep it in the $1000 range, but if spending a bit more will make a difference, I’d like to hear your thoughts. Thanks in advance!

-Tdak


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SirIrb

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#1 posted 05-22-2015 01:16 PM

I have a personal preference to old powermatic green or old yellow (green is older than yellow or gold PM) They are solid workhorses. Look for a PM66 on craigslist. Also old delta machines are good too. I am about to get an old delta but I have many many hours on a PM 66 and PM 72. I would take a used PM or Delta over Griz. Just me. I know there are a bunch of people who love and swear by Griz. Thats fine. I just never fell in love with them. 1k will serve you well when looking for a used saw.

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saltcod

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#2 posted 05-22-2015 01:29 PM

Excellent question. I’d actually love to hear answers that don’t go down the used route.

I’m in a very similar boat — looking to spend about $1,000 (if that even buys a saw worth owning) — and the used market here just doesn’t exist. I’ve been watching for months and months and I’ve yet to see anything of value come up.

Happy hunting!

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#3 posted 05-22-2015 01:42 PM

Check out exfactory.com. They have a few listed and it can be searched by region or state. Also govt. auction sites are a good place to look. School districts are selling their older table saw and replacing with sawstop.

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#4 posted 05-22-2015 01:57 PM

While not familiar with the 5000 series of saws directly from delta – I recently upgraded my saw to a 36-725 – for half the price of the 5000, this saw IMO is one that will last me years if not a life time.

Not having room for a cabinet saw, nor the budget you have I really like this saw – I looked at the same price range of saws in grizzly and craftsman and by far the delta sold me.

If I had the budget I would have gone for the delta 5000 series with the 30” fence – I just like the features and the fence of the delta’s more than the grizzly. Not saying anything is wrong with the grizzly or other saws, I just like the Delta setup better and the 5000 series comes in 4 configurations based on budget and a few features

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#5 posted 05-22-2015 02:13 PM

Isn’t the 715P the Griz with the alignment issues? I can’t keep them all straight…no pun intended.

-Brian

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#6 posted 05-22-2015 03:35 PM

715P has alignment issues. You would be better buying the 771 and buying an aftermarket fence. The fence is the only downside to the 771 in that price range.

I wouldn’t buy the Delta with your budget. If you only had $500 to spend, it would be a good option, but more money gets you a much better saw.

If you can spend a bit more and have 220v available, you should look at the Grizzly 1023 or Grizzly 0690.

But your budget will also support a used cabinet saw from Powermatic/Delta. I would look for those as well if you can run 220v.

Also, the Shopfox 1824 and the Grizzly G0715P are the same exact saw. Shopfox is just a different brand of Grizzly.

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#7 posted 05-22-2015 03:58 PM



I have a personal preference to old powermatic green or old yellow (green is older than yellow or gold PM) They are solid workhorses. Look for a PM66 on craigslist. Also old delta machines are good too. I am about to get an old delta but I have many many hours on a PM 66 and PM 72. I would take a used PM or Delta over Griz. Just me. I know there are a bunch of people who love and swear by Griz. Thats fine. I just never fell in love with them. 1k will serve you well when looking for a used saw.

- SirIrb

Listen to this advice! He is spot on.

Stay away from that Grizzly, it has a lot of issues. There are some that seem to work well for people but there is much better stuff.

You are also in the ballpark for the Jet table saw and their sale is on NOW! You could get an upgraded fence and have a really great (new) saw to last a long time. Used PM would be your best bet unless you are a lucky fella and find a steal on a SawStop, then jump on it. They look to pretty to some people, but those are serious table saws and they are built as well as the best.

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SirIrb

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#8 posted 05-22-2015 04:03 PM

I really want to turn this into a “I hate SS” thread.

Please, can I, can I?

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Tdak

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#9 posted 05-27-2015 02:31 AM

All:

After giving it a ton of thought and reading more reviews, I have decided that I am going to attempt to get something used. If nothing pops up, I may opt to get the Delta 36-725 (I hadn’t considered it before) and build my skills on it. From the reviews on this site—specifically by tinman—I feel pretty good about getting a saw that will fit my needs, allow me to grow, and not have more saw than is commensurate with my skills.

-TDK

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#10 posted 05-27-2015 02:52 AM

Posting the city or at least the general are of the state will help others point you in the right direction of auctions, knowing local dealers, etc etc that they may know of.

Edit: I’m sure the delta 36-725 is a nice saw for the money, but it’s not a cabinet saw. Patience. And check craigslist 3 times a day. Even classified adds. If you wait, it will come. Took me the better part of a year to find a unisaw with 52” rip and a pretty good fence for 700$.

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