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Blog entry by TheWoodArtisan posted 06-12-2010 05:00 AM 1885 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My ol lady gave me the go ahead to get a new table saw, however, my budget is only $500 dollars. Anyone have any suggestions? I know I want a cast iron top and a decent fence. I am looking at the Hitachi C10FL anyone have that saw? Is the fence good enough to last a while before I get the one I really want in a year or so?

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#1 posted 06-12-2010 05:28 AM

Both my dad and I have this saw. The fence is my biggest gripe. Both of us skinned it with 3/4 ply and shimmed it out straight and flat. In my opinion it is probably the most saw for the money, just requires a little tlc to get it set up right.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#2 posted 06-12-2010 05:46 AM

Stay away from sears models ,See if you can find a Ridgid thats less than 3 years old or get a used delta or powermatic, or perhaps a new Grizzly.


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#3 posted 06-12-2010 05:49 AM

This was one of the saws on my list when I was shopping for a table saw. I ended up with with a Bosch on the recommendation of a master carpenter! The reason being is that the top is powder coated and wood will slide easier on this surface and it won’t have rust problem the cast iron will and requires far less maintenance to the top surface. So far it has proven accurate and reliable and cuts much better when I replaced the standard blade with a freud. I think you will like this saw better than the Hitachi. Controls are easier to reach too.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 06-12-2010 06:39 AM

I bought the Grizzly Z series a few years back and have been very happy with it. The fence is rock solid and right on. My only issue with the fence is that its not the Bismeyer style fence. Also check as some delta accessories will fit on the Grizzly. Case in point I was given a delta sliding table attachment that bolts right up to my Grizzly saw. I felt I got my monies worth and it has the cast iron table with the cast iron slotted wings. Just my opinion of my experience with Grizzly.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 06-12-2010 06:48 AM

Here’s a suggestion, save another $500, total $1,000, and buy a new Grizzly that will last you a long long time, with no regrets.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 06-12-2010 08:13 AM

Go on Craigslist, and find a good used saw. I sold my Bosch 4000 there for 300 bucks with a good blade after I upgraded to a Jet Cab saw that I bought on craigslist for a third of retail. Lots of good deals out there if you take your time.

Good luck

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#7 posted 06-12-2010 04:36 PM

I agree with Pete_Jud. Search classifieds, ebay and craigs list to find the best used saw that you can buy. A 10 year old Delta, Powermatic or Jet would be better than anything you will ever find new for that amount of money. Also, the stock fences on any of these are verys solid. Personally, I purchased a used Delta with Biesemeyer fence a few years ago for only $300.00. That would give you some budget left to purchase new blade/s and some accessories. Or, you could do like I did. I also found a good deal on a used Delta 14” band saw. All total for less than your $500 budget. Just cost a little extra time and effort in cleaning and tuning up.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#8 posted 06-12-2010 05:10 PM

I vote with docholladay or davidroberts comments. I picked up a Delta unisaw w/router & table/cabinet between the 50+ inch Bessy fence rails and a 6 joiner for $1200. I would have probably payed less if it hadn’t of been for the craftsman at the top of his game having a stroke that completely disable his right side. Cleaned a little rust and is running fine. You will be a lot happier with the heaviest saw you can find.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#9 posted 06-12-2010 05:13 PM

I used to work for a shop that builds speaker boxes and the boss bought that Hitachi saw. That saw ended up getting a new fence, I installed a shop fox fence. This really improved the saw. I don’t know about the rest of you guys but I could never get the bevel angle gauge that’s in the top of the saw to stay in adjustment. I set the blade at 90 degrees with a square adjust the gauge to 0 than make a 15 degree bevel cut. When you roll it back and set the blade at 90 with a square again, the gauge reads about 4 degrees not 0. I quit even trying to fiddle with that useless feature. I give this saw an over all 3.5 out of 10. Listen to Pete find a used cabinet saw, you will be better off in the long run. Good luck

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#10 posted 06-12-2010 05:43 PM

Agree say on top of craigs list and kijiji, at least for a used ridgid great saw for the money but also some times those sweet deals come around, you could find a unisaw / general for $500

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#11 posted 06-13-2010 02:53 PM

I bought the Hitachi about 6 months ago…......other than having to do a few minor tweeks out of the box…...all is good…....passes the nickle test hands down…...i am very satisfied with the saw… comes with a thin kerf blade that leaves a lot to be desired….so be prepared to git a new one.

Woodcraft offers a zero clearance insert for this saw for around $23.00…..well worth the cost as the inserts that come with the saw are not too good

All in all…..a great saw for the bucks!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#12 posted 06-14-2010 04:35 PM

Thanks for all the advice, I found a powermatic on craigslist waiting to see if the person will accept my offer.

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#13 posted 06-14-2010 04:41 PM

Hi Xodus,

There’s another thread on the topic of the C10FL here:

I used to own this saw. Not bad, but annoying in very specific ways. I found the fence to be pretty good (with one annoying exceptions). It’s a very good value with good build quality. However, I sold it and moved on to a Grizzley cabinet saw and haven’t looked back. Cabinet saws aren’t for everyone (220V wiring, huge weight, cost, etc.) but for me, I was tired of dealing with compromises and Grizzley was blowing out the 1023SL for $795 (this was back in November). I just couldn’t pass it up.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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