2nd Saw ??

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Blog entry by majeagle1 posted 09-18-2010 11:04 PM 1957 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t believe that this subject has been brought up or not before but as I go throught the many processes of making boxes, there are times when I hate to disrupt or change the settings on my table saw ( blade angle to be exact ) and wish that I had a 2nd saw. I know that many of you have both a table saw and miter saw but do any of you have a “2nd saw” like a smaller trim saw / table top saw for cutting smaller, more detailed pieces and maybe different angles? It sure does seem that it would be handy and a great timesaver.

Sooooooooo, 2nd saw ? MIter saw ? What do you use and why….. benifits etc…...

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 11:10 PM

Gene , good topic… I have a 12 inch TS and a 10 inch sliding mitre saw and the TWC with a 7 1/4 inch power saw set up on it..
This last is for ripping and crosscutting larger slabs without moving the slab… as the TWC moves on bearings…At this stage I can handle slabs up to 2.5 metres by 900 mm [roughly 8 by 3 feet…] and larger by removing the support arm…
I also use the badsaw for a lot of sawing too.. and the old stopgap the Japanese pull saw…

-- Be safe.

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John Stegall

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#2 posted 09-18-2010 11:10 PM

I have a second table saw…it is the small DeWalt. It does the job of cutting the slots in the corners and the Unisaw does the rest. I actually finding myself using it a lot. The light weight and the fact I can move it around my tiny shop is probably why I use it more.

-- jstegall

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#3 posted 09-18-2010 11:20 PM

I have one table saw. Where it sits at normally, you turn 180 degrees, and there is my miter saw station. This works great, but there are times that if my shop wasn’t so crowded already, a second table saw would definately be an advantage. However, as tight as money is and the fact that I spend so much on my woodworking hobby, I highly doubt I could ever convince my wife that I need two table saws.


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#4 posted 09-18-2010 11:37 PM

Gene, I know exactly what you mean about it being handy to leave certain equipment with preset angles. I wish I could do that. It really would save on set up time.

I have one of those digital angle thingies that magnetically clamps to my saw blade (table saw and band saw) and gives me angles to a hundredth of a degree. I find it indispensable when cutting angles and especially when having to go back and repeat exact cuts. I also have two table saw sleds with certain angles set with stops. If I find myself using some angle regularly, I make a sled jig specifically for that cut.

Anyway, I wish I had seconds of certain equipment but it’s hard enough getting one of everything. LOL. A drum sander is next on my list.

Good topic Gene.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 09-18-2010 11:44 PM

Gee Larry, maybe what I need is a TWC !!! LOL

Thanks for the input everyone, looking to hear more…

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 09-19-2010 12:03 AM

I agree good topic. While I know there are some who have a second table saw in the shop. I don’t myself, but thats because I have a 12”SCMS and a RAS besides a table saw. I use my RAS more than the SCMS. So you might think of the RAS as a second table saw. One of the things I like about the Ras is its versatility in its use besides a saw. I like the fact that everything is right there in front of you making it quick and easy to change different set ups. I can make the majority of cuts on the RAS that you can make on the table saw. So there are times when working on a project, I have 2 different set ups going at one time without having to make set up changes a lot. So if I didn’t have the RAS I could see the need for a smaller bench type model table saw to do repeatable cuts. Which for the same reasons I have thought of getting a second band saw. One for resawing and the other for general cutting.

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

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#7 posted 09-19-2010 12:09 AM

I don’t find the need so much for a 2nd table saw as I do for the fourth (and maybe even a fifth] band saw. I have an old 10” Delta dedicated to 3/16” blade for very intracate work. I am now looking for another BS to dedicate with a 1/2” blade for heavier work. Possibly a 14”. I have the 18” Laguna for larger work and resawing. Of Course, I still have an older Yates American 36” for cutting small logs and timber cants.

My complaint is the time sent reseting/re-tuning a band saw when changing a blade. It seems that I like to spend most of an hour, as I always clean and adjust everything. I then set table-to-blade at a perfect 90 degrees. I adjust the blade tensions with a gauge to be sure I get the least amount of flutter, etc.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#8 posted 09-19-2010 01:01 AM

I have a stationary 10” Rigid R4511 and a Dewalt 716 miter saw. I have not run into any problems except working offsite when I have needed a tablesaw and the miter saw just won’t do the cut. I am contemplating a worksite saw which would supplement my needs. The miter saw has its benefits and for my project work (typically not at my workshop build walls somewhere), it is by far the best tool to have. Miter saws will give you the angles and bevels needed for materials under say 8”in for a non-sliding compound miter saw. A tablesaw will make those cuts at the desired angles also but will give you those longer cuts a miter saw can’t provide. I have not need a second tablesaw in my workshop as a nice miter saw has compensated.

This is a great topic and I am sure many of us have thought that second piece of equipment would come in handy right about now. I am already there.

-- Dan - Marion, Iowa - Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone

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#9 posted 09-19-2010 01:20 AM

I have a Griz 10 ” cabinet saw and a 10” bosch table top saw on a portable stand. I had the bosch first before I built my new shop a couple of years ago because I constantly moved tools around. I kept the bosch after buying my cabinet saw and used it occasionally but finally decided to sell it. I also have the Wixey digital gizmo for setting the blade angles and find it invaluable for accuracy and speed. It is easy to change and re change blade angles with it. I also have a bosch sliding miter saw and it is on a permanent table with the Kreg measuring system..making quick duplicate cuts a breeze. I do have 2 router tables however.

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#10 posted 09-19-2010 03:31 AM

Since you asked !
I have a 10” table contractor saw with 54” extension on right hand side, router mounted on left side of table.
I have another 10” Table saw (same brand ) in the tiny workshop.(Dedicated to dado’s )
I have another 10” table saw in my work trailer (same brand as other 2)
I have a 10” Delta Miter saw in the work trailer.
Both band saws are currently in shop (One is going to live in tralier)
Odd thing is ….with all these power tools I am leaning towards using hand tools as much as possible !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#11 posted 09-19-2010 03:48 AM

Well, my name is Rance, and I have too many saws. I started with a Ridgid contractor saw with a extra wide fence so I can cut full sheets. Then I bought a DeWalt portable saw. I really like that saw. Then came the R4511 deals so I nabbed one of them as an upgrade. It is still in the box. When I get it set up, I think I’m gonna still keep my first saw for the reasons you’ve mentioned. Nothing wrong with having two saws.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 09-19-2010 07:37 AM

I use my cabinet saw and the sliding miter regularly. occasionally the band saw.
I also have my old Bosch 4100 table saw that I have not used in months. In fact it’s stored in the shed now.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 09-23-2010 12:56 AM

Three. One Cabinet, one contractors with a dado setup, and one portable…
And two miter saws..
Can you ever really have too many????

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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