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Ian S

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#1 posted 07-19-2016 05:21 PM

If would be fair if you mentioned that the old saws are quite more dangerous than the new ones especially for a new woodworker. The biggest problem with old saws is the absence of a riving knife.

The other problem is the absence of dust collection, which excludes the saw from using inside unless the space is 100% dedicated to woodworking.

That’s quite a good point. I didn’t think about the lack of riving knife. Dust collection is also a big ticket feature.
When I watch all these YouTube videos of guys using table saws confidently without any kind of blade guard or even a riving knife, it frankly freaks me out. I do understand that if you’ve squared your fence up to the blade (and/or blade to the miter slots) then your chance of kickback is significantly lessened. But still … the riving knife thing—seems like a really significant value-add for a new woodworker like myself.

My alternate to a find like this is to go with the R4512. We’ve got a few hundred in store credit at HD, and I’m pretty sure I understand how to check the blade tracking in the parking lot to make sure I’ve picked up a “good” unit or not.

In any case, the seller for this saw DID get back to me and we’ll try to meet up when he gets back into town. Might be worth a look-see either way.

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