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#1 posted 08-03-2016 05:45 PM


I have no specific recommendation, just some general comments that I hope may be helpful.

I personally believe that an inexpensive tool is inexpensive for several reasons which add up to a tool that will be difficult to use. An inexpensive tool may be difficult to setup and then hold its settings. It is likely to have a small motor that will struggle when making rip cuts in dense woods. A table saw that will hold its setting, with a decent fence that can be and remain set parallel to the blade and one with reasonable power, is required to avoid the aggravation of cuts that are not straight or difficult to complete. I find the sting from writing big checks for tools fades from memory pretty quickly, but a tool that is difficult to use or consistently produces poor results is a lasting aggravation.

On the other hand, if the tool is a one-time use tool, renting or buying cheap could be the way to go. Also bargains can be had if a good used saw can be found.

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