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Posted on Best new table saw under $1000 (2017)

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#1 posted 07-31-2017 02:01 PM

I need a saw that doesn t run away from me when I try to set a full sheet of plywood on it. I need a saw that does not take a dump when I feed it some 8/4 hard maple.

Precision, repeatibility, safety and power.

This may well be the last table saw I ever buy I want to make the best purchase decision I can.

Worth mentioning: I make my (meager) living woodworking so I need something that will accommodate future needs.

- PNW_Steve

I was going to recommend the Delta 36-725 until I read this. I bought the Delta used on CL for $425. I was going to buy it new anyway and one popped up so I grabbed it. It was my first real table saw and I loved it, but I always wanted a cabinet saw and after a couple years using the Delta I decided to upgrade to a 1023RL this past January. I sold the Delta on Craigslist in 10 hours for $450 here in Houston. Yup, $25 profit!

To be completely honest, there have been times I’ve actually missed my Delta… mostly little nuances. I personally think the fence that comes with the Delta is every bit as good as the one you get with the 1023. The Delta takes a thinner kerf blade than the 1023 does with its riving knife, which wouldn’t have been a big deal if I hadn’t had to buy new blades (needed to anyway). I even think the dust collection is almost as good as the 1023. Point being, for a saw well under your max budget, I think the Delta is pound for pound a pretty great saw.

However, every time I cut into a harder wood I remember why I upgraded to the 1023. The extra power in a cabinet saw makes all the difference. If you want to be able to cut through 8/4 hard maple with ease, I think if you buy a new 1.5 HP saw you are going to be disappointed enough to wish you’d saved up for a cabinet saw, or waited for a used one to pop up. I know the 1023 is not the tip top of the line, but I have no question (for my needs at least) that I’ll never need anything bigger or better.

If you won’t often cut into the harder woods and just need a reliable brand new saw that leaves some room in the budget for other tools, give the Delta some consideration.

-- Weathersfuori, Texas,

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