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#1 posted 08-16-2017 02:06 AM

Fine woodworking did a tool test back in 2014 on 14 inch saws.

Best value was the Steel City 50155G for 700
Best overall was the powermatic PM1500 for 2900
and the Laguna 14/Twelve got a best value and best overall at 1100

That being said I have a 14 inch Delta That shows up damn near everywhere for years in articles and videos was pretty much the the staple for a decent 14 inch saw for years without going powermatic or laguna for more money. I got mine on CL for about 275, cleaned it up a bit and it works like a champ for everything I’ve done with it. Lots of cast iron, easy to get parts and blades/upgrades. Haven’t resawed anything with it though if that’s a must. Here’s the text from the table if you can decipher it. not sure if i can get into trouble for posting the pdf or not. You can get the idea though. Keep in mind most stuff I cut is straight and I’ve usaully dusting the ends up on the disk sander to exact dimensions/square/miter angles anyway.

General International 90-170B $1,595 11⁄2 12 in. Poor Good Fair Very good Very good Very good Good Good Stout upper guide post provides solid support
for resawing. Foot brake stops blade quickly.
Grizzly G0457 $1,050 2 10 in. Good Good Very good Good Fair Excellent Very good Very good
Great two-position fence changes over quickly.
Table height is perfect for detail work. Base cabinet
provides convenient storage for blades and gear.
Hammer N3800 $2,075 2 121⁄4 in. Good Good Poor Fair Very good Very good Very good Good
Guides are adjusted without tools. Blade guard
slightly obscures view of the cut line.
No quick-release tension lever.
Jet JWBS-14SF $1,600 13⁄4 131⁄2 in. Very good Excellent Good Good Very good Excellent Good Good Has a great two-position fence with an etched scale
and micro-adjust knob.
Laguna 14 SUV $1,700 3 14 in. Good Good Excellent Good Excellent Good Excellent Good
Huge throat plate makes it very easy
to get blades in and out. Motor easily handles
massive resaw capacity.
14/Twelve $1,097 13⁄4 12 in. Very good Very good Excellent Good Very good Very good Good Very good Excellent two-position fence, big table, and
plenty of power.
Oliver 4620 $1,403 11⁄2 12 in. Fair Good Good Very good Very good Very good Very good Good
T-square fence has rollers for easy movement and T-slots in the fence rail for add-ons
like a tall resaw fence.
PM1500 $2,900 3 14 in. Very good Excellent Very good Good Good Excellent Excellent Very good
Fence and guides are easy to adjust,
and front brake stops the blade quickly.
Every adjustment is made without tools.
Rikon 10-325 $1,000 11⁄2 13 in. Fair Poor Very good Poor Fair Good Good Very good
Yellow tires and window in upper housing make blade
tracking very easy. Base cabinet provides convenient
place to store blades and gear. Includes lamp.
Rikon 10-351 $1,500 3 14 in. Good Good Good Fair Excellent Good Very good Very good
Tool-free blade-guide adjustments, big door
on the blade guard, and unique blade tension lever
make for quick blade changes. Includes LED light.
Steel City 50114 $700 13⁄4 12 in. Poor Fair Poor Poor Poor Poor Fair Good Dust drawer in base catches dust that falls into
cabinet. LED work light on upper cabinet is bright.
Steel City
50155G $700 11⁄2 12 in. Good Good Very good Good Very good Fair Excellent Fair Includes casters for mobility, a circle-cutting jig, and
a lamp. No quick-release tension lever.

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