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#1 posted 12-13-2017 07:23 PM

If you buy and upgrade the Craftsman saw, you will stilll have an underpowered saw compared to more recent models. I know because I owned one for 25 years. I was happy to give it away. The replacement was a Ridgid 3650 contractor style saw and it was a vast improvement – no fence upgrade required. I used it for 10 years and hated to see it go.

The jobsite saws, with their universal motors and direct drive, are much louder and generally less powerful than the two contractor/hybrid style saws you mentioned. Some don’t even have a standard sized miter slot, which I consider essential.

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