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#1 posted 02-03-2018 08:32 PM

The jobsite saws have much less working area in front of the blade, are much louder, much lighter, have less torque, are less feasible to fix, harder to add accessories to, and in general just give up a lot compared to a decent full size stationary saw. If you don’t really need portability (the workstation suggests you dont’), I’d make the move to a full size cast iron saw with a belt drive induction motor, and a decent fence….put it on wheels or a mobile base Buy used if budget is the driving factor.

Compare the “landing zone”:

Here’s a fine used saw for $200 that has more going for that a portable IMO:

And another that’s priced a little high, but could be worth an offer –

Seems to be a glut of Delta contractor saws near you!

Also, while the DW735 is a really nice planer, it’s a lot of money. The DW734 is an excellent way to get the job done and shave a couple hundred dollars off the budget.

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