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#1 posted 02-20-2018 06:34 PM

Having seen this question asked for many years on forums, the general consensus from those who haven’t had a 50”+ is to go with 50”+, whereas many, MANY not ALL, of those with the 50”+ would not do it again. It simply takes up too much room for how often it’s used. The key question is: will you be crosscutting 4’x8’ sheets of plywood frequently enough to justify the space required. If you’re going to be building lots and lots and lots of cabinets, then sure. In fact, it that’s your intended use, you’re probably looking at building a full blown “workstation” of outfeed table and such.

Knowing what I know, and how I work, I would not do it today. I’ve no interest in wrasslin’ full sheets of plywood onto the table saw (mine is 6” higher than normal). I’ll just use a circular saw to break the plywood down and finish on the tablesaw. If precision in the first cut is required (it hasn’t been yet), I’ll invest in a tracksaw.

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