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Jon Hobbs

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#1 posted 02-23-2018 06:08 PM

I’ll reinforce what others have said – I think how you intend to use the saw, need vs. want, should drive the decision more than the space available.

If you get the 52 incher:

If you truly need 52 inches often, you’ll easily find a way to deal with the space issue, while happily enjoying the generous rip-capacity of your saw.

If you do not truly need 52 inches, you’ll frequently curse all the space that it occupies and the shop will become a less pleasant place to play :)

If you get the 36 incher:

If you truly need 52 inches often, you’ll curse yourself often for not getting 52 inches.

If you rarely need 52 inches, you’ll easily deal with the work-arounds (many of which have been suggested already) on the rare occasion where you need more capacity, while enjoying the spaciousness of your workshop :)

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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