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Posted on upgrade Rigid TS or buy new saw?

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 04:20 PM

I can honestly say that buying my Delta cabinet-style table saw really helped me up my woodworking game tremendously. I was hacking out Stickley tabourets that looked like some kid in shop class made them. With the new saw, I was able to make heirloom quality furniture for my family. I also have a job site saw, but only use it under special circumstances (e.g. cutting boards that are too long to fit in my shop. You can even see my evolution in my older projects.

You may be able to take some incremental steps though. Have you seen the Paulk workbench that optionally incorporates a contractor saw? You could maybe build one, use it for a while and then splurge on the big saw after a few successful craft fairs/farmer’s markets weekends.

One thing I would be careful of though is to make sure that your incremental step isn’t almost as expensive as just getting the big saw. Not much sense in spending well over 50% of the cost and not have the saw to show for it.

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