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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 04-11-2018 01:15 AM

Upgrading .vs. new is always difficult debate when money is tight.
Dropping $1000+ for any tool is ALWAYS a big deal.

Suggest you consider a couple of things not mentioned so far – resale value:

What is value of upgraded job site saw in your area? If you spend $300 buying lumber and shop fox/vega fence for torsion box table upgrade, can you sell it and recoup your investment if it doesn’t work out way you expect?

What is re-sale value of new Grizzly/ShopFox hybrid saw if you do not like it? Buy for $1000, and resell for $650?

A middle cost alternate is to buy a used contractor saw,
You can buy a used contractor saw that has better fence, larger table, and dust collection for <$250? Well tuned contractor saw in good shape re-sells for same $200-$300.

In AZ, can find Emerson produced contractor saws (such as Ridgid TS2424 and Craftsman 113.XXXXX series) for <$300 everyday, and often less than $100. I have owned 2 different Ridged TS2424 saws and craftsman version over last 25 years due to various job relocations. Granted these contractor saws are not perfect saws, but they solve most of your problems and are less expensive.

FWIW – The fence requires proper locking technique and setup, to make it accurate. Cost ~$20 to add a dust collector chute in bottom, and fab a removable plate on back and all of bottom dust is collected. The fence can be moved from 24” left 24” right configuration as shipped, to a 14” left 34” right configuration by adding a table extension or even a router table extension, which offers larger table cuts. Can add Microjg professional splitter for <$40, and you have a decent + safe saw. Biggest drawback to contractor saws is 1.5HP motor, as cutting 8/4 lumber is definitely slower than if you have 3hp cabinet saw.

IMHO – For same $300 you would spend upgrading your current saw, you could get a decent contractor saw plus fix it up AND be able to resell easily if you want to upgrade further when money is more available?
:)

Another aspect to consider is what do you want to make with wood?

If you intend to saw lots of thick 8/4+ or 6/4+ hard exotic woods; then you will regret not having a beefy 3HP motor on your next saw. If most of work is 4/4 lumber, than most any option above will work for you.

Best Luck with decision…..

PS – if you are located in AZ, look me up a month or so; as will likely be selling my current one owner Ridgid TS2424 with all above upgrades. See I managed to find my white whale (cheap used 3HP cabinet saw) few weeks ago, and once I finish making router table extension/cabinet and mobile base for it, my current saw will be redundant and be looking for a new home.

Cheers!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!


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