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Posted on Looking for advice on selecting table saw

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Bill_Steele

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#1 posted 11-30-2018 07:23 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

I feel like it is important to understand the general tablesaw categories and then pick from the category that seems to make the most sense for your needs.

The DeWalt DWE7491RS looks to be a job-site saw which is more geared (in my opinion) toward the user that needs to move the saw from jobsite to jobsite. It is more portable but you give up capability in other areas to get portability.

The next category up is probably contractor saws and hybrid saws. These are heavy—not really portable (except around your shop area by using a mobile base). The weight is good thing because it makes the saw smoother in operation. These saws usually have a larger motor than a job-site saw, often they have a cast iron top, a larger saw surface area, and the fence is likely better than a job-site saw (more rip capacity and fence accuracy). This is probably the minimum level you want to be at for more precise cuts and/or if you want to perhaps build furniture or something that requires a higher degree of accuracy.

The next category up is cabinet saws. These are even heavier and more powerful than the contractor saws. Much better fence system, dust collection, etc. Most have 3hp or larger motors (some are offered with motors that can run on 110v but the larger motors require 240v. Still locally portable with a mobile base. I aspire to this level.

Based on your need to do things around the house—if you can dedicate an area for the saw—I would suggest a contractor, hybrid, or cabinet saw. I think it will give you more flexibility, perhaps more accuracy, and allow you to explore other woodworking options (e.g. making furniture).

I’m sure there must be posts on this site that also talk about the pros and cons of the different saws. Try and perform a search of the site for more information. I hope that helps.


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