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Posted on Looking for advice on selecting table saw

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#1 posted 12-02-2018 04:20 PM

I’m late to the party, but would advice to skip a portable of you don’t absolutely need portability. The better portables are pretty good, but they give up a lot compared to a full size stationary saw with a belt drive induction motor. The biggest drawback of the portables IMHO is the table size….there are only a few inches of table surface to get a board settled and flush with the table before it contacts the blade. Also, an induction motor has a lot more torque, better reliability expectations, and are much quieter. The added mass is also a notable plus, not to mention the ability to accept aftermarket accessories so the saw can grow with your needs. A 300# saw will undoubted require a couple of strong guys to set in place, but once there, it can be put on wheels and easily rolled around a sheep for reliable service for years to come.

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