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Posted on Looking for advice on selecting table saw

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#1 posted 12-04-2018 12:25 PM

Wow, thanks for all the responses. I’ll try to answer some of the questions/comments below:

I don’t have a need to move the saw around to job sites, but I do need to be able to move it around since my “shop” is my garage. Usually, when I need to work on some project, I’ll have to move my power tools around the garage or even into the driveway.

Compared to the people I’ve seen on this site, I’m probably not much above a beginner. My woodworking experience has been mostly “rough carpentry” (my term) with very little “finish work” (again, my term). For a while, I was maintaining 20 rental units and did most of the work on them. Maybe I’d be better categorized as a handy man instead of a woodworker.

I want to start doing more intricate pieces and work my way up to making some nice furniture. At some point, I’d love to build a real nice dining room table.

My inventory of power tools is not extensive beyond the basics: electric & cordless drills, jig saw, reciprocating saw, brad nailer and circular saw. I do have a real nice 12” Craftsman compound miter saw and a big 30-year old Craftsman 10” radial arm saw.

The miter saw gets a lot of use and I’ve been able to cut wood with it to build some small boxes, bird houses, shelves, etc. At the time I bought it, they didn’t have (or I didn’t see it) the sliding feature I’m seeing in some miter saws now.

The radial arm saw has gotten a lot of use and is still my work horse for big cuts or ripping wood. It’s big, though, and a hassle to get out and move (I put it on a wheeled platform) into the driveway. As a result, I only get it out when I have to do a lot of cutting.

A table saw seems like it will fit the needs between the miter and radial-arm saws and be a lot easier to move around than my huge radial-arm saw.

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