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Posted on Looking to get my first table saw

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Makai

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#1 posted 01-09-2019 03:30 PM

Even though I had a Bosch Jobsite 4000 series table saw, a friend was selling his unwanted Craftsman 113- priced at $200, in much better condition than that listing, (very little rust, extra steel wing, and under table router mount). I completely rebuilt it and in hindsight it was OK at best.

Compared to the Bosch, the fence rarely locked down parallel to blade on first try, dust control was zero, and the abrupt motor startup caused the whole saw to jump a little. It did run smoothly after settling down. Not as nice as the Bosch soft-start. It didn’t come with a miter gauge and the t-slot was an odd size. I did ream the slot out enough to use the miter gauge from my Bosch. The wider table was nice, and the power was good. Sold it a year later for $200, it was not a quick sell.

For myself the Bosch was the better saw. I like working around the Bosch, and it is the one I kept. Of course the Bosch with gravity rise stand runs about $500 new, not sure about used prices.

I would not consider either one a precision saw for cabinet making.

Consider your goals and widen the search.


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