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Posted on Needing input on a (used) table saw.

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#1 posted 06-25-2020 06:47 PM

A bunch of topics:

Biggest problem with saws being under-powered is the wrong blade. Combo blades are terrible at ripping.
I run a Ridgid 1 3/4 contractor saw and when I put the 24 tooth Diablo on, no more problems. I can rip 3 inch oak. Before I could not rip a 2×4. I use a 60 tooth crosscut. They work well enough I don’t have the excuse for a 3 HP cabinet saw. I want one, just don’t need it. ( You have not filled out your profile, so we don’t know where you are. For the right incentive, I would sell my Ridged so I could buy the Harvey. )

You have 110, but is it a 20A circuit? That is what is needed for 1 3/4 contractor.

Used means older, which means probably no riving knife. That is by far the biggest most important safety feature
besides your brain.

All the ” available dime a dozen” stuff depends on where you live. Around here, decent tools sell word of mouth here long before Craigs list or any forum. Even with all the unemployed over-leveraged folks, nothing on the market.

Putting wheels on something is easy.

Fences are where cheaper saws cut corners.

Old Unisaws were the class of the field, but no riving knife. Have you looked new at Laguna or Harvey?

Anything smaller than a full blown contractor scares me to death. I won’t use a job-site portable.

What are you going to do about dust collection? Unless outside on a windy day, you will have fines in the air. Blades may cut off a couple fingers but dust takes out a couple lungs. I would not be happy with a missing finger, but missing lungs are a whole different problem.

Woodworking is expensive, takes power, space, and money. If you can’t do it right, build your skills with hand tools. They worked fine for about 6000 years.

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