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Posted on New TS - Looking to spend $1500

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#1 posted 03-03-2021 10:47 PM

Go ahead and buy a “real” saw or you will want to upgrade again later. Sure, there was nothing my Ridgid could not do, but I sure like my full size 3 HP cabinet.

This is so true. Think of this this way: there isn’t anything you cannot do with hand tools. Think of history’s most amazing carpentry pieces. I’m talking about violins that Stradivari, Amati, and Guarneri built. Or the great basilicas and cathedrals of Europe. Everything was done by hand it just took ridiculously long periods of time compared to what good power tools are capable of. Power tools don’t take craftsmanship out of the work, they just let you do more of it.

Lower end saws will get the job done but they can get frustrating quickly. When Craftsman tools took a dive in the late 90s/early 2000s there was a lot of play in the blade. You would get a new table saw set up and spend all the time to square the fence (and re-square it for every cut) but it didn’t matter because there was too much play in the blade and nothing came out square within tolerance.

You’ll also want something big enough for safe ripping. Maybe that’s not too big of an issue if you’re going to build a cabinet for the saw with a large enough outfeed table. There are a lot of options here.

Older saws do not have riving knives. Your choice. I don’t know where all the old Unisaws and PM66’s that are supposed to be out there are hiding. Great saws of the older generation. Don’t even see many older Delta Contractor saws. It was the top of that class. But when you get a “real” saw for $1500, why settle for less?

All good points. I am noticing that a lot of people are either keeping them or passing them down to their kids or someone in the family. If you live in the rust belt they do pop up at reasonable prices from time to time. But the prices are climbing.

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