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Jobsite Table Saw

by stshy
posted 01-20-2017 09:15 PM

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 01-26-2017 01:49 AM

I have a King drill press bought many, many years ago (late last century 80s ish) and it is going as well as the day it was brought to the shop. Don’t undervalue a bigger table top as it can make working so much easier. Space in front of the blade and to either side is valuable real estate!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 01-26-2017 06:47 AM

I’m with Mark, I realize now the many shortfalls of a jobsite saw vs (any table saw) It mostly comes down to table surface space. Fence accuracy, smoothness of tilt/lift controls, cast iron top etc is bonus stuff.

-- When you know you can do more with less, you will require less to do more.

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#3 posted 01-26-2017 07:25 AM

I have a Dewalt 7491RS and for the most part love it. The only real complaint I have about the saw is the limited space in front of the blade for making cross cuts.

Sorry I can’t comment on the King Canada brand though.

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#4 posted 01-26-2017 03:26 PM

Truthfully a JS saw is a table saw in name only. You may have extreme space limitations you don’t say, but depending on what level of ww’ing you plan to do, something like dados not very feasible on a JS saw.

That being said, I’ve seen people build them into a large table and make a DIY fence that might get you by for a while.

For similar money I suggest looking for a used contractor saw with an induction motor on it.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#5 posted 01-27-2017 01:38 AM

For similar money I suggest looking for a used contractor saw with an induction motor on it.

- rwe2156

This is good advice. I have an older Dewalt JS saw and its a tough and light kickass saw for the jobsite but I wouldn’t want to actually “make” anything with it. I upgraded from a contractor saw to a cabinet saw and the former was streets ahead of a JS saw.

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#6 posted 01-27-2017 02:25 AM

I’ve had a DeWalt 745 for about 6 years and it has worked very well for me. I don’t have room for anything bigger, so it was either a jobsite saw or nothing. Definitely was the right choice for my situation. Can’t use a dado stack, but that’s ok by me.

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#7 posted 01-27-2017 02:42 AM

I have the little DeWalt. So far, it has performed as needed. The table is not very big so some outfeed support would be a good idea if’n you are ripping material.

I like the rack and pinion fence adjustment.
My Incra miter gauge fits the miter slot.
Good dust collection when hooked up to a shop vac.
Loud when compared to my cabinet saw. :-)

Note: The arbor is short so a dado stack wouldn’t work. I did manage to safely bolt on two 7 1/4 inch rip blades with a shim so I could cut some drawer bottoms. That worked great, but there just aren’t enough threads for anything else.

Overall, I like it.
Hope this helps.

Set up at job site

Big difference in size! :-)

—-Short arbor

—-Rip blades for cutting drawer bottom slot.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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