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table saw advice

by rjherald
posted 08-10-2017 04:04 AM

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#1 posted 08-10-2017 04:10 AM

Get a 3hp saw if putting in the wiring isn’t
a big deal for you. 5hp is better if you plan
to cut much 8/4 hardwoods but 3 is fine
if you aren’t in a hurry to get work done.

Getting a 400lb table saw down stairs is
no big deal in my experience. All it takes
is a hand truck with balloon tires and a
couple adults. Just take one step at a time.

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#2 posted 08-10-2017 10:59 AM

2hp is “enough”. However, the jump to something like a 3hp G0690 or G1023RL is huge….far more substantial saws under the hood, notably more hp, more mass, better fences, better value IMO, and are lifetime saws. If you have 220v, and the budget, buy once and don’t look back.

Moving these saws in pieces is not an overly daunting task.

I am also just a hobbyist and made the jump from a nice hybrid saw to a 3hp industrial cabinet saw in 2008…’s darn satisfying every time I fire it up. It handles everything with ease, everything works more smoothly, and I’m confident it’ll run that way with minimal maintenance til I die.

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#3 posted 08-10-2017 09:15 PM

Unless you plan on doing some serious wood working I think the 2HP is enough. Also just how much do you want to spend? I do a fair amount and have the Delta 36-725, the cheaper version of the Delta 36-5000, and it does fine. I just didn’t want to spend more than $600 to $700 at the time that I purchased it. If I was purchasing again I’d probably go with the Delta 36-5000 because of the one piece fence rails or the Grizzly G0771z. I like the 4” dust port on the Grizzly. I believe the Delta 36-5000 has a 2.5 ” dust port. That’s one thing I didn’t like about my Delta 36-725 and modified the dust collection to use a 4” hose.

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#4 posted 08-10-2017 09:30 PM

A quick search will get you more advice than you can shake a stick at. This question gets asked a lot. There are many more results, but I got tired of doing the research. Oh, I have the Grizzly 1023RLW.

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#5 posted 08-10-2017 10:21 PM

You can take cabinet saws apart to the point where one strong person can move them. You take the tables off, take the motor out, etc. You end up with a heavy-but-manageable base that you can easily move down the stairs with a hand truck.

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