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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 06-01-2015 06:36 PM 1889 views 0 times favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2015 06:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw regret

As a fan of electricity I’m not in favor of going to a 100% unplugged workshop. But this is what I don’t use a table saw for:

very rough lumber rips (I get a lot of boards with the bark still on)
cross cuts

That leaves me with miters and regular rips to use on a table saw. But I have a miter saw. So that leaves me with regular rips. I have a circular saw. So that leaves me with a big table saw that doesn’t get used a whole lot.

I had the great fortune of winning a SawStop in a raffle. It’s the best thing I’ve ever won. But I’ve had it for a year and haven’t used it anywhere near the amount I thought I would. I’ve been using hand tools more than I thought I would. I’ve already stopped using my power router and am getting ready to sell that.

Has anyone sold their table saw and regretted it?

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#1 posted 06-01-2015 06:42 PM

“Would you sell your table saw?”

No way would I go without a table saw.

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#2 posted 06-01-2015 06:45 PM

Not me, I use it for all of the things you don’t it use it for.

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#3 posted 06-01-2015 06:49 PM

Well it would be nice to have a track saw or duel compound miter saw. I am making a nice sled more my TS and I use it a lot. Well a lot for me anyway to others not very much.

I am thinking I could use a nice duel compound miter saw to aid in cutting long timber easier.

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#4 posted 06-01-2015 06:55 PM

I couldn’t get rid of mine. I work with lots of exotics and doing all of that by hand is not going to happen. I like hand tools for a great many things. A table saw will always have it’s place in my shop, though.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#5 posted 06-01-2015 06:58 PM

I have a big learning curve and lots of hand tools to buy before I would consider it. If I were at that point, then it would perhaps be a definite maybe, I think.

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#6 posted 06-01-2015 07:00 PM

The Rockwell/Delta Unisaw I have now, I inherited from my father in law. Every cut I make on it, he is with me. It will never leave me until I just can’t move it again. After thirty years of building everything for everyone else, now I can finally build for myself and my family!

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#7 posted 06-01-2015 07:02 PM

I use my table saw almost every day. In fact I need to buy a new one. The gears are worn out in the one I have in the shop. The wife is rough on equiptment so they don’t last more than 3-4 years before they are toaste. But it is worth it since she is learning well. She was errifies of the tools for a while then got brave. Sas been bit a few times so she is more cautious now. After 32 years I might just keep her, but that saw just has to go.

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#8 posted 06-01-2015 07:08 PM

Not yet, but am seriously considering selling the table saw and getting a good band saw instead. Like you, I’ve been using hand tools more and more and the main use of the table saw now is just for ripping (OK, it actually gets used most as a base for an assembly/glue up table and just to set crap on to get it out of the way of the tool I need to use) Rips can be done on a band saw and cleaned up with hand planes.

My other consideration is that the table saw takes up a lot of space in my tiny shop. Without it in there, I think it could be rearranged to be more usable, overall.

IIRC, Canadian furniture maker Michael Fortune doesn’t own a table saw and does all his major cutting on band saws.

I’ll be interested to see the rest of the responses.

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#9 posted 06-01-2015 07:25 PM

I’ve been told the bandsaw is the go-to saw in shops in Europe. That won’t make me sell my table saw, tho…it’s the #1 tool in my shop. But for you Colonel, maybe you should sell it….might s well put that money toward wood (or something).

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#10 posted 06-01-2015 07:31 PM

Ripping one edge paralell to the jointed edge, is much harder with a track saw or a circular saw.

Obviously the ‘old masters’ did it all with a hand saw and some planes, so anything is possible

Without a tablesaw, what do you use as your workbench/flat reference surface to pile crap on that you haven’t put away?
everyone needs a big heavy horizontal surface to take up space (sarcasm…..kind-of)

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#11 posted 06-01-2015 07:32 PM

is it april 1st?

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#12 posted 06-01-2015 07:41 PM

Couldn’t do without my TS, CMS, Jointer and Planner. Period. End of story.
Travis, how do you prep/mill your lumber? Remember, fee (face, edge, end)

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#13 posted 06-01-2015 07:42 PM

Like you, I have been gravitating toward hand tools since beginning my woodworking hobby some 12 years ago, but I won’t sell my table top table saw (the first tool I purchased in this venture) because I still use it to break down rough cut sawmill lumber to oversized component size. I finish sizing and surfacing parts by hand, simply use this saw, and my thickness planer, to do the grunt work.

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#14 posted 06-01-2015 08:31 PM

Travis, how do you prep/mill your lumber? Remember, fee (face, edge, end)


Same as they did before the industrial revolution! I’ve never done it any other way, I enjoy it. On the other hand, like JayT, what I definitely could use (not want) is a decent band saw. I have zero interest in resawing by hand. Also, I just bought a drill press because I have zero interest in bits and braces. Initially, I thought bit and brace would be the way to go for me. Nope. Just can’t get into that.

I almost feel guilty wondering if I don’t need a table saw, but I’ve been mulling this over for months, weighing all pros and cons, trying to make sure I don’t make a dumb decision, and I’ve realized over the past year that I’ve never actually needed my table saw.

Maybe I should have rephrased my question – if you’re into power/hand tools and had a table saw, but could do many things without it that you could with it, and you got rid of it, did you regret it?

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#15 posted 06-01-2015 08:44 PM

Nope, No Way, Absolutely NOT in this lifetime will I get rid of my table saw. But, if it makes YOU happy, knock yourself out! Maybe when you are incarnated you will come back as a 17th century furniture maker and know what you know now. Boy will you be pissed without a table saw :-)

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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