Any Baileigh Cabinet Saw Users? Or MBS-350 - Cantek, Lobo, Mikiway?

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Forum topic by dcg4403 posted 04-14-2017 03:31 AM 1648 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2017 03:31 AM

Well, it is time for my shop to upgrade from the wonderful Unisaw to a 12” or 14” cabinet saw. We have a WM1000 sawmill and cut a lot of thick, live edge slabs for our furniture. The Unisaw is great but simply can’t handle our common 10/4 or 8/4 cuts.

One of my top picks is the Baileigh TS-1248P series. It weighs 680 lbs with a 5 hp motor (no extensions). Best price I’ve found is $2625 shipped to my door. I do really like that it has a DRO on both the miter and also along the fence (only saw on the market currently with it as a standard feature). I also feel the over build quality may be higher than Grizzly but I have no way of determining this for a fact.

Powermatic is far too overpriced IMO so not considering it.

The Grizzly equivalent is the Extreme Series G0696X (1PH, 5HP) or the G0697X (3PH, 7.5 HP). Price is $2450 delivered. Of course it is very similar to the Baileigh.

I’m not looking for the models with extension tables as we will be building our own our of solid maple.

I’m also considering more industrial grade Taiwanese saws which are basically more modern Delta 12/14. Very similar to the RT40. Commonly known as the MBS-350 (14” version). These things have not changed significantly for decades but do have CSA approved guards and riving knifes. Cantek also sells a re-branded version. I believe these are all made by Mikiway in Taiwan who has been in the business for 50 years. They weight 850 lbs.

Does anyone own a Baileigh? Experiences?

If anyone happens to be familiar with the MBS series (MBS-350 or even MBS-400) or Cantek or Lobo (now Castaly). Love to hear from you.

I’m in a bit of a dilemma on a final choice. All these saws are in the right price range (at or under $3000). So real-user experience would be great.


-- Devin Ginther, Refined Elements LLC & TX Urban Sawmill LLC, Owner

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#1 posted 04-15-2017 06:57 PM

You may want to consider a used Northfield floor saw; new they are very expensive, but a used one may fall into your price budget and off course, Northfield is made in the U.S.A. Oliver is another one to consider.

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#2 posted 04-15-2017 07:23 PM

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