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04-18-2018 03:04 PM

Hello to everyone on the forum. Newbie here. I am going to start remodeling my kitchen soon. I will be building new doors for my cabinets and kinda veneering the frame with heart pine lumber that I am getting planed down. I need a new table saw for this project. I have a budget of $500-$600. I would like for it to have a 30” right side rip. I dont know whether to get a nice contractors saw like a Dewalt DWE7491RS or maybe the Kobalt saw that Lowes sells or to get a hybrid saw like the Ridgid R4512. I have looked for used saws and have found a couple of Jets like this one on craigslist: https://statesboro.craigslist.org/tls/d/jet-15hp-10-table-saw/6558083153.html. I feel they are high for what they are. Please advise whether the contractors saws would be okay for what I am doing. I don’t have a shop and will be working under my carport or shelter. Thanks Here is a pic of a finished door.

http://s1140.photobucket.com/user/dwbarg/media/Kitchen/cabinet%20door.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0


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#1 posted 04-18-2018 03:22 PM

That Jet is ten times the saw of the others that you’ve mentioned. To me, it’s no contest. I would pick up the Jet and never look back. You can always sell the saw for almost what you paid for it.

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#2 posted 04-18-2018 03:24 PM

Thanks Craigclick. So you think the Jet is worth $599? I would try to get it cheaper.

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#3 posted 04-18-2018 03:27 PM

I just called and I can get the Jet for $400

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#4 posted 04-18-2018 03:34 PM

I think 599 is high. I think my eyes are failing…I thought it said 399. for 599, you can get a decent used contractor saw and upgrade it significantly or you can get a used cabinet saw in decent shape and just clean it up. I looked on Craigslist in your area and found some stuff I’d buy that’s a better deal for the money.

Basically, I’m saying that you can get a LOT of saw used for the money that you’re looking at spending.

Jobsite Saws (like the new ones you are looking at) are OK for portability and jobsite work…but a contractor saw is a significant upgrade. The table is bigger, with more area in front of the blade…and that, alone, makes a big difference.

Plus, you won’t take the hit when and if you try to sell.

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#5 posted 04-18-2018 03:53 PM

FWIW, the DW is not a contractor saw, it’s a portable jobsite saw. An actual full size contractor saw with a belt drive induction motor has more torque, more mass, more operating room, and more long term potential IMO.

That Jet isn’t a great deal with that fence, but it’s a good saw and looks in good shape. Half that price would be a good buy.

Here’s a much better deal on a comparable saw – https://charleston.craigslist.org/tls/d/rigid-tablesaw/6550358105.html

The rust on this one should clean up well, and is a good negotiating point to get it down < $200 – https://brunswick.craigslist.org/tls/d/table-saw/6541545266.html

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#6 posted 04-18-2018 03:57 PM

Wow…That Rigid IS a screaming deal.

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#7 posted 04-18-2018 04:02 PM

I see the craigslist posting and cant help but chuckle, my dad gave me that exact saw ~5 years ago and replaced it with a rigid hybrid saw. He purchased it new at lowes back when they still sold Jet (~15 years ago) for $400. The JWTS10-JF is a decent saw, but the big flaw is its fence which is a pita to align and flexes way too much and that there is no way to put a riving knife on the saw. I passed on the saw to another friend about two weeks ago in favor of a SawStop, I replaced it because of the fence and lack of even basic safety features.

Here is my take:

If you are ok spending $600 on a saw go with the Rigid. With a hybrid saw compared to a contractor saw you give up portability, even on a mobile base moving it around is not exactly fun and the footprint on a full sized saw is not insignificant… That extra heft however is a big benefit for stability with larger cuts with things like sheet goods. The one thing that stood out to me is that you will be working in your carport which would make me think twice about a cast iron table top out in the elements. Hopefully you have a place to put the saw when not in use.

If you are looking at portability as a major concern then you don’t really have much of a choice than to go with a contractor style saw. If all you are doing is cutting cabinet doors and other small pieces then you may find a smaller more portable saw is all you need.

The biggest difference in a contractor saw vs a hybrid saw is going to be the fence which is arguably the most important part of a table saw. You can slow down your feed rate when a saw bogs down but you can’t take any flex out of the fence without replacing it outright. If you really are looking at cutting things 30” wide look at the fence first then start making decisions from there. If you want an example go to your local Lowes and look at the Delta Hybrid saw they usually have set up and compare it to the DeWalt. Just because a contractor saw CAN rip 30” doesn’t mean you should rip 30” ;)

Edit Replace the word Contractor Saw with Jobsite Saw above… Coffee hadn’t kicked in yet…

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