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Forum topic by Va_Jason posted 11-28-2018 04:59 PM 885 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Va_Jason

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11-28-2018 04:59 PM

First time posting here so go easy:)

I currently have a Kobalt jobsite saw, had it for several years. I dont have a ton of room in garage so in the driveway I go to use it which is nice. The problem is that it’s kind of a cheap saw. The fence is junk and near impossible to get straight cuts. I think it may be fine for basic frame work but building anything that needs some accuracy is tough. That being said I am considering another jobsite saw…dewalt DWE7491RS. Which has the rack and pinion fence and can also use a dado stack which the Kobalt could not. My other option for about the same price is a RIdgid R4512 or a Delta 36-725 both are portable but not as much as the Dewalt. I can manage to move any of them around as needed. I am not some pro furniture maker just a DIY guy that likes to build things. I think I may be leaning toward the Dewalt because I can use it away from my home if needed but what is really important to me is that of the three choices I can get best performance out of. If I cant use the Dewalt to make some cabinets if I choose to do so then that’s a big problem. I guess I’m asking if they would all three give me about the same results on various projects. Sorry for being so long…..any input is appreciated.


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#1 posted 11-28-2018 05:05 PM

A true contractor saw with a cast iron top, and induction motor is infinitely better than a job site saw. The only advantage of the job site is portability. You should choose between the value of mobility vs tremendously more accurate and repeatable contractor.

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#2 posted 11-28-2018 06:44 PM

I’m with Shane on this one Jason. I would opt for a solid, 30 year-old contractor’s saw off of Craigslist before a jobsite saw of any type if you want precision. Not only precision but for building cabinets, those jobsite saws are a no-go IMO. The tables are too small and have no wings and the rip capacity is typically way too short.

Welcome to the site! I hope this is helpful. I can’t give you an opinion on those 3 saws because I’m not familiar with them. As a woodworker (one of MANY) who unwittingly started out with a jobsite saw, I thought I’d share my thoughts.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 11-28-2018 07:00 PM

Thank you both for you input….much appreciated:)

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#4 posted 11-28-2018 07:18 PM

Just to jump in for a moment. I have a Dewalt DWE7480 that I bought at Lowes. It’s been rock-solid for me over the last two years. I built a portable cart for it, see the image. That’s a sled I made, sitting on the top. The fence is solid and cuts are straight. It can’t do dados, but I knew that before I bought it. For my needs, it’s been great. Would it be nice to have a full-size saw in my garage? Of course? However, since I can’t afford one, don’t have the room, and don’t sell anything I make, I can’t justify the purchase. That being said, my dewalt does darn near everything I need.

Buy what fits your budget and your needs but don’t think these smaller table saws are worthless.

I recently added a wing with some MDF I had on hand – not shown in photo.

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#5 posted 11-28-2018 08:13 PM

Thanks christherookie for your input. I’m kinda in the same boat as you with usage. Its tough to decide as I see everyone’s points.

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#6 posted 11-28-2018 09:41 PM

I purchased a bosch gts 1031 job site saw 3-4 years ago. worst purchase ever. purchased a craigs list craftsman 113 for a hundred dollars. even with the stock fence was a major jump in quality over the bosch. I added a used delta t2 fence to the craftsman saw and I realized it was all i needed for my needs..till i found a UNISAW at a gaurage sell for a steal. there is nothing at all wrong with an old 113 with an upgraded fence. I still have sour grapes about spending over 400 dollars on that junk BOSCH.

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#7 posted 11-28-2018 10:17 PM

You still have a option of adding a platform with casters to roll it out to the driveway, if you have not already. you could build a work station with raiseable extension wings, on locking casters, that the contractors saw drops into. You could sell the Bosch, Always a learning experience when choosing equipment, sometimes a person over thinks it. Just like my first so called table saw was a new DeWalt DW745 contractors saw. My thinking was to cross cut the boards to size with a miter or chop saw, then rip the boards with the DeWalt DW745 saw. after 4 months I said this was enough and got a Grizzly G0771Z Hybred table saw. Such a huge difference. To get rid of the Dewalt, I sold it to my son inlaw for half of what I paid for it. The DeWalt contractor saw is now being used as a portable contractors saw in his construction business.

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#8 posted 11-28-2018 10:17 PM

Jason,
Do you still need to use the saw at the job site? If you need to move the saw around a lot then that is way different than just letting it live in your garage. If the Kobalt serves you well on site, consider upgrading it with high end blades and a modified fence that is square and strong. Then if you want a another saw that lives in one place, keep in mind that a used saw can be easily upgraded to handle most of your work. (An expensive blade on a cheap saw can produce surprising results.) Fences can be adjusted or modified and jigs can be made to improve your results.

Delta and Craftsman “open bottom” saws with belt drive are old proven technology for not much cash outlay. Also, older saws are made with better metal in better factories. Chinese junk is not a boat anymore!

Good luck with your adventure.
Kind Regards,
Tim

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#9 posted 11-28-2018 10:25 PM

BTW, I agree with Hokie Ken about the size of the job site saws not handling cabinet work. They are great for trim carpentry and will let you build a staircase “jam up” but you ain’t gonna have fun doing any case work with it.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#10 posted 11-29-2018 01:17 AM

Thank you all for your input…..it has given me a lot to think about. I truly do appreciate the comments.

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#11 posted 11-29-2018 01:27 AM

Do you think this would be a better option if I just cleaned it up and maybe purchased a better fence for it?

https://norfolk.craigslist.org/tls/d/10-inch-craftsman-table-saw/6757011522.html

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#12 posted 11-29-2018 02:08 AM

thats a good deal. that fence is better than the older craftsman fences. give him a hundred dollars like right now

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#13 posted 11-29-2018 02:24 AM



Do you think this would be a better option if I just cleaned it up and maybe purchased a better fence for it?

https://norfolk.craigslist.org/tls/d/10-inch-craftsman-table-saw/6757011522.html

- Va_Jason

8 days a week!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 11-29-2018 02:27 AM

Just my 2 cents. I had a Bosch 4??? saw for 10 years that was always deadly accurate. Until the day I sold it to but a hybrid. If I was looking for another jobsite saw I’d buy another.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#15 posted 11-29-2018 05:47 PM

well unfortunately I have not been able to contact the owner of the saw in the craigslist post :( So I’m still wanting a better saw. Again I appreciate everyone’s input.

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