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Forum topic by Boomer34 posted 12-15-2018 01:16 AM 477 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2018 01:16 AM


I want to first say I am excited to be part of the community. I asked my first question earlier today about clamps and got lots of great insight and advice.

Now I’m on to my 2nd question!

Preface: I have spent about a month reading on the forums, watching countless YouTube videos, etc…I am a “researcher” at heart.

Background/Future Aspirations: I am new to wood working. My late grandfather was a craftsman and had a fully built out shop. I loved all the stuff he made growing up, and am now getting the itch and passion to get into it as well. I am currently in the process of acquiring my first set of real tools. I am planning to build furniture on the side (beds, dressers, side tables, farmhouse tables, etc…) So knowing that, I have been on the hunt for my 1st table saw for the past 2 weeks. I have read all the arguments, advice and reviews…but I wanted to present my detailed situation and get some feedback from the veterans!

I am in a unique living arrangement which I think lends itself to needing some more specific advice, versus the normal Delta vs Ridgid or Grizzly vs SawStop.

My family (wife & 5 kids) has recently moved back to the US from overseas. We are staying with family for the next 6 months. Then will be moving from Georgia to Minnesota where we will rent for 1 year. So I am 1.5 years from being in a house I will own. Knowing I won’t be “my” house for that long, is influencing my table saw analysis. In a perfect world, I would get a nice used or new 3hp (240v) table saw and have my “lifetime” saw, but with my current housing outlook, I am seriously thinking about trying to get a good table saw for the short term, one that I can sell in 18 months and lose as little money as possible, and by then, I would have “proven” to myself if the wood working thing is going to work/stick, and then jump up to a “lifetime” saw.

Thoughts on that thought process?

I’ve been on Craigslist and FB Marketplace multiple times a day for about 2 weeks now, and have not found a good deal on a used Unisaw/Powermatic/Grizzly…(I missed a great Grizzly by a few hours). I will continue to check daily, but now I am also considering going with a new Delta 36-725, knowing I can sell it pretty easily in 18 months. To make that option better, knowing it is $599 new, I’ve found one that is only a few weeks old and is being sold for $350. I’m thinking that is a “can’t miss,” knowing if the purchase price is that low, it will sell for a similar amount when I would try and upgrade.

Before this Delta appeared today, I was slightly leaning towards the Grizzly G0771z for $900. Before that, it was going with the Ridgid/Delta option, and for a moment I entertained the SawStop contractor. But, I really think I want to get something that is solid and could be re-sold if I do want to upgrade in 18 months or so…

Thanks for any insight/advice!

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#1 posted 12-15-2018 01:25 AM

[...] I am seriously thinking about trying to get a good table saw for the short term, one that I can sell in 18 months and lose as little money as possible [...]
- Boomer34

Buy used and you can recover all of your money (or possibly even more) when you re-sell it in 18 months. Buy new and hope you can get half of it back.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 12-15-2018 01:26 AM

A few more details:

-I was wanting to stay under $1,000

-I’m not turned off by finding a quality used saw, but I don’t think it would be ideal to have to put a lot of work into restoring or getting a used to operational. I already have limited time, so I’d rather spend it hacking up my first few projects and builds instead of restoring an non-operational saw

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#3 posted 12-15-2018 02:11 AM

A unisaw is gonna be a beast to move! Maybe grab something like a good used contractors saw that you can keep, move or sell once you get settled without, as Brad said, losing any $. Once in MN you can then upgrade.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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