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02-04-2019 08:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw dewalt delta ridgid tool

I am looking for some opinions regarding upgrading my table saw. I currently have a Dewalt jobsite saw not on a mobile base. It has maybe 24” of rip capacity and does not feel super sturdy. I also dont like how small the tables are or the fact that they are made of plastic. I am looking at either the delta or the ridgid table saw.

My other thought is to save up and wait and get a SawStop.


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#1 posted 02-04-2019 08:57 PM

Look around for a used cabinet saw or wait it out and get the SawStop.

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#2 posted 02-04-2019 08:58 PM



Look around for a used cabinet saw or wait it out and get the SawStop.

- EdDantes

Thanks for the honest input

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#3 posted 02-04-2019 09:05 PM

A contractor type saw like the Delta or Ridgid would be a pretty good step up from a jobsite saw and many woodworkers find that type of saw works for all their needs. If you know you will eventually get a Sawstop, however, I wouldn’t buy a new contractor saw because you will not recoup much of the expense. A used saw is a different story—you can usually get your money back when reselling.

Depending on your area and patience level, it’s often possible to find very capable contractor saws for $250 or less and cabinet saws for around twice that on the used market.

Another option would be to build a workstation for your jobsite saw to give you a more solid base and larger top. If you do a search, there are lots of examples out there.

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#4 posted 02-04-2019 11:22 PM

if your mind is already dreaming of a sawstop save to get that,or youll wish you had.

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#5 posted 02-04-2019 11:55 PM

You are going to be hard pressed to find a sawstop for $700 or less… but you can find Contractor saws, various hybrids, Unisaws, Delta 12/14’s, PM66’s, PM72’s and lots of other more impressive machines for that. Sometimes, a LOT less and with a lot of extra goodies thrown in.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 02-05-2019 07:46 PM

First I would deeply consider what I will really be doing with it for the next few years. For example in the next couple years, i personally could most likely replace my table saw with a track saw, which you could definitely get. But when I have to rip multiple small strips, I really like the table saw. But if I had to rip 20 strips of pine/poplar/alder 1 1/2”, then a job site saw would be good enough for me. But you could be opening up a kitchen cabinet shop, i don’t know. So it really comes down to use case IMO.

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#7 posted 02-05-2019 07:50 PM



First I would deeply consider what I will really be doing with it for the next few years. For example in the next couple years, i personally could most likely replace my table saw with a track saw, which you could definitely get. But when I have to rip multiple small strips, I really like the table saw. But if I had to rip 20 strips of pine/poplar/alder 1 1/2”, then a job site saw would be good enough for me. But you could be opening up a kitchen cabinet shop, i don t know. So it really comes down to use case IMO.

- SMP

Great advice. A really good track saw can do most of the things i would be upgrading the table saw for anyway.

The safety of the saw stop is just so appealing to me.

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#8 posted 02-05-2019 08:06 PM


First I would deeply consider what I will really be doing with it for the next few years. For example in the next couple years, i personally could most likely replace my table saw with a track saw, which you could definitely get. But when I have to rip multiple small strips, I really like the table saw. But if I had to rip 20 strips of pine/poplar/alder 1 1/2”, then a job site saw would be good enough for me. But you could be opening up a kitchen cabinet shop, i don t know. So it really comes down to use case IMO.

- SMP

Great advice. A really good track saw can do most of the things i would be upgrading the table saw for anyway.

The safety of the saw stop is just so appealing to me.

- Jordan123

I think the Festool TS55 can literally do everything I need to do, and more with attachments, it would just be a little trickier with small strips. I’ve been wanting one for years, but then comparing them with Dewalt and Makita etc, and now Kreg makes one.

With my luck if I bought a sawstop, I would test it on hot dog, forget to change the cartridge(or out of laziness/cheapness etc), and then end up cutting my finger off because I let my guard down. When i have been fine using a Delta contractor saw with no guard for 25 years.

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#9 posted 02-05-2019 08:07 PM


First I would deeply consider what I will really be doing with it for the next few years. For example in the next couple years, i personally could most likely replace my table saw with a track saw, which you could definitely get. But when I have to rip multiple small strips, I really like the table saw. But if I had to rip 20 strips of pine/poplar/alder 1 1/2”, then a job site saw would be good enough for me. But you could be opening up a kitchen cabinet shop, i don t know. So it really comes down to use case IMO.

- SMP

Great advice. A really good track saw can do most of the things i would be upgrading the table saw for anyway.

The safety of the saw stop is just so appealing to me.

- Jordan123

I think the Festool TS55 can literally do everything I need to do, and more with attachments, it would just be a little trickier with small strips. I ve been wanting one for years, but then comparing them with Dewalt and Makita etc, and now Kreg makes one.

With my luck if I bought a sawstop, I would test it on hot dog, forget to change the cartridge(or out of laziness/cheapness etc), and then end up cutting my finger off because I let my guard down. When i have been fine using a Delta contractor saw with no guard for 25 years.

- SMP

I agree. For repeatable cuts the table saw is obviously the way to go. I’ve heard only good things about the makita.

Also go knock on some wood now after saying that.

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#10 posted 02-05-2019 08:10 PM

If you think a track saw might be able to do what you need, check out this recent thread

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/302955

Takes a track saw and adds more ability for repeated cuts and miters.

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#11 posted 02-05-2019 08:13 PM

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this one

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#12 posted 02-05-2019 11:25 PM

Keep checking Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, etc…..ya never know what might pop up. If you list your general location, someone here might know of a great deal on a full size saw for you.

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#13 posted 02-10-2019 04:30 PM

I have two homes so two shops….Grizzly 1023 cabinet saw in main shop for last ten years. For summer shop, after some research, I decided on the $599 Delta at Lowes. I love it. Just less power than the 220V Grizzly but with a thin kerf blade, you almost don’t notice it. It is well made, accurate and has done everything I needed.

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#14 posted 02-10-2019 04:32 PM

I have two homes so two shops….Grizzly 1023 cabinet saw in main shop for last ten years. For summer shop, after some research, I decided on the $599 Delta at Lowes. I love it. Just less power than the 220V Grizzly but with a thin kerf blade, you almost don’t notice it. It is well made, accurate and has done everything I needed. Great fence.

-- I'm a consultant...when she wants my opinion, she will ask for it.

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#15 posted 02-10-2019 08:46 PM

Jordan: not sure where you are located, but if in striking distance of Cape Cod, have a very lightly used Jet contractors saw for sale. LMk via this forum and if interested we can discuss via phone.

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