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Joe8857

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05-28-2019 12:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw

Hello all,
I’m new to the group and to woodworking. I’m looking at several table saws but wanted to find out what everyone would recommend for a beginner.

My budget for the table saw is $500, and it will be a garage workshop.

Thanks all

-Joe


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SMP

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#1 posted 05-28-2019 01:35 AM

Well kind of depends in where you live and what is available on Craigslist right now within driving distance. Or do you mean brand new?

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#2 posted 05-28-2019 01:43 AM

The ABCs of Tablesaws

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#3 posted 05-28-2019 02:00 AM

As Hendrix would say, “Hey Joe!” Welcome.

While you are waiting for responses I’d suggest searching for similar threads. I’m not exaggerating that there are over 100 threads similar to your question and with your $500 budget in mind. That will give you more reading material than you can handle to start with and will answer a lot of your questions. Also, you might want to provide some more specifics about what your goals are. What do you want to create? Plenty of good options both new and used for $500. As stated above, depending on where you live you can get a first rate used saw off of CL and use this site to understand what that might be and what to look for.

If you are more specific about your location members will even search and link you to deals in your area.

Again, welcome.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 05-28-2019 03:16 AM

Hey guys,

I actually posted this a few days back, and while waiting for it to be approved, I looked back on the old posts relating to this topic.

Today, around the same time it was approved, I went up to Lowe’s and bought the Delta 36-725.

Can’t wait to start putting it to use.

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SMP

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#5 posted 05-28-2019 03:28 AM



Hey guys,

I actually posted this a few days back, and while waiting for it to be approved, I looked back on the old posts relating to this topic.

Today, around the same time it was approved, I went up to Lowe’s and bought the Delta 36-725.

Can’t wait to start putting it to use.

- Joe8857

Before putting it to use, i would suggest spending a little time tuning it in. You’ll be glad you did. https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/3822

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Andybb

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#6 posted 05-28-2019 07:26 AM

Wow! That’s not a blog. It’s a novel. Better than any owners manual.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 05-28-2019 08:39 AM

This should be a good Table saw for your needs. I highly recommend getting a ‘zero clearance blade throat or making your own ‘zero clearance table saw throat’. It will help when your cutting narrow strips or smaller pieces. One of the first things you should make with it is a ‘table saw sled’. Also the Gripper push block is a excellent accessory. https://www.lowes.com/pd/GRR-Ripper-3D-Pushblock/50197625

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Joe8857

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#8 posted 05-29-2019 01:47 AM

Hey guys,

I actually posted this a few days back, and while waiting for it to be approved, I looked back on the old posts relating to this topic.

Today, around the same time it was approved, I went up to Lowe’s and bought the Delta 36-725.

Can’t wait to start putting it to use.

- Joe8857

Before putting it to use, i would suggest spending a little time tuning it in. You’ll be glad you did. https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/3822

- SMP

Thanks! I did the assembly today when I got home from work and cut up some scrap wood. I was shocked by how quiet it was.

Going to take your advice and tune it in tomorrow.

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#9 posted 05-29-2019 10:59 AM


Thanks! I did the assembly today when I got home from work and cut up some scrap wood. I was shocked by how quiet it was.

Going to take your advice and tune it in tomorrow.

- Joe8857

Get the most from your saw and buy a decent blade also….save the stock blade for junk wood. A decent blade starts at about $30 for something like a Freud Diablo, Irwin Marples, CMT ITK Plus, DeWalt Precision Trim, or Tenryu Rapid Cut series blade. Most general purpose or combination blades have 40T to 50T teeth, but if you’re willing to change blades for different applications, a dedicated 24T rip and 60T or 80T crosscut/plywood blade will give better results for their specific tasks.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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LittleShaver

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#10 posted 05-29-2019 12:27 PM

I’ve had mine for about 2 years and have been totally happy with it. I guess my only negative comment would be that the dust shoot below the blade is easily plugged.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 05-29-2019 01:28 PM

I’ve had mine for a few months now and really like it a lot. You’re right, it is so quiet it was shocking! I’m even a little scared to use my hearing protection while using it afraid that I won’t be able to tell if it is on or not.

The most difficult thing for me (and I am sure others as well) was getting the split fence rails aligned. Also blade changes (esp. dado sets) are a little difficult because of the narrow dust control baffle around the blade, but it can be done if you are careful. I sometimes wish for a longer table on the right but then I would have space issues in my shop, so for those times I use a track saw. This has been a very good saw for the $500 that I paid (opened a Lowe’s credit card for the $100 savings on my first purchase) and look forward to many years of use.

-- DannyW

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#12 posted 05-29-2019 03:57 PM

Glad you found one you’re satisfied with joe!

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