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Forum topic by asb posted 07-24-2019 01:12 AM 583 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2019 01:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw moving

I’m getting back into woodworking after a decade away. Bought a jobsite DeWalt which did an ok job initially, but the fence does not properly lock, so I’ve stopped using it and will return it. Even using it a few times made me excited to get back into the hobby seriously, and also made me thirsty for a nicer table saw. The fence defect also scared me into wanting to buy a SawStop. Those interests combine to make me want a PCS.

The only hiccup here is that I’m in a second & third floor apartment, and have to put the saw on the third floor without an elevator. It’s doable, but obviously a significant hassle with the ~300lb machine, even with it disassembled into its separate parts. I’ll just pay for some pros to haul it upstairs, so even that would be fine if it weren’t for the fact that my wife and I may well move cross-country in a year. Those factors make me consider the jobsite SawStop, even though it seems awfully pricey for what you get as compared to its contractor and professional cousins.

So, I’m looking for some advice on how to handle the sub-optimal current work space and the prospect of having to drag it up to the third floor, then back down, then to the opposite coast in a year.

Any sense of what moving one of these cross country would cost? How huge of a hit would I take if I sold it after a year? And, more generally, what would you guys do in my circumstance with the priorities I’ve laid out?

Thanks for the advice and excited to be a part of this community.

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#1 posted 07-24-2019 01:36 AM

Grab a ~$100 C-man or Delta contractor saw to get you by, and then buy your real saw after you move. The contractor saw is a big step up from a portable jobsite saw, easily movable, and you can usually re-sell them for what you bought them for, so you won’t have to move it when you do. If you are diligent, you can usually find them with all sorts of upgrades already included (mobile base, upgraded fence, multiple faceplates, jigs, etc…).


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#2 posted 07-24-2019 01:37 AM

Guess I’d wait a year before buying the heavy iron. Meanwhile you could make do with a track-saw which will give you highly accurate cuts both rip and cross cut in larger stock, and doesn’t take up much room. There are a ton of options out there from simple to guides to elaborate and expensive systems that allow you to effectively replace a table saw for most tasks. Maybe get/keep a portable saw around for other tasks. And how much noise and dust are you allowed to make on the 3rd floor of an apartment?

After you move and you’re ready to purchase the bigger system, you’ll find that you always want your track-saw around. They are so useful for sheet goods and other carpentry tasks like ripping and cross-cutting a door to fit.

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#3 posted 07-24-2019 12:41 PM

And how much noise and dust are you allowed to make on the 3rd floor of an apartment?

Thanks for the ideas, Brad and Sark. Re the apartment, our unit spans the 2nd and 3rd floors of a three flat, so the noise on the 3rd is largely a non-issue (except to my wife and dog). And so long as I clean up the dust when we move out, my landlord is fine with whatever.

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