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SwampFox76

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02-04-2020 07:05 PM

Hello everyone, I’m new here I have messed around with some woodworking projects in the past nothing extremely intricate outside of using miter saw, jigsaw, circular saw ect. I have been looking into getting a table saw, I had a cheap Porter-Cable one I bought at a wholesale liquidator store for $100, needless to say it was junk and there’s actually a recall on it that I took advantage of and actually came out making 25 more dollars. I’ve been thinking about grabbing another table saw to try to up my woodworking game I like to get something where I can build some table saw jigs for and I would like to be able to use a dado set up with it as well. Unfortunately my budget isn’t fantastic and while I would love to be able to spend over $1,000 on one of those amazing looking table saws I just don’t have it. I would say my budget would be anywhere between $250 to $350. It doesn’t have to be brand-new either, I can always get it off up somewhere like Craigslist. I just feel like I’m extremely overwhelmed by all the information and it seems like it always comes down to getting the best of the best when I’m doing research and I haven’t seen anybody with a budget as small as mine posting about a semi-decent table saw to get them started. As I mentioned, I would definitely like to try to mess around with building some of those jigs as well and I’ve noticed that some of those portable table saws have those grooves in them not allowing for the sled to fit in there without filing those parts down. If you’re trying understand what I’m talking about just look at the cheap $200 skilsaw table saw. Thanks for any help you can give me.


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James Frederick

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#1 posted 02-04-2020 07:26 PM

Grizzly has some great Saws for sale with reasonable financing. My daughter and her husband purchased for me several years ago a craftsman contractor 10 inch table saw model 218330. It has been great for me a hobbies.

I would suggest you buy the best you can afford you will not regret it.

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#2 posted 02-04-2020 07:40 PM

Welcome to Ljs Swampfox
I see table saws that will work for you budget on Craigslist quite a bit, Some times you can even grab and old classics like a Powermatic 66 for a low price if you get there first. Something you have to think about before you buy you need to shop based if you have 220 volts or not,if you don’t have it then most of the saws that will be available are lower Horsepower but usable for a fair amount of hobby work. I always see old sears model saws around in your price range or less. Besides HP you want to shop for saws that their fences don’t flex and have miter slots and can accept a dado blade among other things.
Here’s a blog about saw difference that are important and very informative.

https://www.lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/32154

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#3 posted 02-04-2020 07:44 PM

In that price range you’ll get the most bang for your buck in the used market. Look for a contractor saw, not a job site saw. You should be able to get Craftsman 113 series saw for around $125. They are very serviceable saws there are lots and lots of them out there.

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#4 posted 02-04-2020 07:50 PM

If you’ll add your location to your profile members like myself might be close enough to you to let you know about something local. I have a few I could fix you up with if you’re near me

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#5 posted 02-04-2020 08:35 PM

IMHO there are only two options when buying a table saw, and which you chose is dictated by budget.

New: If you have the budget get a SawStop. It’s better designed and better quality control than most anything out there.

Used: If you can’t afford a new big Cabinet saw, you can afford a used one if you are willing to shop around. Perfectly working Unisaws can be had for well under $500.00 in most areas of the country. (I got mine for $350.00)

To me, there is no logic to buying saw that is lesser than what I can find used and paying more for it just because it is new, unless it actually offers something I can’t get in a used saw. Near as I can tell, that
s leaves only the SawStop.

I realize that the Anti SawStop crowd is about to flame me for my position, but the curious thing is, you simply can’t find them used.

-- Without the wood, it's just working

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#6 posted 02-04-2020 08:37 PM



In that price range you ll get the most bang for your buck in the used market. Look for a contractor saw, not a job site saw. You should be able to get Craftsman 113 series saw for around $125. They are very serviceable saws there are lots and lots of them out there.
- bondogaposis

Agreed, the RIDGID TS2424 and TS3612 are also the same saw with a different badge, try & avoid orange ones

BTW if you’ll use the search tool about new table saw you’ll likely get a few thousand returns for threads on this topic. Many will discount these low budget saws, but coming from a benchtop these are a huge step up and if you get a used one and learn to tune it up and have it running well you can likely expect to sell it easily when you have th budget for a bigger one

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#7 posted 02-04-2020 08:44 PM

For whatever saw you decide to get, a word of advice- make sure to get a fence that spans the entire top and locks on both ends somehow. Please, dont get one of those crappy ryobi types that only span 2/3rds of the tabletop and flex when in operation, and are impossible to square. Unless, you know you can upgrade to a quality fence that will fit your saw.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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SwampFox76

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#8 posted 02-04-2020 09:10 PM

@a1Jim
First off, thank you for welcome, second, I do not have a 220 line where I will be doing my work. I am seeing a lot of the Sears Craftsmans on Craigslist I’m just unsure of what model might be junk and what is actually a decent model. I did see that the person that commented before you, James Frederick, mentioned the craftsman contractor 10 inch table saw model 218330. Thank you for the link I will be sure to read through it.

@bondogaposis
Thank you for the suggestion, I will keep my eyes peeled for that model as well as I search.

@GrantA
I am in Philadelphia, Pa

@CyberDyneSystems
I do keep seeing sawstop popping up while I’m searching the different models of table saws, although no used ones in the classifieds. I do not doubt that I am going the used route because it seems like the only way I am going to get the most bang for my buck.

@ChefHDAN & @wildwoodbybrianjohns
So basically steer clear of the low cost, job site table saws sold at Lowes and Home Depot

Thanks for all the advice guys and any more you can give me. I’m trying to figure out what I am going to keep my eyes peeled for when the time comes. As of right I still have some time as this is coming out of my tax return.

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#9 posted 02-04-2020 09:15 PM

I ended up getting a cheap (kobalt) jobsite saw. My shop is too small to rip long boards so the ability to move down a ramp out in the yard is a must. I need a framing square to get the fence square each time but it is what it is. I can get a partial dado stack on it but not a full. In your budget I would keep looking at the used saws but I would make sure you can add a riving knife (if it doesn’t have one) and just plan on buying a better miter gauge with the money you save. The best part of a used saw is you can always sell it when you are done with it so all is not lost. The ones with rusty tables are usually cheap and if not pitted may clean up well.

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SwampFox76

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#10 posted 02-04-2020 09:17 PM

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#11 posted 02-04-2020 09:20 PM

Well, Swampfox, the dewalt jobsite saws are pretty sturdy and have an ok fence. The bosch 4100 is also a decent saw, for what it is. New, youre looking at 5bills, maybe; on sale maybe better. Used? Who knows.

The mitre gauges on both are crap though.

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SwampFox76

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#12 posted 02-04-2020 09:21 PM



I ended up getting a cheap (kobalt) jobsite saw. My shop is too small to rip long boards so the ability to move down a ramp out in the yard is a must. I need a framing square to get the fence square each time but it is what it is. I can get a partial dado stack on it but not a full. In your budget I would keep looking at the used saws but I would make sure you can add a riving knife (if it doesn t have one) and just plan on buying a better miter gauge with the money you save. The best part of a used saw is you can always sell it when you are done with it so all is not lost. The ones with rusty tables are usually cheap and if not pitted may clean up well.

- controlfreak

Thanks for your input. My shop isn’t all that big either. I’m moving in about 2 years so I’m hoping to upgrade my space, but for the most part, when the weather breaks I’ll move my equipment outside when I’m working on a project.

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#13 posted 02-04-2020 09:25 PM

If you could bump your budget just a little more, you can opt for the Delta 36-725 from Lowes. It’s a fantasic saw that will do everything you’ve listed and won’t break the bank too much. You can find lots of great reviews here and if you run into issues, find them quickly and replace it at Lowes within the exchange period, if not too much trouble. Just a thought for an alternative.

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SwampFox76

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#14 posted 02-04-2020 09:35 PM



Well, Swampfox, the dewalt jobsite saws are pretty sturdy and have an ok fence. The bosch 4100 is also a decent saw, for what it is. New, youre looking at 5bills, maybe; on sale maybe better. Used? Who knows.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

That’s what I’m starting to realize which is why I think going used is my best bet. I knew nothing about table saw and quality before a few days ago when I really started diving in and I realized something semi-decent and new is going to cost me. As I mentioned I bought a porter cable a year ago only to realize last week it had been recalled so I had to destroy it to get the refund which sparked this interest in finding a new and better table saw since I really want to get into woodworking. I managed to build a Rustic cooler with the porter cable saw but while I was using it I could definitely tell it was a crappy saw, but it got the job done. I’ve attached some pictures
, A buddy of mine gave me these beams that had been sitting at his job for a few years unclaimed so I asked if I could take them so iI used the table saw to cut them down to make the rustic cooler.

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SwampFox76

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#15 posted 02-04-2020 09:36 PM



If you could bump your budget just a little more, you can opt for the Delta 36-725 from Lowes. It s a fantasic saw that will do everything you ve listed and won t break the bank too much. You can find lots of great reviews here and if you run into issues, find them quickly and replace it at Lowes within the exchange period, if not too much trouble. Just a thought for an alternative.

- Rayne

I just searched that saw, it is a nice looking saw but I don’t think I can do $600 at this time

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