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12point

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06-24-2020 01:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw question

Currently I have a
Craftsman 10” table saw with a stand. I have had it for a dozen or so years since I got into woodworking. I feel like some projects aren’t quite as good as they could be because the quality of the saw. I am looking at some of the Rigid/Dewalt portable jobsite type saws or table top saws. They are 15 amp for the most part and in my price range. I know the 1k+ saws would be most ideal, but Just curious if woodworkers use these type saws or do all of y’all use the big permanent style table saws that are more expensive?


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 06-24-2020 01:19 AM

Buy portable only if you absolutely need portable – otherwise, they are inferior in almost every other way possible.

By “table saw with stand”, are you talking about a contractor type saw with the motor hanging out the back, or one of those plastic body ones with the universal screamer motor?

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#2 posted 06-24-2020 01:28 AM

I use the new Dewalt 8 1/4” table saw. I really like it. Had a older contractor saw before. The Dewalt is much better. Fence is great. I rip with a 7 1/4” 40 tooth blade. It works great.

The. Down sides of it are front of table to blade is pretty short. Took me a little to get used to it. It is also very light. Ripping larger lumber is a little problematic, but manageable.

Keep in mind, all I do with mine is rip hardwoods. No crosscuts of any kind.

If you are looking to use sleds, dados, larger jigs, etc, you would be better off with a larger saw.

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12point

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#3 posted 06-24-2020 01:31 AM



Buy portable only if you absolutely need portable – otherwise, they are inferior in almost every other way possible.

By “table saw with stand”, are you talking about a contractor type saw with the motor hanging out the back, or one of those plastic body ones with the universal screamer motor?

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Plastic body one , lol

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12point

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#4 posted 06-24-2020 01:32 AM



I use the new Dewalt 8 1/4” table saw. I really like it. Had a older contractor saw before. The Dewalt is much better. Fence is great. I rip with a 7 1/4” 40 tooth blade. It works great.

The. Down sides of it are front of table to blade is pretty short. Took me a little to get used to it. It is also very light. Ripping larger lumber is a little problematic, but manageable.

Keep in mind, all I do with mine is rip hardwoods. No crosscuts of any kind.

If you are looking to use sleds, dados, larger jigs, etc, you would be better off with a larger saw.

- CWWoodworking

I mainly use mine for ripping. I dont use sleds or dado’s, etc

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ibewjon

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#5 posted 06-24-2020 01:46 AM

I would look for a used saw. A lot better than the portable scrap that is out there. Redmond and sons is a used tool dealer south west of Atlanta. If your saw is working, watch Craigslist.

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WoodenDreams

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#6 posted 06-24-2020 03:32 AM

With the Rigid or Dewalt, some have made decent work stations with them. Making a work station and fastening down the saw does help.

When I started I was going to cross cut boards to length on a compound miter saw, then rip the boards on a DeWalt saw. After a few months I sold the DeWalt and bought a Grizzly Hybrid table saw. Like your saying with the Craftsman saw, there are differences between table saws..

If your trying to keep the price down on a budget, check out ‘facebook market place’ or craigs list. Be patient. If your in need now, Menards has the Rikon 10” $1000 with free shipping to the store https://www.menards.com/main/tools/power-tools/power-saws/table-saws/rikon-reg-10-contractor-table-saw/10-201/p-1444452320714-c-1537277164170.htm or Grizzly Hybrid $1000 plus shipping. Grizzly has warehouse sales going (as is) at their Washington and Missouri store.

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ChefHDAN

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#7 posted 06-24-2020 09:53 AM

If you have the room, i’d go and look at this one,
https://athensga.craigslist.org/tls/d/hoschton-delta-10-in-contractors-saw/7144701872.html

It’s surprising how many bench-top saws are on your Craig’s List, but there are also some decent contractors saw. The price tag may seem a bit of a bite to jump from the bench-top to a contractors, but the difference in use and capabilities is well worth it, especially once you put a sled on top and have a bunch of repetitive cuts to make.

If you’re going to to step your game up and go further you need to get to a better saw, if your work will remain the same then find a new benchtop.

-- 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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CWWoodworking

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#8 posted 06-24-2020 10:32 AM

If you were a little closer, you could have had my rigid contractor for 200$. It worked perfectly fine, needed bearings. Ended up giving it to one of my customers who likes like to piddle.

Honestly I like the Dewalt portable better. Fence is a lot better and cuts smoother.

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farmfromkansas

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#9 posted 06-24-2020 02:38 PM

If you have room, get a Unisaw or PM66, or a Grizzly cabinet saw. When I got my Unisaw 15 years ago, could not believe how the quality of my WWing improved. I had a really old Cman saw before that.

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Robert

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#10 posted 06-24-2020 02:46 PM

+1 used saw. 3HP cabinet saw would be my recommendation. That said a good quality contractor saw will also do the job. And some of the new model Craftsman ok, the 60’s & 70’s models have awful fences. I would stay away from the consumer type saws maybe with the exception of the Rigid.

Jobsite saws are basically fancy circular saws mounted to a table.

Sleds and various jigs make the table saw a very versatile machine. Learn to use them!

Here’s what makes a good table saw:

1. Cast iron top.
2. Cast iron trunnion.
3. Trunnion mounted to top.
4. Beismeyer type fence.
5. True induction motor.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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CWWoodworking

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#11 posted 06-24-2020 04:11 PM

OP, how much are you wanting to spend?

Of course cabinet saws are better, But they are not really available under 1000$. Even used. At least not in my neck of the woods.

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JCamp

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#12 posted 06-24-2020 05:19 PM

If your craftsman saw is a 113 you’d b so much better buying a new fence for it. No new saw under $400 can touch it. I do think Lowe’s sells a delta for $500 ish that would b a good one and HD use to sell a ridgid for around 5-600 that would also b good but all the new portable or job site saws are very much poorly made and will not last, to say nothing of the horrid resell value they will have if u decide to upgrade later

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Mike_in_STL

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#13 posted 06-24-2020 05:54 PM

I used to have this thing:

Certainly not the greatest.

Then I found the Laguna Fusion line of saws and ordered an F3 but never got it due to production issues. They discontinued the model I ordered and revamped the line.
Instead Laguna upgraded me to this:

I would have been an idiot to not take it for no additional charges. So I kinda won the saw lottery. However, the hybrid saws are very capable and both Grizzly and Laguna have offerings. I’d save up for something a little more substantial than moving into a portable contractor saw.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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bondogaposis

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#14 posted 06-24-2020 06:28 PM

If you have a 113. series Craftsman contractor saw, you would be trading down to get a job site saw with a screaming direct drive motor. Money would be better spent to buy a new rip fence, that is the weak link in the Craftsman saws.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Jim2020

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#15 posted 06-26-2020 03:39 PM

I agree with JCamp and bondogaposts. Buy a good after market fence (Vega is my favorite), and properly tune your Craftsman. I’ve had one for decades, and it has served me very well. Mine has certainly been more capable then me, and I’d probably guess your’s will be too. Jim

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