Table saw suggestions in the $1500 range?

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Forum topic by JoeFuture posted 10-01-2020 08:29 PM 486 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-01-2020 08:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw

I’m a hobby woodworker and am going to try building some built-in cabinets in my house. I’d like to move up from my Dewalt 7491RS portable saw but can’t quite justify the cost of a super high-end saw. I’d like to stay in the $1500 range or less if possible.

I’ve been looking at the Grizzly 1023RL as a possibility. I have 220v in the garage already. The 1 review here is a bit old and gave it 3 stars. I’m sure this would be a night and day improvement over the Dewalt, but what else should I be considering in that price range?

Feel free to tell me I’ll be completely disappointed in anything in that price range too… better to learn it now than after buying.

I prefer new over used to avoid the hassle of dealing with hidden surprises, but I am keeping my eyes out for good deals in CL, OfferUp, etc.

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#1 posted 10-03-2020 10:42 AM

The 1023 lacks many of the bells/whistles of some of the more expensive saws, but it’s well liked (mostly) by it’s owners and has proven to be a reliable saw. That said, you will sometimes tumble onto a great deal watching for used so your best choice might be to be patient.

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#2 posted 10-03-2020 07:13 PM

Spend $1100 on the saw & $400 on an incra fence

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#3 posted 10-04-2020 12:33 AM

... going to try building some built-in cabinets in my house… I d like to stay in the $1500 range or less if possible…
- JoeFuture

Save a fortune without the cost… Hmmm, $1,500 is bugger all when you consider medical/hospital costs…

You asked… SawStop with dado capability.

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#4 posted 10-04-2020 04:00 AM

That’s a left tilt saw your looking at.
Make sure that is what you want.
Edit: I see that most want a left tilt.
My first and only saw is a used 3hp right tilt. I have long arms so staying out of the way is easy. But even left tilts can kick back or launch the off cut during a bevel cut.

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#5 posted 10-04-2020 04:46 AM

Sawstop contractor saw
Grizzly 1023
One of the
New Harvey saws mentioned in several recent threads here

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#6 posted 10-04-2020 12:45 PM

I have a 1.75 HP Ridgid and it can rip 3 inch oak once I bought a good rip blade, but being older, no riving knife which I consider the most important safety feature. So I use half a dozen fixed splitter throat plates. If you are willing to put up with that, then there are used “real” saws available. A Delta for instance. For me, the second most important safety feature is the bigger and heavier. I won’t use a benchtop and about half the job-site scare me to death. With any saw, sleds, jigs, feather boards etc are what makes it safe(er). I wish our saws had blade slow down brakes as a lot of injuries are from clearing stock or reaching for a cutoff while it is still spinning down.

The SawStop, even a fully loaded one, IS cheaper than one hospital trip and fortunately, they do make a good saw, not just a gimmick. With good blades, the low HP PCS is not terribly expensive. As I said, job site saws do not make me conformable to use. Any cut that does not feel comfortable, I just don’t do.

Never met anyone who said their saw was too big and heavy. Seems like most of us go small first because of the cost, but then buy again to upgrade, so being cheap is actually expensive.

FWIW, the INCRA fence takes up a HUGE amount of space. Vega is more traditional.

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#7 posted 10-04-2020 01:49 PM

You’re in SawStop price territory. Just get a SawStop. Too many people make mistakes and cut off their fingers.

(note SawStop is very controversial here…I started with a $600 table saw. Had a close call. Went SawStop and zero regrets).

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#8 posted 10-04-2020 02:11 PM

I have the Incra fence and like it but was it worth all the time it took to install properly and tweak. It’s not smooth when sliding unless it’s setup perfectly. The first time I had it right then moved it and never put the hours into fixing the resistance. It is aligned with the blade the way I want it. A slightly wider exit so nothing is ever burned.

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