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smpke

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12-16-2020 01:47 PM

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Hello, everyone! I am newish to woodworking and am looking to upgrade my table saw so I figured i’d reach out here for some advice. I currently have an old 10” Skilsaw that’s been passed down from my grandfather to my dad and now to me.

I have built a couple tables, desks, outdoor couches and even our fireplace mantle. I’m now hooked on woodworking and find myself working on different projects quite often as I have friends and neighbors having me build them furniture. I generally use softer construction grade materials from Lowes and Home Depot but am looking to start working with hardwoods as I am improving my skillset with every project.

My shop (garage) is relatively small so I am looking for something that is portable enough to at least put in the corner when i’m finished so I can park.

I’ve seen a lot of people recommending Hybrid saws so I figured i’d jump on here to see what you all may recommend. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!


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#1 posted 12-16-2020 02:34 PM

Here are some pictures of some of the work I have done so far. I know it’s not the best but I am still learning!

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#2 posted 12-16-2020 02:36 PM

For a couple years I had a Bosch table saw with gravity rise stand. I bought it so I could load in and out of my truck myself. It turned out to be a very good cutting tablesaw as well. I bought a Thin kerf woodworkers 2 blade from Forrest it cut very nice.
The problem with contractor style that you can easily move around is the fences are badly designed . They don’t hold settings and flex too much.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#3 posted 12-16-2020 03:25 PM

It sounds to me like you are ready for more than a portable job site saw. A good sort of entry level saw is the Delta 36-725T2 but is good enough that you may find you don’t need to upgrade for many years and it won’t break the bank either. It definitely takes up more space than one of the truly portable Dewalt or Bosch job site saws but has a better fence, more surface area and will be more enjoyable to use. It comes with a mobile base so is easy to move it into a corner if your garage has enough room to do that. I bought the previous version of this saw about 6 years ago and it has served me well.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 12-16-2020 03:26 PM

I started out nearly 30 years ago with a little Makita jobsite table saw – it worked great for most of the rough carpentry jobs that I was doing – decks, porches, exterior trim, garages, sheds, etc. About 4 months ago I upgraded from the old workhorse Makita to a Sawstop Jobsite Pro. That was a big step forward, I could actually rely on the fence to be accurate! But…I recently sold it and upgraded to a SawStop PCS 3HP. Hopefully the last tablesaw I ever buy. I think that you’d be wise to take some time to figure out where you think that your interests will lead you over the next few years – and buy a long-term saw. Buy once, cry once. Cheapest route for the long term.

Nice job on the tables and mantel – they look great!

-- DaveS, Montana

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#5 posted 12-16-2020 04:01 PM

Great looking projects! What is your budget? Whats the used/craigslist market like where you live for power tools?

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smpke

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#6 posted 12-16-2020 04:41 PM


Great looking projects! What is your budget? Whats the used/craigslist market like where you live for power tools?

- SMP

Thank you! I’d say my budget would be $1,000 but i’m not opposed to spending a little more if I have to. I checked the used/craigslist market here and it is pretty dry.

-Shane

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#7 posted 12-16-2020 04:49 PM



I started out nearly 30 years ago with a little Makita jobsite table saw – it worked great for most of the rough carpentry jobs that I was doing – decks, porches, exterior trim, garages, sheds, etc. About 4 months ago I upgraded from the old workhorse Makita to a Sawstop Jobsite Pro. That was a big step forward, I could actually rely on the fence to be accurate! But…I recently sold it and upgraded to a SawStop PCS 3HP. Hopefully the last tablesaw I ever buy. I think that you d be wise to take some time to figure out where you think that your interests will lead you over the next few years – and buy a long-term saw. Buy once, cry once. Cheapest route for the long term.

Nice job on the tables and mantel – they look great!

- seakuv

Thank you! I definitely plan on starting a side business making furniture outside of my day job so maybe the extra investment may be worth it. I just tend to be very frugal so it’s tough for me to drop that much cash on it. Are there any others that are similar to the sawstop that are a little more cost effective?

-Shane

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#8 posted 12-16-2020 04:50 PM


It sounds to me like you are ready for more than a portable job site saw. A good sort of entry level saw is the Delta 36-725T2 but is good enough that you may find you don t need to upgrade for many years and it won t break the bank either. It definitely takes up more space than one of the truly portable Dewalt or Bosch job site saws but has a better fence, more surface area and will be more enjoyable to use. It comes with a mobile base so is easy to move it into a corner if your garage has enough room to do that. I bought the previous version of this saw about 6 years ago and it has served me well.

- Lazyman

I’ve looked into the Delta but saw a bunch of negative reviews regarding the motor. I’d assume Delta has fixed this by now?

-Shane

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#9 posted 12-16-2020 05:09 PM

I know the price is much higher than $1k, but this will get the job done indefinitely https://www.grizzly.com/products/grizzly-10-3-hp-240v-cabinet-table-saw/g1023rl
The Griz hybrid saws are quite a step up compared to the Delta and are within your stated price.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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