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10-14-2021 03:41 PM

I’ve been doing woodworking as a hobby for several years, and as I get closer to retirement I’m wanting to do it as a side business. My current table saw is a Kobalt portable model I got from Lowe’s about 5 years ago. It’s served me well, but I’ve developed to a point where I need something with better accuracy, stability, and power. My budget is in the $1000-$1500 range for a new saw, and my shop is only wired for 110v. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 10-14-2021 03:47 PM

I don’t know how you feel about buying used, but there are a lot of excellent used cabinet saws out there in that price range, that is the way I would go.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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#2 posted 10-14-2021 04:57 PM

I don’t know if your Kobalt portable was the jobsite saw but mine was and I hated it. Needed to kept a square at the saw to square the fence on each movement. I had to stay jobsite or I can’t rip long boards in my tiny shop. I went with Saw Stop jobsite and yes it is over your target budget. I really like it, bigger table, decent fence and I can actually use the tape to set the with of cut now. There is also the safety feature I wanted and like too. You may want to give it a look if you can make it fit. I wanted to upgrade anyway but it was after an employee removed the tips of three fingers that I ask the wife if I could spring for the saw Stop. He was out of work for 10 weeks and racked up over $60k in medical bills and my deductible is $3500.00, for me it was a no brainer. It’s like anything else, I buy insurance to but hope I never need it, but it is nice to know its there.

Not trying to start a SawStop rant, It was only a suggestion if a portable saw upgrade is needed. If not you can get the biggest bang for your buck.

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#3 posted 10-14-2021 05:10 PM

You are working with two handicaps. First you budget and second limiting yourself to 120v motors. I suggest you start watching the used table saw market to stay within your budget. Unless you come across a really good deal watch the postings for a month or two to get a good ides of what comes up.

On a lot of used saws you will find the biggest shortcoming is the fence. Most of the time you can add a better fence but it will cost in the neighborhood of $200 to $400.

Also check to see if there isn’t some way you can add a 220v outlet to your shop. If there is space on your electrical panel for a 220v breaker you can almost always find a way to get the wiring to the shop; even if you need to surface mount hard conduit or flexible steel cable. If there is no space for the breaker you might be able to add a sub-panel. I think it will be worth the effort.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 10-14-2021 08:07 PM

A used Unisaw should be under $1000 with a 115V bullet motor, if a different fence is needed/wanted, that should be another $250-$450.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#5 posted 10-14-2021 08:53 PM

The used market in some areas is a dead end. My area it’s very difficult to find a decent piece of equipment for a reasonable price. If it’s not junk people look to get almost 75% of the original price. That price range look into a hybrid saw.

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#6 posted 10-14-2021 09:57 PM

I would start by checking on the possibility and cost of a 240 feed to the shop. It opens a whole new world.

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#7 posted 10-14-2021 11:48 PM

The used market in some areas is a dead end. My area it s very difficult to find a decent piece of equipment for a reasonable price. If it s not junk people look to get almost 75% of the original price. That price range look into a hybrid saw.

- corelz125


I seen a grizzly 1023 asking 1100$. It was 20 years old! That saw wasn’t 1100$ new.

I guy at work uses a grizzly hybrid. Seems to like it. Fence seems flimsy.

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#8 posted 10-15-2021 09:24 AM

Thank you all, for all of your suggestions/comments. One of my long-term goals is to add 240v to the shop, but that’s not in the budget right now. The used market in this area is ridiculous, pretty much the way corelz125 described. There are a number of 120v hybrid saws on the market (Grizzly, Jet, Shop Fox, etc.) that are within my budget.

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#9 posted 10-15-2021 09:46 AM

My number one suggestion to posters here looking at increasing their tool ownership is to make sure in your post, or on your profile to list where it is you are located. No need for a street address, but like mine. I list CinDay or SW Ohio. That way if a member is nearby they could PM you that they know the location of a tool that may be of interest, but isn’t generally being advertised. Maybe this isn’t the same everywhere, but around here a lot more tools get sold before being placed on the “market” than not.

Without 220 you will be limited, but it’s still allows for a lot of good saws.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 10-15-2021 02:39 PM

Don’t know where you are located, but I know someone who restores old machines. I’ve seen his work and it looks top notch. He restores old Powermatic and Delta. If you’re interested, PM me.


-- Rick

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#11 posted 10-15-2021 06:07 PM

I have the Grizzly G0771Z hybrid table saw. Wired for 120v/240v. Was going to suggest it. I bought it new for $758 plus $149 shipping, in 2017. I’m surprised it’s now $1395 plus $179 shipping.

Have you checked facebook marketplace. or for used.

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#12 posted 10-15-2021 06:25 PM

Another reason to look at the used market is that, if you see an individual advertising a used machine, that probably means it’s immediaely available. Much of the new machinery market is backordered for months. I don’t know about Grizzley or other makers that you may be looking at, but before you get your heart set on a new saw, I recommend researching the estimated delivery date. You may find that it’ll take 6 months to a year to get it to your shop. With respect to the used market, expand your search. It might be well worth your time to drive a couple of hundred miles and haul your saw home in a trailer or a pickup truck.

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#13 posted 10-21-2021 04:20 PM

I’m located in almost the exact center of West Virginia (Braxton County), but I would be willing to drive a couple of hundred miles for a good used saw.

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