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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 06-25-2013 09:51 AM 1676 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2013 09:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

Hi there. I have been wondering around this site for a couple of weeks and there seem to be some knowledgeable folks who might be able to answer this question. I am not a beginner but not very experienced either. Guess I am a tweener

My shop has been cobbled together with odds and ends tools for quite a while. I have everything I need to design and make quality furniture except the table saw. This has held me back for years. I had been using an old Skil, model POS, that always left me a little worried safety wise and there was no way to do repeatable accurate cuts. A couple weeks ago I turned it on and the darn thing jumped off the floor. The whole thing jumped and I am lucky it did not jump into me. So, never using it again.

I have read many threads/ =articles/reviews about choosing a table saw but none seemed to answer my question. I want a table saw that I will be able to start living my dream of making well designed and built furniture without tool frustration. I worked as a boat mechanic. I know the importance of having the right tool to do the job. Cheap assed tools will do nothing but frustrate you. Problem is, I don’t know if what I want to do can be had for my 1600 dollar budget. I am leaning toward grizzly because their cabinet saws are in my budget and I think I will need a 3 HP saw to do what I want to do. No other saw seems to come close to the specs of the 0690 or 1023RL in this budget. Having never seen one or used one I can only go off what I read. I also live in the middle of no where and there is not a place to see a cabinet saw without driving 5-7 hours one way.

Here are my requirements

Safety-Having a table saw jump up at you reminds you of the inherent danger in these tools. Sawstop is out of my range but a true riving knife and quality guard is not. This pretty much chucks all older saws out the window. I fully expect to buy new.

3HP unless someone thinks I can rip 8-10/4 hard wood with less (my current POS struggled with 1/2 inch oak

Quality fence

Space is NOT an issue. my wood shop is plenty big enough for a full sized saw and I already have a monster island/out feed table. Once this puppy is set up it ain’t movin.

Thanks for your help

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#1 posted 06-25-2013 10:39 AM

Sawstop is great if you can afford it. Grizzly is a great choice as well.

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#2 posted 06-25-2013 11:01 AM

I can see where a Skil table saw won’t quite make it. Your biggest concern about ripping hardwood is the saw blade. A neighbor of mine burned up his motor on his 3hp saw, he brought the wood to finish his project and cut it on my old Delta 1.5hp saw with no problem. I tried 3 different manufacturers ripping blades before I got a good one that worked.

I can’t advise you on a saw or a blade because mine are so old and not being made anymore, but after spending lots of $$$ on a saw don’t skimp on the blade. In my experience I found that a thin kerf blade isn’t the best for ripping.

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#3 posted 06-25-2013 12:51 PM

From an engineer’s perspective, the Grizzly 0690 looks like it’s built like a tank an I like the mechanics.
I know the saw’s mass would also lend a great feeling of stability and confidence when using it.

The SawStop would absolutely be my first choice if I could afford it, then the Griz..

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#4 posted 06-25-2013 02:58 PM

Saw stop would be nice but it is priced to far out of my range. In reality though I am satisfied with the safety a riving knife and good guard afford.

Yes the blade is important but the blade is pretty useless if I don’t have the saw to put it on. The wood worker II gets great reviews and that is the way I will be going most likely. I have a Tenryu carbide metal cutting blade on one of my circular saws and that thing is beyond sweet for cutting wood.

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#5 posted 06-25-2013 03:31 PM

Personally I would go with the Grizzly G1023RLW it is a very nice saw in your price range. It has a router table built into it and the Shop Fox fence is nice too.

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#6 posted 06-25-2013 03:31 PM

Go Grizz and ya won’t be unhappy. I think they offer a price/value that’s hard to beat, and customer service is great.
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