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10-31-2013 04:46 PM

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I am thinking of replacing my “cheap” table saw with a more accurate one.
I can’t find a nice mid-price cabinet saw so I am thinking of getting a larger, better contractor grade saw.
I will be using it mainly for smaller projects like box making and small furniture. I have agood mitre saw. Any suggestions on a good complement to the mitre saw? I am hoping to spend less than $800.00. If I have to go to a cabinet saw, any suggestions?
Thank you.

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#1 posted 10-31-2013 08:31 PM

Consider a used cabinet saw. They are usually in the $800 range.

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#2 posted 10-31-2013 08:35 PM

I would steer clear of the Hitachi and Porter Cable contractor saws at the big box stores. I had one, and didn’t like it.

I have a Jet contractors saw that I like very much. The features I like are the optional cast iron top, Xacta II fence, and good accuracy. It only has a 32” rip capacity, but that won’t limit you much if you prefer smaller projects.

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 08:54 PM

If you need the portability the Bosch, DeWalt and Ridgid saws are about as good as portable saws get. And priced around $500 to $600. They will have noisy universal motors and undersized tables, but at least those saws offer standard miter slots.

You will get far more bang for the buck in a used cabinet saw. Way, more.

I think you might be near the price point of some low end hybrid saws.

I’m not going to recommend the Ridgid 4512 hybrid because they have a technical problem with that saw, as well as other brand versions of the same saw from Sears and Grainger. All saws don’t have the problem but it is a major pain if you get one of the bad ones.

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#4 posted 10-31-2013 09:35 PM

Welcome to LJ’s MrV. Do you have 220v available? Generally, a good used saw offers the most bang for the buck, but you can’t predict what will be available. If you let us know what neck of the woods you’re in, someone here might have a lead on a good used saw.

I think you’ll find that the new hybrid style contractor saws start in the $500-$600 range (R4512, 21833, PCB270TS…maybe a Steel City 35990S on sale)’ll get a full size cast iron saw with a belt drive induction motor, steel extension wings, and an entry level fence. Then there’s a jump to closer to $900-$1000 for the next level that gets you a better fence, full enclosure, and solid wings (Craftsman 22116, Grizzly G0661/G0713, G0715P). A hybrid from Jet, GI, or Powermatic is going to cost more, and the price brings you into the range of an industrial 3hp cabinet saw.

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#5 posted 11-01-2013 03:46 PM

Thanks for the help.
I don’t have a 220 line available.
Knottscott, I am in Sanford Fl. about 25 miles north of Orlando. I like the idea of a used saw but I don’t have much experience to judge quality.
Thanks again to all.

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#6 posted 11-01-2013 03:49 PM

I think you would be able to find a good used saw for that price range. I was using a fairly inaccurate Delta which I replaced with a 1939 Craftsman. Night and day. I found it on CL for an unbelievable price and it’s my favorite tool.

I would suggest scouring CL and posting some of your finds in order to get opinions here on the forum. There’s a wealth of knowledge here.

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#7 posted 11-01-2013 04:08 PM

This Craftsman might fit the bill. It doesn’t include the legs/stand, but its a fairly well regarded contractor saw with a decent fence. I wouldn’t pay $300 though. Keep an eye on Craigslist. If the saw remains on the market for a few weeks, the sellers are tpyically VERY flexible on price. This seller apparently upgraded, and now this saw is in his way. Just sayin

Jet Cabinet saw. 3hp and would require a 220v outlet. Its also a right tilt which some dislike. Asking price is $850 which is kinda steep. Especially since you don’t have a 220v and would have to install one. But IF you could get this saw for $600ish, it might be worth your while to have 200v installed. Afterall, you could use that outlet for other machines…like a large compressor. And you could always have the electrician install some extra 120 outlets/ light fixturestoo while he was there.

This listing could be a JACKPOT….or a bust. The listing is vague with no pics. But its an unused, unassembled Delta saw with a Beisemeyer fence. Its offered at $150. The fence alone might be worth twice that. But the “missing parts” might be a deal breaker- depending on the part.

Hitachi CF10. Pretty good saw. Pretty much identical to the current Porter Cable sold in Lowes. There are cases of the bevel angle lever stripping out. But its being offered at $250. $200 would be a good deal. Its been listed for 20ish days, so the seller is probably ready to move it.

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#8 posted 11-01-2013 05:11 PM

For $800, you’d be able to find a very good used cabinet saw on either CL or, for a little more, one of the used machinery outlets.

My recommendation, be patient and one will eventually avail itself. You’d be better served waiting the extra month or two as opposed to just buying the ‘next up’ contractor saw.

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#9 posted 11-01-2013 05:14 PM

Thanks for all the help. What a great site and goupe of folks.

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#10 posted 11-01-2013 07:02 PM

That Delta with a Biesemeyer fence for $150 is worth a look….the fence alone could be worth well more than that.

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