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Forum topic by bobtoby posted 01-18-2014 01:02 AM 1420 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2014 01:02 AM

Hello all,

I received such good feedback on dust collection systems on here that I figured I would post for more advice…this time on a good table saw for under $1000. When I first got in to woodworking, I purchased a cheap craftsman (under $300) which really had limits. I then purchased a Ryobi Contractor (big mistake) job site saw which allowed for bigger ripping but has no good accessories available….I would have been happy with a zero clearance throat plate but that isn’t going to happen. I would like to get something that would last and have accessories available. Your help and advice will be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-18-2014 02:23 AM

hmmmmm, under 1000.00, good table saw. Doesn’t exist (new that is)

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#2 posted 01-18-2014 03:30 AM

Here is my new setup. I am really happy with it and the blade break is something I will not do without. The whole set up was under $1600 and it does anything I could ask. If you go this way make sure to get the bare saw and the “premium” fence. Woodcraft probably won’t sell it that way but it fits fine. You can get it from a local power tool store I’m sure.

Good luck!

-- Tom

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#3 posted 01-18-2014 04:22 PM

A lot depends on what you are wanting to do with the saw. As Cabmaker wrote, many are well over the $1,000 mark. For a hobbist though, you may be very happy with a Grizzly hybrid saw, around $800 plus tax and shipping or something similar. However, Craig’s List or other local ads may have an older quality saw such as a Unisaw or PM that meets your needs and will still give a lifetime of service.

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#4 posted 01-18-2014 04:47 PM

If you have 220 volt power, that increases your options.

I recommend putting in the wiring and then if you keep
your eye peeled you’ll be able to find a used cabinet
saw for between $500 and $1000.

You can set ebay up to email you when a table saw
is being auctioned within a specific radius of your zip

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#5 posted 01-18-2014 04:50 PM

You can get a grizzly but personally I would look for a used Unisaw,
I bought one in very good condition for around $400.00

-- Bert

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#6 posted 01-18-2014 04:59 PM

This saw was under 1600, Love it

-- Making progress

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#7 posted 01-18-2014 05:03 PM

Craigslist Go used if you wanna get some bang for your buck. Im a Unisaw fan and you can get them cheap on the used market

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#8 posted 01-19-2014 12:39 PM

A good used saw usually offers the most saw for the money if the right deal is out there. If not, $1000 limits you to a 120v saw, which leaves out a new industrial cabinet saw like a Griz G1023RL or G0690. The likely candidates at your price point are the Griz G0715P or G0661/G0713, Craftsman 22116 by Steel City, or Steel City 35950.

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#9 posted 01-19-2014 01:34 PM

+1 on Scott’s comments. The steel city built units also have cabinet mounted trunnions, like most cabinet saws.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#10 posted 01-19-2014 02:09 PM

If you want new, go for grizzly. If you are ok with used, get a unisaw on Craigslist. I got mine off of there for $1050, but it came with an extension table and a 3 HP router too. I love that saw. You could definitely find a good stand alone 3 HP unisaw for under $1000. Fence and all.

$1000 is a really great budget for a table saw. You can get some serious machinery for $1000. There are guys on here that do great work with much cheaper saws, so don’t feel like your budget is limiting you. Be happy you have $1000 to spend and spend it wisely.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#11 posted 01-19-2014 02:18 PM

I found a 94 unisaw with a 1.5 hp motor on Craigslist for 550, saw is in great shape, even though its lower on power then I wanted it never let me down yet.

-- Harry, Jackson Mi

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#12 posted 01-19-2014 02:31 PM

FWW did a test of hybrid table saws a few years ago.

Their choice was the Woodtek 148-271.
I think that model has now been discontinued but you could call Woodworker’s Supply and confirm.

In fact, I think most of those models have been discontinued. But perhaps the article could give you a guide for what to look for on Craigs List?

Also, I believe it is pretty easy to make a zero-clearance throat plate for your saw. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen videos of how to do it on You Tube.

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