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Forum topic by Craig Havran posted 08-25-2014 05:47 PM 827 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Craig Havran

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08-25-2014 05:47 PM

So I know what to look for in lathes, but clueless with tablesaws. The majority of the work I’m going to be doing will be a smaller scale (boxes), and I don’t have a whole lot of room. I’m thinking about a portable saw, but there is quite a variation in pricing. Not looking for the lowest price, but a good saw that isn’t too much. I’m probably looking to spend around $600. Will take recommendations/advice on what I should look for or questions to ask to get me dialed in on the right saw for me. Thanks for the input.

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The Box Whisperer

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#1 posted 08-25-2014 06:59 PM

If that is your budget then Id buy a used contractor saw with a mobile base and a high end blade. Take the time to clean it up and tune it well, and of course anything with a decent fence is a plus. That, or anything knottscott tells you to do.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#2 posted 08-25-2014 07:04 PM

A vintage tilt-top Delta 9” or INCA 250/259 are
very precise machines for box making and joinery.
The footprint is quite modest.

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#3 posted 08-25-2014 09:06 PM

Agree on Delta , try to look on dewalt units.

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