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    Default First saw

    I just saw the saw on the internet and was wondering if it would work in making wooden ware. I do not know anything about wood working but would like to be able to make my own hive equipment. Please let me know what you all think.

    http://www.tool-rank.com/index.php?o...&Itemid=200080

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    Default Re: First saw

    I do not like the all in one thing. Get the right tool for the job.
    What i have for making nuc boxes, lids, bottoms, etc-
    70s Craftsman Table saw (the best saw short of a uni saw) with 24" rip- crucial to making lids. $150
    Dado set $50
    Cheap off brand skill saw $30
    Craftsman Sliding miter saw $200
    A good tape measure, a square, and a steady hand- Priceless

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    Default Re: First saw

    That appears to be a variation of a jig saw. Generally those are used for cutting items that need curves.

    This appears to be more hype than function.

    I'm assuming that you want to make supers/hivebodies. You will more than likely want to get a circular table saw.

    The saw you linked, probably wouldn't be up to a lot work.

    This is a cheap table saw.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/garage-...saw-97896.html

    You can spend anywhere from 50 bucks used to 5k+ dollars on a fancy new cabinet makers grade saw.

    Depending how many boxes and how often your going to make them. You might need more than one to cut down on setup time.

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    Default Re: First saw

    I don't see much use for that saw in making hive equipment. If I had to pick only one saw in my little shop to keep, it would be the Craftsman table saw with 48" table that I bought used for $75 bucks. It can rip, crosscut, cut box joints and dado grooves. Just about every basic operation needed in making hives. (Except sanding and drilling.)

    Don't buy one of the many $99 table saw specials that big-box stores offer. You need to make sure that your table saw can handle a 3/4" stack of dado blades. Most of the little cheap saws do not have an arbor long enough for a stack of blades this wide and without the ability to dado, the saw is useless to me.

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    Default Re: First saw

    That's a piece of junk, Buy a used table saw.

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    Default Re: First saw

    i second the buy a table saw that will take stacked dados then if you have the money get a 10" slide miter saw for cross cuts

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    Default Re: First saw

    Also don't forget the safety glasses push stick and feather boards

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    Default Re: First saw

    Quote Originally Posted by brac View Post
    That's a piece of junk, Buy a used table saw.
    And don't buy a Craftsman anything. Look for an old Rockwell or Delta. I have a Rockwell that I bought in 1973. Have made thousands of supers, bottoms, etc. Can still buy parts. Buy quality, it lasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    And don't buy a Craftsman anything. Look for an old Rockwell or Delta. I have a Rockwell that I bought in 1973. Have made thousands of supers, bottoms, etc. Can still buy parts. Buy quality, it lasts.
    NOT to start an argument! The old Crafsman's were made by Rockwell for the most part. The newer saws have a much better rip fence, which is a must! In any event, Quality works!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    And don't buy a Craftsman anything. Look for an old Rockwell or Delta. I have a Rockwell that I bought in 1973. Have made thousands of supers, bottoms, etc. Can still buy parts. Buy quality, it lasts.
    I beg to differ. The saw I have is one of the pre-china junk kind, i.e. mostly cast iron, belt drive that is rated for continuous running, etc. My pastors son picked up one from a friend (a 8" i believe) that has to be 40-50 years old. Works like a charm. And, you can find parts for them. My particular saw you can get almost all the parts from a sears parts site for next to nothing. The only that I am considering upgrading on it is the fence, I want a Biesmeyer fence on it. For the space it takes up (do not have room for a huge saw) it is perfect. I could not get a larger rockwell or uni saw up into the loft of my barn (which happens to be my wood shop).
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    Default Re: First saw

    Just got to looking at your local craigslist. I have this exact saw-http://columbia.craigslist.org/tls/2161126703.html
    Keep looking for the next couple of months on craigslist you will find something.

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    I agree that if you watch Craigslist, you can find what you need. A decent table saw will do just about everything you need to build hives. If you build a sled for a table saw, you can cross cut long wide boards to size, accuartly.
    Since you have never used one, please do some research on safety. They will kick back and they just love tasty little fingers which they will eat very fast.
    A riving knife is nice to prevent kick back, if you can find a saw with one, and before you make your first cut, have an assortment of push sticks ready.
    I hate to sound like somebodys mother, but I have cut myself doing something stoopid. I didn't loose my appendages, but it was ugly...very, very ugly. And it hurt for days and days.
    Be careful.
    Last edited by Barry; 01-18-2011 at 08:16 AM.

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    Smile Re: First saw

    I agree with most of the other posts! Get a good table saw! I have an antique Sears 10", it is a work horse. Also have a radial arm and a band saw. Looking at the Rockwell thing, I would love to see a rabbit or frame rest cut with it???? Get the correct tool for the job!!
    As someone else pointed out - saws just love to eat fingers - YUM!

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