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    Default Table saw recommendations

    Anybody have any good suggestions for a table saw. Really need something fairly rugged, with a fairly large table yet not so large that it would require a large storage area. Seems like the choices go pretty quickly from light duty stuff that wouldnt stand up to huge high end professional quality equipment with not a lot in between.
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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    need something fairly rugged, with a fairly large table
    1. There are mid range stuff at both HD and Lowes.
    2. The issue becomes 'large table' that is primarly going to be with the higher end stuff.
    3. 'Large table' and small 'storage space' uuuuuhhhhhhh!
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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    The Delta Contractor's Saw and others similar, Grizzly etc., works good at a decent price and can use Dado blades. Any large table saw will work, just make sure it will take Dadoes. You can use it without the table extensions for normal work or install them for cutting wide stuff like plywood. For storage concerns buy or build a dolly or get the wheels for it to permanently reside on. I have a really big cabinet saw that was formerly a high school shop saw, and weighs at least 500 lbs. I made a dolly and can push the saw out on my driveway to work. A good fence is another must have; fasten a 2x4 to the blade side of the fence for all operations, but especially for dadoing as you won't be using the full width of the dado blade for beehives with the exception of handles. Easiest for me is to just install the whole dado set and adjust the fence for the right width cut. Craig's List is a good start!

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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    Second the dadoes. There are several saws about in the $5-600 range that take dadoes, at the big three home improvement type stores. I was recently shopping for just such a saw.

    I ended up going for an old used Craftsman I found on Craigslist. None of the snazzy features, but did include full cast iron table and wings.
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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    Buy a good quality one. I bought a cheap Craftsmen a few years ago before I got back into bees and that was a mistake. I am also looking for a better saw, only advice I can give is that you get what you pay for..........
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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    ...I saw a nice Porter cable at Lowes for 5 or 600.
    I have a.tiny 8" craftsman direct drive, but have my father in laws old.giant craftsman coming, and I have a nice.radial arm saw.that I do a.lot on.
    also just got a shopsmith that I'm starting to play with...a fine decor saw, but not recommended. As a.primates table saw.
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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    I have a Craftsman $200 Craftsman table saw and I am satisfied. Table is large enough. As for dado blades it is such a pain to change the blades on table saw, that I plan to buy a radial saw and do dado and crosscuts using radial and rip only using table saw.

    I am not running any long series so it is a blessing and time saver having both radial and table saws.

    I also have a router, did not learn how to use it yet, but I will eventually get ambitious when spring build up will force me to make more hives. LOL

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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    Jim, don't necessarily buy a saw based on table size. All tables are too small in my opinion. I always build extension tables for table saws. If you need to have easy storage, might not be an option.
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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    Just shopped at the big box stores this past week-end and was only luke warm on what I saw. Probably dont really make what I want, a nice quality saw with a large table, enough weight to be stable and a good fence but not too much of a pain to stow away the 95% of the year it isnt in use. Some type of stowable extensions like fish stix and barry are talking about is something I should definitely consider.
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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    You ought to be able to find a used Rockwell contractors saw for a good price. New, they're around $600. You can get locking casters for it as well. Great solid saw.

    Sorry, I had the wrong link.
    Last edited by Barry; 11-28-2011 at 12:33 PM. Reason: link
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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    Jim, You are exactly right on the jump from junk to fairly expensive.
    Take a look at Grizzly.com they have a range from around $400 all the way up to $12,000 without any gaps.
    My experience is that you cross the line into the higher quality saws at around the $700 range. Below that the saw is simply going to be lacking in certain features. Not all those features are going to matter to you depending on what type of work you do. I have a Craftsman that is just fine for basic cutting that I woudl sell in a heartbeat for $300. then put that toward this.
    http://www.grizzly.com/products/10-H...Series-/G0715P

    That saw is likely to be over the line for what you want though.

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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    Jim check out the Delta Unisaw. 220 1ph. Last I looked they ran about $1200. Be sure to get a power feed. This is an industrial quality tool.

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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Y View Post
    Take a look at Grizzly.com they have a range from around $400 all the way up to
    http://www.grizzly.com/products/10-H...Series-/G0715P
    Very nice saw indeed, if you get one like this pay attention to:

    "Motor: 2 HP, 110V/220V, single-phase, prewired to 220V" (Translation motor will be underpowered and subject to overheating/tripping fuses at 110V)

    Further confirmation of above concern:

    Quote: "NOTICE: 110V operation requires part #T23999 circuit breaker and wiring procedures that must be completed by an electrician or other qualified service personnel. See Owner’s Manual for details. "

    Translation : this unit requires dedicated 110V circuit installed by "qualified electrician".

    Well I feel "qualified" enough to warn you do not want to run induction (AC) motor drawing 16 Amps at 110V from household outlet, even "dedicated" household outlet.

    I'd only run this baby ONLY from 240V outlet as it was designed for, however if they marketed it as 240V only there would be a limited market for it.

    Speaking from 10 years experience with sales/installation of 240/110 pumps and an Associate Degree in electronics.
    I,ve seen many 1.5HP pumps "prewired" to 240V and run at 110V prematurely fail due to voltage drop and overheating.

    Also if you run this particular saw at 110V it may feel underpowered and rapidly bowing down from the possible voltage drop on the line or if you push it too hard creating more safety hazard than less powerful (1HP) saw run at 110 voltage.

    This is not to knock off this saw , just give it the voltage it needs to operate properly.

    240V

    Just like your kitchen range of water heater.

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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    Jim, I just bought a Bosch refurbished 10" table saw with stand from Bosch.CPO that works very well. Looks like a brand new saw. It came with a decent blade included, which was surprising. I have a delta 10" contractor's table saw in the basement, but wanted something that I could use outside, rugged and portable and which stored in the garage without taking up a lot of space. This saw has a decent fence, blade was square to the fence and to the miter gauge slot in the table. The saw also has a pretty clever sliding extension for the right side of the table, and a similar table extension is an option for the left side of the table. Out of the box, it was ready to go. The stand is well designed, one end with wheels, very sturdy and does not walk around during use. The only thing it lacks is a locking feature on the wheel for the blade height adjustment, which most of the similar saws would have, but this wasn't a big deal for me. The base of the table saw itself is heavy duty plastic, but is solid. And if you want to use the saw without the stand or store/transport it separately, just unscrew 4 bolts to remove the saw from the stand. If you don't need the stand, the saw itself is $399.00 right now. Also, it has a pretty good blade guard, easier to use than the one on my older Delta saw. I'm not building furniture, but I can heartily recommend either one of these two 10" table saws. Just depends on how you plan to use it. Hope this helps. Bryan

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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    bought a new Delta 36-L552 unisaw last last. saw is 5HP and has a big table extension. even if you dont need the extension it is still an amazing saw and will last for many years. hate to think about trying to save a penny and regret getting a mediocre saw. it was time for an upgrade from the saws we were using. not quite sure but i believe our old unisaws were from the late 40's or so. motor has never had any work done to it. cant even imagine how many boxes, frames, and pallets that saw has cut in it's lifetime. just dont make them like they use to. one thing i do recommend is if you get a cabinet saw, BUY the mobile base for moving it. makes life so much easier lol
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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    I know Delta has mostly gone Chinese so I did some cursory looking into the unisaw. According to a guy on Amazon via Popular Woodworking it is mostly manufactured in America. Wow. I couldn't believe it. Sounds like a machine.
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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    To reply to pascopols thread; 220 volts is easy! Make an extension (heavy wire, 10 gauge or better) that will plug into the wife's clothes dryer outlet. My extension cord is 25' and the saw cord is about 10' so I can get well out onto the driveway for working. No dust in the garage, and no wife in the garage either, while I'm working!

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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    Since we are talking about using the saw outside.....

    I was doing the same thing...sawing outside in order to minimize the mess in the house. Small 8" saw with extension wings. I clamped it to a lightweight folding work table (for safety, haha) and proceded to rip some 2x4s that were a little long for comfort.....brand new good blade.

    Halfway through the cut, freak wind gusts....I was trying to finish the cut when the wind got under the wings and lifted the saw, table and all.

    In any case, I essentially "threw" the saw and jumped backwards...it landed upsided down (on the new blade of course..."butter side down").

    It wasn't windy out, and it never occured to me that I wasn't being safe. Always expect the unexpected.

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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by fish_stix View Post
    220 volts is easy! Make an extension (heavy wire, 10 gauge or better) that will plug into the wife's clothes dryer outlet....
    oh, boy...there is a reason that you can't buy those in stores.

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    Default Re: Table saw recommendations

    look at your local Paw shops. with the housing market at a dead stop. builders are pawning their disposable equipment.IE; table saws, portable air compressors, and air nailers. they are normally top sheilf stuff. ( just remember that the price on the ticket is the fair retail NOT what you would give them for it.)

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