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post #1 of 42 Old 02-03-2012, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Which small table saw?

It's not what I want, but I have limited space, so I need a small, portable table saw. One that I can store and have it not take up much space.

I mostly cut 3/4 to 5/4 stock. Not plywood

Now I have used some small table saws that could double for a paint shaker......I don't want that one! And it's hard to tell if they run smooth just by looking at them....duh!

Can anyone recommend a good small table saw?

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I'm not sure how small you need. Lots of companies make good portable saws. For benchtop type saws, Dewalt's probably the top pick. For jobsite saws (a bit bigger then benchtop saws, but on handy stands that allow you to fold them up and wheel them around) Ridgid, Bosch, Dewalt, Craftsman, Porter Cable, Jet, and even Sawstop have decent machines. Ridgid and Bosch seem to consistently get the best reviews. After much research, I ended up buying the Ridgid about 4 years ago, and I love it. It's passed the nickle test, and though that's not really a true indicator of performance, at least it shows that the vibrations are minor. And the (very minor) annoyances I have with my machine all seem to have been fixed with the newest model.
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Bosch

Model 4000 or the newer 4100. I have the 4000, great portable jobsite saw. you can get them refurbed from

http://www.cpotools.com/factory-reco...nditioned-saws


they have a newer, smaller, cheaper model now: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bosch-GTS103...item53eb1dc119

Here's a whole bunch of saws:
http://www.buycheapr.com/us/10+table+saw


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Love my Craftsman 21829. Fairly quiet, built in router table, good dust collection and an all-terrain base. As low as $300 if you can catch it right.
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General International makes an interesting saw that's essentially a compact cast iron contractor saw on a roll away stand. It's only 25" deep vs 27", but has an internal belt drive induction motor. You can have your cake and eat it too!

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What's your budget like Gary? The General International saw is an excellent looking saw, but looks like it costs just north of $1100.
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And how portable do you want it? That General International looks pretty nice, I'd love to try one out. But as stated above, it's quite a bit more expensive. And with that nice cast iron table, you're definitely going to lose some portability. At times, I need to roll my Ridgid up or down a whole flight of stairs. I'm thinking the GI is quite a bit heavier. Good for stability, but not portability.
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Space is the biggest problem. I have 1/2 of a 2 car garage. Like I said in the first post, 3/4 stock mostly. I make Humidors and boxes with inlay on top.
It's been a while sense I have use one, Bench top and contractor saws, and vibration was always a killer.
I'm not sure what the NICKLE test is, but I take it if the nickle stays on the table it's OK?

$1100 might be a little....no a lot out of my budget. $300-$500 is more like it.

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I have the Bosch 4000 w/gravity rise stand. No problems at all with it after 4-years. I use the WWII blade on it and performs much better than I had orginally expected.
If you go wit the Bosch, make sure you order the optional table extensions. Hope this helps.
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Space is the biggest problem. I have 1/2 of a 2 car garage. Like I said in the first post, 3/4 stock mostly. I make Humidors and boxes with inlay on top.
It's been a while sense I have use one, Bench top and contractor saws, and vibration was always a killer.
I'm not sure what the NICKLE test is, but I take it if the nickle stays on the table it's OK?

$1100 might be a little....no a lot out of my budget. $300-$500 is more like it.

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The nickle test invovles balancing a nickle on it's edge while starting and stopping the saw. If it doesn't fall over, you pass.
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First buy a Good 10" thin kerf blade you will use it no matter what saw you end up with. now pick up a DW 745 it is a great saw. try it it has a 90 Day no questions asked satisfaction return policy so buy it, save the packageing run it through its paces if it does not preform to your standards take it back---I am betting you WILL be impressed and be throwing out the box and you have nothing at risk by trying it.
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I use a Makita 10" with Rousseau outfeeds.

It's very portable and a real workhorse.

That's the stand folded up in the lower section under the chop saw.
You can see the table saw to the right of the chop saw stored on edge.
It doesn't take up much room.



That's it set up in my shop with a shop vac dust collector.



Used as a workbench



Setup on a jobsite



The point is,
I've used this setup for 20 years and it has never failed me.
It does everything from rough work to finish.
I have enough infeed/outfeed tables so I can cut plywood sheets by myself with no balancing or ever needing a helper.

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i would just keep in mind a smaller saw has a smaller motor and takes smaller blades so if you ever need to rip hardwood boards it will be hard and you might burn the wood. I would amke space for a bigger saw. you can put other machines on top like a drill press or scroll saw when not using it.
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Not to correct you Joe, but I use mine to cut hardwood all the time.
I have a Diablo 50 tooth thin kerf.
I cut a lot of oak, maple, cherry, mahogany and whatever comes into the shop.

I've used the Dewalt...underpowered but smooth
I've used the Bosch...sweet but expensive
Crapsman......name says it all

I guess my point is....the OP was asking about portable saws and budget.
I am happy with my Makita. It does almost everything I ask of it.
Heck I even have a sled for it!!!

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Not to correct you Joe, but I use mine to cut hardwood all the time.
I have a Diablo 50 tooth thin kerf.
I cut a lot of oak, maple, cherry, mahogany and whatever comes into the shop.

I've used the Dewalt...underpowered but smooth
I've used the Bosch...sweet but expensive
Crapsman......name says it all

I guess my point is....the OP was asking about portable saws and budget.
I am happy with my Makita. It does almost everything I ask of it.
Heck I even have a sled for it!!!
Mine takes 8/4 maple with the right speed and a good blade. To each their own.
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Thanks for the info Guys, got me looking in the right places.
I hate to buy a tool that I have not used or at least handled. Getting a recommendation from you guys is the next best thing.
I have used some of the bigger contractor saws, they were nice, but space is a big concern. The smaller ones were little more than a circular saw mounted under a table and would not pass a roll of nickles test!

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i would just keep in mind a smaller saw has a smaller motor and takes smaller blades so if you ever need to rip hardwood boards it will be hard and you might burn the wood. I would amke space for a bigger saw. you can put other machines on top like a drill press or scroll saw when not using it.
Not the Bosch 4000 anyway. 15amp motor, 10" WW-II blade cut thru hardwood easily. I'v been ripping 3/4 hickory no problems, nice and clean.
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I have the Bosch 4100 with the gravity rise stand and love it for what I do...and today I tried the nickel test on it...didn't have a nickel but the penny stayed up on edge while I started it up and let it run!

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I just bought the Ridgid 4510 a couple weeks ago because I'm in a similar sitiuation as you being cramped for space. I really like the saw so far. It cuts very smooth once I put a Freud thin kerf combo blade in it. It sailed right through some 1.5" thick oak. I haven't used it enough to give a professional review, but I've been happy with it. I do wish it had more space in front of and in back of the blade, but that's the tradeoff with a small saw.
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I have the same setup as TC, I hate a saw that will bog down and the Makita never disappointed me, it is strong and does a good job, no complaints.

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