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post #1 of 4 Old 05-23-2007, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
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My name is Nate. I am just starting out in woodworking and thought i should start my collection of tools. I am about midway through my first project and have found a great interest in this hobby. I am using a friend's shop but would love to have tools of my own. I figured the most versatile and common used tool is a table saw. I am on a budget but I still want a quality saw. I have seen a lot of people using delta tables saws(my friend has the ts300.. i believe). I was just wondering what you guys would recommend. I also work at sears so anything that they offer is a plus cause I get the discount. Keep in mind that I am a young kid that just graduated high school. Thank you for any advice you can give me.
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Welcome Nate.
I agree with you a tablse saw is the place to start. I won't give you a specific brand and model suggestion because you'l get ma ny other possibly and might get decision paralysis.

There are alot of good table saws to be had. If I knew what your woodworking goals are and what your budget was I would offer some more specific suggestions, but here's a few pointers:

When buying a table saw try to leave enough money to also get a dust collector and ducting/connectors too, especially in an enclosed environment.

Don't buy a saw that has a crappy fence unless you can afford an upgrade fairly soon. A sloppy fence which requires constant tinkering will be a thorn in the side of your woodworking experience pronto.

Try not to go less than 3HP if you can afford it, unless you know you are going to be confining yourself to small projects and craft woodworking.

READ ONLINE REVIEWS of the tables saws which you narrow your choices down to.

Those are a few things that come to mind. Good luck.
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good saw

hay my name it nathan also.
i read a review of the new ridig contractors saw and if i was going to buy a saw that is the one i would buy. it is suposed to be the best contractor style saw on the market and to get a saw that is more presice you would have to go to a cabinet style saw and not one of the cheep 1200 kind. i think the saw runs about 500 or 600 at depot
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thank you for your replies guys. My woodworking goals would include little stuff like toys and such the my grandpa used to make. Also some furniture. I am building a coffee table right now that I will post some pictures of when I am done. As for price range I am looking to spend in the 300 - 400 dollar range. I would certainly consider saving more in order to get a better quality saw.

I was at home depot today carpentercross and looked the saw you are talking about. Seemed really nice, the fence moved well and was accurate( Im sure I looked like a goof with my tape measure measuring both ends). Ill look more into that one.

Thanks again guys
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