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post #1 of 5 Old 04-14-2011, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for table saws

Hello fellow members,

I'm looking for a decent table saw for my so called work shop. I say so called because it's not quite yet dedicated just to woodworking. It's basically been a storage shed (12'X20'). I'm currently removing most of the "storage" stuff to make it at least look like a workshop. Any suggestions out there on the type of table saw to look for. I have been eyeing the Porter Cable and the Rigid.


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I have bin using the Porter Cable for a while and like it a lot. I think its down to $550 at Lowe's. I put a Dewalt precision trim thin kerf blade on and had to readjust the reeving knife because of the thinner blade but it was worth the time.
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Welcome! Assuming you're looking at the stationary PCB270TS and Ridgid R4512 (made by Dayton)? The Craftsman 21833 is essentially the same saw as the R4512, so check into that one too.

The Steel City 35990C adds cast iron wings to the mix for around the same price as those mentioned.

The Craftsman 22116 hybrid (made by Steel City/Orion) goes on sale in the $700 range occasionally...it's a bit more money, but it offers big yoke style cabinet mounted trunnions, a full enclosure, granite top, more mass, and a good steel t-square type fence.

The Grizzly G0715P hybrid is getting good marks as well...full enclosure, solid cast iron wings, excellent Biese style fence. ( ~ $765 plus s/h unless you live near a showroom).

A good used saw is always an option if you stumble into the right deal. If you've got 220v, a 3hp cabinet saw would last you a few lifetimes and make easy work of anything you'll encounter.

The key to the end performance of any of them is good alignment and good blade choice. Good luck and please keep us posted!
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