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post #1 of 7 Old 02-21-2010, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,
New to this costly hobby, I have not done much so far. I just started to gather some of the tools and equipement needed.
As a beginner, I've alread made my first mistake : I bought the Dewalt DW745 thinking it will suit my needs but it did not. I returned it since then. The issues the Dewalt had for me: blade height does not lock, the fence felt flimsy and was not straight, setting of the rip lenght was difficult ( the hand wheel was stiff and not smooth), I was also upset not being able to use dado blade but I think I could have deal with that...

Anyway, I'm back to the begining of looking for a good table saw. Since this tool is defined by the use of it; I plan to do some projects from Woodsmith and fine woodworking magazine (I know this is very ambitious): small furniture, kitchen table and chairs, bookshelves, TV stand (not preferred order)

I've been looking around for some time and ... I can't seem to find a saw that is not out of stock (was considering the rigid T3650 but I can't seem to find it anywhere ...).
My price range is from $500 to $800, contractor type, 120V circuit preferably. So far I found the delta 36-98x serie which I really like but I can't find a store carrying it near by where I live. Open to any suggestions?
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-22-2010, 09:56 AM
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Welcome to the forums. I don't know what your work schedule is but if you can take a weekday and go north one of Grizzly's showrooms is in Bellingham. I'm not saying the Rigid is a bad selection but the only thing that will upset you by making the drive up north is the fact you can't buy all you want.
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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

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post #4 of 7 Old 02-23-2010, 04:05 PM
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Welcome aboard ... good luck w/ finding a good saw. There are a lot of them out there and I'm sure plently of folks here will give you good advice. I use a RAS myself.

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Thank you all for the warm welcome

Sorry but I'm really a newbie (also my mother tongue is french which doesn't help for some technical words ). What is this RAS tool?

Anyway, I think I'm going to go with the Delta 36-980. This saw has a lot of good reviews and the only flaws I could find was for putting it together. I really like the fact that upgrades seem to be easy to installed (if I ever think about buying a beseimeyer fence) and there is already the L bracket on it for an outfeed table.
Wife approved the saw . Only issue is that I have wait until march 29th before I can order it.

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post #6 of 7 Old 03-03-2010, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Found it: RAS = Radial arm saw :)
Tonight I will be starting my first project :).
I will be building some selves (actually one) for my wife's walk in closet. I don't have table anymore so I'll see how it goes with my circular saw and a straigght edge ....

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Welcome,Check out Steel City table saws.Itchy Brother P.S. I was stationed at Fort Lewis in 1966,rained everyday I was there [Dec,Jan],except for two days when it snowed.A rough 8 weeks for basic training.

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