A very good point to remember, Matt. You're wise to float your question
here and when you analyze the responses, analyze the track record of the
folks providing them. See which folks are constantly cited as being
wrong, then take a look at their critics and find out how many times
THEY are shown to be wrong by somebody other than the person being
Some folks just belong in a junk filter but their comments are just so
far off the wall that it's kinda humorous to anyone with half an ounze
of common sense.
Regarding the pro's and cons of the quality of tools for a beginner, I
would add that a quality tool used by a conscientious beginner may
produce better results than would otherwise be achieved by the same
beginner using a "mediocre" version of the same tool. That equates to
less frustration, more enjoyment and, ultimately, the prospect that one
will stick with the hobby and the higher quality tool purchased will
truly be a better value to that user. Again, cry once or cry twice.
Enjoy the hobby.
Of course not. But you do anything with nothing, if you put the time and
skill into it.
Worse than that, the tool alone is no substitute for a bit of skill -
hence the number of dusty, abandoned router tables in the workshops of
the disillusioned. Tools are good, but never let it be said that
they're essential to making _anything_. You can make interesting pieces
- chairs even - with a pile of logs and a drawknife.
I'd imagine just about any $500 saw is going to be nicer than what
most guys start with. Hell, it's better than what a lot of guys
retire with. If you've got the money, then go for it. My first table
saw goes for about $180, but I got it on sale for $99 (Delta TS200).
I'm replacing it soon, but it actually has done pretty well by me.
I'm going to go out an a limb, and say that if it had a long enough
arbor for a dado stack, I'd be keeping it for a few more years. As it
is, I think I'm going to hang onto it anyway, just for sentimental
I was listening to a program on public radio several weeks ago where
they were speaking with musicians about Stradavarius violins. The
muscians all stated that they had a relationship with their
instruments, and that as time went on, they were able to learn all the
little imperfections of their equipment and use them to their
advantage by cultivating a unique sound. Tools are like that. You
don't want something that is terribly underpowered, or is so poorly
manufactured that things are going to be breaking all the time, but
you'll grow to understand the small things that make your tools
unique, and learn to work with them. The brand doesn't really matter
much anymore once that happens.
The difference in price is small - 14%. The way I look at it, you can
either waste $70 (if you overbuy) or waste $500 (if you underbuy). I'd
rather waste $70.
and http://www.woodnet.net/reviews/archive/table-saw-shootout /
Their "Editor's Choice" is the Delta 36-650 for $500 vs. the TS2412
One review of the TS2400 says it lacks table extensions and riving knife.
I see that there is also a TS2412 and TL2400LS - I'm not sure of the
The TS3560 has
TEFC motor 120/240V
Nicer fence and rails
The TS2400LS has:
If you want true portability, moving it up stairs, on trucked,
etc. Get the lightweight. Otherwise, the heavyweight.
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I started out with hand tools, then bought several hand power tools. I
used these tools for 10-12 years. When I finally got the space for a
shop I bought a Powermatic 66, my first, and probably my last table
saw. I recommend a General or Powermatic.
I just wanted to add another...
Right off the bat I wanted to say that unless you have a major need
for the smaller portable dismiss it from your mind.... I am just
afraid that you will find it seriously lacking
Go for a contractors style saw. ..and buy the one with the best fence
or the fence you like the best.... I will never ever own a fence again
that locks both front and back... been there done that and it
sucks...others may disagree but that is my opinion......
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