I'm thinking about what to do with my chunk of the tax refund, if I can
afford to spend any of it on anything non-essential this time around.
My table saw is much better than nothing, but I've raised the bar as high as
it will go, and it's starting to really piss me off. I think it's time to
put it to rest.
Now, the BT3000/3100 is a good, small saw with lots of blurfls, but I don't
really want one because of the whole sliding table concept. I could change
the way I work, and I will surely have to build a new series of jigs
anyway, but I'm very comfortable with my sled and all its bolt-on accessory
jigs. I think I would strongly prefer a table with good old fashioned
miter slots to the sliding table thingie. Plus the sliding table sticks
out, and I think I'd always be running into it.
So, let's rule out the Ryobi saws and look at what's out there in the small
but not crappy arena. My priorities are:
* $500 absolute maximum upper price limit, cheaper is more realistic,
sucking it up and going the extra $150 for some blurfl ain't gonna happen
* small form factor, like a benchtop on a stand, but preferably without
direct drive and a screamin' demon universal motor
* must have a blade angle crank wheel, and be able to return with certainty
to 90.0 degrees
* MUST COME WITH A DECENT FENCE
Those are the gottahaveits. Other things would be a bonus, like standard
miter slots, ample room in front of the blade, ability to take easily made
zero-clearance inserts, ability to take a full dado stack, easy to adjust,
I don't really care about extension wings and the like. No room for them
anyway. Even after I build a bigger shop, it's not likely going to be that
much bigger, given the amount of land I have to work with. I'm settled in
pretty comfortably as a box/small project maker, and I'm not looking for a
big saw for big stock. I can live with doing all the big jobs with
Suggestions for stuff I should be looking at? I suppose with my size
constraints, I'm pretty much steering clear of contractor sized saws, and
staying in the realm of benchtops. What did the people who didn't want a
Yeah, I should probably STFW.
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