I don't know of a way to search saws online by particular specs, so I
thought I'd draw on the collective experience of the Wreck to help me
target specific models for research.
I've just finished reworking my shop to make room for my new toys (mini
lathe, scroll saw, baby bandsaw, half-assed shop vac DC). Once I get a new
(or used), better quality table saw, my little wood shop won't lack for
much of anything machinery wise.
I'm thinking of getting it at tax refund time, and I'm thinking it's a good
idea to start doing my homework now, so I know how much to budget. My
absolute ceiling is $1,000. SWMBO thinks I'm going to get it for $500...
You can see where I'm going with that. No more than a grand complete, and
as close to $500 as I can get without buying something that won't last me
I'll be looking at (hopefully) contractor's saws that can run on 110V. I
can't do 220V yet. I need to solve a lot of problems first, and I'm
impatient. I want the saw in 2004, and I'll redo the electric in 2005,
after which I'll be able to run it on 220V.
The maximum space I can allocate is 48" W x 36" D. Does that sound like
your contractor's saw? I don't have a clear idea in my head how big they
get. If they're bigger than that, I may have to go with a better benchtop
or a BT3100.
Something on the ligher side would be helpful. I will have to pull it out
from the wall frequently, occasionally turn it 90 degrees, and rarely take
it all the way out into the yard. Something I can scoot 3-4' by myself
without blowing out my back would be good. If I have to put a mobile base
on it, that needs to factor into the maximum $1,000 price ceiling. It's OK
if I have to go get a neighbor to help me carry it out.
If it has wings, that's no bad thing so long as I can set it up without
them. I'll have a larger shop some day, and I expect this saw I'm buying
to be the one I put into it. Something I can run as small as possible now
and make wider later would be good.
Form factor is the #1 consideration, operating voltage #2, and #3... I
don't want to suffer with a crappy fence ever again. I want a saw that's
born with a good fence, or else I want to buy a saw with no fence and buy a
good aftermarket one. I haven't been looking at or paying attention to
fences, since nothing will fit my current POS. I could use some nudges in
that area too.
Much obliged, folks. Happy holidays!
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
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