I don't need cabinet makers grade. I just want one that is a 10" and has a
fence that doesn't have to be dicked with every dam time to keep it square.
I have this POS rockwell I paid WAY too much for at an auction, and it just
has to go. The fence is not worth the powder and shot it would take to blow
it across the street. Something currently on the market new for $350 -
$450 would be what i will be shopping for.
Any suggestions , or units to avoid?
I'm mostly a metalworker, but I have one of the Bosch contractor type
portable table saws that I use for the odd woodworking project as well
as stuff like acrylic and UHMW stock, and it does a good job.
I don't know anything about your saw, but if the saw itself is adequate
and the fence is lousy you might want to consider just replacing the
fence. I have a Delta contractor's saw that I bought 15 to 20 years
ago. The fence was useless. I added a Delta Unifence (there may be
better fences today) and added a Uni-T fence to it.
I can set this fence with an accuracy & precision of less than 1/128"
I'd guess that I have $350-450 invested in my fence but it was worth it.
Adding to this:
This Grizzly was highly rated in a recent woodworking magazine article
(sorry, can't come up with a link). Cut & paste this in your browser:
IIRC, the price was in the $8-900 range and for what it is, seems like
a great buy. If my ancient Delta ever gives up that one is first on my
Oh bother! I just bought a Ryobi table saw for $99.00 at HD!
Needed a table saw for one project (laminate flooring). Worked swell.
Now I've got a saw for other projects, such as making tomato stakes out of
Tomato stakes are about the limit of that saw. If you attempt to do some
furniture, bookcase or bench, you'll curse the first time you try to
accurately crosscut a wide board that does not fit in front of the blade.
Very true. I used the blade that came with my saw and it was OK, but when I
tried a better blade, I was really impressed. I still have the old blade
for when I have to rip a 2 x 4 but I'd never go back to it for real
My saw blade comment was a little tongue in cheek..... I do have a cheap
Ryobi table saw that we use for ripping stuff on job sites. I don't think
you could safely or accurately cross cut much of anything on it. In my home
shop I have a 1950's Unisaw and a Robland X31 combo machine to make my
garden stakes and toothpicks on. ;-)
Agreed. Last summer, I had to put up two screen doors at our cabin and do
some very small light work. So, I bought the $99 Ryobi table saw. I was in
awe at first, never having had a table saw. The things a table saw could do!
Long story short, I quickly outgrew the tool as NOW my projects became
bigger and more complicated. Cutting anything of size on the tiny tippy saw
was an exercise in pucker muscles. Many a time I had the wife out there
helping me support this or that, and we learned about kicks and
idiosyncrasies of a table saw.
Any tool is good for what it is made for. Outside that, it usually sucks
big time. I'm a big fan of overbuying, but at the time the little saw did
its job and a whole lot more little stuff. At times, though, I really do
wish I had gone an extra Franklin or two and gotten a bigger one.
Outgrowing a tool can be costly, painful, and frustrating.
Who knows. Maybe some day.
I think if you will go up to $500.00 you could get a Jet contractors saw
with a great fence. I just sold mine after 8 years of trouble free service.
The only reason I sold is I bought a Delta Unisaw real cheap. I also just
got a Robland X31 combination machine on Craigslist real cheap. If I like
the X31 I'll sell the Delta Unisaw. Keep looking on Craigs list for a used
Delta or Jet with a good fence.
Ridgid's TS 2410 (portable contractor type) and the 3650 (now, the 3660)
also received very good reviews. I have owned the later for 3 years and it
cuts through 1.5" cherry with no trouble, using a better blade than the
stock one. The Cummin's traveling tool show is an approved retailer of the
reconditioned machines and I've seen the 3650 in the $450 range thru them.
They also go on sale at Home Depot for $499 several times a year. I haven't
paid attention to the 2410 but I was surprised at how highly rated it was.
Being the 'baby brother' of the two it should be selling in the mid $300
range. As mentioned, the Jet and the Grizz lines are very good saws. Best
of luck to you.
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