Whatever you end up with, spend some dough on a nice blade. A good
combination crosscut/rip Freud blade will be around $50 or so at home depot
and is well worth every penny. Stock blades that come with saws are crap.
I have mentioned that I "picked" up an older Rockwell/Delta
contractors saw ( to have a second TS in the shop) for ten bucks at
an auction about 2 years ago....
I am Laughing Out Loud because I forked over 5 or 6 times that amount
for a GOOD Blade for it...and I could have spent more for a Forrest
Good deals are out there...but I rarely am in the right place at
the right time... This time I was...
I just took advantage of a promotion that the local Home Depot had to
buy a Rigid 3650 contractor's saw. I believe it is priced at $547 on
the sales floor. It's a decent saw- cast iron top and wings, 1 1/2 HP
belt drive, serviceable fence, built in mobile base, regular 3/4" miter
slot, arbor long enough to accept a full stack of dado blades,
warranty. I was able to purchase this saw for 1/2 price when I signed
up for a commercial account. All it took was filling out the
application and returning it to the pro desk. Out the door the saw was
under $300. I'm not sure if this was a store-specific promotion or a
chain wide thing. Also, I'm not sure if this promotion is still going
on or not. However Lowe's is currently (through tomorrow) offering 20%
off power tools and Amazon often runs specials (and price matches as
well). I just ordered a Delta drill press from Amazon. Lowe's has this
drill press at 20% off and Amazon matched the price plus took off an
additional 10% of the difference. I would read some archives of this
news group and do some research on reviews of saws in your price range
and then keep your eyes peeled for a sale on a decent saw. Used
machinery can be a bargain if you know what to look for, otherwise it
can be a headache (and quickly wipe out the bargain aspect) to replace
parts and tune the machine to get it in working order.
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