I've been taking 2 classess this semester 1) cabinetry and 2) machine operations and joinery, and have gotten spoiled by the table saws in the classroom. I'm looking for a saw that I can use at home to make my own cabinets as well as take to job sites. Any suggestions?
I've been considering Powermatic's contractor saw (model no. 64A) because that's the brand we have at school. I *love* the Accu-fence and noted that the our Delta shop saw has an aftermarket Biessemeyer fence.
So, I guess I've got several questions:
1) Are the big $$$$ saws (like Jet and Powermatic) really worth it? 2) Could you make a more inexpensive saw work better by adding an aftermarket fence (e.g., Biessemeyer)? 3) Are the larger "contractor saws" really portable enough to take to job sites?
My brother gave me his old Craftsman direct drive table saw (model no. 118-295752) after he hung up his bags to become a presbyterian pastor. I'm thinking about picking up his bags where he left off, but he warned me his old saw did not cut very accurately--certainly not well enough to make cabinetry. No aftermarket anything on this saw.
Any input would be appreciated.