Mike, I don't know where you live, and maybe you've done this already,
but General International has distributors all over N.America. I don't
know why you lump them into the "mail order" group; I bought my 50-185L
in a real brick-n-mortar shop.
Check the Distributors link at
Mike W. wrote:
I've got the Ridgid TS3650. I've also got Sears new top of the line hybrid,
which has a Biesemeyer fence. The Ridgid, and dozens of other saws, would be
improved with a Biese (or clone: I started to install a Jet clone, but it was
too much work, since the standard fence works pretty well anyway). The TS3650
is as good as any other contractor's saw in its price class, and better than
most. As far as the Craftsman hybrid goes, it's much more saw than I expected,
with much better detailing and, so far, a smooth and silky operation. It's also
pretty darned quiet, thanks the poly multi V belt and machined pulleys, among
other things. This one has an enclosed base, all the way down, so dust
collection is pretty decent.
As someone commented, it's no General, or Powermatic or Unisaw or JTAS 10. But
it is also $550 or so cheaper than the lowest cost of those saws.
"They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some
kind of federal program." George W. Bush, St. Charles, Missouri, November 2,
That's a pretty quick dismissal for no stated reason. Must be nice to
just spend extra money for a name. Probably a lot less stress that way,
and you're guaranteed to get a good saw without doing any homework.
Me? I have a practically unlimited budget for this hobby, but I'm a
penny pincher. Therefore /everything/ is worth considering. After
consideration, the field gets narrowed. Ridgid and Craftsman would be
there for me -- but none of the Delta/Jet/Powermatics would be (too
much $$, diminishing returns).
That is, of course, unless I could buy them used as the OP mentioned.
I've been making nice furniture for about 7 years now on a 1978
Craftsman contractor's saw I picked up for $100. No way my furniture
would be 10 times better or 10 times as fun to build with a $1000 saw
in my shop.
Duane Bozarth wrote:
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