Because their design is basically brand new. New within the last 6-8
years. IIRC DeWalt was the first. They some times look like a regular
cabinet saw but typically have the guts and the power of a contractors saw.
Some have propriatary accessories, miter gauges and fences.
I've visited them all at one time or another.
For the quality/cost ratio, the Sears hybrids can't be beat.
Yes, I looked at Delta, Grizzly, General, etc,etc.........
I'm completely satisfied with my saw.
I'd mentioned creative uses of table tops/work surfaces in an earlier
post to help your situation. Here's a good example of how one author
solved the same problem. As you see, this plan takes a decent benchtop
model saw (Porter Cable), incorporates a router into the extension
table, makes use of a very good fence (the Biesemeyer) and still
provides storage underneath, while putting the entire thing on wheels
to allow for a variety of shop set ups:
Hope this inspires a few good ideas. If not, they have a link to the
plans. I strongly considered this set up myself but I have enough room
for a decent contractor's saw. I read the reviews on the Delta you
mentioned on Amazon. Those reviews really are a mixed bag. Most sound
like they had a couple of quality control issues involved with a new
product roll out. If anything, I know from my own experience Delta has
outstanding customer saws. The kinds of issues the reviewers came
across can really happen with any saw- particularly a new model. The
important thing is whether you can actually talk to someone who will
fix it or whether you get a website that says you're better off going
to a local machine shop or sending the whole thing back. I would still
put my money on a Delta over a similar costing model any day-
especially a Craftsman.
Mike Howland wrote:
One more tidbit,
If you're considering a cabinet saw I just came across an outstanding
deal from Steel City. Their model 35601 is currently running on sale
Yeah, that is closer to a Hybrid, not a true cabinet saw although it does
set on a cabinet. The 1.75hp motor is the give away and the typical smaller
than normal adjustment wheels for the blade tilt and height adjustment.
I know I'm late to the thread, but this is new information. <G>
The FWW that arrived in my mailbox yesterday had a very favorable
"first look" mini-review of a new Hitachi hybrid cabinet saw. The
article stated the saw should sell ~ $1000.
FWW has the specs online:
It looks nice!
I read that review in FWW with intrest also. I found one review on the web
that the author claimed it was a bit under powered when compared to other
saws of the same type but it's definitely on my candidate list.
I have no experience with Hitachi... folks seem to like them.
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