You can search this newsgroup and find that few agree on this question.
In that price range, you can get a very good contractor saw or spend a bit
more and get a cabinet saw. I had a contractor saw (Delta) and eventually
sold it and bought a cabinet saw (Delta Unisaw). I paid $1349 for it.
You won't go wrong with either a Jet or a Delta. I own a Jet lathe and two
Jet bandsaws and am happy with them all. Play with both and buy the one you
I recently did a bunch of newsgroup research and a bit of touching in
showrooms. Before I found a great deal on a used Jet with a Vega 52"
Utility fence a few other items, I was buying a Jet CS saw.
Most rigid fence
Lenght of table IN FRONT of the blade (so you can get your
work started and have it supported)
Bang for the buck
Spokane Powertool has the Delta 36-650 for about $475 on their northwest
tools online site. It is about $150 less than the Jet, I was going to
spend the extra $150.00
I too have been pondering a table saw purchase. Plan on buying one next
month. So far narrowed down to the Dewalt 746X, Jet 10CW2-JF or the Delta
36-444 or the Delta 36-431. I've played around with the Dewalt at a local
store (that's all they carry) and it seems pretty solid and the reviews at
Amazon are pretty good and it's a left tilt blade. The Jet I have read of
problems with the fence. The Delta's I mentions all have right tilt blades.
The Delta 36-431 comes with the Bies fence which I like. Then again if I go
with the Delta 444 there will be enough difference to but the PC 7518 Router
for the router table. That's my quandry. Which one. Anyone have any of the
saws mentioned and can give your personal pro's and cons I would appreciate
As far as the Delta saws, the Biesmeyer fence is miles above the Unirip
fence as far as quality. so it would depend on the prices. 431 comes with
one cast iron table, laminated extension table with legs, and a 30"
Biesmeyer. The 444 comes with stamped steel tables and a 30" Unirip fence,
no extension tables, no table legs.
When I shopped around the thing that got me was the upgrades. I was always
looking at the one step up from what I was thinking about buying, then
comparing that to the price of the upgrades later. I bought the 461 that is
the same as the 431 except for it came with the Unifence instead of the
I have been very satisfied with my choice, only wish I had bought the 52"
I have a 50" Unifence and love it.
Recent reviews I have seen rank the Unifence very highly.
I bought the Unifence over the Bies because of the Unifence ability to pull
back so you can use it and the guage to accurately measure cutoffs. The
Bies can't do that.
I personally, however, think either fence will do the job fine.
You just have find what you prefer personally.
You can buy the accessory but the one I have seen does not allow you to use
the gauge to measure cutoffs.
You have to subtract an inch. That's confusing to me.
That's why it is all what you personally like best. Like the argument of
right or left tilt. Either will do a fine job.
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Why don't you download a parts/accessories list for each of the machines you
are interested in and make a few phone calls to find out how difficult (and
expensive) it is to get some common parts and accessories that you figure
you'll go through in the next few years??? Just might be a tie-breaker.
After all, the time you spend trying to get stuff will take away from your
Ah, the old Ford vs. Chevrolet truck discussion.. well not quite.
Have a look at the barebones model of the Jet supersaw. They've focused a
lot on key features to go one slightly better than their competition. Some
points to note:
Enclosed cabinet with excellent dust collection
TEFC motor with capacitor start/capacitor run
Biggest cast iron table in the industry in this price range.
dual sided saw guard - each side operates independently.
The dealer calls it a "hybrid" saw - they have merged the contractor lower
pricing with cabinet saw features.
Its smooth and quiet - one of the quietest saws you will ever operate.
Jet customer service is superb.
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