I searched all over the wreck's archives for recommendations. I made the
mistake of buying a $180 Craftsman. The miter rails are not square and flat
so it's hard to make any kind of jig involving the miter slots. It's
extremely difficult to adjust the blade square to the miter slot. The miter
gauge and fence wiggle a lot.
I'm looking at the Bridgewood contractor's saw ($579 on sale). Pros: Price,
left tilting blade, 30 inch rail. Cons: Cast iron extension is extra ($70),
mediocre fence. Are there any others you would recommend at a similar price
with pros and cons? Thanks.
Most peole sugest a Unisaw or Griz 1023(?). My suggestion is to look
for those at used machinery dealers. Or look for a rebuilt one.
Remember, a decent fence is $250 up . If you buy anything, you still
must have a good fence.So either you buy a contractors saw and a Bies
or Unifence (or whatever) or try to finsd a good one used, You are SO
close to a new saw that I would really encourage you to pick up a few
more Coke bottles or something to get the extra money to buy a really
good one. You will NEVER regrett it.
I know how you feel. I bought a Delta 36-600, and thought I would get a
decent saw out of it. It is only adequate at best. Not even sure if I
could get a decent fence for it, whether it would be worth the investment
or not. I tried a Delta Unisaw the other night with a Biesmeyer fence on
it. What a dream!!! I will be looking for one of these used when SWMBO
isn't looking. I am hoping to find one eventually in the 7-800 dollar
range. Best of luck.
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