My table saw recently went to the tool playground and I am looking for a new
one. Any thoughts or suggestions. I dont want to spend more than a grand but
somewere between $500 and a $1000. I was looking at the dewalt 746. Is this
a good saw? I looked at the one with the sliding table. That whole package
was over $1000.00 but I could always add on.
A lot of people own and like this saw but it is a Hybrid and finding "other
brand" accessories for it will almost be impossible. You will most likely
only have 1 source for parts or accessories, that being DeWalt. For the
same reason I would steer away from the Jet Supersaw.
I would advise a standard contractors saw, or if you have 220 available you
can still get a Grizzly cabinet saw in that price range.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/item.cfm?itemnumber=G1023SL This saw
delivers a lot of bang for your buck.
I am also going to upgrade and would like to keep it around $1K+-.
If you read all the threads posted here about TS in this price range,
it is difficult to beat the Grizzly 1023.
As an alternate, check out the new Sears Craftsman with the Biesmeyer
fence. It lists for $950, but some here grabbed it for under $700 with
I have that saw and moved the rails to the right about 8" so I have more rip
capacity. Being a left tilt saw, I saw no reason to have the fence on the
left side of the blade. In doing this retro, it made room for a router
table - It's a nice unit and I've been very happy with it.
Well there is a reason to use the fence to the opposite side. There may be
times that you need to cut into an asymmetrical piece. Basically the piece
may have a top, right, and left side and the bevel cut needs to be into the
right side. I run into this "occasionally".
Grizzly. I have a G1023SL and I love it but there are plenty under
$1000 and you may have other preferences. Contact Grizzly and they'll
tell you who has one in your area and willing to show it to you.
Check the want ads. Good used tools show up from time to time. I'm the
second owner of a jointer, planer, bandsaw and drill press. The person
selling these items also had a nice contractor saw for sale but I passed
since I don't have the space for two of them.
You might want to take a look at the new Craftsman Professional
922124 with the Beismeyer fence. Wait for the Craftsman club discount
and /or a sale price.........I got both! You should be able to pick up
this fine saw for less than $800. Search on the rec here for many
testimonials as to the worthiness of the new Sears saw. I've been real
happy with mine!
I obtained a similar double-discount when" Craftsman days" and "Sears
credit card holders" days overlapped. You can also bring in a
Craftsman 2004-2005 catalog that lists the machine at $850 instead of
the current $950 (due to the increased cost of iron, etc.) and Sears
may honor the catalog $850 price and apply the discounts to that. This
worked for me. Surprisingly, Sears is very good about letting you
combine offers and coupons.
For the discounted price, I am very happy with the Craftsman Pro 22124.
The Biesemeyer fence is worth the upgrade from the mid-range Craftsman
to the higher end model, in my opinion. It is not too different from
using a unisaw (what I am most familar with) except it has slightly
more vibration and less power. I just ripped a large amount of 8/4 and
12/4 oak and I only had to back off the feed rate when I pushed the
12/4 stuff. That said, if I had 220volts in my shop, I think I would
have purchased the Grizzly 1023SL for the extra 1.25 HP and lower
vibration (beefier trunions and triple-belt system).
On 2004-11-17 00:13:55 -0600, email@example.com (mrmortise) said:
firstname.lastname@example.org (mrmortise) wrote in message
I bought mine on sale plus the craftsman club discount.
My TOTAL cost Including Sales Tax and an additional Two Year Extended
Warranty Contract came to $870 (Shipping/Delivery was Free -- but I
pushed for that.)
So ... the "before the other stuff" was added on, the base sales price
was in the low-to-mid 700 dollar range.
When the delivery guy was barely willing to move the saw from the curb
to the garage -- and not at all willing to (help) put the saw on my
back patio, I made some Polite inquiries to Sears... they wound up
sending two managers to my home to put the saw in its final resting
place. (Wow! THAT was SERVICE!)
Not only am I totally satisfied with Sears, I'm ecstatic about the saw
itself. It was out-of-the-box(es) dead on and pretty darned easy to
assemble. It's a dream machine.
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