About two hours ago I made several crosscuts in 1" melamine faced OSB using
an old B&D with an $8 Oldham 140 tooth plywood blade from The Borg. No prep
other than a guide - no scoring, no tape, no ZCI. And no chips. Edges were
so sharp I had to knock them down with a file right away to keep them from
slicing open body parts. I Know it's not my technique, maybe it's that
I am a big believer in plywood blades for plywood. The do a good job. they
just dull quickly. If I am doing a job that requires good cuts, I buy a
blade for it. As long as I just use it for that job, I am OK.
I get good cuts from it. I am NOT making fine furniture.
Sounds like time is of the essence but if you had more. I bought a Jet
cabinet saw with the extended table, mobile base, frued daddo, cmt blade
and a few other options off ebay for 400.00. It was used a total of 10
times to cut plywood. Not a scratch on it, no rust on the cast iron table
and in my opinion perfect shape.
You might look at ebay
"you can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK"
Speaking only for myself...I bought the BT3100 a couple years ago, and
I'm pretty happy with it. My dream TS would be a DeWalt, a Jet, or a
nice Delta cabinet saw...but that's not going to be feasible, given the
limited amount of time I put into the hobby.
IIRC, I bought my Ryobi around Christmastime, and they had a special
deal that included some other stuff with the saw--a zero clearance
insert, etc. It may be worth waiting to see if you can score something
like that along with the saw...
That is the typical performance of a "benchtop" saw. You shouldn't
expect anything different from any other brand in that style.
Of that list, I'd say the Ridgid TS3650. But I would suggest also
looking at the Delta and Jet contractors saws.
You will definately want a contractors saw or better to handle
plywood. Even then, you'll likely want to build extension tables
around it, if you'll be working with full sheets.
As others have suggested, when looking at something as large & heavy
as a sheet of plywood, it's a lot easier to leave the wood stationary
and move the saw, rather than vice-versa.
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