New to the group, and recently into woodworking. I have only used hand
tools for the pure pleasure of it, cool shavings, and lack of
noise/dust. But the retirement home allows for power tools, and I seem
to be getting them as gifts from family members. The next item on my
list is a table saw, and I need some help on what to look for, what
brands to go for, what to avoid. I have 220VAC, plenty of room, and am
right handed. I'm guessing on a budget of $1K for a saw.
Here is my guess:
* Cast iron table saw, not sheet metal arms, not a bench saw.
* 220VAC, motor as big as I can for the price.
* Right handed tilt.
* Not a contractor's saw.
* A fence that will allow precision cuts, and repeatability.
So, what brands are good, what should I stay away from? Is there a
fence system that is superior to other types? What is a "hybrid" saw?
Right now I make boxes and similar things, want to expand my
skills/capability to cabinets and so forth. Any opinions or coments
are VERY welcome! TIA.