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bholtmeier
02-13-2007, 07:41 PM
http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?cat=Bench+Power+Tools&pid=00921805000&vertical=TOOL&subcat=Table+Saws&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes

Would this table saw be benifical/powerfull enough for MDF cutting? I'd like to keep it in the 200 dollar range if possible, and this one kinda caught my eye.

rpfuror
02-13-2007, 07:51 PM
plenty powerfull enough.

Max_Power
02-13-2007, 08:02 PM
if you ask me, which you shouldn't, the way a saw cuts depends more on the quality of the blade versus the actual power of the motor. kinda the same way a better fence will result in better cuts. anyhow, you should be good with that saw.

Trixter
02-14-2007, 01:55 AM
get a good blade. got my table saw at menards for $80...works like a champ.

jeeper07
02-14-2007, 01:56 AM
good blade ftw. 80 tooth with carbide tips iirc is what i use

Max_Power
02-14-2007, 02:01 AM
never had a problem with my freuds I use! to be honest they're not even that expensive.

PSturmer
02-14-2007, 08:14 AM
mdf is relatively easy to cut. i have always been using a 500 dollar table with a bad blade and today for my first time i will be using a brand new 5hp table saw with a new carbide blade. so i will tell you what the difference is when i get home from school

Trixter
02-14-2007, 10:13 AM
the first box i made....going back 14 years....was almost entirely with a sawz-all. now i got all this fancy stuff...table saw, skill saw, router, rotozip.....almost seems dangerous.

PV Audio
02-14-2007, 10:59 AM
People always mention it, but wtf is a skill saw? Do you mean like a skil-saw as in the brand?

And no, both me and saywhat? have owned that saw and it's absolute horseshit. Craftsman fences are simply appallingly bad.

helotaxi
02-14-2007, 11:42 AM
I have a Craftsman table saw (but not that model) and have had very good results with it. The fence locks solidly and is adjustable. From there any problems with the saw are induced by the user and are not problems with the saw. If it isn't cutting square then you muffed the initial setup of the saw. Hardly the saw's fault. Though that fence on that model seems a bit balky. If you can get an upgraded fence...

Skil-saw has become the generic term for a handheld circular saw in the same way that Kleenex has become the name for tissue and Frisbee the term for a flying disc and Coke means soda in the South (and anywhere else with half a sense of decency). Reason: They made the first widely used good one and the name stuck.

W8 a minute
02-14-2007, 11:47 AM
People always mention it, but wtf is a skill saw? Do you mean like a skil-saw as in the brand?

And no, both me and saywhat? have owned that saw and it's absolute horseshit. Craftsman fences are simply appallingly bad.


Skil-saw = Circular saw. At least thats what I think they are talking about.

I have an old cast iron Craftman table saw and yes, the craftman fence is crap. Make sure you check the fence with a square before you start cutting. I don't know about this particular saw but I would definitely change the blade. I bought a carbide tip "Pirrahna" blade and it cuts like butter. 100 times better than the original blade ever was.

PV Audio
02-14-2007, 02:07 PM
Got it, so I have a Hitachi Skil-saw? :D

Anyway, the fents on that saw is miserable. You have to check it every time with your carpenter's square, and as SOON as you set the wood against it, it goes awry. Either get it and upgrade the fence, or head to lowes and look at something else. Note that the design for that saw is the same for many manufacturers' saws. Don't get any of them. :)

helotaxi
02-14-2007, 02:29 PM
Note that the design for that saw is the same for many manufacturers' saws. Don't get any of them. :)

One manufacturer, many brands. It's the industry standard economy grade contractor's saw. Made to be portable. Compromises in other areas to acheive that end. Step up to a real contractors saw like a Hitachi and you've made a hefty leap in both quality and price. The other option is to spend a bit more and get a shop saw instead of a contractor saw.

PV Audio
02-14-2007, 03:25 PM
I've got a hitachi table saw that's 300 at lowes, and it's night and day between it and the craftsman I had. It's should be worth 600 dollars in relative money compared to the craftsman. Thank god it's only an actual $100 difference. I actually ended up giving the craftsman away to some redneck who actually brought it back a week later because his trash collector wouldn't take it either :laugh:

2loud4u
02-14-2007, 03:32 PM
PV Audio is this the saw you have?

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=93317-67702-C10RB&lpage=none

baseballer1100
02-14-2007, 04:58 PM
Mdf dulls blades fast.

bholtmeier
02-14-2007, 05:14 PM
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=159362-46578-C10FR&lpage=none

How about that one

stayTUNED
02-14-2007, 11:11 PM
I think table saws are useless unless you have a full sized table. Its hard to get an accurate cut on a 2*4' sheet without the fence shifting. Forget about trying to get a 4*8' sheet on that little table.
A circular saw and guide (straight scrap of MDF c-clamped to your sheet) is the best way to go IMO, one less thing to clutter the garage also.

helotaxi
02-15-2007, 12:19 PM
You can get good results with a circular saw and a guide, but for repeatability you can't beat a table saw. Yes a bigger table is a plus but not an absolute requirement. Managing a 2'x4' sheet is easy. I have larger table but I still have the full sheets cut into more managable sizes wherever I buy them for the simple reason that I don't have a truck. I also have my router table integrated into one wing of my saw table saving some space there. Space is at a premium in my "2 car" garage but having a table saw is very much worth the tiny bit of "clutter" that it presents.

bholtmeier
02-15-2007, 01:21 PM
Pv audio, you said the table ***** on that craftsman. Don't you own a more fancy table of this brand?

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=159362-46578-C10FR&lpage=none

sub sonic
02-15-2007, 02:06 PM
I got all Sears Craftsman tools...
the table saw ripps whole sheets of MDF perfectly square
I run a 60 tooth carbon blade

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/9/web/549000-549999/549281_180_full.jpg

bholtmeier
02-15-2007, 02:47 PM
I got all Sears Craftsman tools...
the table saw ripps whole sheets of MDF perfectly square
I run a 60 tooth carbon blade

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/9/web/549000-549999/549281_180_full.jpg

How much did that cost you? And whats the model number?

sub sonic
02-15-2007, 05:03 PM
I paid 599 canadian for it

10"
3600rpm
1.5hp
cast table extention with router mounting hardware kit
and rolling castors


sears product # 093-027-255