View Full Version : Buying a table saw. Advice?

11-22-2008, 12:35 PM
Any tips for things to look for when buying a table saw?

How much ripping capacity does one really need? 24 - 30" seems like the highest side of the norm.

I've been eyeballing a semi-portable craftsman unit for $199. But the only reason is Sears now has lay-a-way again. I'd put it on lay-a-way and have my fiance' pay it off for me for Christmas.

I've also been looking for used units on Craigslist, but not much luck there.

Tried to make a few circular saw jigs, but a table saw seems so much easier and precise.

11-22-2008, 02:26 PM
Well craftsman would be good since they have one of the best replacement options around. But if you need a decent one for about 100 bucks or less check out homedepo or harborfrieght.

11-22-2008, 02:29 PM
one think i ALWAYS look for is a nice fence. if you get one thats loose it will screw your cuts up in a big hurry. some craftman table saws come with nice aftermarket fences allready on them. can't go wrong with a lot of deltas stuff eather.

11-22-2008, 02:30 PM
I got mine from sears , its a craftsman with like a 42" rip guide for like $180 bucks. Check out sears you can find some good deals there

11-22-2008, 02:33 PM
i found a really nice delta at the pawn shop for 150. does some nice cuts for how much i spent.

11-23-2008, 12:18 AM
best table saws < 700 are delta 36-780 with cast iron extensions and a t2 fence which isnt shy from their beiseymer

or a

ridgid ts3660 cast iron table saw.

both are awesome.

11-23-2008, 12:25 AM
For a portabe saw, look at the ridgid from HD, light weight, good fence and reasonable price.

I have 2 of them, and one Bosch, they have all replace the dewalt. I like the ridgid better than the Bosch

11-23-2008, 12:49 AM
I got a Craftsman 3HP tablesaw. Rips through ANYTHING. Even took it to some PVC, and it tore it up, no problem.

The fence is a bit bent (O_O. I unlocked it once, went to lock it and realized it was really bent... I have to tighten it a bit, measure before and after the blade, and tap it until it's straight. It's a flat btch. I need a new fence.), and I need extensions. Mine is only 24" :crap:

11-23-2008, 01:07 AM
Gonna make one last attempt at a straight cut jig for my circular saw, if it fails me I'm buying a saw on black Friday. :)

11-23-2008, 01:08 AM
dont cut your fingers off. thats a good start.

11-23-2008, 01:17 AM
My father has a Bosch and I'll tell you what is has been great for my building of boxes.