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BigSix
07-07-2013, 02:51 PM
I'm in the market for a table saw, I built a couple boxes before with a craftsman table saw I use to have but didn't like it.It moved a lot and I didn't like the fence. I have a chance to get a 3612 ridgid table saw with the old Emerson motor in it for 275 in great shape. However I have been looking at other table saws as well, like a grizzly cabinet hybrid tablesaw .....so iI want to know what kind Yall use and what to look for etc....

dbeez
07-07-2013, 07:38 PM
I use a porter cable circular saw and a saw guide

BigSix
07-07-2013, 07:40 PM
I use a porter cable circular saw and a saw guide

lol I knew that would eventually come in here from someone

dbeez
07-07-2013, 07:45 PM
lol I knew that would eventually come in here from someone

I can mark a full sheet of wood out and have it all cut out in 1 hour worst I am ever off is 1/16"

BigSix
07-07-2013, 07:48 PM
I can mark a full sheet of wood out and have it all cut out in 1 hour worst I am ever off is 1/16"

you got a good point, what do you use to hold the wood and what do you use as a saw guide

dbeez
07-07-2013, 07:53 PM
I bought 2 nice saw horses and 2 8' 2x4's I need to add some 2x4's in between the long ones to make a nice table when I lay them in the saw horses for smaller pieces.

BigSix
07-07-2013, 07:55 PM
I bought 2 nice saw horses and 2 8' 2x4's I need to add some 2x4's in between the long ones to make a nice table when I lay them in the saw horses for smaller pieces.
im sure it works , just seems like alot of extra effort and not worth it imo, however I seen your work and you do awesome builds.....just rather have a table saw for convenience

dbeez
07-07-2013, 08:09 PM
for a table saw you have to cut the pieces down to begin with it waste time and if you get the wood place to cut it down and then try and square it back up at home its a lost cause.

dbeez
07-07-2013, 08:12 PM
Shop Swanson Tool Company 8.3-ft SAE Straight Edge at Lowes.com (http://www.lowes.com/pd_119887-1099-CG100_0__?productId=1006469&Ntt=straightedge&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dstraightedge&facetInfo=)

dbeez
07-07-2013, 08:14 PM
you do have to factor in the saw offset once you know what that is use the same side all the time its quick and easy setup saw horses law in 2x4's then just put wood on and bam its game on 3 mins. setup time if that.

fasfocus00
07-07-2013, 08:15 PM
i have a Craftman contractor table saw, i love it for the $500 price I got it for. if I ever get rid of it, i'll be moving on to a Saw Stop.

psych0ticnemes1
07-07-2013, 08:28 PM
If you want a non portable unit, can't beat the rigid at Home Depot for $500. If you plan on attempting to cut full sheets, portable saws are going to be tough. I have a box store crosscut the sheets in to 3rds first. Just factor in your cuts ahead of time and then any table saw will do. For crosscuts I use a table sled. Can't beat it for accuracy and repeat-ability.

BigSix
07-07-2013, 08:31 PM
If you want a non portable unit, can't beat the rigid at Home Depot for $500. If you plan on attempting to cut full sheets, portable saws are going to be tough. I have a box store crosscut the sheets in to 3rds first. Just factor in your cuts ahead of time and then any table saw will do. For crosscuts I use a table sled. Can't beat it for accuracy and repeat-ability.

not interested in portable, been looking at those ridgids for quite some time

jar1zx
07-07-2013, 08:31 PM
I use the delta my dad got over 20 years ago. Big enuf to rip a 4x8 sheet by your self and has lasted forever.
Downside is I think it was 5grand back then. Once my brother got the guide in to the blade and a new alum guide was 800

jockhater2
07-07-2013, 08:43 PM
Some DeWalt model. Not sure what.

joeldirt
07-09-2013, 12:23 AM
Don't get a dewalt, craftsman, rigid, or any other big box store brand. They aren't built to last, or hold resale value-- they're throw away's. Cruise craigslist and find a good unisaw or like. Festool makes a very nice guide rail saw also which cuts extremely clean and very accurately. Buy quality. "The poor can't afford to buy cheap goods". (Not saying that YOU are poor--- aren't we all?)

SounDrive
07-09-2013, 12:27 AM
Maybe double 07 ; will shed some light here...

ciaonzo
07-09-2013, 12:43 AM
Don't get a dewalt, craftsman, rigid, or any other big box store brand. They aren't built to last, or hold resale value-- they're throw away's. Cruise craigslist and find a good unisaw or like. Festool makes a very nice guide rail saw also which cuts extremely clean and very accurately. Buy quality. "The poor can't afford to buy cheap goods". (Not saying that YOU are poor--- aren't we all?)I hear what you're saying and feel the same way. It's better to buy a single toaster costing $100 that will last through the years rather than five toasters costing $20 each. That said, I have the Rigid mentioned earlier. I will not buy garbage and it passed all my tests. The motor is solid and quiet, the table is cast iron and true, and the fence is tight and accurate. I've moved three times and never had to recalibrate it. Makes razor sharp cuts and saves me tons of time. Still serving me ten years later and shows no signs of letting up any time soon. At $550 it was well within reach and performs just as well as the $2000+ Delta that was in our shop.

Occasionally value and quality can be had together. Just have to know why you're kicking the tires when you're cosidering a purchase.


http://www.ridgid.com/ASSETS/063F6DE6F8E545BC8A5BA097AC18AF5C/TS3650_2_3C.jpg

snyderd758
07-09-2013, 11:40 AM
I 2nd the rigid. I have the newer model has the largest table capacity of any of the smaller table saws folds up to almost nothing and is really easy to move which unless you have a huge shop you will do more than you think. Buy a good 60 or 80 tooth blade and when you buy your Mdf have the store rip it into manageable pieces and make sure they leave at least one factory edge cut.

RangerDangerV2
07-09-2013, 11:51 AM
I use a $300,000 laser CNC. it can cut withing .001" and .001 deg. can cut down a full sheet in under 20 minutes

joeldirt
07-09-2013, 01:27 PM
I guess if your only cutting MDF, or various other weekend warrior types of things, these saws are fine. I bought a rigid and recall liking it better than my craftsman hybrid saw years ago. It was fine for light duty stuff, with a good blade.

Although, often found on craigslist for $500 or less, are 3hp or better single phase saws with heavy cast iron tops which accept out feed tables and wider capacity fences, while your only limited to what ever the box brand saw can deliver, usually never much more than 24" of cut width. But sure, of all of the box store saws, I would agree the rigid is probably the best one I've used.

Kingstroker
07-09-2013, 03:51 PM
oops

Kingstroker
07-09-2013, 03:51 PM
I hear what you're saying and feel the same way. It's better to buy a single toaster costing $100 that will last through the years rather than five toasters costing $20 each. That said, I have the Rigid mentioned earlier. I will not buy garbage and it passed all my tests. The motor is solid and quiet, the table is cast iron and true, and the fence is tight and accurate. I've moved three times and never had to recalibrate it. Makes razor sharp cuts and saves me tons of time. Still serving me ten years later and shows no signs of letting up any time soon. At $550 it was well within reach and performs just as well as the $2000+ Delta that was in our shop.

Occasionally value and quality can be had together. Just have to know why you're kicking the tires when you're cosidering a purchase.


http://www.ridgid.com/ASSETS/063F6DE6F8E545BC8A5BA097AC18AF5C/TS3650_2_3C.jpg

I have an older Craftsman( bought it new 18 yrs ago) and even though I should replace the motor with a better one it has been a good saw. It has the exact same cabinet and fence setup as this Rigid. My neighbor sells tools(Whittonsupply.com) and has for 18 years for the same company(almost all major brands, no flea market stuff) and even though they sell Rigid he would not recommend them to me. They also repair and he has seen a lot of them come back. Craftsman and some of the others are not manufacturers, at one time but not sure about now but Ryobi made most of Craftsman branded electrical tools. You don't need a state of the art saw to build boxes. A older solid saw with a good fence, carriage and top with a shot motor is your best bet. Put some money in a true 3-5 hp motor. Saws and most shop equipment is rated at developed power which is much higher than actual hp. Unisaws are my all time favorite but even used prices are way up there I've cut a lot of plywood with a skillsaw and 2x4's. If your not going to use it a lot buy a good skillsaw.

Kingstroker
07-09-2013, 05:57 PM
dang double post. Not saying this isn't a good saw. It looks like they forgot to put 2 of the bolts in the legs on the left side

double 07
07-10-2013, 07:25 AM
I have a Porter Cable table saw (large one) and that Ridgid would be an excellent choice as well as I myself have numerous Ridgid brand tools...

joeldirt
07-10-2013, 04:37 PM
Isn't anyone here familiar with Yates American, Oliver, Martin, or the like? This is where it is really at....

maylar
07-10-2013, 06:09 PM
For a stationary table saw, the contractor models are adequate for just about anything. My Craftsman 10" has served me well for 30 years. Things I look for - Cast iron main table. 10" blade, at least 1 HP motor, rip capacity more than 24" (to get to the center of a 4X4 sheet). Gotta have a nice fence that moves easily and is repeatable.

Of the Taiwanese stuff Grizzly is hands down the best. It's a USA company and they have parts here in the US and great customer service.

This one would do fine:

Grizzly.com (http://www.grizzly.com/products/Contractor-Style-Saw/G0732)

pro-rabbit
07-10-2013, 06:44 PM
We use a jet cabinet saw with a 53" extension and full build out around it.