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    You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    I really need (want?) a table saw.

    After the Ridgid R4512 debacle I have bumped the budget up a bit.

    So, if you had $1,000 to spend on a table saw -- bearing in mind this is just for hobby stuff/making pieces for the house -- what would you go for?

    Something like the Grizzly G0771Z or Grizzly G0715P?

    Another new table saw from a different manufacturer?

    Or something second hand from CL/elsewhere?

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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    Second hand/CL ect. If you are patient and hunt you can score a really nice saw for not much coin.

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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    Given that I wanted a really good cabinet style table saw with very good accuracy and good dust collection. I compared the PM2000 to a SawStop PCS and decided on the SawStop - the safety features tripped the scales, but the accuracy and dust collection were very deciding factors.
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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Brogan View Post
    I really need (want?) a table saw.

    After the Ridgid R4512 debacle I have bumped the budget up a bit.

    So, if you had $1,000 to spend on a table saw -- bearing in mind this is just for hobby stuff/making pieces for the house -- what would you go for?

    Something like the Grizzly G0771Z or Grizzly G0715P?

    Another new table saw from a different manufacturer?

    Or something second hand from CL/elsewhere?

    PM me if you think a unisaw might be in your future.
    Last edited by Dee2; 03-11-2017 at 09:15 PM.

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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    I would watch for a used Unisaw. Decent shape Uni should cost $800 - $1000. Be patent and move quick when you see one.

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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...



    Unisaw for sure if you can find one!!


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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    +1 for the Unisaw. Unisaw's have been the staple in cabinet shops for decades. You couldn't go wrong with a a used Powermatic either. As Phil says, be patient, watch CL and be ready to pounce when one shows up.

    Good Luck!
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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    Thanks all.

    There's no particular rush so I will keep an eye out for a used Unisaw.

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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dee2 View Post
    PM me if you think a unisaw might be in your future.
    PM sent!

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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Brogan View Post
    -- bearing in mind this is just for hobby stuff/making pieces for the house -- what would you go for?
    I think a big part of your question revolves around what you mean by the above statement. What do you mean by hobby stuff/making pieces for the house? What kind of pieces? Small side tables and decorative shelves, or kitchen cabinets and and furniture? This type of decision should be based on what you're actually building with it rather than basing it on "just for hobby stuff", especially if you're looking to drop $1K on it.

    Considering that you can get a 3HP Grizzly cabinet saw for about $1,300 new, the "hobby stuff" question kind of goes out the window. With the amount of money you're considering spending on a table saw, you need to have a solid idea of what you're really going to be doing with it and make sure you're buying the right saw for your needs.

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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    Grizzly also makes some great cabinet saws. I found mine on craigslist for a very fair price

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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    Quote Originally Posted by LB75 View Post
    I think a big part of your question revolves around what you mean by the above statement. What do you mean by hobby stuff/making pieces for the house?
    Fair questions.

    To clarify, I mean I am just going to be making fairly basic stuff for the house, such as bookshelves, storage units, drop zone, etc.

    The Ridgid would have been adequate for my needs, if it wasn't for the alignment issues.
    I don't care if the saw only costs a few hundred dollars, as long as it's accurate and I can get straight cuts and dados.

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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    Wait for a deal on a used unit.

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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    The key upgrades you would experience with a Unisaw would be beefy cabinet mounted trunnions, better dust collection, motor size, and mass. Portable and contractor saw trunnions generally mount to the under side of the table. Hybrid saws like the ones you mentioned generally also have trunnions mounted to the underside of the top which makes for less stability and more difficult adjustments. What you get with cabinet mounted heavier trunnions is a much more stable saw, easier adjustments, stable adjustments, and perhaps cleaner cuts.
    As I know it, the cheapest new cabinet saw with cabinet mounted trunnions is the Grizzly 1023. The trunnions mounts look virtually identical to a Unisaw.
    The Unisaw is not the only used saw you might find that fits your needs, but personally I would look at the trunnions mount style as a primary criteria.
    As usual, there are skilled woodworkers that can make wonderful things using table saws with less beefy innards. The wood looks the same.

    I agree with all of the advice above. To add options, it strikes me that I've seen the Bosch used by quite a few Pros (all the contractors I hire seem to have one) and it gets good reviews here. I wouldn't want to go back to a job site/contractor/hybrid saw but it could be a good start, especially given your moving plans. The used Unisaw or stepping up a few hundred to a new 1023 is your best opportunity for a great long term saw.

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    Re: You have $1,000 to spend on a table saw ...

    Did you see the Delta contractor saw on the Classifieds?

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