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Old 12-04-2012, 07:09 PM   #16
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Do you also use a stationary saw in your shop? Because I plan on using this as a primary table saw with the option of being able to take it on the road with me.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:57 PM   #17
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I still recomend you get a full size saw for your first saw----the little ones have a lot of power and a tiny table---fine if you know how to safely work a saw and respect it's ability to hurt you--but still an unneeded risk if you have room for a big saw.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:07 PM   #18
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Mind is my first and only saw. With the lifetime service agreement if will bd my last saw as well. The fence is true and the blade is true as well. I built an outfeed table for it along eith a cross cut sled. I feel like I'm set.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:37 PM   #19
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In the shop is an old craftsman, has a cast iron table and weight is in favor of a shop saw. The old craftsman saw is hard to beat, first photo is what My boss has in shop.
It sat in the yard for 2 years unprotected from the weather. Had some rust issues.
Was broke and he did not know why, was just a pain to carry the heavy saw from job to job. I found why it was not working in 15 min and then spent the rest of afternoon cleaning and oiling it, to get it functional again.
Fast forward 8 years later, We now have a shop for it to sit in, built a new cabinet on wheels to roll it around, had to replace a switch and upgraded fence on it. ... it is a great saw. It is old as dirt, but every part is easily available and replaceable and cuts true as the day it was brand new.
You can find them used cheap, then add accessories to them like a cabinet or new fence. Are tough and last forever.

We have in the past loaded it on the trailer, hauled it to the jobsite, what a pita.
It takes 2 people to walk it into the trailer. Nothing hard about it, just my cheap little saw is already in my van and will do what needs to be done.

If the motor goes out on my cheap saw, saw is going in the trash and being replaced with new saw.
If motor goes out on the craftsman, motor is being replaced.
So decide how often you need to take it on the road, if it is worth buying a throw away saw or do you want a stationary cabinet saw?
And for the record, my old saw was a 10" delta that cost $100, worked for 5 or 6 years before I burned it up ripping 16' long 2x4's.
So a cabinet saw for shop, a cheap portable saw for the road ... Then plan ahead and rip on cabinet saw for big jobs and bring ripped material with you to work.

second photo is a reconditioned craftsman for $519
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We have in the past loaded it on the trailer, hauled it to the jobsite, what a pita.
It takes 2 people to walk it into the trailer.
I have a 12V winch mounted in my trailer. If you have seen a race car trailer, you probably know what I am talking about. They use them to haul the car up into the box so it doesn't need to be driven in, because it's hard to climb out of the car when you can't open the door.

The winch makes it really easy to load heavy objects as long as you can attach the hook in a sensible place near the center of gravity. Anything on wheels that has a hook, like you could pull a cart full of materials in if you had your cart set up for that. It's like having a lift-gate that is unlimited length!
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funfool...I have the exact old Craftsman in my home shop...it's 24 years old and works as well as the day I brought it home. And Mike is absolutely right about getting the biggest saw you can afford for safety and accuracy. Depending on your needs you can get a cheap on the job sow for the little jobs or just get a trailer and haul the big one around. Again it depends on your needs, tapagan.
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Am I the only one who got that last post in another language?
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Am I the only one who got that last post in another language?
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I bought a Bosch 4100, factory reconditioned from CPO or somebody like that. Man, that thing is a workhorse! Cuts are smooth and true, plenty of power. A real pleasure to use.
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I have the Ridgid contractor saw and I love it. But be aware I have had nothing but good luck with my Ridgid tools so I am probably prejudiced. In my opinion Porter Cable was one of the better tools and if memory serves me correctly (maybe not) they were the last power tool company to leave for overseas. I really feel that they are now in the same category as Black & Decker and they are now making their money off the name, not the quality. Craftsman a lot of people like I found them to be underpowered and if you find one you like they will stop making it down the road thinking you will buy a new one. DeWalt old tools great new tools not so much. Roybi are good tools for H/O and hobbyists that uses a good bit but not everyday. I'm going to quit here get off my soap box and back to OP. Having said all that I think there are still some good brands out there And since most of us can't afford Festool, there is Delta, Jet, and for less expensive(Iwon't say cheap) Grizzly saws are pretty decent. These are just my opinions and very subjective. I know I have left a lot of brands out but I feel this is enough to get the ball rolling.
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