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Old 01-11-2013, 05:19 AM   #16
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DIY Table Saw vs Ready-Made Table Saw ??


I was considering a DIY TS last year when my cheap 15 year old saw started having trouble. I ended up getting a reasonable deal on a nice contractor saw. Now that I know what a good table saw is like I will never again think about building my own. A good saw makes a huge difference in your cuts and it will be much safer.
Buy a good table saw. You will not regret it.

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No guard. No decent fence. No quick way to shut it off. Circular saws are, in my opinion, one of the most dangerous power tools we use. Bolting it up-side-down to a homemade table is not going to improve it. If you think you can't afford a real table saw, take the money for the table materials and spend it on Craigslist for a used unit. Your fingers will thank you.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:36 PM   #18
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If you are like me and cant justify buying a table saw, get one used.
Old 8" craftsman saws are generally solid after cleaning and adjusting. For a used price of 50-100 and about the same amount of work as cobbling a circular saw upside down to a table, you can have a real tool.
I ocassionaly need a little more blade, but its really nice to be able to use super-cheap circular saw blades.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:13 AM   #19
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I think that my cousin got something similar, if not same machine.. it's serving him well for years now. I think that ready-made is way to go if you are looking for professional work. If I understood the question very well.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:21 AM   #20
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I have a 30+ year old 10" craftsman with separate motor / belt drive. The accuracy and versatility are unmatched by most new portables. It takes dado head, sanding disk, molding head. I set it up to take motor & stand off so it is portable but heavy. I cannot imagine a home made saw coming close. All I can think of is like trying to accurately aim an artillery piece by adjusting elevation or degrees by hand, and securing it with a big wing nut.

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