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Ranger1227 03-23-2013 03:54 PM

small table saws
I have a very small workshop and my wife wants me to build some bird houses and feeders. I really need a table saw so I can move the wood instead of the saw, so I can get more accurate cuts. I am looking to potentially buy a used or refurbished Ryobi rts10 or 20 in order to save space and money. Any thoughts on this? Any suggestions on alternative products?


joecaption 03-23-2013 04:04 PM,sc.html

Not the one's I would have chosen.
I have this one and use it all the time.

Ranger1227 03-23-2013 04:06 PM

Why this one as opposed to the others?

oh'mike 03-23-2013 04:09 PM

There are much better small saws ryobi bts12s or rts10 - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum

The key to any table saw is the fence--and how accurate it is---Dewalt has accurate fences---

Those small saws can be much more dangerous than the big boys----the small table allows the stock to go out of balance as it leaves the blade---

Whatever brand you buy---make an out feed table of some kind to prevent that problem.

I've owned and worn out many small table saws---most were miserable ,dangerous machines---I do like the DeWalt that I use now.

Ranger1227 03-23-2013 04:11 PM

Thanks Mike. I was out your way yesterday

joecaption 03-23-2013 04:14 PM

The fence on mine works fine, the motors very powerfull, it has a built in outfeed table, adjustable wings on each side, even comes with a push stick.
I like mine because I can fold it up in less then a 30 sec, and roll it out of the way or up into the trailer.
It also cost about 1/2 what the other brands sell for

woodworkbykirk 03-23-2013 04:18 PM

i had the one on the left of the first link years ago. the fence was a nightmare to align and the outfeed extensions were very weak.. i upgraded to a bosch ts4000 about a year later. never looked back.

ddawg16 03-23-2013 04:29 PM

How much cutting are you looking to do? Unless you plan to make cabinets or get into woodworking as a hobby, there may be other options.

I've had good luck using a clamp on guide and a circular saw with a good carbide blade. For the end cuts....a good sliding compound miter saw might give you more use. Most of them have a 14-16" stroke....which should be good for most applications.

mj12 03-23-2013 05:16 PM

What about a sliding miter saw? Are we talking high production? I had one of those light weight Bosch saws. Light weight, nice saw, used it for a long long time. I have always wondered about a 220 table saw. If you are just using the saw in your shed, I would go with as big of one as would fit in there. I used a Ryobi chop saw for a few weeks on a job, laser pointer and all. I did the job, I guess. Please note, a table saw is a very dangerous machine, please watch a bunch of youtube videos on safety. They will eat a finger right off in split second.

Ranger1227 03-23-2013 10:31 PM

I am familiar with using table saws. I already have a miter saw, but it does not slide and I dont thinknit is worthwhile to get another. Using a skilsaw to cut small pieces is not appealing because of the weight of the saw

dftc 03-23-2013 11:21 PM

For birdhouses and feeders you probably don't need a top-of-the-line saw, but if you go small and cheap you will find yourself wanting bigger and better soon enough.

I got by for years with a small Lowes house brand table saw that I bought new for under $100. I used it for all kinds of projects and it could do a lot if I was careful.
I now have a very nice hybrid saw that I can't believe I lived without.

Safety really is a consideration. Table saws are dangerous tools so it's worth thinking about if you really need a small saw that will lack some features. For example, cutting large sheet goods on a small table can be just plain dangerous no matter what you do.
My old small saw was also wobbly and much louder than my current bigger and more powerful saw.

CaptainMarvel 03-25-2013 05:30 PM

I have my eye on this one --> Porter Cable 15 Amp Portable Table Saw

Every time I "visit it" at my local Lowes, I'm always reminded how sturdy and capable it looks and feels
(insofar as it not being connected and all).

Anyone know if there is a source for Lowe's discount coupon codes ... you know,
without my having to move residences to get the one they give you with your USPS Moving Packet. :wink:


AndyWRS 03-25-2013 09:00 PM

Borrow a neighbors if you don't have much to cut ? Unless of course you really want one.

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