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Old 03-23-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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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?

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http://www.cporyobi.com/ryobi-table-...efault,sc.html

Not the one's I would have chosen.
I have this one and use it all the time.
http://www.ryobitools.com/catalog/po...ble_saws/RTS30

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Why this one as opposed to the others?
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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.
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Thanks Mike. I was out your way yesterday
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.



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

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