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Old 04-28-2011, 10:01 PM   #1
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I think I have narrowed down my choices in table saws to:

A Porter Cable http://www.lowes.com/pd_89913-46069-...uantity_sold|1

or this De Walt http://www.lowes.com/pd_244910-70-DW...uantity_sold|1

This is for DIY homeowner use not heavy commercial use. I definitely like the rip fence better on the De Walt. Spec wise the seem pretty comparable. Or they really apples to oranges. For 69 dollars more am I getting more saw?

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I guess I've pretty much decided the DeWalt is a better choice. Does anybody out there own this model? Any complaints?

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Jim--I've had the DeWalt in service for 3 going on 4 years---That saw has been one of my favorites--

You will like the fence---quick,accurate and true.

The machine will stand a lot of abuse----I say,good choice for a portable saw.
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Defiantly the DeWalt, just for the fence if no other reason.

Once you’ve played with that rack and pinion fence you’ll wonder why they aren’t all made that way.
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My tools live a hard life----That saw has been a pleasure to own. I even got a shaper head into it once when I needed to duplicate some antique trim on a job to far from my shop.

The small size and steel frame makes it handy to store in my overcrowded truck.

I do have a big saw in the shop---Bigger =safer However,That is one fine saw.---Mike---
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I've had the Dewalt for 10 yrs or so. It's a great saw and I love the fence.
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One thought,Jim----You are new to table saws-----Make or buy some pushers--Keep your fingers safe

always keep one within reach-----Have fun with your new saw----A table saw is a the best addition to your tool collection----Mike---

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I make my own using scrap wood and a band saw--I like the 'push shoe' type.

They not only push the wood but also hold it down---the little push stick type allow the wood to flip up and are very foolish to use.--M--
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Thanks Mike. Definately will be using a push shoe. My saw is due to arrive on Wed. from Amazon. 343+ tax opposed to Lowes 369.
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My money is on the Bosch GTS1031. Much more accurate and a lot of features the DeWalt does not have. A bit more in price, but well worth the investment. I don't have enough posts for a link, but go to youtube and search Bosch GTS1031 Portable Table Saw. It is my next buy. I have it's bigger brother and love it!
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Rob,I've see pictures of that saw---looks like a fine tool----In the mean time the DeWalt still is a favorite.
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Rob,I've see pictures of that saw---looks like a fine tool----In the mean time the DeWalt still is a favorite.
Even though the DeWalt can't fit a dado blade on it? Is not as portable? Lower RPM? I think looking is one thing, if you tried it Bosch would be your new favorite. IMO.
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That Bosch is at least in the ballpark pricewise, 406 on Amazon compared to the 343 I paid for my DeWalt. It arrived today but is still in the box. I like the rack and pinion fence on the DeWalt.

A dado blade would be nice but I think I can make do with a regular blade for the limited joints I'll be cutting. It took some convincing to get my wife to go for the 343 price when she sees a Skil table saw for sale at Lowes for 139.

In the definition of irony, I now have a coworker who is moving to Louisiana and has a Makita saw that she is selling for 150. I don't really know which model. I will look at when I go Saturday if she stil has it. If I hadn't already bought the DeWalt, I would have looked at it today. I had been looking for a quality used table saw for over a year now. But I guess a used saw is kind of a crap shoot anyway.
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I'm shocked that you can't run a stack dado set on this saw. You can with the previous version (which is what I own). This saw is a like a drill that won't drive screws.
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Hell.I got a shaper head into the DeWalt---It will take stacked dadoes I should think,

I never tried that---Worth investigating-----Mike------
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I had the Makita and my nephew (who worked for me) had a Dewalt saw we used on the job. The Makita was a stronger saw but I liked the Dewalt best because of the fence. The Makita was about a $100 or so higher back then. I always hated a saw that would bog down when I was cutting heavy materials and the Makita didn't bog, well the Dewalt didn't bog easy but just wasn't as strong as the Makita. I still have my Unisaw in the shop but it was not handy when we were out on the job.

Jim you will like either saw but IMO you will like the Dewalt best if they are still built like they were back a few years. I never did try the PC so I can't say anything about that one.

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