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Old 10-18-2018, 09:32 AM   #1
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Cheap table saw vs A circular saw


I have a really nice miter saw, that I use a lot along with a makita circular saw... I purchased a cheapo ryobi table which was a mistake.

I still make better rip cuts with my makita circular saw. I use my speed square and a clamp to make small cuts and for big plywood rips or larger items I use a long level, use my framing square to offset it by 1-1/2Ē and than clamp each side...

I really want a nice table saw because of obvious reasons but right now I can only afford a ridgid or dewalt 24Ē from Home Depot... even that is still a bit pricey for me...

Should I continue to use my circular saw setup until I can afford a really nice cabinet grade table saw... or should I make the dive and purchase a $400-$500 dewalt/ridgid table saw....

I can probably use that extra money on a planer and jointer or a lot of other tools....

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Re: Cheap table saw vs A circular saw


I've always heard told that a table saw is one of the first tools a guy should buy.

I have the Ridgid contractor table saw and I love it. It's not nearly as nice as a cabinet saw, but if you need to rip something to width there's no way I can do that with a circular saw.

It's a little tough to rip a full sheet of plywood by myself on it. So I still use my circular saw for that type of thing. Heck last time I had my Dad helping me and it was still easier to use the circular saw for those full length rips.

But if you need a 2-5/8" width board???
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Another Option: RAS


As an alternative look for a used radial arm saw.

Folks are scared of them which means you can often find really good quality at very reasonable prices.

I have a 1940's era DeWalt that my Grandfather bought new back in the day. It makes cabinet quality cuts.

I too have a circular saw (Makita) and a miter saw (Hitachi)... with these 3 you can tackle most projects.
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@HenryMac , you read my mind, The fence is moveable so you can rip plywood down the middle.
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:06 AM   #5
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Re: Cheap table saw vs A circular saw


Check out this saw:
This is the best buy I have seen yet for a job site saw. I had one of these and gave over $500 for it, it will beat a craftsman and will not bog down, of all these saw I would go with this one:

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/wat/t...718568797.html


I am not a fan of Craftsman but it would be better than what you have now.
https://nwga.craigslist.org/tls/d/se...688112394.html

This one is a better saw but now where as good as the Makita:
https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/t...726380076.html

A little higher but better yet:
https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/t...700431140.html

Not as good but still a fairly good saw:
https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/t...726085760.html

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/t...718092948.html

This looks pretty good, if I could sell my Unisaw, I would be looking at this one.
https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/t...718987555.html

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/t...723844699.html

Any way, there are tons of saws around you, many more if you want to look in North GA Craigslist.
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Thanks for all the advice!! Iím looking into everything now!
@HenryMac I too have the hitachi miter that I like a lot. Iíll look into that radial arm saw


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If I were in your shoes I'd be looking for a pre-owned Rockwell or Delta Mod. 10 contractor saw for about $200-$250 price range. In the meantime, while looking, make yourself 3 saw guides for your Makita. A 8 ft., 4 ft. and a 12 inch. You'll wish you made the guides a long time ago.
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Thank you, yes Iím already looking into doing some guides lol. Better make them now when I need them.

Also if anyone is wondering how I make big rips with a circular saw... I do all my work with my girlfriend so I always have a helper. I can see why people are wondering how I cut ply with a circular saw




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ripping little stuff with a skill saw is tricky, I have drilled hole in the table and screwed a 2x2 fence under it. I did that to remove a corner out of a 1 1/2" turned spindle one time.


If you lived closer I would make you a deal, I have a garage full of tools that have been sitting for 15 years.
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Your girlfriend will love you to death when all her job consists of is to put the guide edge on the pencil mark when using the long guide and possibly clamp it with a Quick Grip clamp.
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ripping little stuff with a skill saw is tricky, I have drilled hole in the table and screwed a 2x2 fence under it. I did that to remove a corner out of a 1 1/2" turned spindle one time.


If you lived closer I would make you a deal, I have a garage full of tools that have been sitting for 15 years.


Yes the small stuff is tricky... I did the exact same thing. I have all sorts of jigs/rigs I built to get me by. It all gets the job done but can get a bit time consuming.

Iím 28 and still a hobbyist. For the first time in my life Iíve built a collection of quality tools thatís Iím very happy and proud of... I just never thought woodworking was something I was ever interested in until I built my first set of cabinets...

Things Iím missing...

Planer
Jointer
Bisquit joiner
Router table
Table saw
@SeniorSitizen haha I think she wants that table saw more than I do!


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Yes the small stuff is tricky... I did the exact same thing. I have all sorts of jigs/rigs I built to get me by. It all gets the job done but can get a bit time consuming.

Iím 28 and still a hobbyist. For the first time in my life Iíve built a collection of quality tools thatís Iím very happy and proud of... I just never thought woodworking was something I was ever interested in until I built my first set of cabinets...

Things Iím missing...

Planer
Jointer
Bisquit joiner
Router table
Table saw
@SeniorSitizen haha I think she wants that table saw more than I do!


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don't forget the sanders.
Build your own router table
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Since we are on the topic of ripping sheets. I also have the 10" Ridgid job site portable, probably 5+ years now. Fantastic saw. If I am ripping sheets down the middle or close to center I can run them thru my self by feeding in the first half, letting it set there while I walk around to the back and pull thru the last half. I just pull them right off the back and let them hit the ground evenly. Obviously not making cabinet panels, but works fine for most sheathing jobs.
Another way I rip sheets, (I have 5 or 6 sets of saw horses) is to toss the sheet on the grass, if available. Set the blade about 1/2" to the underside of the sheet and cut. It's just fast and convenient. No setting up the horses, or holding the cut pcs, the entire sheet is supported evenly. The grass lifts the panel up enough to stay out of dirt.
I have never wasted blade doing this. But again these are quick and dirty chalk line cuts on sheathing, not cabinet panels.
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don't forget the sanders.
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Check... finish and variable speed orbital sander. Both makita. Canít go back to block sanding ever again. Never thought I could turn wood into glass


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Check... finish and variable speed orbital sander. Both makita. Canít go back to block sanding ever again. Never thought I could turn wood into glass


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That's just for finishing at one time I had about 20 sanders, all did different jobs.
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