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Old 07-19-2018, 09:57 AM   #1
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I'm wondering what price/quality I'd be looking at for an adequate table saw for ripping boards?

It will just be for my personal use to finish this deck. Was thinking they were in the thousands, but looking online doesn't seem that's the case.

Thought I'd better run this by you guys! Thanks in advance!

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Honestly, for a homeowner and your use, look at Royabi's saws. They are terrific for HO use.


(My son in building his home, finally "destroyed" an old belt driven Craftsman of mine.

So he borrowed a friends Royabi, and that thing did great.... from framing lumber, to garden timbers, to hardy cement sideing. I was really surprized. Yes, it is getting on it's last legs now.... but it did great, and is still in use)
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Honestly, for a homeowner and your use, look at Royabi's saws. They are terrific for HO use.


(My son in building his home, finally "destroyed" an old belt driven Craftsman of mine.

So he borrowed a friends Royabi, and that thing did great.... from framing lumber, to garden timbers, to hardy cement sideing. I was really surprized. Yes, it is getting on it's last legs now.... but it did great, and is still in use)
Yup, can't beat a loaner deal. Wonder what it cost, or if it's ok to buy them used on Craigs list or somewhere like that.
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I have built a few hundred decks never needed a table saw.
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I have built a few hundred decks never needed a table saw.
Doesn't matter....... Decks are a great excuse to buy all sorts of tools... table saws/miters/cement mixers/drills/hammer drills/routers/planers...etc.

About the only thing they can't justify is lawn mowers.
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Yup, can't beat a loaner deal. Wonder what it cost, or if it's ok to buy them used on Craigs list or somewhere like that.
Assuming you feel comfortable inspecting a table saw, I have got GREAT deals off Craigs list.... many HO's have gotten a tool for just one specific use, and happy to get it out of their garage.
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Doesn't matter....... Decks are a great excuse to buy all sorts of tools... table saws/miters/cement mixers/drills/hammer drills/routers/planers...etc.

About the only thing they can't justify is lawn mowers.
Fair enough but ripping lumber with a crown is easier with a skill saw.
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Fair enough but ripping lumber with a crown is easier with a skill saw.
I have 14 boards that need a sliver taken off to make my 1.75 overhang. Not something I feel confident to do with a skilsaw, considering these boards cost 22 bux a piece. Are true 2.6's so pretty beefy, with little anomalies thruoughout. My neighbor was helping, but he's had stint #4 put in lately and not up to anything like this. Hated to bother him with it in the first place...so looking for a reasonable solution before the 110 degree weather changes everything up there!
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I have 14 boards that need a sliver taken off to make my 1.75 overhang. Not something I feel confident to do with a skilsaw, considering these boards cost 22 bux a piece. Are true 2.6's so pretty beefy, with little anomalies thruoughout. My neighbor was helping, but he's had stint #4 put in lately and not up to anything like this. Hated to bother him with it in the first place...so looking for a reasonable solution before the 110 degree weather changes everything up there!
Skill saws come with a little fence that slides into the table, with a little practice you get a real nice cut.
After you get good at that, you get tired of that and just pinch the front of the saw table between finger and thumb and let your finger nail run along the board.
But doing that does take practice. I have screwed a block under the table to get a more accurate cut especially if I had lots to do.
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Skill saws come with a little fence that slides into the table, with a little practice you get a real nice cut.
After you get good at that, you get tired of that and just pinch the front of the saw table between finger and thumb and let your finger nail run along the board.
But doing that does take practice. I have screwed a block under the table to get a more accurate cut especially if I had lots to do.
Right..you are making my point
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Right..you are making my point
If you use a table saw, crown the lumber and put the crown to the fence.
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If you use a table saw, crown the lumber and put the crown to the fence.
Not to be totally clueless, but why do you say that?
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Because otherwise, you'll bind the blade on the table saw as the board curvature starts moving the board away from the fence, and if you can "shove it through", you'll end up with a board that is wider on the ends than the middle.

By running the curvature (crown) against the fence, you'll get a more consistent and even board width.
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Not to be totally clueless, but why do you say that?
Again practice with cheap lumber. see post by @F250
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I needed a table saw and ended up going the contractor saw route. It folds up, which is important to me.

I got the Ridgid one, and I've been very pleased with it. I don't know if I could use it to build expensive kitchen cabinets, but I've done some good things with it.
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