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Opinions on table saws?

Discussion in 'Tilted Gear' started by Stan, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. Stan

    Stan Resident Dumbass Donor

    Opinions on table saws? My 10+ year old Ryobi is dying. I've put in 4 hardwood floors, 2 tongue and groove planked ceilings, and a deck with it. It's had a good life; but every adjustment screw is worn/stripped and proprietary. Also, the plastic base is starting to crack. It's fixable; but would cost more than the saw.

    I want the smaller, portable type. It spends most of it's life on top of a basement shelf. I'm liking the Bosch and Dewalt. I prefer the ergonomics of the Bosch and the fact that it's all metal; but it's a bit heavy and I'm not getting any younger. The Dewalt has some plastic; but it doesn't appear to be load bearing, just "keep yer fingers out of there" kind of stuff. It has a few funky (to me) adjustments; but likely stuff I'll never use. It's a good 5# lighter.

    Any others I ought to look at? Given the lifespan of the Ryobi, this will probably out live me.
  2. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

    My only thought is be careful with your fingers around saws.
    Have fun!
  3. Lindy

    Lindy Very Tilted Donor

    I saw a nice older Craftsman (from the 1960s, when they made really good stuff) at an estate sale a couple of months ago, went for $200. No way was it small or portable though, with its iron casting table and it sat on its own dedicated stand.

    If you get something heavy (like the Bosch) perhaps you could turn it into a storage shelf instead of hefting it up onto one.;)