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Table saw that won't break the bank?
Nov 29th, 2012 at 5:13pm
 
Hey guys, can you advise me on what to look for in a table saw?  I'd like to get one for my husband for Christmas, but I'm overwhelmed at the size and cost of a lot of the options out there.  He would most likely use it for medium to large projects around the house (bookcases, etc), so it's not going to get constant heavy use, but it will be doing something bigger than cutting segments for turning.  What would you be looking for in this situation with a budget of around $500?
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Reply #1 - Nov 29th, 2012 at 6:01pm
 
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Reply #2 - Nov 29th, 2012 at 8:47pm
 
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This is a great saw for the price.  I don't one one but my friend does and I use it all the time. smiley=dankk2.gif
Nice price and great quality.
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Reply #3 - Nov 29th, 2012 at 8:56pm
 
They are the same saw with different colors.
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Reply #4 - Nov 29th, 2012 at 9:00pm
 
Jim, 
I did not know that.   I do know that for the price it is a really nice of equipment for the price.

Thanks.  smiley=dankk2.gif smiley=beer.gif
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Reply #5 - Nov 30th, 2012 at 7:07am
 
I bought that very same Rigid... and I have to agree with Len, it is one heck of a saw. Setup is really a two-person job, but right out of the box everything was adjusted properly. I admit I did put a better blade on it before I ever plugged it in the first time, but the cuts are impressively smooth... no saw marks, no burn marks -- it looked like I had just run the edge through a jointer! (Oh, you probably will want a strong third person when you get it put together and are ready to turn it upright. It is a really solid tool.)
























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Reply #6 - Nov 30th, 2012 at 10:28am
 
Carrie I'll echo everyone else comments about the Rigid, its one heck of a saw!
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Reply #7 - Nov 30th, 2012 at 10:30am
 
You guys are awesome.  Thank you SO much!!
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Reply #8 - Nov 30th, 2012 at 1:27pm
 
I have this saw

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and have been real happy with it. I've taken it out to my sister's to work on her house and it is very portable, yet the most accurate saw I have ever had (which isn't saying much).
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Reply #9 - Nov 30th, 2012 at 2:23pm
 
The Bosch that Tony linked to is the one I own. Really good saw. It is not a $3000.00 cabinet saw, but still a good saw.

I chose it over a stationary saw in the same price range for the portability. It is nice to be able to fold the saw up and roll it off to one side in my little shop.

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Reply #10 - Nov 30th, 2012 at 6:00pm
 
I've got a Makita 6703 on the Bosch Gravity Rise stand.  So far other than the day it tried to eat my thumb, I've been mostly happy with it. The miter gauge is less than stellar, and is non-standard so you can't really replace it with something better - something to watch for when shopping.

I LOVE the Bosch stand;  Went with a contractor saw on the stand because I simply do not have the room for a cabinet saw in my garage and I can fold it up and stick it in the corner next to the engine hoist when I'm not using it.
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Reply #11 - Dec 1st, 2012 at 7:48am
 
Once upon a time Sears table saws didn't have standard miter slots. Something I would check if you think you may want some standard accessories down the road.
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Reply #12 - Dec 1st, 2012 at 11:08am
 
I did some shopping around and the Rigid table saw was on sale for $500 + tax at my local home depot ($70 cheaper than Sears), so I went with that one.  There were only 2 in stock in the entire metro area so I went ahead and bought it, so my husband already knows the surprise (no way I was going to get that thing home by myself).

He's thrilled!
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Reply #13 - Dec 1st, 2012 at 8:17pm
 
You will be thrilled.
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Reply #14 - Dec 2nd, 2012 at 1:27am
 
you know the rules:

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