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nahtanojc
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Table saw recommendations?

Looking to upgrade my current saw- a Ridgid job site saw on a rolling stand. (Can’t remember the exact model #, but it’s been workable for the last several years)

But the blade has been needing constant adjustment and the fence needs an upgrade… I figure I could sink $3-500 into a $500 saw or just get a better saw altogether.

Trying to budget around $2500 all in… I feel at that price point I can get something that will work for at least the next 5 years or until I purchase another house with a dedicated shop.

In Florida visiting family and plan to hit up Rockler and Woodcraft tomorrow to see what they have on the floor; will take a trip out to PMC in Hammond once I’m back in LA.

Besides Saw Stop, Grizzly, Jet, Delta… any other brands I should be looking into?



gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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You mentioned Grizzly and I have a friend, now deceased, who ran his shop almost entirely on Grizzly shop tools and swore by them.

For $2500, you can get quite an upgrade over that portable saw. For that price range, you're looking at a 3 HP. 220 unit if you want it.



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bbvdd
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Besides Saw Stop, Grizzly, Jet, Delta


Out of those it’s saw stop hands down.

Another to add to your list is Powermatic but even the. It’s still saw stop.

I have an old Delta Unisaw. It’s a great saw that I’ve had for a long time. However, I haven’t had I power to run it in my house since we moved here (going on 12 years now)


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dlmast87
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Have you looked at Harvey or Laguna? I don't own them since I'm going Sawstop but Shop Nation on youtube does a good review on Laguna. There are some good reviews for Harvey's too


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Jon A thon
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Sawstop and don't look back. I got a used 3hp Professional for 2400. Was using a jobsite saw before and it will take your woodworking to another level. Speed, accuracy, ease of use is yop notch. I have a few Grizzly tools (bandsaw and jointer). I would personally go Sawstop or Powermatic with Sawstop getting the edge due to the safety feature. Grizzly has been great for the price, but some of the parts are on the cheap end.
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CrawDude
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Fine Woodworking Magazine Annual Tool Review issue always rates the SawStop table saw as the Editors Choice “Best Overall” table saw, with a very slight edge over Powermatic b/c of the SawStop safety feature. Grizzly table saw usually rates as Editors Choice “Best Value”. Many good options out there though.


Tbooux
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You can’t go wrong with grizzly in that range. All large equipment in my shop is grizzly, you can get better quality but will cost at least 50% more for 10-20% better quality in my opinion. Know plenty of professional shops that use grizzly in fact my shaper came from cabinet shop that owner passed away.

That being said I’m planning to upgrade to sawstop due to wanting larger motor and the safety feature next month. Haven’t decided if I’m going to keep my grizzly for dedicated dado or sell. It’s a 2hp model if interested <— at gmail and will let u know once I decide.


Stateguy
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no comment on what is best but if you decide quickly, the grizzlys are on sale thru tomorrow with annual year end sale


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AndyCBR
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If you're shopping in that price range a Sawstop hands down.



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LSU alum wannabe
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$2500 bucks. Throw a dart at a wall with each logo. I really do t think you can go wrong.

I’d be terrified of a 3HP saw. There is kickback and then there is being impaled with the square end of a 4x4.


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ChEgrad
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I’d be terrified of a 3HP saw. There is kickback and then there is being impaled with the square end of a 4x4.


A 1.75 hp saw will hurt you also - blade still spinning at 3600 rpm and will throw a board back at you if you use bad technique. 3 hp might even be safer as it can power through some cuts the less powerful saw would struggle with.

That said, in my experience the most important part of the saw is the rip fence. A contractor saw with a great rip fence will be better than a 3-hp cabinet saw with a poor rip fence.

I would recommend a saw stop contractor model with a good fence if you buy new. If used is an option, then find a 3-hp cabinet saw and upgrade the fence if necessary. Will need 220V if going 3 hp.


bbvdd
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My Unisaw is a 3hp saw. Never had it throw anything.


DVA Tailgater
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IMO, there is no table saw option other than Saw Stop. The safety feature is priceless.

If I had not inherited my father-in-law's Delta table saw, I would buy one, no question.


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ChEgrad
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One other important thing - and I don’t know if all new saws come with them standard, but the saw should have a riving knife that travels up and down with the blade. Very important. My old Unisaw does not have this feature and I wish it did.
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nahtanojc
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2006
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Ended up getting sidelined with the ‘rona during our trip, so wasn’t able to go check out any of the shops in Orlando. Looks like I’ll head over to PMC once I’m over this and take a long hard look at the saw stops.

In the meantime I’ll just have to keep watching YouTube reviews. Lol



Clames
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I’d be terrified of a 3HP saw. There is kickback and then there is being impaled with the square end of a 4x4.



Think it would be less likely, more torque to avoid binding.


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DVA Tailgater
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In the meantime I’ll just have to keep watching YouTube reviews. Lol


Look no further than this video by Jonathan Katz-Moses:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYLAi4jwXcs


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TigerFanatic99
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I know Sawstop is almost a meme at this point, but it's really that good.


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SurfOrYak
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Member since Jul 2015
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You get the Saw Stop for obvious reasons. But it’s dust collection is also better than most. And go with the 3HP cabinet saw. You’ll never regret the expense, and it will keep resale better as well.


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nahtanojc
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2006
949 posts

Update:

It’s crazy… I work in surgery and see countless injuries from saws, routers, etc. and I’ve been telling myself for years now that when it came time to get a new saw, it would be a Sawstop.

But then that day finally arrived and I was sitting here talking myself into other saws instead of the Sawstop in order to save $

I liked the Harvey Alpha and their 3hp with overhead dust collection and in-line router table was just over budget, whereas the comparable Sawstop PCS 3hp was over $2k over budget! Yikes!

I looked at the cheaper job site Sawstop, but my wife and I agreed I wouldn’t be happy and would be looking to upgrade in a short while.
The contractor could work, but I didn’t like the motor hanging off the back; my shed is small and the footprint is pretty big compared to the PCS.

Therefore I decided on the PCS 1.75hp. I might decide later that I need the 3hp, but for now the 1.75 will be better than what I have!

Headed to pick her up tomorrow!


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