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I'm in the market for a new table saw. A piece in the height adjustment on my old Craftsman broke and they no longer make it.

In my price range ($500-$800) it appears the two top contenders are Delta or Rigid. Does anyone have experience with either of these, or know of another brand I may have overlooked.


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Grizzly is another possibility - all depending on your particular needs.

https://www.grizzly.com/search...ce:%5b*+TO+749.99%5d)


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Imo, unless you are a contractor, heavier is better than lighter and belt drive is better than direct drive.

I use a 1946 Craftsman and it is far superior to the direct drive saw it replaced. I'd check local ads for an old one.



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I have a rigid. It is okay. Wouldn't recommend it beyond rough carpentry.
 
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The standard to measure by is the Delta Unisaw. You can find them used in your price range. They come in 1 1/2 hp and 3 hp. The 3 will need a 220 single phase line (like an electric dryer). 3 is better than 1 1/2.
 
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I bought a Bosch table saw about 7 years ago. Portable unit with two wheels and a 10" blade. It was around $600 at the time. It has served me very well with intermittent heavy use.
 
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I bought one of these last fall. I can't say enough good things about it. Dust collection is amazing. I never imagined using a table saw in my basement without making a huge mess. The stand is well worth it too. Very easy to use and even get up and down stairs.

The features were beyond most saws. My only wish was if they made a spot for blade storage.

https://www.dewalt.com/product...ling-stand/dwe7491rs




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I had a 3 hp rockwell unisaw in my cabinet shop for 15 years of daily use and never changed a belt, also Powermatic 66 green line are excellent saws. I now have a cnc altendorf but it cost 32K little more then your budget.
 
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I have a 1940s Delta Unisaw with a Biesemeyer fence running on 220, and it is an absolute tank. I love it.
 
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I had a Grizzly table saw once, a POS. Everything got sloppy REAL QUICK. Unisaw is excellent, but I would buy used for your budget.

Powermatic saws used to be good, but are now made in China. Sooo tired of Chinese stuff everywhere, manufacturers selling out their loyal workers to save a few bucks.


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The standard to measure by is the Delta Unisaw. You can find them used in your price range. They come in 1 1/2 hp and 3 hp. The 3 will need a 220 single phase line (like an electric dryer). 3 is better than 1 1/2.
Yep, if you can find a well maintained older version, it would likely suit your needs well. I have a JET saw, but unless you found a used one, it would be outside your price range.


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Watch it on the power of the motor. The very strong saws can throw a 4x8 piece of plywood across the shop if you are not careful. I would go for 2 hp, personally.


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I was able to find a really nice used Delta.

If I have the option to replace it someday then a https://www.sawstop.com/ would my choice. I've seen them demonstrated by the sales rep. They are the safest on the market bar none.


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If I have the option to replace it someday then a https://www.sawstop.com/ would my choice. I've seen them demonstrated by the sales rep. They are the safest on the market bar none.
Sawstop is a great product. That said, 'if' you get a finger in the blade, the cost to return that saw to duty again is going to be expensive. Sawstop or not, your best protection from injury is strictly adhering to best practices when using the saw.


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You could not give me a saw with the "saw stop" safety installed and as someone stated it is Not cheap to re-activate the saw to working status. the best safety option is the "operator headspace". To many people would use it as a excuse to do unsafe practices. Over 35 yrs as a cabinet maker and used all sizes from the small portable table top size to large sliding top saws capable of 4x8 plywood sheets one handed control. ..................... drill sgt.
 
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The standard to measure by is the Delta Unisaw.

Back when they were still made, you would have had about an equal split of opinion over the Unisaw and the Powermatic 72. I always used a Unisaw, with a 3 phase motor (in a commercial millwork shop). We had 3 of them, and I used them daily, along with Powermatic jointers and shapers, my 3 most used stationary machines.
 
I don't know what Powermatic is producing these days in table saws, but if you are looking at Unisaws, you might also give Powermatic a peek.



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If you are talking the saw to a jobisite, I would go with the Dewalt.

The yellow ones are seem by a large margin on the jobsites I have been around.

At a stationary shop one of the older heavier table saws would be best.

Cabitnet shops are not my expertise so I would ask cabinet shops what they are using.
 
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You could not give me a saw with the "saw stop" safety installed and as someone stated it is Not cheap to re-activate the saw to working status. the best safety option is the "operator headspace". To many people would use it as a excuse to do unsafe practices. Over 35 yrs as a cabinet maker and used all sizes from the small portable table top size to large sliding top saws capable of 4x8 plywood sheets one handed control. ..................... drill sgt.


How are these two mutually exclusive?

The way I see it, it's cheaper than reattaching a finger.


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Buy an older used saw that has good aftermarket parts available.
Any of the new ones will be Chicom crap or at least full of Chicom parts to meet that price point.
 
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I bought a Sawstop cabinet saw because it's a great saw, the safety feature was just a bonus. If it ever activates the cost of a blade and a new brake are nothing to the value I place on my fingers.

If you want to stretch the budget the Sawstop portable is said to be a good saw and the Dewalt has been regarded as a good saw.
 
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