Table Saw Comparison Help Needed

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Old 07-07-03, 08:29 PM
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Table Saw Comparison Help Needed

First time homeowner needs a table saw to first finish laying my wood floor - for starters. I have lots of remodeling and rebuilding work ahead but am really tight on money. The Delta Contractor 56-444 10" is $600. to much for my pocketbook. How about a reconditioned Delta 36-560R 10" table saw for $189. Or something else? My level of skill is reading blue prints, instructions and then setting out to accomplish the particular project at hand. I can't afford to pay someone else to do the work and I am not impressed with the level of pride contractors execute jobs with. Thanks
 
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Old 07-08-03, 04:45 AM
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The reconditioned Delta 36-560R 10" table saw would be a good starter saw. Reconditioned may only be an open box item, but it has still been gone over by the mfg. and has a six month warranty.
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Old 07-08-03, 05:42 AM
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Nightsky:

I personally would set my sights a bit higher. The 560R is just an inexpensive bench top saw with an extension and stand.
The 36-600r is a little more money but has a larger top and can rip out to 27" which will allow you to rip a sheet of plywood in half.

<img src="http://www.toolking.com/images/products/smallDL36600R.jpg">

http://www.toolking.com/delta/view.asp?ID=3336
 
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Old 07-10-03, 05:58 PM
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I have the Ryobi BT3000, which has been replaced with the BT3100, and I find it more than adequate as a tablesaw. It is not steel and heavy but it is precise. It sells for around $300.00 at Home Depot. Bill
 
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Old 07-10-03, 06:01 PM
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36-560R vs. 36-600R

It is important to be able to rip a sheet of plywood in half but I barely have enough to buy the Delta 36-560R. Can't I rip a sheet of plywood with the 36-560R? Or what is the most utility for my $170.00 dollars? I know its not much but except for work thats all I have. A bench saw that can help me do the work I have to do is ok. I appreciate your help with this folks.
 
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Old 07-10-03, 07:36 PM
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What is the rip capacity for Makita 2703R

I was looking at related items and was looking at the Makita 2703R but could night find a description of the rip to right capacity not even at makita.com site? What do u think of this bench saw?
 
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Old 07-10-03, 08:06 PM
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The Makita looks very similar to the delta bench saw.
There is little difference in abilities between brands. These saws are meant to be portable and a table that is much larger would be inconvenient to move around.

The deciding factor on the selection of a saw would be finances and what you want to do with it.
You may very well never need the rip capacity and overall table size of a full size saw.
I have the cheapest Skill bench saw I could find as my portable saw and I've cut lots of wood with it.
 
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Old 07-16-03, 03:06 PM
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When I was first time homeowner 3 years ago..

I bought the BT3000 (Ryobi) (upgraded to another saw later). It was a nice light duty "table" saw for very limited table size. With that or any other contractor saw you mentioned you would still have trouble cut up a whole sheet. Now I have a sliding table that gives me 49" crosscut. But I still use my cordless circular saw to cut ply sheet.
If you want to start getting tools based on your project, I would suggest you get a miter saw first for the floor job. And a circular saw with a straight edge will let you cut any ply sheet.
It depends on the scale of your remodeling and rebuilding projects. Do you really need a table saw? Will you be shaping rough lumber to make furnitures? Then you will need planer and jointer as well. For basic remodeling tasks, a miter saw is more useful in my opinion. I installed new floors in our 1912 Craftsman house and loved my DeWalt SCMS DW708. I don't think that I used much my furniture making tools (TS, planer, jointer, BS) for remodeling projects.
checkout the floors I designed and installed for our master bedroom at http:\\www.geocities.com/ct6832
 
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Old 07-18-03, 05:54 PM
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Help buy a table saw

Thanks Ct, I looked at your website. Great work! Don't think my floors will look as great, since I have had trble getting all the boards to fit tightly against one another. At this point I don't care - I just want to finish the floors. I figure I will fillin any spaces later. I just have to finish laying all the boards in my lvgnrm, hallway, and bedroom.
Table Saw- I think I am purchasing a factory refurbished- Porter Cable 3812 portable table saw for $345. Seems that it is the most flexible, acurate, and durable for the money. I decided not to spend $100. -$200. for something that I have to worry about accuracy of cuts, setup, etc.. I am a novice carpenter and I need tools I can easily setup, learn, and use to get my work done. I don't have the work space for a table saw now, hope to build one with the PORTER CABLE BENCH SAW. What do you guys think of Porter Cable Bench Saw 3812?
 
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