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I like your ideas, Tom. A new table saw is in my immediate future, and I hadn't thought of that approach.
@Ches snut Exciting getting a new table saw. That's when my work started turning out well. I know there are all kinds of recommendations about best saw, but do check out the Laguna Fusion 10 inch. Really great constructionh, heavy trunions and flat table (made in Taiwan, but mfgr. must age cast iron for 6 months before flattening). And you can convert it later to 220. You can get either a 30 inch or 52 inch unit (about $100 difference). Great customer service should you need it. I think among premium saws, it stands above anything up to double its price, and once in awhile you can get it for 10 percent off. I think a lot of people overlook this superb saw.

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Just my 2 cents regarding anyone buying a table saw .
I find it to be a real pita getting a good cut when I'm by myself and I'm trying to cut large sheets with a wide cut like 48"s.
Now if I would have taken the time to build a temporary infield table , I think I might have a different opinion of using 52" fences .
But after learning about Track Saws from the members here , I would have purchased a TS with a 36" fence instead of a 52" . I'm getting much better cuts when I break down sheet goods with my track saw , and I can adjust the track to acquire a right angle if necessary.
The large fence on my TS takes a lot of real estate too .
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@chessnut2 Hi, I have the 36 inch fence model and it is more than sufficient. The 52 inch was just too long to fit comfortably in my shop. I use a folding roller stand for infeed on large or long pieces, and have about a 30 inch outfeed table so work never overhangs the end out of balance. I also placed the saw so I have about 9 ft of space on the back side of the cutting edge so I can fit in an 8 ft piece. I don't have a track saw, but have a nice jig for breaking down sheet goods, usually while it's still on my truck. I just have no interest in hauling around a 4x8 sheet of ply. That's a recipe for a bad back.

I use a tape to measure my breakdown cuts, but I generally make them a little oversized and do the final trim on a table saw. But I am thinking of making a 60 inch slider with a lock nut on a block so I can line up exact widths using the stick to mark and align the zero clearance edge of the straight edge jig with the marks. Using the factory edge means this cut would then be exactly what I want. I use an 18v Dewalt 6.5 inch saw for these cuts, which has a very narrow kerf. Light, no cord to fuss with (or cut), and sufficient power to do the job. Tape the good side (down) and there's very little chip out.

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