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post #41 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 11:11 AM
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I just purchased a grizzly,G1023RL and I could not be happier with it. I realize this is a bigger machine than you are investigating but if the quality of the 0771 is similar to the quality of the 1023 you'll be pleased.
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What you buy and how much you spend on a table saw depends on what you plan to use it for, really. For example, I use a Festool track saw/MFT table combo for almost all crosscuts as I've found that I get the best accuracy and precision with this setup. I still own a job site saw for rips as most of my rips aren't long boards and it is easier and more accurate to rip on a table saw. However, between the track saw, table, and job site saw, I have as much or more money sunk into the equipment as it would cost to buy a table saw like you are considering. However, I want the flexibility to be able to move the table saw out of the way in my shop when I need to.

If you want a table saw that is good for essentially all table saw jobs, crosscutting, ripping, dadoing, box joints, etc. then I would get the most substantial saw you can afford. Also consider how good it is rated by users for dust collection, power, and accuracy. Regardless, most saws don't come with the best miter gauges and you may well have to invest in an upgraded after market miter gauge.
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The original post was about what saw to buy. First priority should be to get a good saw. Second priority is to get a safe saw. The answer to both of those priorities is a SawStop. They make contractor and cabinet versions. I have a Powermatic 66 that was made just before the PM2000 came out. I love the saw but if it disappeared for some reason I would get a SawStop cabinet saw.

You can put a price on the saw but your personal safety is priceless. If you cut off your fingers it would be hard to get much use out of your saw after that.

As Ben Franklin said "A stitch in time saves nine". Hopefully you would be lucky if you got stitches and not a total loss of finger(s).

Some of the old timers with stumps instead of fingers would probably advise on the SawStop for a saw purchase.

There is no denying that Bosch, Ridgid and others make good saws but can you make the argument about safety for those saws compared to SawStop.
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First priority should be to get a good saw. Second priority is to get a safe saw.
One could argue that a table saw is only as safe as it's user.

And you can also argue that if it weren't for SawStops legal tactics, all other saws would be much safer. Many people despise Sawstop for that reason.

Over the years, I've seen a lot of forum posts about table saw injuries. With a large portion of those, the user actually reaches into the blade.
Paying attention, and using proper techniques could probably eliminate 90% or more of table saw injuries.

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To pitch onto this matter, Id say that relying on your tool for safety is the worst thing to do. Sawstop came up with an excellent aid for increasing the safety level, but one can argue that it gives the user a sense of false security. On the other hand, a healthy respect for the tool and constant awareness of what it could do to you, is a very powerful deterrent.


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Sawstop saws don't prevent kick-backs either. There are many ways to injure yourself with a table saw if you don't follow good safety rules about their use. Having a Sawstop saw doesn't mean you can't get seriously hurt by using it.

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In 25 years of working in cabinet shops, the worst (only?) table saw injury I've seen was from kickback.
A 3/4"x3/4" piece of maple kicked back and went 3" into someone's stomach.

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Coming late to this party, I'm probably going to cause a furor...

I have a DeWalt DWE7490X (a real contractor/jobsite saw, almost portable) with a stand, and put it on a rolling base. I got it when I had a tiny shop, but even in my much larger shop I'd rather not take up all the space with a cabinet saw. It is very accurate (contrary to what others might have experienced), has a good fence, can handle stacked dado blades, and has standard arbor and miter slots (Charley's criteria). It may not be able to handle full sheets of plywood, but I'm not a cabinet builder but a toy maker. When I need a full sheet cut, I get it done at the big box store so my saw doesn't need to handle those sizes. It was not too expensive and had served me well.

One year of experience repeated 10 times is not 10 years of experience.
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