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Like anything else, it depends on what you do. If you are making large furniture, or working with a lot of sheet goods, a table saw is worth its weight. If you are making small things, you might be able to get by with a Miter Saw or RAS, bandsaw, and other tools.

I love my saw. It's my 3rd tablesaw, learning what I wanted from each of it's predecessors along the way. Right now I am working with my younger brother to find a saw for him, balancing features and budget. Hopefully something will come along soon. The worst thing would be him to buy a 'cheap' saw, and hate it. He might be able to get by with a RAS, but he has a lot of thin ripping jobs to do and he doesn't think he'll feel comfortable with that.

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As noted above, I would not want to be without my TS, but over the course of most projects it may or may not have much of a role. Similar to other key tools, when you need one you need one. Just remember how to use it CAREFULLY.

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I have a Jet 10" Super saw. It is under powered and has problems with adjusting the blade height. But I have a Incra 52" Fence system which is amazing. Love it. I use the table saw all the time primarily for around the house work. I am still very much learning--but my skills are getting better--much thanks to this forum. I would love to get a Sawstop Professional 3HP 52" with the large sliding table. If only I could convince my wife.
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Like anything else, it depends on what you do. If you are making large furniture, or working with a lot of sheet goods, a table saw is worth its weight. If you are making small things, you might be able to get by with a Miter Saw or RAS, bandsaw, and other tools.

I love my saw. It's my 3rd tablesaw, learning what I wanted from each of it's predecessors along the way. Right now I am working with my younger brother to find a saw for him, balancing features and budget. Hopefully something will come along soon. The worst thing would be him to buy a 'cheap' saw, and hate it. He might be able to get by with a RAS, but he has a lot of thin ripping jobs to do and he doesn't think he'll feel comfortable with that.
The old Rockwell I have was sold to me by a friend for $100. He wanted to upgrade. It it didn't come 220 to him then he converted it. The fence on them was usable but I already had a very good after market fence to put on it. The only real drawbacks on those old Rockwell saws was a fairly mediocre miter gauge and very little table behind the blade, both of which can be fixed. No matter what the saw is I recommend adding an outfeed table and if you need a good miter gauge there are lots of good choices. I see those old Rockwells for sale from time to time and they are usually reasonable. With the after market fence it really isn't that much less of a saw than my Uni and the Rockwell was $2000 cheaper (twenty something years ago price) even counting the fence upgrade.
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I don't have a table saw yet. But I am "allowed" to buy one, and I'm leaning hard toward getting this little fella:
https://www.totaltools.com.au/power-...-saw-dwe7491xe

The fence is connected at both ends, so is the best of what I've seen in this market so far. Most of the others I've seen (Makita, Ryobi etc) only connect at one end and allow a little play by the time you get to the other, which I want nothing to do with.

Also the fence can fold away out of the way if I need to cut sheet goods, and has a small er auxiliary fence also.
The blade seems to be a relatively easy size to source, so replacements/specific blades shouldn't be an issue.

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I have an old el cheapo table saw I bought new many years ago & it served its purpose until I joined the Forum.Since then I've learned some of the finer points of woodworking & now know it's a real LEMON.Every task carried out with it makes life miserable.I thought if I sold my rifles I'd be able to afford a half decent saw but guns in Australia are almost worthless now since new ownership laws came in. So, I purchased a spanking new sliding miter saw with the money from the rifles,but know I still need a table saw. Oh well,Christmas is not far off. Jamesjj777746

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I don't have a table saw yet. But I am "allowed" to buy one, and I'm leaning hard toward getting this little fella:
https://www.totaltools.com.au/power-...-saw-dwe7491xe

Any thoughts folks?
It's hard to give feedback because the tools available are quite different in other parts of the world. This is not my favorite saw, in the USA. Here I would go for the Bosch 4100, but I'm not sure you have it in Oz. However, I think DeWalt has improved this saw since I last looked at it, and DeWalt is going for a hither end place in the tool world.
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Like anything else, it depends on what you do. If you are making large furniture, or working with a lot of sheet goods, a table saw is worth its weight. If you are making small things, you might be able to get by with a Miter Saw or RAS, bandsaw, and other tools.

I love my saw. It's my 3rd tablesaw, learning what I wanted from each of it's predecessors along the way. Right now I am working with my younger brother to find a saw for him, balancing features and budget. Hopefully something will come along soon. The worst thing would be him to buy a 'cheap' saw, and hate it. He might be able to get by with a RAS, but he has a lot of thin ripping jobs to do and he doesn't think he'll feel comfortable with that.
Doug, I find mine was invaluable when I tried building my first shelves and drawers , and I have many more to build once Iím done .
I sure learned a lot here ,as Iíve never had the know how or the confidence to do it in the past .
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Both the router and table saw are undeniably important in any shop. If I had endless mula, I would buy a Grizzly or Saw Stop Cabinet table saw.
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For 1fizgig: Be careful with that ts you're hoping to buy. it should cost about $400 dollars unless it is on sale -then cheaper. I've had this beauty 10" DeWalt jobsite saw for 10 years. But the price stated on your link is WAY too high. Good luck.
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