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I don't have either of these saws. I started out with a Skil 3400 portable saw which could use 10 inch blades. It was an okay saw but did not have 3/4 x 3/8 miter slots and the miter gauge was not very good. You can get around that by building a sled, but I noticed after a fair amount of use, the blade slot in the sled was wider than the teeth on the blade. This was probably due to the direct drive motor. I don't know what benefits a worm drive is, but I think it would be a far more accurate saw than the one I had. You might take a look at the throat plate on both saws to see how easy it would be to make a zero clearance insert which will give you cleaner cuts. I see the Skil saw gives you the ability to make a 25 inch wide cut. I know you are cramped for space, but you might think about what Steve says above and consider getting a used saw with a belt drive motor and putting it on a mobile base to shove it out of the way when needed. It's likely to be much more stable.
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I'd search for a used saw with a 10 inch blade, 3/4 miter slots, and a really good fence. Take a little time to look it over if local, if it's beat to death, filled with sawdust, tweaked in some way, skip it. If you can find a Bosch 4100, it's a really good saw for your uses, but if you can use a little credit to get it, treat yourself to a new one in perfect condition. The table saw is the heart of all workshops, so spending a little more on it makes a lot of sense. What's that saying? Buy in haste, repent at leisure." BTW, today on Amazon, the 4100 is only $409! Not much of a stretch for what many Forum members consider the best entry level saw. The 4100 RT is only $380.
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I see old Rockwell Beaver saws for sale fairly regular and they were a pretty good saw. A buddy wanted to upgrade from his to something bigger and more modern and I wanted to gift my old Craftsman to my inlaws so they would leave my Unisaw alone. He sold it to me for $100. They had a decent fence on them but I already had a good aftermarket one I switched it with. You can find them on Craig's list or marketplace web sites anywhere from about $100 to $300. They were fairly solid cast iron which has and will hold up much better than the aluminum ones like what you're looking at.
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Adam I would agree with Chuck and Steve; I would look for a used table saw. There are great buys out there. These older table saws will be a great value and in my opinion a huge step up from the saws you are looking at. You can remove surface rust but watch out for pitting. Make sure the fence is solid--does not move. Check the arbor (blade is straight) and that all the pieces are there and work. You will be much happier in the end. Good luck!
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Well I bought one today based on your recommendations! I couldn't find anything used in my area so I picked up a Bosch 4100-10 for under $390 new!
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Well I bought one today based on your recommendations! I couldn't find anything used in my area so I picked up a Bosch 4100-10 for under $390 new!
you will love that saw...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Well I bought one today based on your recommendations! I couldn't find anything used in my area so I picked up a Bosch 4100-10 for under $390 new!

You will love that saw...it does the job...see my thread for initial observations... https://www.routerforums.com/tool-re...-unboxing.html
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Happy you made that choice. That saw with the folding stand (no thanks on that stand) used to go for close to $600. A friend of mine had one that he built a special table for. The saw sits down into a U shaped table and then he micro adjusted the height of the saw to the exact height of the table. Gave him a larger surface to work on. He used it to rebuild his sailboat. Let us know how you like it. New tools are great fun, aren't they.

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Well I bought one today based on your recommendations! I couldn't find anything used in my area so I picked up a Bosch 4100-10 for under $390 new!
all those projects I've posted were done using a 4100...
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You are not going to regret it, I have one for my 2nd go to saw in the shop. The blade that comes with it is not too shabby. I used it until it was getting dull and had it sharpened at the saw shop and it is even smoother cutting now.
Depending on all the accessories that came on it, I bought them all, but the LH extension. and rear extension are the most useful. Infact I bought another rear extension and put it on my Craftsman.
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