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I'm in the market for a saw, has to be a bench top and/or contractor type because of limited space in my garage. What do you recommend???
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Any of the brand name 10" belt driven contractors saws will serve the home shop well. I like Delta for price and quality, but there are several good saws out there. Unless you are doing only very small projects (boxes, toys, ect.), you will not be happy with a bench top saw. Although the direct drive table saws are more compact, stay away, trust me, I know. Both the bench top and direct drive saws are not beefy enough in the trunion. A little too fast feed will cause the blade to ride up causing a very slight out of square cut. This can be solved with a very slow feed, but spending a few dollars more now will lessen a lot a headaches later.
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DO NOT look at the Harbor Freight and cheap Delta TS 200** saws. Plastic case and all. They sell for $150. I bought a used one for $40, cleaned it up and sold it the next day for $60. Wasn't worth the $40.

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Hi greg

I have the 2nd. link below,I was lucky and I got it for a 110.oo on sale.it's a great saw for the price and very portable ,63lbs.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...able+table+saw

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...able+table+saw

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I've been using an 8" Makita since the late 80s when my 10" Craftsman died and a 10" Mak since 02 I think. The 8" is getting old and beginning to complain when it starts up, I probably shouldn't have used it for tile cutting.

The 10" is light enough to muscle around and heavy enough to remain stable and produce reliable and reproducible cuts. Both are direct drives an the newer Maks don't look bad either.

Belt drive cont. saws much heavier more expensive really belong in the shop unless you have a couple of young bulls working for you.

Bench tops lighter less expensive great for rough carpentry, (framing)
Belt driven Cont Saws more expensive heavier and produce a better overall cut over a longer period if they're maintained well.

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I am still using a makita 8" I've had for 20 years with no problems. I also use the Rousseau table and guide and a seperate drop table from Rousseau. The saw just sets into the table whene you need a bigger surface or leave it on the bench for a smaller foot print.

Definatly not a cabinet saw but I get what I need out of it. I put a sacrificial fence on the makita fence that came with it and as long as you take a little extra time with set up it gets the job done.

One big ishue that came up is look at the insert and how hard it is going to be to build a 0 clearance insert for it. One of the guys had one that had almost no support for a plastic insert and the suppots where only down 1/8" so can't get it to hold plastic, to thin. Not shure which brand it was orange and grey I think.

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hi BJ,
Does the saw take dado blades? I went on the sears site and couldn't find out any info about dado's.

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Hi greg

Yes, it will take on the dado blades, in the snapshot you will see a pocket hole for the dado blades (in the sub.fence) I did made my own table plate for the blades.. out of some white 1/4" thick plastic..


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Does the saw take dado blades? I went on the sears site and couldn't find out any info about dado's.

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Thanks Bobj3,
I don't like the idea of the dust bag, I read reviews where people thought it was junk. Whats your opinion and can I use a shop vac instead? I have an opportunity to mabye buy one slightly used for $125.

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