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I'm thinking of buying a table saw ie: Makita MLT100. Has anyone had first hand experience with this model or are familiar with it and can give pros and cons.
Also would welcome other brands with pros and cons.
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Big question is what are you going to be using it for, personally prefer the cabinet saw type but as I say, dependent upon proposed usage.

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I would reccommend buying the stand to go with it, easier to move around, fold and storage helps if space is a issue

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I have a tough time recommending any jobsite/bench top table saw. These are simply not made to the same tolerances as a saw with a cast iron top and steal body. These saws are light weight and as a result are prone to fall out of alignment easily. Also, moderate to heavy use, these saws were only intended to last 5 or so years. It would be worth your while to look at the higher end models of table saws, as in the long-term they will save you money.
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I have a tough time recommending any jobsite/bench top table saw. These are simply not made to the same tolerances as a saw with a cast iron top and steal body. These saws are light weight and as a result are prone to fall out of alignment easily. Also, moderate to heavy use, these saws were only intended to last 5 or so years. It would be worth your while to look at the higher end models of table saws, as in the long-term they will save you money.
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I would agree with Mike on this.

if you can afford and have the space, I would go for a "contractor" type saw at the minimum.

Carba-Tec 10" Contractors Saw : CARBA-TEC

I started with the Triton MkIII and had 2 GMC bench top saws. They are just too small when you start to get serious......

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Thanks James, will go have a serious look at it
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If the sorry excuse for a TS that I am using now died completely tomorrow and I had to source out another one, the first thing I would make sure of in candidates, is well made gearing on the part of the saw used to raise and lower the blade. While there are a lot of other things to look at to pick the right machine for your uses, substandard auxiliary mechanics are my pet peeve at the moment.

I bring that up with an emphasis on durability. Plastic or pot-metal gears wear out, making it a challenge to raise and lower the blade. In my case, one pair of vice grips and one pair of channel locks are needed...

I know nothing about how the 'hidden parts' of the model you mentioned are put together, so I want to be clear that I am not accusing it of being a bad machine in this regard.

I would also confirm how much of a pain it would be to replace motor brushes before getting another TS. As fast as models come and go these days, I would even think about getting a set or two of brushes to have on hand if I happened into a saw that seemed perfect to me in all other ways. A Craig's list gem that works fine for three months after getting it, till the brushes are gone doesn't seem like so much of a gem if you cant get the replacements...

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The small portable tablesaws make a lot of sense if you need to pack them around to jobsites, or store them away after every use...but if you've got space, what James said!
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Ray,

I would agree with Mike on this.

if you can afford and have the space, I would go for a "contractor" type saw at the minimum.

Carba-Tec 10" Contractors Saw : CARBA-TEC

I started with the Triton MkIII and had 2 GMC bench top saws. They are just too small when you start to get serious......
That's a nice contractors saw. The rip fence arrangement looks second to none too. My old 10" Crattsman saw came with one serious defect: a horrible rip fence system. After I fixed that problem, set up a vacuum system, and others, I finally came up with something useful.
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That's a nice contractors saw. The rip fence arrangement looks second to none too. My old 10" Crattsman saw came with one serious defect: a horrible rip fence system. After I fixed that problem, set up a vacuum system, and others, I finally came up with something useful.

Thanks John.

I was just using that saw as an example, although I would purchase one if I could afford it and had the room. In Australia we are limited in choice for reasonably priced machinery.

Some Powermatic and Jet tools are available in Sydney but very pricey.

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