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I have decided to purchase a new table saw. I have to remain within a budget. (STILL HAVE A WIFE) Having said that. I will be able to spend around $600.00, US dollars. Here is my question, I have looked at Dewalt's, Ridgid, Porter Cable and some others. I have ruled out some saws, but I may have missed a good saw.

I would like to purchase a 10" saw. I would like to be able to make accurate cuts and have the possibility to make at least a 1/2" dado cuts. The miter slots, need to also be accurate if possible.

So the question is, does anyone have a preference of table saws. I have looked at some of the cheaper models and did not feel at this time like I want to buy these lesser machines.

Any ideas or suggestions will be appreciated. I have to move quickly now as wife has plans for this money if not used soon.

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I have decided to purchase a new table saw. I have to remain within a budget. (STILL HAVE A WIFE) Having said that. I will be able to spend around $600.00, US dollars. Here is my question, I have looked at Dewalt's, Ridgid, Porter Cable and some others. I have ruled out some saws, but I may have missed a good saw.

I would like to purchase a 10" saw. I would like to be able to make accurate cuts and have the possibility to make at least a 1/2" dado cuts. The miter slots, need to also be accurate if possible.

So the question is, does anyone have a preference of table saws. I have looked at some of the cheaper models and did not feel at this time like I want to buy these lesser machines.

Any ideas or suggestions will be appreciated. I have to move quickly now as wife has plans for this money if not used soon.
I think in that price range, Either the PC or the Ridgid r4512 would be a good choice. Both have the same capacity, the PC a bit more power.

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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I did the Craftsman 21833 a few months ago, the clone to the Ridgid 4512. Quite happy, and ended up under $400. 15 amp vs 13 amp and the dado throat plate included (dado plate an extra $25 with the 4512, and they would only come down to $450). Fair fence system on either saw, but i replaced with an Incra TS-LS which was part of the plan anyway.

Since then, i've added a 240 volt circuit to my shop. Had i done that first, some of the used saws i passed up would have worked. The 240 cost me right at $100 with 2 drops (going to add a third for convenience) plus lunch for an electrician friend. Few people have 240 volt, so the used market for 240 tools is not nearly as competitive--just something else to consider.

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Look at the bosch 4100
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I've used numerous table saws over the years, and I think the best saw for that amount of money is the Hitachi C10FL. I bought my first one at Lowe's for $499. I liked it so much that I went back and bought a second one. The original one is in my home shop, where everything is kept clean and sharp. Only a handful of people help me in my home shop - where I build prototypes. All of my employees have home shops and ALL of them prefer the C10FL over whatever they have at home - some even bring wood here to make the cuts - because they know they will get a great cut. At my business that manufactures concrete forms, everyone in the warehouse uses the Hitachi C10FL - so much more that the other saws are buried behind inventory. I am not totally thrilled with the dust collector (it is too flat for my liking), but it takes about 2- minutes to remove the back plate (6- screws) and it cleans-up very easily. I am yet to see one of these set-up correctly in a Lowe's Store, but it took me less than 20 minutes to set-up the second one to make dead-on perfect cuts. If I need a third saw, I will get another one of these. Except for the dust collector, I like everything about them.
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I've used numerous table saws over the years, and I think the best saw for that amount of money is the Hitachi C10FL.
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Except from what I can tell, Hitachi doesn't make it any more?

http://www.hitachipowertools.com/ind...ls.aspx?d=11,4

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Thanks all for the input. I have looked again at the 4100 Bosch, but understand that parts are hard to get for this saw at present. I am leaning a bit toward the Dewalt, or the saw that was mentioned at sears. But here again, I understand it is also a Bosch relabeled. After a bit of research, it appears this saw is a product of Dewalt origin. It was mentioned that 240 V Saws can be found and I am going to check that out as well. I appreciate the information. I will have hurry to be might wife to the cash.

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Don't ignore the used market. I had a Jet contractors saw I used for years (good saw but over your budget) but happened upon a guy selling 2 year old equipment due to an allergy to sawdust. I got a Delta cabinet saw & 5 other pieces of equipment for $1300. A steal, at the time the saw alone was worth $1800 ($3000 now). It's cheaper to buy from an individual than the stores. Look around before you decide.
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+1 on the used market. Contractor saws (the ones with a cast iron top, and belt driven induction motor) such as the Ridgid 4512 or Porter Cable PCB27TS will give you a far more mileage for many years then any of the job site or bench top saws.

I bought a craftsman 113.xxxxxx table saw from craigslist a few years ago, put a new fence on it, as well as custom made wings. This replaced a newer a job site saw (that I bought new) and haven't looked back since.

That said, I know many who are able to do fine work with getting started with the Dewalt or Bosch, as these are probably the two best job site saws out there. However, these saws are still light weight with more vibration, as well as smaller trunnions. Over time it may become more and more difficult to keep these to the tolerances you are looking for when cutting joinery.

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I've had two DeWalt 10" TS's over the last 15 or so years. The first was used in my commercial business by employees and lasted for five years or so. The second is in my home shop and has lasted 10 years or so. Newer models of the same saw are out and I highly endorse DeWalt. I've not used to many other contractor saws but the ones I did use in my business couldn't hold up to the daily grind, especially by employees and in the field.
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