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I know there are tons of forums asking this same question, and I feel like I've read them all, and still can't come to a decision. I probably do 1 or 2 woodworking projects a year, so it won't get a ton of use. So far I haven't been limited by not having a table saw, but it sure would have made a few things a lot easier. I really don't want to spend more than $200, but I don't have a clue how to determine which one to get.

I've been reading this forum for a long time, and I know there are a lot of woodworking geniuses on here. And I know you're going to want to tell me to save up and buy a better one. I really don't want to put more than $200 into this.

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By the way, these are the kinds of table saws I've been looking at:
Delta Shopmaster 10 inch Table Saw
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Are you limited on space Kevin? If not I would suggest watching craigslist for a used full size saw table. You are going to have to go through and perform all the steps for alignment anyways so it really does not matter if the saw is used or not. You can get a lot more machine this way.

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I have a lot of space for it. I'll keep checking craigslist.
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I have a lot of space for it. I'll keep checking craigslist.
Too bad you're in IL... I still have my old one for sale and ready to drop the price for the room.
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I actually just moved to Indiana. I guess I should update my profile.
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By the way, these are the kinds of table saws I've been looking at:
Delta Shopmaster 10 inch Table Saw
I've got one almost identical to that one. Except mine is a Harbor Freight model, and I paid about $80 around 15 years ago. I checked at the time and some of the big name saws were identical, except for color, and some just very close, and going for $300+. From what I could learn, it's quite possible they were all made by the same company - Chinese company that is. But, mine has served me well, and still serves me well, and it was all I could afford at the time. If I had the space I'd get a big used American made one tho, but the space is there for this one only. Alas.

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What brands do you think would be reliable to purchase as a used table saw? I'm not going to be able to tell if it's still good from looking at it.
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This one looks nice, but a little too much money for me: Delta # 36-430 10" contractors table saw
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Delta Shopmaster 10 inch Table Saw
I am with you on this one, Kevin.

If you only do a couple of projects a year, this will suffice.

I had a smaller GMC saw for many years, and only upgraded after I cut the power cord.

Then I went BIG, ( well not as big as Mike....) (Not Mike in Detroit, Mike in WA.)
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