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I'm making stave drums. I need to cut the staves to the same sizes and also to precise angles. I'm considering a table saw but have no idea what to look for. A smaller one would be best as I have very little space to store and use it. The prices seem to vary a lot. What would you recommend (in the UK)?

I've seen a Scheppach HS80 which looks like pretty good value. Do more expensive ones do more accurate cuts or will a cheaper one like this get the same result?
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The Clarke (CTS11 or CTS10D) ones are also an option although they're a little more expensive.
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I think all saws will make accurate cuts if they are set up properly and they will stay that way. The biggest differences in saws is the size of the work area, horsepower, how accurate and stable the fence is, and whether the miter gauge is tight in its track. Of all of those the fence is the most important. Incra sells a miter track bar that is adjustable so the loose slot can be fixed with it. I don't know those saws so you might try googling those models and add the word "reviews". Sometimes you can find quite a bit that way.

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Would a compound mitre saw be just as good for this? Mitre saws seem to be considerably cheaper and are in stock locally. Or would a table saw be more accurate?
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I've purchased a table saw now, but didn't go with any of my original suggestions. There aren't many suitable ones that are kept in stock locally.

I found a Axminster dealer that wasn't too far away and got the TS200. It's smaller than most which is ideal for my limited storage space. The quality should be better than some of the cheaper ones, it has a three year warranty and the staff in the shop were fantastic. It's still boxed at the moment so I can't comment on the performance.
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Let us know how it works for you Peter and good luck.

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I've purchased a table saw now, but didn't go with any of my original suggestions. There aren't many suitable ones that are kept in stock locally.

I found a Axminster dealer that wasn't too far away and got the TS200. It's smaller than most which is ideal for my limited storage space. The quality should be better than some of the cheaper ones, it has a three year warranty and the staff in the shop were fantastic. It's still boxed at the moment so I can't comment on the performance.
So to go along with what you said you wanted to make...You still building a jig to hold the work pieces steady?

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So to go along with what you said you wanted to make...You still building a jig to hold the work pieces steady?
I hadn't really considered that but I guess I will. A push stick will potentially allow too much movement for something that size and I want to keep my fingers.
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I would have gone with a contractor saw and a biesemeyer fence . That is what I did the first round . I have used TS's with lessor fences which caused nothing but grief as your fence is everything IMO . The biesemeyer fence is a tank with very little deflection issues
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