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Finally got my copy of Am. WW'r. Great review for Rigid. But I found it funny. They gave Rigid top marks on their blade guard removable/installation ease---Where have they been? That feature is on my 1989 saw.
They also insisted on spouting that "urban legend" about pinching your fingers in the webbed wings.
They seemed to miss the fact that Rigid has a dust collector attachment or maybe they were looking for something more, like the so-called hybrids (otherwise known as "pay a cabinet saw price and still end up with a glorified contractors' saw" ) Also, since they were going into such great detail, I'm surprised they missed the mirco-adjust trunion feature---I certainly don't know of anyone with that, except Rigid.
Just think it's great, up against some stiff competition, Rigid came out great. Frankly, the Editor's Choice winners, I wouldn't buy anyway.
One of the mags (may have been the same AWW article) had big kudos for the DeWalt 746 for it's use of a cast iron cradle instead of a twin pipe cradle. Wondered to myself how long Emerson has been using that same design...
Then I decided my time would better be spent wondering why no other saw has a proper trunnion lock, choosing instead to lock the handwheel.
Dave A.---my '89 has the cast iron cradle They did go after one company on the no lock on the wheel height, but don't think is was Rigid---Grizz'?
Actually, I think their previous "buyers' guide" was actually a better article----after reading it, and their observations on the hybrids, kind of makes one wonder why the heck they'd recommend the 746
Question is, was there one made that didn't have a cast iron cradle. I wonder if ETC's trivia books have such info in them. I didn't notice them gigging on no height lock, but I would guess it to be Ridgid if they did.
There isn't much to not like about the DeWalt 746, other than price and some of the early QC issues. That's a sweet saw, by far the best of the contractor's saws (Jet's new machine notwithstanding, I wasn't able to get inside it at the big show).
Dave--no doubt the 746 may be a nice saw (the display model at my local Woodcraft pretty poor though). But, you've pegged my main objection---too darned much, for a glorified contractors' saw, and then you listen to the cash register go ca-ching with each accessory added.