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    I am new to woodworking and looking to buy a tablesaw. I can afford about $600.00. Do I buy a contractors saw or a cabinet saw. Any information would be appreciated.

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    here are two very good choices:

    http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/R4511-Table-Saw/


    http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/TS3650-Table-Saw/

    either of these will serve you very well.
    there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.

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    • #3
      Re: Tablesaws

      Contractor saw, hybrid, and cabinet saws are all full size cast iron saws that should be capable of doing what need to do with sufficient precision and power.

      The traditional contractor saw with a belt drive motor hanging off the back is the most affordable of those, but is a 60 year old design that poses some issues due to the motor location...like extra floor space, dust collection, longer belt, and the risk of the motor accidently lifting something when tilted and knocking the alignment out.

      The hybrid saw is really an evolution of the contractor saw that moves the motor inside the enclosure, and hence eliminates most of the common downfalls of a contractor saw. They tend to start ~ $600 but are really ideal saws for home hobbyists without breaking the bank....when setup properly and equipped with a good blade, they'll have ample power and precision for most needs, and they'll run on most standard 120v outlets.

      A true industrial cabinet saw has very robust internal mechanisms, and will handle whatever you'll encounter, and will last for generations. This type of saw has several advantages over the other others, except for higher price and the requirement of 220v. If those two aspects aren't obstacles to you, that's the ultimate saw for a hobbyist, but can be a little overkill.

      Here's a link to a good article that should help:
      www.rockler.com/articles

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      • #4
        Re: Tablesaws

        http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-4100-09-...3067789&sr=1-1

        Great saw, great stand. Easy storage for small shop.

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        • #5
          Re: Tablesaws

          Here's a review of the Ridgid TS3650 from one of the members here that might help your decision as well.


          http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/sho...hlight=ts-3650

          I've been using the Ridgid TS3650 for a year and it has proven worthwhile in many occasions.

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          • #6
            Re: Tablesaws

            Originally posted by Woody1800 View Post
            http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-4100-09-...3067789&sr=1-1

            Great saw, great stand. Easy storage for small shop.
            If this deal holds true, it would leave some $ for blades and accessories. As I mentioned in the thread, I wish I needed one! Beautiful saw if portability is an issue. Check this thread:

            http://www.bt3central.com/showthread.php?t=43241

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            • #7
              Re: Tablesaws

              Home Depot is putting their inventory of the TS3660/TS3650 on sale for just under $400 to make room for the new granite top saws. I have had the TS3650 for a few years and I thought it was a great deal when I got it for $495 (spring tool sale with coupon ).

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              • #8
                Re: Tablesaws

                Given your budget constraints, a cabinet saw is way out of your price range. The hybrids start near to your budget level, but you'll sacrifice cast iron extensions for stamped steel, etc. But the Jet Pro Shop would be a good place to start. http://woodworking.jettools.com/Results.aspx?cat=333601 It has gotten very good reviews from several publications. The new Ridgid with the granite top looks intriguing, but I have seen some questions about the new fence. (If you have to replace it, you'll loose any financial savings.)

                With Home Depot putting the TS3560/3660 on sale, you'll get a proven design (old, but proven) with a very good fence, one of the best mobile based included. And you'd have $ left over to buy your 1st good quality blade and a zero clearance insert. http://www.woodcraft.com/product.asp...5&FamilyID=909

                The used market is a possibility, but you may have to wait a while to find the right deal. (I found my TS3560 on craigslist for $300 and I haven't regretted it yet!)

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