To Gpeters, as a 24 year cabinet maker professional i have owned 6 table saws. 3 were under 250 dollars and very inaccurate and therefore dangerous. I have been forced to buy these inaccurate saws as i am a one man outfit and need lightweight portability . After years of weighting for accurate benchsaws that are lightweight to appear as we all know a number of manufacturers have been building now for about 5 years. Anyways, i purchased a DeWalt 10 inch benchsaw 2 years ago. It is extremely accurate , powerful , and therefore safe. I have produced many highend pieces with this saw. And have literally ripped miles of wood in. I strongly recommend to any contractor looking for a light, powerful, accurate , safe saw. This saw would be very good for a hobbiest! My best saw , until reciently has been a 1979 model 10 Rockwell Contractors saw. With its 1.5 hp motor and jetlock fence and tlc with maintence . it still looks like new and is still very accurate! I strongly recommend a saw similar to this for any professional of hobbiest. I feel it is inherinently safe due to its accuracy. If you have the pocketbook for a cabinet grade saw these to me are the best! I reciently bought my dream saw...a General 10 inch left tilt 3 hp ,220 volt cabinet saw with a T-lock Bessemere fence . With enclosed motor and very heavy castings it humms precision and power. Should eaisily last 100 years with routine normal maintenence! In summary , i would reccomend the following : any contractor saw with an outboard V-belt motor and of course accurate ripfence ; any heavy cabinet saw like my General or Deltas Unisaw, or similar saws . If you have to have lightweight look at saws like my 10 inch DeWalt or Bosch or Rigid all of which have accurate fences and therefore makes them safer! Also if you can go 220 volt on the contractor saws or cabinet saws i would do so... its nice added power. I maintain my castiron tops with spray oils in humid weather or high dew point situations , otherwise just use auto wax. I also blow out all my trunions , worm screws and other moving parts religiously and spray with oil and have perfect looking and opperating saws. i keep my General and Rockwell in my polebarn woodshop back to back and feed onto one another. It is an ideal setup as i keep a dado head in the Rockwell and standard blade in the General.My only wish is i had more shop work to use these wonderful saws but i get much more job site contracts and therefore use the lightweight DeWalt but its accurate!!!
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