okrobie replied the topic: Re: Table saw advice. General? Help me out guys.
Hi All. And Hi Junior, I am a married guy so It's not always easy to manipulate the budget as desired. I needed a table saw and given my funding, I bought a used Craftsman contractor's saw, and put a Craftsman ALIGN A RIP fence and link belt on it. Then I used a dial indicator on all allignment parameters: Blade, fence, miter guage etc. Next I'll get a good blade and I'm looking for a 3HP motor. The saw is great. Needless to say, I enjoy the journey as well as the destination.
All totalled, I have about $250. invested. I got the saw for $75. at a pawn shop and even before the upgrades, I was using it from the very first day.
Some day I will get a nice store bought cabinet saw, but for now this one is great. I know it is better than any saw Sears sells now. All their latest products are direct drive, even their top of the line "Cabinet Saw". All of their motors are rated as "peak" horse power. That number is completely bogus. It means that it produces that much HP for a few seconds while it is starting up.
I also have a nice tenoning jig, an Excaliber dado blade and a molding cutter set. Obviously these items were added by milking birthdays and Christmas for all they were worth.