Greetings and Happy New Year. I recently picked up a copy of John White’s machinery maintenance book, which is pretty good for those of us who don’t know much about such things. The chapter on table saws, though, is what caught me. The good Mr. White seems to think that contractor’s saws aren’t worth the cast iron they are made of. Obviously, you can’t expect Unisaw performance from a contractor’s saw, but, come on, does every woodworker need a cabinet saw? I suppose if I was doing heavy work day in and out, then yes, but even the serious hobbyist/semi-pro would be hurtling toward overkill if they outfitted their shop with one.
What do y’all think? Am I way off base? Are contractor’s saws really worthless (s)crap?