I’m looking to purchase a table saw. I’d like to try to make some of the projects that I see in the various wood working magazines http://woodstore.woodmall.com/misfur.html, I will also be working on some home improvement tasks.
1. ~$500 initial budget. I’ll add enhancements (blades, jigs, etc. as needed).
2. 10′ x 11′ clear space in my basement workshop.
3. Portability would be nice. Something that I can break-down when I need to free up some space for non-wood working related projects (the wife’s hobby is “leaded glass”) in that work area. Or if I want to pack it all up and go to a friends house and work on some projects for a few weekends, in which case I’d leave my stuff there for the duration of the project.
If I really get into woodworking, the wife has given permission to convert the garage to a workroom and upgrade the saw, in a couple of years.
1. These are the saws that I’ve seen so far.
– Ryobi (BT3100) $299 -seems to have a lot of extras bundled in already. There’s even a “special” offering enhancements if I purchase by the 31st of this month – tomorrow. Not portable.
– Rigid (TS2400LS) $499, looks somewhat portable.
I haven’t seen these yet, but I plan on visiting the dealers today and tomorrow.
– Bosch (4000-09) ~$500. Recommended by This Old House magazine. May be portable.
– Delta (36-680) ~$600. Recommended by the Woodcraft representative. Not portable.
These two saws are at or above my budget. If it’s the right thing to do I would put off my purchase for a few months to purchase one of these, but I don’t know what I’m getting for my dollars over the Ryobi and Rigid.
2. Good documentation. Who in my price range offers clear documentation on how to use their saw?
3. On the Internet I’ve found a Ryobi (www.bt3central.com) site. Do Delta, Rigid, and Bosch have similar followings of people that have started online groups?
4. I’ve been looking at some of the general online forums and others and it seems like most table saws need initial and occasional adjustments to keep things lined up. What saw in my price range won’t drive me crazy while I try to get it to cut things straight? Or are they all equally good?
5. Who will offer the best service? If I’m offered an “extended warranty” should I get it?
6. Can someone point me towards reviews and comparisons of the saws that you suggest?
7. Is it safe purchasing this kind of item via Amazon? Does anyone have any experience in dealing with them on these types of purchases?
Thanks in advance for all your suggestions.