My Craftsman table saw is a “contractor” style with a cast iron top. It’s working from now, but I would like to upgrade to a cabinet saw or “hybrid” saw some day. Depending on my financial resources at the time I would look at: Grizzly, Powermatic and maybe Sawstop.
ryobi is what I’m suck using. It was a gift and I can’t afford to buy a new on. It Sucks. I would never buy it aging.
I never realized why a good table saw was so important, mine sucks.
Ryobi BTS20R 10″ Portable
I have a MiniMax SC3 It is small single phase panel saw, and
is very versatile. I love it.
Steel City 3Hp
I use a Laguna TS because it was capable of using either a 10″ or 12″ blade.
Shop Fox Cabinet saw
I am fortunate enough to have upgraded from a Hitachi contractor saw to a Sawstop about a year ago. I absolutely love it and could not be happier. I’ve never fired the brake although its nice to know that it is there. I certainly haven’t changed any of my safety practices just because I have the brake as a backup. The reason I really love the saw is just that it is large, solid, flat, cuts beautifully and has been absolutely problem free. Great support as well from Sawstop when my saw was originally delivered with shipping damage. They came to the plate and replaced all the damaged parts in 48 hours and spent quite a bit of time on the phone with me troubleshooting. Great company.
Honestly it depends on the project. I have a cruddy old Craftsman jig that I haven’t used once in the 10 years I’ve had it.
More often than not, I use a Japanese pull saw, coping saw, and chisels but have tried the whole David Marks ‘Band-saw’ set up with ok results. By ‘ok’ I mean it worked by the table on my saw is really only meant to tilt outward so I had to semi-disasemble the trunions to tilt inward… not the smartest move I have ever made, but it did work.
With that said, I know my self well enough to realize if I had a super cool Leigh jig, I would most likely never cut another pin or tail by hand.
… but I would feel bad about it.
Felder 12″ shaper/saw
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