Do you have the wrong table saw? A no-BS buyer's guide.

Do you have the wrong table saw? A no-BS buyer's guide.

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  1. John Blakely on July 2, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    I really appreciate you and I enjoy watching your videos. Keep up the good work!

  2. Don Wilburn on July 2, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Got a porter cable 10 inch table saw pcb270ts for 180 on buy sell trade. Put a hood blade on it and cleaned it up. All I need as a hobbyist

  3. Tabitha Feller on July 2, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    I would love to have a cabinet saw, but like you mentioned, space and electrical capacity in my shop won’t allow it. I upgraded to a Dewalt 7491 jobsite saw, and with 32"right of blade cuts and a rock solid fence system standard, it’s darn near perfect for me (although I really would love a bigger table). And I very frequently cut a lot of 2X lumber with it. Contractor jobsite saws have come a long way

  4. FyrFytr998 on July 2, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Buy once, cry all the time is the theme of my tool buying experience, lol. Even the Festool track saw I just got wasn’t really the one I wanted.

  5. Jim Zeleny on July 2, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    General 10" 2hp cabinet saw. Lovely and will run from 120 or 240 volts. My choice

  6. Ryan Lamp on July 2, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    So you’re saying I probably should have held off from buying that bottom of the line Harbor Freight table saw? I had that thing for 15 years and in that 15 years I bet I didn’t get even 5 accurate cuts out of the thing. I’ve since upgraded to a Shop Fox cabinet saw, and turned the Harbor Freight saw into a two sided disk sander. It’s FINALLY doing something worth while.

  7. Teo Singh Syiem on July 2, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    is it still necessary to have a Table saw, when you already have a panel saw ? sometime i think so, to get perfect square cut for finished materials like door rails, panels, etc. pls advise .

  8. Leif Andersen on July 2, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    That is a crazy amount of handplanes….!!!

  9. Don Kopenhefer on July 2, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Very great information without a lot of unnecessary comments. Thanks

  10. Thomas Ronning on July 2, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I can’t fault anything in this video.
    Love his channel and his insights.
    What I would offer is that you keep
    An eye out for old sears cast-iron top, 1 1/2 horse saws (60 to 100)
    Bucks. Throw a Dado blade in it
    And make your own fence. Wonderful/small footprint accy.
    Even the 100 million $ plus cabinet
    Shop i worked for had several of these for dedicated tasks.

  11. Oldin Mariner on July 2, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I don’t know if you have ever used a shopsmith Mk5 but I had one I used to custom build all the cabinets in the house I built and enjoyed working with it and had not problem getting the quality I needed. It was never a problem to swap tools plus I could do all the cutting and switch to sanding without adjusting the table. It is expensive for a 10" tablesaw but you also get a lathe, 12" disk sander, horizontal and vertical drill press. I added the 10" band saw, 4.5" jointer and belt/drum sander. For a home garage it was a good fit and stored in a small are when not in use.

  12. 3kainos on July 2, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Would you consider the Saw Stop contractor saw upgraded to a T-fence to be comparable to a hybrid, or more in line with contractor saws from other brands?

  13. Tom Smith on July 2, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Is it worth buying a craftsman (original craftsman) contractor saw ?

  14. David Pearson on July 2, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    I have a Hitachi portable table saw. Great saw for $400.00

  15. Willis Kirby on July 2, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    I started with a 99 dollar table top from K-Mart. That was about 35 years ago. My wife bought me a Ridgid contractor saw about 6 years ago. So for it has served me well. I do like it’s portability. I build small things up to desks ,shelving units. I’ve learned to measure twice,cut once and allow a bit for sanding.
    I found your videos only a few weeks ago. Thank you for sharing your information and experience.

  16. Fred Astaire on July 2, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    James, could you give a quick opinion on any benefits of 3 phase vs. single phase table saws for a woodworking hobbyist?

  17. m3dmonds on July 2, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Great video! Can you recommend a particular hybrid saw?

  18. TheJoetuffguy on July 2, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    “A saw shaped object” 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

  19. A_B_C Easy_as_123 on July 2, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Excellent video. You taught me a lot. Thank you!

  20. Reel Hard Fishing! on July 2, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for your videos. Just getting into saws. Doing house projects and siding. I bought a craftsman 10" 15 Amp motor brand new never used for 140. Can someone tell me if it was worth it for me please?

  21. iamamish on July 2, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    The commentary is God-tier. Please tell me you are working from a script, because if you’re able to just riff like this in front of a camera then I might cry

  22. Crazy Manwich on July 2, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Bench tops are great learning tools for those who want to learn wood working but are not sure if they will keep up with it. They are cheap.

  23. fubar totale on July 2, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    My Unisaw is older than I am, and I am 72.

  24. firegoat73 on July 2, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    I bought a used Craftsman 113 saw with cast iron top and wings on Craigslist for $40 that was so clean and original that it still had the original blade on it when I got it. I cleaned it up and made my own fence and all in I’ve spent ~$120 or so. It’s probably the best money I spent in my shop.

  25. Rood67 on July 2, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    The cheap lite saw, at least it was easy to throw away.

  26. 4Wheel4Life42 on July 2, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    First I want to extend a huge thank you to you and your channel. Your videos have really helped me improve my skills in the shop as a hobby woodworker, and most importantly, work safer as well. I employ a lot of ‘small shop’ space saving ideas by combining larger tools into the same mobile benches and the like.

    My question is about my recent upgrade to a new Ridgid R4520 contractor saw, I find the table height to be a bit too tall for me (I’m 5’8"). I would like to know if you foresee me running into any precision or safety issues behind removing the legs from the saw and mounting it to a custom wooden mobile base to achieve both reduced height and extra storage.

    Thanks in advance for your insight

  27. Steve Peyton on July 2, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Hey James What’s your take on the rack and pinion system Dewalt uses on their fences? looking for a new light weight saw

  28. Aaron Clark on July 2, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    awesome thank you!

  29. Livinafter Midnight on July 2, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    I’m currently fleshing out a business idea I have that will require a table saw, jointer, planer, and dovetail jig and router. My current thinking is I’m not going to buy top shelf equipment until I know how well the idea is received. If that takes off then I will consider higher quality gear. I’m in no position to drop $4,000.00 on one piece of equipment!

  30. willd0g on July 2, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    I got the only one that was available at bunnings.

  31. Mel Magallon on July 2, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    Super helpful! Thanks!

  32. HERB B on July 2, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    “Saw-shaped Object” LOL!

  33. Thomas Bridges on July 2, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    I went to Ridge Carbide Saw Blades ordered a blade coming tomorow. I think i ordered the wrong blade tell me what you think before i use it. Its a 10" X 80 30deg -5HK .087 / .115 Melacraft saw blade. Thank you i did grt 10% off using your code. Ordered it fir 1/2 abd 3/4 Baltic Burch plywood mostly. Want nice clean cuts on both sides. Am using this in my Harvey 1 3/4 hp cabinet saw

  34. Dan Heck on July 2, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    you’re good! thands.

  35. Stephanie Valtierra on July 2, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Great video for a beginner like myself! I go to my closest Habitat for Humanity where I get my wood and any other stuff that I may need for my DIY projects that contractors donate.
    They have a good amount of older saws. How do I know if the motor works or if it’s missing anything?
    I’m always afraid of buying any used tools as I don’t know what to look for. Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!
    I’ve been doing lots of DIY on my own on smaller projects for my home. I’ve been learning all from YouTube. Glad I came across your page! Thank you!

  36. Wilhelm Taylor on July 2, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    When I first got into wood working 40 years ago I got the Delta Contractor’s saw that had the "made in USA" label and a picture of Norm Abrams on the boX. Good for many years esp after I upgraded the fence. 12 years ago I came across the deal of a life time: a cabinet saw (Grizzly 1023) for $500 (Grizzly dust collector for $150). Never looked back and still can’t believe I own this monster. Built a lot of good stuff with it. If you can find a deal like that just jump.

  37. Clear Cut on July 2, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Why bring the material to the saw when you can bring the saw to the material? A track saw is all you need, and a job site saw is good enough to do small ripcuts.

  38. CARPOCRAFT Guitars, Carpentry, Jewelry, and Art on July 2, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    I have had my Ridgid iron top table saw for 10 years, and I love it. It has wheels and a foot lever to roll it around, but is VERY stable, and accurate.

  39. Timothy Leiby on July 2, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    I’m getting a new cabinet saw from harvey. But I can’t figure out why I would want the extended rip fence unless I just wanted another work bench or using my table saw more for miter applications. Thoughts?

  40. Bee Bob on July 2, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    I’ve got a Grizzly that I really like. The problem now is that I can’t keep the blade at 90 degrees. It keeps tilting. I’ve tried adjusting it but it keeps sliding off.
    Suggestions? I have an old, old craftsman in the basement that cuts straight as an arrow, but the fence doesn’t hold anymore. Suggestions?

  41. Cory Hobbs on July 2, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    I’m starting out setting up a wood shop for small projects woodcarving with a dreemel

  42. 346UNCLEBOB on July 2, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    I have more than 40 years experience as a professional cabinet maker.
    This is a good, concise review of table saw choices.
    I would add just one point. That is, which way does the blade tilt when at miter?
    Many saws (most Rockwells) tilt toward the fence. This means that miter cuts of wide stock must be made face down.
    Having the blade tilt away from the fence is a feature I consider important.

  43. Dan Campbell on July 2, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    just curious, what is your view on a ShopSmith as the primary saw in the shop?

  44. Trap Door Woodworks on July 2, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    I agree 100% with the "don’t buy junk" statement. Another thing about lousy machinery is the safety factor. A warped table can cause kickback, and the entire saw can tip over on the light weight models.

  45. gruivis on July 2, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    A saw shaped object 😂😂😂

  46. mpetersen6 on July 2, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Going on 25 years ago I bought a Ryobi 10 inch saw. This was in the day when they were willing to think outside to box. Is it great? No. But it does what I want. I’m in the process of gutting the drive system and building a new top and housing. Would I reccomend it anybody buying a saw. No. Its loud. But the fence is decent for what it is and it doesnt take up a horrendous amount of room. It does have one feature that I think more saws should have. The arbor assembly rides in a set of guide ways. This assembly moves straight up and down. No matter where the blade is in the depth of cut one revolution of the hand wheel moves the blade the same amount. I’ll probably modify the hand wheel to include a graduated dial to make it easier to dial in depth of cut.

  47. Alfredo Márquez on July 2, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Very good analisys of the types… But what to do if you are really tight on budget???

    I have seen several daring and admirable woodworkers designs from the far east (Japan and Korea) that appear to have been able to make themselves quite good table saws with a full set of guides and fixtures. That could become a fifth category: The Self- made, DIY home-made table saw. I have thought about using my old Bosch FNS140 guiderail together with a common handheld circular saw, to build the tablesaw from Plywood or thicker MDF (possibly from HMR or Moisture resistant) and/or Melamine covered one. A friend was able to make a DIY Home Made one from a Makita 5008MG 8 1/4" Circular saw, but avoided the 45° Inclination capability in order to get a proper 90° only setting. He used a scissors type lifting jack for the cutting depth mechanism, and got a quite flat surface by glueing and screwing together two 32mm thick melamine covered MDF planks, bought from a used office desks sale. My friend says it is way more precise and repeatable than his former, lowest quality Stanley small contractors saw, that he was able to sell in order to buy the matarials for his home made table saw. Your valuable insight on this daring option would be helpful.

  48. Jimichan on July 2, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    After 25 years, I finally had to retire my Ridgid contractor table saw. It served me well, but lived in an outdoor shop in the Everglades and the blade height adjustment just locked up. I hated to give up the cast iron top, I’d even added a cast iron router table wing, but I just couldn’t free up the mechanism.
    I got a DeWalt 7491RS job site saw for less than $500 US that seems pretty good so far. Nice fence and better sawdust handling. It also freed up a ton of space in the shop.

  49. Luke Tillotson on July 2, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    I’m gonna watch with discretion, cause I absolutely love my table saw🤣 After using a rusty 80s model craftsman, I think an angle grinder duct taped to a sheet of plywood would be an upgrade, so my DeWalt is a dream

  50. Tad Adamski on July 2, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    I’ve recently retired from cabinet industry and always had very good equipment to use. My home shop is in the basement and have some limitations on available power. In any of your table saw videos, have you ever talked about left vs right tilt blades? I know that left tilt is safer but one BIG problem I couldn’t live with was that a different thickness of sawblade (or Dado) throws your Rip Fence out of calibration. Recently bought a used Delta 34-444 Contractor Saw (right tilt) and the Delta T3 Fence System with 30" rip. After all is finished, I’ll be into it for $400. This will replace the new Rigid R4514T Pro Jobsite Saw I purchased last year. How do you feel about left tilt saws, even cabinet grade knowing that you have to use exact thickness of sawblades. Besides, I almost never rip 45 deg angles.