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Table Saw Recommendation Wanted
southpier
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 08:59 PM UTC
trying to decide which miniature table saw to buy. any suggestions welcomed; thanks.
SSGToms
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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 10:31 PM UTC
How miniature do you want it? For model work, I suggest the table top shop machines by Ryobi. Available at Home Depot or Lowes. They are small but powerful and can take many grades of blades, bits, and paper.
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Rhode Island, United States
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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:23 AM UTC
By 'miniature' do you mean something Proxxon-size or something more like a full-size contractor's saw?

My Dewalt contractor saw is a great saw, but turning out to be too small for some of the things I want to do (not modeling-related). Looking to upgrade to a Powermatic hybrid saw.

Kevlar06
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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 05:57 AM UTC

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trying to decide which miniature table saw to buy. any suggestions welcomed; thanks.



My second hobby is woodworking. So the real question here is what you intend to do with “a miniature table saw”, not “what brand to buy“. What you intend it for will answer the question about what brand, type and style. I’ve known plenty of folks who bought miniature tools, who were then disappointed in performance when the miniature tool wouldn’t cut through a 1” chunk of hardwood. Or, when the blade melted plastic sheet because it was a constant speed blade at 10000 RPM. So it depends on what you intend it for which will drive you towards a brand or type. Sometimes a full size saw will give you better results than a miniature and be applicable to more uses.
VR, Russ
mikedavid
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Alabama, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 01, 2020 - 12:40 PM UTC
We have 2 Byrnes saws that have been working well in a college shop. Check them out here...

https://www.byrnesmodelmachines.com/tablesaw.html
southpier
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Sunday, March 01, 2020 - 01:57 PM UTC
thanks Mike. I've decided to wait a bit and make the $$$ plunge rather than rush into a long-term purchase just because it's more moderately priced.
sgtreef
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Oklahoma, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 02:30 AM UTC
I worked in a cabinet shop for 3 years, so if one wants to really get into wood cutting I suggest do as Russ suggested, get a contractor model, but cost like $700.00 or more, think of a Saw stop kind if you want to be really safe. Or a cheap Harbor freight one for cutting hobby wood. But for large heavy wood at least a 2 Hp. Just think can make your own cabinets to store all of the models. What I do. Good luck. Canada has a damn good one, the Powermatic.
ColinAlex
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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 05:20 PM UTC
I picked up the Microlux tablesaw and a variety of blades from Micro Mark a few years ago for wooden ship modelling and am very impressed. The saw is very good. You will need to do a bit of work on the fence to get it working as well as a descent quality full size saw does but everything else has been great. It's worth saving for something you'll be happy with in the long run. Luck.