I am a new member and have really enjoyed reviewing the threads on the various topics. Looks like a good group to interact with.
As a young boy I did some very basic WWing on the farm. All my dad had available was a table saw, circular saw, jig saw and a hand planer. Plywood and 2x4s were about all we ever had. I really enjoyed it, making rudimentary furniture, but fell away from it for many years with kids, job and all. Recently my boys have indicated some interest as well as my wife (yes that is true) and she encouraged me to get a few things. That kind of started this after forty renewed interest. I would love to get into it again with my family.
I have been doing tons of research and visiting places like a kid in a toy store. The internet is a great tool and I have learnt and caught up a great deal just by sitting on the computer.
After talking to alot of people and looking at magazines I have begun to assemble a small arsenal. One thing I have always dreamed of doing is to reclaim wood from old farm buildings and make some character furniture pieces, starting with a chest/trunk for the foot of a bed.
Here is what I have got so far:
- Triton router (new)
- cordless drill (new makita)
- drill press (1/2 hp used 10" Craftsman)
- 14" Bandsaw (used King)
- 6" Delta Jointer JT-360 ('used' but still in the box and never assembled)
- jig saw (used Skil)
- pipe clamps and C clamps
- Delta 1hp dust collection (new, discontinued model) saved$$
- Bosch ROS (new)
- combination square, carpenters squares and other rules
- Mitre Saw (Old cast iron Makita -from Dad's garage sale buys)
- hearing protection, eye protection
- chisels, drill bits (cheap Pioneer Brad point)
- couple of books from LV
Sorry, I'm probably boring you all, but I wanted someone else to share my excitment
Anyway, this is all paving the way for the crowning glory, a decent table saw. The centre piece!
I know most of the differences between the contractor, hybrid and cabinet style saws and have looked at many from Delta, GI, King, Ridgid, and Pioneer. My budget is about $1000-1500 tops, prefering to stay about $1000. The research I have done says that you should get more saw than you need now (smart), get good dealer support, a good fence and something that will stay straight and true for the long term. I have 220V available. I would classify myself as a novice, but hey they say old dogs can learn new tricks
I guess my main question(s) is; I have my eye on a number of models, but need some people with 'real life' experience to give me personal feedback on the models in question. I have looked alot on the internet and this forum to narrow it down to these options. What experience do you guys have or heard about these saws? Where would you start if you were in my situation?
1. If I go contractor style - GI 50-185 ($900) So far everyone says
2. Hybrid - King KC-10CCX ($900) What is the Accu-Rip like?
- GI 50-220 ($1500) has riving knife, but pricey
3. Cabinet - King KC-11FX ($1400) again, how is the fence and Customer Support?
- GI 350 used ($1300) from schools. Can you convert these from 3 phase to single phase and how pricey?
4. Totally blow the budget - GI 50-260 ($1750 to $1900 depending on dealer)
- Pioneer PNR 16-457 ($1750) Saw looks great, has riving knife, seems solid, but can't get any 3rd party feedback? Anyone?
5. Get a cheap used contractor saw for now and wait it out until I know more about what I am building now and in the future.
Will look at Steel City next week, but other than that, I don't know if I have any other options locally with customer support. So far the GI dealer has been super helpful and very informative, gives me all the time I want to ask questions and seems very knowledgable and honest. King dealer seems helpful, willing to listen, but doesn't seem to know his machines that well without factory support.
- where do I need 3hp or is 2 really enough?
- how much do you really use 50" rip capacity?
- everyone seems to love left tilt, any thoughts?
I've spent so much time looking and my wife is getting a little tired of my indecision, so hopefully you guys can help.
Thanks for listening to my long winded message. Its been a journey!
Doug in Calgary