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Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by jeepstar, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. Aug 19, 2016
    jeepstar

    jeepstar Well-Known Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

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    Anyone buy/use a performax table saw? Any I bought one today on a whim, but cannot find any reviews. And im having impulse purchase remorse.
     
  2. Aug 19, 2016
    ITLKSEZ

    ITLKSEZ Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

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    I didn't know they made saws. I have a Performax drum sander, but it's ancient.
     
  3. Aug 20, 2016
    aallison

    aallison 74 cj6, 76 cj5. Has anyone seen my screwdriver?

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    Not familiar with their table saws but the drum sanders are OK. I assume it is a portable 10 inch direct drive saw? I have a DeWalt and it is very good for a portable saw.
     
  4. Aug 20, 2016
    jeepstar

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    Yes. Portable 10 " saw. 15 amp motor. It came mostly preassembled. The bevel needed adjusting to be at 0 degrees. The rip fence is pretty good. The anti kickback stuff will most likely not be used. They are held in place via tension spring, that may be more hindrance than help. When the table top is extended to the full 26" width as advertised, the table wiggles too much on the railing for precision cutting i am willing to bet.
     
  5. Aug 20, 2016
    jeepstar

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    For 200 dollars, you dont get much in the new saw category. This was a replacement for a stolen craftsman unit. I wont use it often, but overall, its a sturdy unit for the price.
     
  6. Aug 20, 2016
    jeepstar

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    And then i tried to use it. Sparks flew. I shut it off. Taking it back to menards.you get what you pay for. So true on every level.
     
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  7. Aug 20, 2016
    piffey263

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    Used contractor saw? This might be the best for you. One of the members here might know which brands to look for. Rockwell and powermatic are the only brands I know.

    My friend picked up an old rockwell contractor saw that I ran few sheets of plywood on it. I did have to shim and level it, then I put weight on the stand.

    We use a royobi portable table saw on the job sites. I still prefer his rockwell saw, more power and bigger top.
     
  8. Aug 20, 2016
    tarry99

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    I've owned a few table saws.........some portable and some not so. I've done many residential remodels , but I'm not in the trade although my depth of having all the right tools might have most think I am............several years ago I wanted to find a good portable job site table saw that acted much like the permanent saw I used to have at home......The Bosch saw is the closet thing that I could find.........light weight , easy to set up, has extendable table slides, cuts great , very accurate and easy to store. No regrets here.

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  9. Aug 20, 2016
    piffey263

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    The stand on that Bosch saw looks easy to open up compared to the royobi design. At $569 on Amazon, I might pass. However Bosch makes some great woodworking tools.

    Most the remodels I been working on, the worm drive saw, sawzall and chop saw are the most useful.
     
  10. Aug 20, 2016
    tarry99

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    Yep , one lever folds it up , Not cheap , had that one now for 4-5 years and it's gets used all the time , and believe me you never know what your missing until the equipment is there daily to use ........makes the job much easier , with a better fit and finish , I even have a taper fixture for it..........Fits in nicely on the finish work with the Mikita compound miter , routers & planers.
     
  11. Aug 20, 2016
    aallison

    aallison 74 cj6, 76 cj5. Has anyone seen my screwdriver?

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    $299, no tax and free shipping. Shopping

    For the money, I'd say this is a good saw. I have the earlier version and it works great for a portable. Miter gauge on all table saws are crap. Get a new one from Incra for $100 or so. I had a wood shop for 10 years and I"ve used a lot of tools.
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  12. Aug 20, 2016
    aallison

    aallison 74 cj6, 76 cj5. Has anyone seen my screwdriver?

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    This is the one I have on my install trailer. IF the above is anything like this one it is a great saw. But the price difference kinda makes me wonder. I think mine was like $600 and the above for $300? Something to consider.
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  13. Aug 21, 2016
    ITLKSEZ

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    How much are your fingers worth?

    I HIGHLY recommend these saws. The quality is top notch, they have huge, stable trunions, and the safety features are proven and a nice bonus. But the price is a tad out of most hobbyists' price range.

    I've used the full size cabinet saws, and they really are impressive.

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    Buy SawStop Jobsite Saw w/Cart & Fence at Woodcraft.com
     
  14. Aug 23, 2016
    69Willys

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    Those DeWalts that Allison shows are pretty decent job site saws. We use them at work, but they get abused. The fence is always the weak link on these portable saws. I've owned a 3hp Grizzly table saw for about 10 years now. I love it, but it's definitely not portable.
     
  15. Aug 23, 2016
    69Willys

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    $1300 for that saw? Really?? No thanks. I've managed to keep my fingers out of the blade this long...no offense--that just blows my mind.
     
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  16. Aug 23, 2016
    47v6

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    The sawstop line of saws are expensive. They also will stop you from cutting your fingers off. If you want the added safety feature of a saw that will keep you from injury, that is something that will cost money. Its like insurance, but this insurance will prevent you from needing other insurance and loads of fingers. I used to think it was stupid, but as I get older I see the value.

    I own a 3 HP grizzly cabinet saw. Its fine, not great, just fine. I used some cheap portable table saws on job sites before. Mostly for flooring work. For those jobs, I just needed basic functionality. I never would consider it something to make precision cuts with. Its basically used in my case to make a safer way to rip flooring instead of a circle saw. The safety of a sawstop saw could be worth the investment.

    In so much as portability, it used to be that a 3 HP radial arm saw was considered "portable". At about 500 lbs, that designation is dubious. I used to use my 5 hp 3 phase 16" dewalt RAS with stop blocks to cut all sorts of stuff. Nothing would stop it. So dangerous too.
     
  17. Aug 23, 2016
    tarry99

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    Yep , moved one of those around for years..........finally gave it to a friend..........but back in the day you could be pretty creative with one , ripping , cross cut , dado , sanding.
     
  18. Aug 24, 2016
    PeteL

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    Been happily using one of these as a job-saw for more than 15 years. Recommend it.

    Only issue is that it doesn't clear heavy sawdust very well. Like many of my dewalt tools - they seem to be designed for active vacuum collection systems.
     
  19. Sep 3, 2016
    tarry99

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    Doing some exterior trim work today on a Rental remodel.......Ripping full width 2x4 clear ruff-sawn cedar , making various pieces of trim........Can't say enough about this Bosch job site saw.........easy to set up and take down, accurate and just flat gets the job done.
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  20. Sep 4, 2016
    69Willys

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    Yeah, cedar is really soft, but still, it's pretty impressive to be resawing on that thing. I think I've used that Bosch saw before...seem to remember it having a pretty good fence.
     
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