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    time to face facts

    Recently I joked that my tablesaw only weighs three pounds. It wasn't a huge exaggeration. My Delta 36-540 is truly a lightweight.
    Yesterday I tried ripping some maple slabs 2 12" thick. It just plain wouldn't do the job and even tripped the overload switch. Plus the whole unit was moving backwards as I tried to feed. It is truly a puny, underpowered lightweight.
    It cost $89.00 new about ten years ago. Probably worth every penny.
    I'll be in the market for something else. First have to decide how to pay for a replacement. If I sell the Terrco duplicator, that will do it.
    I will probably watch the auctions and estate sales first. But, one rarely sees any major tools of quality at those. Usually Craftsmen. Never know though.

    Edit: can't edit title, should be face facts
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    Last edited by Frank Fusco; 12-15-2008 at 09:28 PM.

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    Take heart Frank. I purchased my Jet cabinet saw at an auction - less than a year old for half the retail price. Sadly, lots of businesses are going under. Mine came from a shop that made shutters. You might get lucky!
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    Yer a turner - surely you have a bandsaw?

    That might stave off the need for a little while, I'd guess.
    Jason Beam
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Beam View Post
    Yer a turner - surely you have a bandsaw?

    That might stave off the need for a little while, I'd guess.
    Yep. Would rather have used the bandsaw. But due to space limitations I couldn't push the long slab all the way through. And the bandsaw isn't mobile.

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    Hey, check with Stu, his old one is surely coming out of the black hole!
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    here you go, Frank:



    Oh, and I fixed your title, too...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Bill, GET BACK TO WORK ON THAT KITCHEN!!!

    Hey, sorry...just trying to save your marriage.
    Darren

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    Thanks for title change, Bill
    Me! Buy Chinese stuff???
    It will be one under consideration.
    Actually, I learned there is a stocking Jet dealer in Springfield, MO also. In fairness to myself, I'll check it out.
    But, first, gotta sell the Terrco.

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    You do know that this and almost all Grizzly table saws are made in Taiwan, right?

    You also know that Jet's are made there, too, right?

    Just FYI
    Jason Beam
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    Hi Frank

    I will tell you what I told Stu when he was looking at a Uni Saw. Go for the Saw Stop. Think of what price a digit on those hands of yours are worth and then think that there is a solution to prevent you from losing one. I cannot see why anyone buying a new TS today would look at any other saw. For me its safety first. And now they make contractor versions as well.

    P.S. I have absolutely no affiliation to these Saw Stop guys at all. I just think its one of our most dangerous devices in the shop and when you can get a safety device like this to me its priceless.
    cheers

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