Re: My First Table Saw - looking for recommendations
I could be totally wrong about this...
Ridgid p0wer tools are not made by Ridgid. I'm not sure who they are made by, but I've heard they are the same manufacturer that makes Craftsman. It's my understanding that Home Depot purchased a license from Ridgid (a maker of excellent plumbing tools) to use the name on their own line of p0wer tools.
Even "name-brand" p0wer tools like Milwaukee, Porter-Cable, Delta, and DeWalt have sold out to Home Depot and Lowes: many of the tools sold in the big-box stores are of lower quality than seemingly identical models found in specialty tool stores.
If you are looking for a new table saw, go to the tool stores, not the big-box stores. If you are OK with used, you can find some excellent deals on Craigslist. If you are patient, you may find a saw in your price range that is better than you could otherwise afford.
Probably the most important part of a good table saw is the fence. Don't skimp on the fence. There should also be a means of properly aligning the blade and the fence; they should be parallel to the miter gauge grooves. (Though some woodworkers align the fence so the gap between the fence and the blade is ever-so-slightly larger at the rear than the front in order to reduce kickback.)
Also, ensure that the p0wer requirements can be met by your electrical service. You want to avoid anything with a "3-phase" motor -- look for a 240V single-phase motor. Wire in a dedicated circuit appropriate for whatever the requirements are.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.