[UPDATE: AFTER GETTING SOME FEEDBACK, I WENT AHEAD AND PURCHASED THE DEWALT JOB SITE SAW HERE: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HXT2N6/. THANKS EVERYONE FOR ALL THE VALUABLE INPUT!]
I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been thinking about picking up a small table saw. Not a cabinet maker’s (“real”) table saw, but the sort of thing used by carpenters and the like, such as this one on amazon.
The thing is, I don’t know what makes for a good saw of this type, and what doesn’t. Reviews and the description talk about how easy it is to move around. I don’t care about that. I want to use it in my shop for long rip cuts to get material down to size.
I want a saw like this other than a cabinet maker’s saw because I don’t want to spend that kind of money, and my desired uses for it are rather simple.
I don’t work with plywood or other sheet goods that much if any, so how well a saw such as this manages those types of materials isn’t important to me.
I want to be able to cut long boards down to width for projects efficiently and accurately enough that it’s only necessary to take a plane to their lengths afterwords.
My usual decision making for purchases like this is to look for something with a lot of positive reviews on amazon, follow the masses and make the purchase. I’m wondering if anyone out there knows enough to tell me what to look for. Any input is greatly appreciated!