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# 249018 19-Apr-2019 20:04
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Does anyone own The Toolshed table saw? I've been looking at this for a while, and I was wondering about getting the Dewalt DW745, which has excellent reviews. However the Toolshed saw is on special at half the price of the Dewalt, so I'm thinking it might be worth a shot as a first table saw.
If anyone has any experience with it I'd love to hear.
https://www.thetoolshed.co.nz/product/6992-toolshed-table-saw-255mm-with-folding-stand

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  # 2221334 19-Apr-2019 23:23
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Bunnings has the DW745 for $985 and M10 has it for $1038. You could try M10's beat it by 15% and get it for $837?

 

ToolShed also sell the DW745($1149). Have you compared the build quality and features of each?

 

Take note of the fence, eg is it parallel with the blade and mitre slots, does it always lock parallel, does it lock solid at both ends or does the far end move, etc.

 

Does the blade stay in line as it is raised and lowered, or does the angle change?

 

The mitre gauge is loose in the slots on the DW745, assume the ToolShed saw will be the same? Which has the better slots for runners on a DIY mitre gauge or cross-cut sledge.

 

Good luck!

 

 


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  # 2221349 20-Apr-2019 05:50
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Going on leg design this saw is also known as a Pingtek. YouTube unboxing here https://youtu.be/YGZPPb08M0w.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2221360 20-Apr-2019 08:19
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In addition to what has been said I would check the surface width on the miter track.  The Miter Gauge that comes with most table saws always seems to rattle around a bit leading to inaccuracies in cutting. Third party miter gauges with adjustable track from people such as Micro Jig are required to get the best from your saw. Dewalt takes these third party gauges. Probably worth checking with the Toolshed before committing if you decide on that one. 


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  # 2221364 20-Apr-2019 08:24
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Looks like the fence only clamps at the front - that means you'll struggle to keep it parallel to the blade.
I had a cheap ryobi like that before - was bloody frustrating and dangerous as it can lead to kickback. I sold it and saved up for a dewalt with the rack and pinion fence adjustment - like the dw745. Dear, but worth it for a 'lifetime' tool

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  # 2221371 20-Apr-2019 08:43
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In the Toolshed description "Comes complete with a sturdy aluminum rip fence which clamps at the front and the back so there is no chance of the fence moving while cutting. "

I started with a heavy circ saw and then bought a lighter one. In 20 years I haven't found anything I had to have a table saw to do although sometimes it takes a bit of work around.



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  # 2221473 20-Apr-2019 14:30
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Thanks all for the helpful responses.

I went and looked at the Toolshed and Dewalt saws today. The Toolshed saw looked pretty solid, and has a good sized table. Unfortunately the floor model had the fence missing, so I wasn't able to check that out.

The mitre gauge slot is exactly the same in both brands, and I tried both gauges in the slot, and they had the same amount of play. Interestingly the mitre gauge slots in the Makita and Milwauke were both different.

The Dewalt seems excellent, feels really sturdy with quality components. The fence is great with plenty of features. The rack and pinion system seems such a good system for ensuring the fence is always parallel. Not sure why no-one else uses the same system. I have definitely thought about using M10 price promise to get it, but even then I'd need to pay extra for the stand ($328 for one with similar functionality to the Toolshed).

Tough decision! I think the Toolshed saw looks great for the price, but would i regret not spending the extra for the Dewalt?

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  # 2221564 20-Apr-2019 19:41
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Have you considered a track saw? Could potentially do most of what you need.

If you went the dewalt tablesaw, you could build a base for it. Plenty of tutorials on youtube.

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  # 2221566 20-Apr-2019 20:01
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Base could be your first project.

 

The fence is a major item to consider with a table saw, so would want to check it before committing.

 

Track saws can be good, but a pain if you want to do repeat cuts. Have to set up each cut.


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