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Greetings,

I am about to purchase a table saw for casual (10-15 hours/month) home use. Flower boxes and outdoor furniture at first, as well as interior trim and eventually maybe some kitchen cabinets...

My budget is about $500 for the saw and have narrowed it down to:
* the Ryobi BT3000SX ($399)
* the DeWalt 744S ($499)
* the Bosch 4000 ($499)
* the Rigid TS2400 ($499)

I have read the recent reviews in Fine Homebuilding
http://www.taunton.com/fh/features/tools/fh134portsaws_katz.htm
and Fine Woodworking http://taunton.com/fw/features/tools/tablesaws/1.htm

Currently I am leaning towards the Ryobi but wanted some feedback from other users first...

The sliding miter table on the Ryobi is one feature that stands out (good or bad).

I am curious whether anyone has made any custom jigs for the BT3000 that may have been easier or more difficult with a traditional miter setup.

Also, I am interested in adding a router table to whichever option I go with. Ryobi makes a 'snap in' for the BT3000 for $65 but I could also make a custom one myself...

Any thoughts?

Thanks!!
-Dave

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Dave

I have owned a Bosch 4000 for about a year. So far no problems.
I use it mostly for deck building. I just rec'd the Tool Crib/Amazon
flyer for August. That saw with folding stand is on sale for $529.00 plus $20 off all Bosch tools over $199 so for $509 you get both. That is as low as I have seen it advertised, plus free shipping and no tax if you are not from ND.
Regards

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For non-portable use, I'd really encourage you to look at a contractors saw with an induction motor and a belt drive and a generous sized table, such as Jet or Delta. You said you want to get into cabinets later. Get a saw that can grow with you. For now you can keep it near 500: go with the stamped wings and bottom of the line fence. You can upgrade later if you need to--turning your $500 saw into one that sells for 850 as a package. You can't do this with some of the saws you are considering now.

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Greetings,

I am about to purchase a table saw for casual (10-15 hours/month) home use. Flower boxes and outdoor furniture at first, as well as interior trim and eventually maybe some kitchen cabinets...

My budget is about $500 for the saw and have narrowed it down to:
* the Ryobi BT3000SX ($399)
* the DeWalt 744S ($499)
* the Bosch 4000 ($499)
* the Rigid TS2400 ($499)

I have read the recent reviews in Fine Homebuilding
http://www.taunton.com/fh/features/tools/fh134portsaws_katz.htm
and Fine Woodworking http://taunton.com/fw/features/tools/tablesaws/1.htm

Currently I am leaning towards the Ryobi but wanted some feedback from other users first...

The sliding miter table on the Ryobi is one feature that stands out (good or bad).

I am curious whether anyone has made any custom jigs for the BT3000 that may have been easier or more difficult with a traditional miter setup.

Also, I am interested in adding a router table to whichever option I go with. Ryobi makes a 'snap in' for the BT3000 for $65 but I could also make a custom one myself...

Any thoughts?

Thanks!!
-Dave