Choosing a table saw
Selecting a table saw and fence system for a small shop. January 3, 2001
I'm considering buying a Powermatic Artisan table saw for my small shop. Can anyone comment on the pros or cons of that saw? Any other saws of similar type that might do as well or better for limited cabinet work? Any other saws with better fence systems?
I would skip this class of saw and go right to a Unisaw or a Powermatic 66. More money but 10 times more machine. And they hold their resale value.
Get a good 52" or better T-square fence. Throw in a sliding table if you want. It will be a great investment.
I have had the Delta Platinum Edition 10" tilting arbor cabinet saw about 4 months. I am very pleased with it.
I used to be a shop teacher, and our secondary schools had a Unisaw for just about all of the 30 years I was around. I don't know of any failing. If you get one, be sure and buy the Biesmier T-square fence, not the Delta. To use the Delta on the left side of the blade you have to unscrew and change it. The T-square is excellent, and slides right over the blade.
Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?
Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
KnowledgeBase: Cabinetmaking: General
KnowledgeBase: Solid Wood Machining
KnowledgeBase: Solid Wood Machining: General
KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in
any manner without permission of the Editor.
Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.
The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices.
What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe
for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use
of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation,
and at their own risk.
335 Bedell Road
Montrose, PA 18801
Copyright © 1996-2017 - WOODWEB ® Inc.