Small-Shop Sliding Saws
If I take off the crosscut fence to do some ripping, is it asking too much to think it would be square when I put it back on? Is anyone else running a system like this, or does everyone have multiple saws?
From contributor J:
Have you considered a vertical panel saw? I too am in a smaller shop, and went from a 10' slider to a Striebig vertical, and could not be happier with the choice. I build residential cabinets, so my main thing is cutting plywood panels for cabinet parts. I also process hardwood lumber for my cabinet doors on it. The saw takes up very little space, is very accurate, faster than a slider or tablesaw, and one heck of a lot safer. I regularly cut 70 plus sheets a day on it for stocked parts like cabinet ends, partitions, bottoms, and shelving. Unless you plan to cut a lot of different angles on parts, the vertical wins hands down. I do all of my dadoing on a Hersaf panel router. For what I paid for it, I can't tear down a tablesaw, install and adjust a dado, then have to put a saw blade back on, and hope I didn't forget to dado a part in the next fifteen minutes. I would just evaluate the parts you need to process, and explore your other options.
From contributor G:
We frequently remove and replace the crosscut fence on our Felder. It has always gone on square for us.
From contributor D:
I have been using an old SCM Mini-Max S250 with a 59" slider that I have to put a fence on for angle cuts. I use a fence for all other cuts. I have used this saw for nearly 10 years with no problems and I am a frameless shop where accurate cuts are a must. You can find them for around $2000 on used equipment sites.
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