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Offline demographic

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Re: do you miss your table saw?
« Reply #60 on: January 18, 2017, 02:36 PM »
For me the tablesaw is a good idea for small items and the tracksaw for large sheet goods.

Not keen on tablesaws for cutting sheet goods because of the sheer amount of infeed/tablesaw/outfeed space needed.

Ten foot for the board infeed (eight for the board and two for me)  two or so for the tablesaw and another ten foot for outfeed (eight for the board and two for a person maybe means its knocking on for twenty two foot of a room taken up just to cut a board into rips.

That much space in a house usually means the tablesaw has to be used outside which is the reason I don't often see them on UK house sites.

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Offline rostyvyg

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Re: do you miss your table saw?
« Reply #61 on: January 18, 2017, 03:09 PM »
Every tool has its use. While track saws are good for cutting sheet goods and straitening edges of long boards, a table saw is the one to go to if you need to rip thin stock or cut small parts using table saw sled. Basically, the best combination would be a sliding miter saw, a track saw and a compact table saw with good fence (and nothing beats Dewalt table saws in this regard). This way you can have a full fledged shop in your garage and still keep your car(s) in it, considering your workbench and other tables fold away...

Offline Scorpion

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Re: do you miss your table saw?
« Reply #62 on: January 20, 2017, 08:03 AM »
Every tool has its use....

I'd probably add "and every user has their preferred use for each tool."  Each user has different levels of comfort with each, experience with each, setup with each, and in some cases a need for each. 

Example:  I work in the home shop exclusively and never for a customer on location.  I also have a setup that allows the necessary in/out feed for the table saw (barely) so I like to cut all sheet goods to exact width on the table saw, to exact length on the miter saw (as often as possible), and use the trac saw when the other two become unsafe or difficult.

Different user using my shop may go a different way.  Would be interesting to observe actually.

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Offline cpw

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Re: do you miss your table saw?
« Reply #63 on: January 20, 2017, 12:51 PM »
I use my track saw to break the sheets down, but then get everything exact with the table saw after I feel safe handling it.  For big enough things, especially crosscuts of long and wide pieces I'll get it exact with the track saw; because I don't want to risk it turning/binding while on the table saw, or setting up outfeed support can become a pain.