TM reader Streets writes: “I’m looking to buy my first table saw, and I’ve run into the essential problem that comes with every new tool purchase: do I go cheap and eventually upgrade, or do I go big now and run the risk of paying for bells and whistles I don’t really need? I’ve seen a lot of table saws for $100 — such as the Delta at Lowe’s with a stand, etc. — but the table is small and I know it’s not for me. There’s also a Black and Decker Firestorm for $159 with a bigger table, but I don’t know if that’s a good buy. Ideally, I’d just drop $500 to $700 on a big stationary model that I would never outgrow, but chances are it’s not the best buy for a guy who is an occasional weekend woodworker.”
What do you think? Let us know in comments.
(Thanks, BarelyFitz, for the great cc-licensed photo.)