Happy new homeowner here, looking to put another power tool into the collection. Will it be a table saw or a slide miter saw?
Upcoming projects in the “honeydo” jar are an oak fireplace surround and laying seemingly acres of laminate flooring (eg: Pergo-type planks)
A basic “chop saw” miter box doesn’t have a big enough bite to cut the flooring, or the 1x6 and 1x8 boards for the fireplace. The slide miter saws will easily manage this - starting prices are about $500 for a decent one with a decent blade.
Entry point on table saws is much less - I can pick one up at the local big “S” for starting at $170. I used to have (sold it when there was no place for it in an apartment) a saw in this price range before and it was well, a saw.
How much better off would I be stepping up to the “jobsite” or “contractor” saws in the $400-500 range? One thing I do know is my previous cheapie didn’t have the capacity to accept a dado blade. OTOH, that’s not been a problem for me yet, but for all I know, three months from now, I might need to make a bunch of dados and smack myself for getting a saw that can’t do it. I’m not a cabinetmaker - just a busy do-it-myselfer
I don’t currently need a highly portable saw, but the idea of being able to dust the thing off after use and storing it on a stout shelf, rather than having a stand-mounted saw eat floor space is attractive.
So - where should I spend the hypothetical $500? A slide miter box or a contractor table saw?