Very nice table saw and set. I wish I had the skills to do some woodworking, a person could actually make some money making stuff and fixing up your home. I believe DeWalt table saws are the best in the business.too Very nice..
I will say this, it does not have the capabilities of the machines I am used to.
Removing the included bolt on tables and using something home-made with a smooth top is surely a big help but I have to say that I am disappointed with the power of this saw versus the cost of investment (for what I want to be doing with it).
I am completely used to being able use one saw for anything from panels to 14/4 mahogany and knew I would not be doing things like the latter but even some thicker stock sheets make a variety of high end blades struggle to the point that one piece of stock @1.5" was able to stop the blade completely and (by the time I could let go of the stock with one hand) trip the dedicated breaker which was REALLY disappointing to be completely honest. I haven't had to deal with that any time in the recent past.
The saw is surprisingly mobile all thing considered but if you have the indoor space you can permanently dedicate to a 240v / 3hp cabinet saw and can throw another 1400 bucks on top of cost of the rigid I surely would if you do this kind of stuff on the regular. If you can make some feed tables and will only use a table here and there this will get the job done in many cases but I would be hesitant and patient (as in saving coin before purchasing) and see what you could find used if this is an option.
I was looking around at one point for a used 240v and found lots of potential for good prices. As long as the surfaces are decent and the mechanics are good the machine can easily be refurbished and painted and if you can get into one for less than 1000 that will never fail you and only needs a small amount of elbow-grease I would say that it is well worth the extra spent on top of any consumer grade saw.
For the rigid saw though, yes you can not get anything anywhere close to it for anywhere near the price range.
Although, this one too is as you say, somewhat of an entry level, I've found it to be quite adequate for my projects (with some added roller stands for larger pieces). What's been really handy is it's portability capabilities as I agree, moving them can be a pain.
Been telling myself that one for about 13 years now, luckily for you 6 months is pretty short term in comparison
I believe they have pretty secure and cheap self storage down there...no?
If the savings on a used one is substantial enough (vs item value) to warrant jumping on it you might be able to work out a deal for some thing like 6 months @ 35/month at one of the storage places out there and if it still works out mathematically you won't loose out on the opportunity to pick up the unit.
Yes you're quite correct, that's some very expensive machinery as well. Better know what you're doing too, I've known a few people to lose a finger or two or dummies who don't wear goggles or eye protection.
I wish I was skilled at building stuff, I walk in Home Depot and marvel at this kind of equipment and the very high prices. But if you think about it, they money you pay others to do it for you, in the long run you probably save money by being able to do it yourself. lol