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Keep an eye on your local craiglist. I see the contractor-sized tablesaws semi-regularly - likely from people who bought them for a project and then don't want to store them.


As you say, go for a name brand for the support although I have a nearly 50 year old Craftsman that still has all of it's original parts. The only issue I've had with it was a few years ago when the switch went out. I pulled the switch expecting to have to search for a replacement, but after cleaning all the sawdust out of it and cleaning the contacts it was as good as new again.


On that note, finding an older machine may get you a more solid piece of equipment than a lot of the brand new "plastic" stuff the box stores are selling.
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