So I've been looking for a table saw for a long time and the advice I'd gotten regarding saws in the $500 range was pretty discouraging. I waited and waited perousing craigslist, but nothing great came around. Finally, I decided to bite the bullet on a saw because though I've gotten pretty good results with my worm drive saw and a cutting jig, I just didn't think I wanted to struggle with it for ripping long, narrow stock for ribbands and the like. Also, the jig method is pretty slow. Anyway, I went to the dreaded HD and picked up their Ridgid $500 stationary saw as I'd heard good things, all the while saying, "I'm going to find a saw on craigslist tonight." I was wrong. I found it the next morning. Timing right for one of the few times in my life, I saw the ad five minutes after its posting, had my son at preschool, so I was there 15 minutes later. It's a Makita 2708 8'' saw on a stand. They were running it with a 7 1/4'' blade which is just fine by me, cheap as they are. The saw seems good, but the fence seems tough to move around, though it feels good and firm once locked in place. Any suggestions on after market fence systems or other accessories I might consider to improve this saw? Mostly I think I'll be ripping 1x stock, (Douglas Fir, SYP, maybe oak?) into thinner strips for longitudinal members and eventually, if the saw proves itself sufficient, ripping strips for a strip build. Thanks all- Aaron
PS- $50 for the saw, by the way.