Anyone familiar with these table saws?

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Anyone familiar with these table saws?

Post by Petejw » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:12 pm

Hi

I am looking for a new table saw and currently have two in mind.
The Evolution Rage 5s and a Draper - Model 82571 sliding table saw

In an ideal world, I would be looking at maybe a Bosch, DeWalt or maybe one of the Axminster offerings. However, in the real world, these are just too expensive - The other half already thinks I am looking at ones for about £120, so I am already way over budget and in deep trouble.
Does anyone have any practical experience of either of these, especially the Draper which seem to get reasonable reviews, but only a few of them.

What I like
Evolution
  • Folds away
    Cuts more than just wood
    Seems to get quite good reviews
Draper
  • Metal Case
What I dont like
Evolution
  • Plastic Case
Draper
  • Stand is Extra
Any comments greatly appreciated

Pete

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Re: Anyone familiar with these table saws?

Post by promhandicam » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:55 pm

Welcome to the forum. What are you trying to make, or what material are you hoping to cut?

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Re: Anyone familiar with these table saws?

Post by Petejw » Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:34 am

It's just for general hobby work, nothing flash. Some hardwoods, perhaps. The odd bit of sheet material. Rough sawn timber. I have had a 8inch jet for about 10 years, but need something that cuts a bit thicker. I have made a few items of furniture in the past, but have had to rough cut with a circular saw. I know I'm not going to get the greatest machine in the world, but am looking for something general purpose that would provide "acceptable" cuts. Not essential to cut metals, just a "nice to have'

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Re: Anyone familiar with these table saws?

Post by Meccarroll » Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:40 pm

If you can afford one I'd look at the Bosch Professional GTS 10 J. I have wanted a site saw for a while now and was thinking of a portable "table saw" to go with my chop saw. The Bosch Professional GTS 10 J was the one I was going to buy but I recently came across a secondhand Dewalt 743 Flip Over Saw locally so purchased that instead. Flip over saws act as both a rip saw and mitre saw. You may find that the cheaper the saw the less accurate it may be, which can be a pain. I once purchased a cheap 240V MAC Allister Flip Over saw for cutting timber on a large roofing project and used it every day for about three months. I paid about £150 for it and sold it after the job for £80, it really did the job well but the blade did wobble ever so slightly making it a bit US for fine work but it was plenty good enough for the roofing job. Most jobs I work on require 110v site tools, the roofing job did not but that's why I sold the 240v MAC Allister.

For metal cutting all you usually need to do is buy the correct blade (one that cuts metal).

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Re: Anyone familiar with these table saws?

Post by Petejw » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:34 pm

Thanks for the recommendation. The Bosch would be my preferred choice, I have Bosch drills, sanders, chop saw we even bosch dishwasher and washing machines.
But unfortunately the table saw is £100 over my already revised, revised budget.
I too have had good experience with MacAllister. I've had one of their planer/thicknessers for about 10 years and it still working brilliantly. 300 mm bed width and it cost me about £180.
I didn't realise it was just a case of a different blade for cutting metals, I thought it needed a specialist type of saw too. Which makes things a bit easier in my choice.

Thanks again Pete

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Re: Anyone familiar with these table saws?

Post by plutomoon » Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:57 pm

I own an Evolution Fury 5 since 2015 and couldn't be happier. Based on that alone I'd say go for the Evolution Rage 5s

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