View Full Version : Starter Table Saw

11-02-2008, 12:10 PM
I've done some walkways and walls and have always rented a saw to cut with. This coming season I'd like to buy my own but don't want to spend a whole lot of money on one since I don't do a lot of hardscaping. Would either of the two saws be worth buying to start off with?

MK Diamond PX-3 - $453



Northern Tool Industrial Saw - $500


MK Diamond gets great reviews and this saw would be easy to move around but I was concerned it may not have enough horsepower to cut stone effeciently. The Northern Tool Saw seems well built but I've never heard much about the quality of their tools and this saw would also be a pain for one guy to move around(the catalog said it was around 300# I believe).

Any feedback would be appreciated.

11-03-2008, 12:17 AM
both those saws are a waste of money, if your going to buy a dry cut saw then why dont you get a gas powered 14" cut off saw and the saw from northern tool only has a 5" cutting depth, that means no block.

11-03-2008, 12:59 AM
A great starter saw for the money (around $800.00 with blade) is the MK BX-3 Brick Extreme. It's light weight and very portable. It is a dry saw so lots of dust. MK does make a hybrid of this model with a junky almost worthless water attachment. I've used this saw on and off now for about 5 seasons. I keep it on the trailer as a back-up. Now go slap a mask on and make some dust & money. Good luck.

11-03-2008, 09:22 AM
Both of those saws have a 14" blade. I'm a little skeptical about the quality of the Northern Tool saw but if anyone has used it let me know how it worked. Have any of you used a saw designed like the px-3? It doesn't look like it has a sliding table on it, so I don't really think it would be worth it for cutting stone or larger pavers. I'll take a look at the BX - 3, thanks.

DVS Hardscaper
11-03-2008, 09:56 AM
there is only one name when it comes to table saws.

And that name is Contrx, which is owned by EDCO.


Their website doesn't show it (at least not where I looked), but I do know for a fact that they do have a nice electric table saw for cutting pavers. Find their contact info and give them a call.

11-06-2008, 12:42 AM
Sliding table is a must. The hybrid of the BX-3 is the BX-4. BX-3 is 100% dry saw. BX-4 has the misting system to cut down on the dust.