Starter Table Saw

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by grntmbfisher, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. grntmbfisher

    grntmbfisher LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Posts: 61

    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

    http://www.toolsdirect.com/index.cf...nufacturer/MK Diamond/finish/NA&source=ptyhpi

    or

    Northern Tool Industrial Saw - $500

    http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200334493_200334493

    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.
     
  2. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    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.
     
  3. amscapes03

    amscapes03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 398

    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.
     
  4. grntmbfisher

    grntmbfisher LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Posts: 61

    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.
     
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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  6. amscapes03

    amscapes03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 398

    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.
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2008

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