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|11-27-2013, 11:08 PM||#2|
Puzzle Making Muggle
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Hogwarts (the House Elves kind of dig me)
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Hi, Rusty.....it's a common debate on the forum. I have a DeWalt, and have been very happy with it, but have heard nothing but good things said about the Excaliburs as well.
A ton of people on the forum will recommend to you the DeWalt, and many more the Excalibur. I guess you just have to see which features are most important to you.
The two saws are actually very similar. The main difference is that the DeWalt's table tilts, while with the Excalibur, the whole arm tilts.
Many people have also encountered mechanical/machining problems with the DeWalt Type II (current new models), although I haven't found this the case with my own personal saw.
Another recent thread brought up concerns about the durability of the DeWalt's motor if used extensively on thick stock.
An advantage that goes in favor of the DeWalt, when comparing those two models, is obviously the lower price, but also the extra 4" throat depth.
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|11-27-2013, 11:33 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Moorpark, CA
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I would go with the DeWalt as it has a twenty inch throat. The EX 16 is only 16". Believe it or not, that extra 4" makes a big difference. On the other hand, the Ex 21 Would be the best of both worlds!
Dan in So.Ca.
|11-27-2013, 11:41 PM||#4|
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Richmond, VA
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It's curved when I want straight, and straight when I want curved.
DW-788, Delta Midi Lathe
|11-28-2013, 08:43 AM||#5|
Just Goofy !
Join Date: Mar 2007
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I can only say, that I own a 788 & it's been a very dependable saw for me. It may make a difference if you plan to use it extensively, I only use mine for hobby work & not 8 hrs. at a time. I think they are both great saws & you just don't know until you try them both. Good Luck.
|11-28-2013, 09:11 AM||#6|
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Buffalo, MO
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I can solve your problem. I will sell you my DeWalt Type I for $447 and then I could go buy the Ex16.
|11-28-2013, 10:10 AM||#7|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Bellport, LI New York
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If it were me I would save a bit more and go with the big EX .the tilting motor would be my deciding factor.
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|11-28-2013, 11:33 AM||#8|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Dayton, TN
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I own both the DW788 and the EX21. Both are great machines, but I prefer the EX21. If money is an issue, I would suggest the DW788, but if the money is not the issue, buy the EX21. The extra 4" on the EX21 and the tilting head makes a big difference.
ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN
|11-28-2013, 07:08 PM||#9|
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Port Angeles, Wa
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The table on my Shop Fox tilts, but I've never learned how to use it. I tilt it when I have to change blades and I can get my hand in there to put the lower clamp on the lower arm. then I put the table level and saw away. Yeppers I do want the big yellow saw. I think the 16" would be great for me unless I get a nice sturdy stand to mount it on. Then I could go for the larger throat. My Shop Fox is a 16" and that just fits the bench perfectly. Have a great Thanksgiving Fay
|11-30-2013, 11:34 AM||#10|
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: West Virginia
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I have been reading a lot about intarsia and inlay lately and it looks like a lot of fun. Looks like the EX would be a little easier being that the table stays flat.