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Table Choice

#255628 by jdonovan » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:51 pm

I currently have a Mark V and I am thinking about upgrading the table. Looking for input 510 vs 520. Is one better than the other ? Thanks in advance..Joe

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Re: Table Choice

#255630 by jsburger » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:12 pm

jdonovan wrote:I currently have a Mark V and I am thinking about upgrading the table. Looking for input 510 vs 520. Is one better than the other ? Thanks in advance..Joe


The 510 and the 520 TABLE are the same size. The same for the aux and floating tables. The difference is the fence. IMO the 520 is far superior to the 510. Others will say the 510 fence is more than adequate. It may be but the 520 fence system is far superior to the 510. For the $125 (approximately) difference in cost you won't be disappointed. I would not hesitate at all to go for the 520. You get everything a 510 has and a much better fence.

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#255631 by JPG » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:10 pm

I concur! I predict if you get the 510, you will later want the 520.

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#255632 by thunderbirdbat » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:30 pm

I agree with John, the 520 is a way better fence. The only difference between the 510 and 520 upgrades are the fence and rail system. For the $115 difference in the upgrade kits, the 520 is worth it. If you go with the 510 and later want the 520, it would cost an additional $576.

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1998 510 upgraded to a 520, upgraded to power pro with double tilt and lift assist.
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#255633 by reible » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:37 pm

I will not brake the trend, yes I like the 520 a lot better then the 510 system. So my vote is for the 520, but having said that there are a lot of people happy with the 510 so either one is better then the small tables of the other 500 series tables for table saw tasks. And adding the rail make a huge difference in what can be done.

Ed

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Re: Table Choice

#255634 by JPG » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:43 pm

The 500 to 510 upgrade only made sense when the 520 upgrade was not yet available. JMO

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Re: Table Choice

#255638 by dusty » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:09 am

jdonovan wrote:I currently have a Mark V (Model 500) and I am thinking about upgrading the table. Looking for input 510 vs 520. Is one better than the other ? Thanks in advance..Joe

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I will not follow the trend!

Both the 510 and 520 fences are good. The 520 fence is heavier (more stout) but is not more accurate than the 510. If properly installed and aligned both versions are more than adequate for the type of woodworking tasks they were designed to perform (the tasks of a home hobbyist).

I have and use regularly both the 510 and 520. The 520 was an upgrade and when I first got it, I was impressed. I was not so impressed though that I would down talk the 510. In fact, I acquired the 510 later and had no regrets with either one.

I my opinion, the decision to upgrade is simple. Go for it. The decision to go 520 rather than 510 is purely a matter of economics.

If you do decide to upgrade, the real decision here is whether to go part way (to a 510 configuration) or to go for the works (to a full 520 configuration). Invest $1300 or Invest $1500???

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Re: Table Choice

#255639 by wa2crk » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:53 am

Bite the bullet if you can. If you buy the 510 system and go to the 520 system later you will actually wind up paying more. The 520 is a superior system. Just one old guy's opinion.
Bill V

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