Well, the old 2.5hp Craftsman 10” TS is now retired. It was beginning to fall apart and no amount of JB weld or duct tape was gonna keep it going much longer.
Its last project—Stumpy’s Tubafore contest. (Being as I won the contest, I figured maybe it was time to get the kind of respectable tools that such a station deserves. heheh Ok, maybe a little better saw than that—No offense Stumpy)
I’d been lurking on CL for almost a year trying to decide what to get. I’d read every TS forum on here. Read the reviews ad nauseum. Finally it happened. The saw I wanted on CL for $500—In Las Vegas… dang!
I began rationalizing how to get it. Las Vegas is $150 in gas and 11 hours round trip driving from Phoenix.
That would bring the cost to around $650 plus losing my whole weekend. (Not to mention the losses at the casino—it’s Vegas afterall.)
Then there was this ad in Scotsdale for $900 for the same saw. Would he take $700? It’d be worth it.
After a few calls over that last few days, he says he would take $750 for the saw. BINGO! My weekend was worth at least $100 to me, so off I went.
This pic was what the guy emailed to me when I replied to his ad. I’ll be taking new photos later today (Notice the blade guard still in the factory packaging down below the table)
When I get to this guy’s place, I am amazed by the tools he had. This guy was set up nice.
When I asked why he was selling the saw, he said he thought he’d try his hand at wood working, but discovered, after buying all the tools, that he wasn’t that good at it.
In my head I’m thinking, “Isn’t this like golf? Do it because you enjoy it. And, if you’re good at it, all the better!” On the other hand, I figure I’d better not talk him out of selling me the saw either! So I didn’t say anything. He told me about how he inherited a bunch of tools from his Dad when he passed and he showed me about 30 vintage planes. He wasn’t really sure what to do with them, but he isn’t ready to sell any either.
The saw weighed over 400 lbs. We ended up taking it apart in order to load it into my truck.
When I got it home I took a couple 4/4 rough sawn Maple planks from the rack, screwed them to a 2X4 clamped in my workmate and built a ramp to slide it off the tailgate. My truck is 4X4 so the tailgate is pretty high up. Unloading it by myself was a bit precarious, but workable with the gravity assist and all.
I took my time putting it together. Checking and aligning everything as I went. This model has a slider on the left side of the table which is likely only slightly better than a basic miter gauge. Still, I am hoping it will come in handy. The table is pretty flat, but there is a slight bow front to back (about 0.007”) in the sliding portion of the table that is starting to bug me. In my head, I’m already trying to figure out how to machine it flat again.
I’m not very impressed with the fence. The tail end of it isn’t very rigid and flexes when pushed. Also the hairline in the sight-glass moves based on your viewing angle. I’m still checking if these two issues can be adjusted or fixed.
This morning all the muscles in my body are telling me I was heaving about a 400 lb saw the day before. I’m not nearly as young as I used to be.
Hopefully, I’ll be cutting wood with it tonight. It will be a good break from having to use one leg to keep the saw from moving while trying to rip 8/4 Maple. At a bare minimum, at least I won’t be as embarrassed to take photos of my messy workshop anymore. Pics to follow.
-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251