If you had read The Great Table Saw Debate Continues then you know I just recently purchased an old Craftsman Emerson saw. This was a major step in my home shop. The old saw literraly crapped out on me in a major way. (Could have killed me if I wasn’t careful.)
Well, after a couple of weeks I have finally gotten to work a bit on tuning and doing a few cuts. I’ve worked through part of a quick project and I have to say I am not disapointed in the saw at all. That particular model is well made and the motor has plenty of power. Plus, it seems to be plenty customizable.
Well, the first thing that I upgraded was the legs. I absolutely have to have a mobel base. My shop is just too small to work without one. However, price is a major concern. Also, I have the unfortunate asset of an unlevel floor (dug out basement) and not enough head room to lay down a level floor (or money). So, I settled on the retracting casters from Woodcraft . I was able to pick up a set while on vacation a right after I bought the saw so the wheels went on early.
This was also my first experience with something I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do: modify the saw. And by “modify” I mean drill holes. The stock legs on the the saw didn’t have holes that line up for the casters so I ended up drilling (using a step bit) new holes and attaching them that way. Worked out well. But, it isn’t the last time I’m going to have to do something like that (more on that later).
So far, I like the saw and the possibilities that it opens up for me. The next step, which I am in the middle of, is to buy and attach a new fence system. I already have the fence, but I’ll do a write up and review on that separately. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures and if you have the chance to get one of these saws, you won’t be sorry.
P.S.: Sorry for the blurry pics. Phone camera’s suck.
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