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Life as an Amateur Woodworker #37: Time for an upgrade

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 02-06-2015 01:16 AM 919 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I think I have said previously that my second hand Craftsman (315 28462) has been a problem I could not adjust it sufficiently to get a perfect or near perfect 90° cut, and I now have a couple of projects coming up where I want to be able to make decent cuts, without then having to plane or adjust the timber after cutting.

So today was spent searching for a new table saw, it seems that I only had one choice (unless I went for another ‘table top’ type), although there were two options, the first being a Colombian made saw, of various sizes they are classed as industrial, cast iron, and no way you could move it with less than four people, also it only cuts at 90°, the only adjustment is up or down! The second option, was another Craftsman, Model 21833, certainly not a new model, although it is classed as that here, it has some decent reviews, and in my price range this was the maximum I could go to. The Shop Staff, obviously hadn’t got a clue, they tried to say that it is 4HP, when in fact it is only 1 3/4HP, but from the reviews, it appears up to any work I will throw at it, time will tell.

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What price you ask, well lets say that in the US it sells for $600, but here it is more, $800?...Nope! $950?...Nope! $1200?...Nope! Give up? well, here it is the equivalent of $1450 including importation duties etc. So you can see that I was somewhat stuck, yet another disadvantage of living here, it sort of wiped out the savings I have been making on other things, hopefully I will get a little bit back when I sell the old one.

Anyway, having looked it over, I got 2% discount because it was a demonstration model, but the bonus is that it is already put together for me, so that has to be worth a bit more, I have signed on the dotted line, and return, Saturday morning with the trailer to collect it.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright



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#1 posted 02-06-2015 02:11 AM

The benefit of living in a warm place Phil? I have a friend living in Costa Rica with the same cost issues. Good luck with your new hybrid saw.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 02-06-2015 02:22 AM

Cheers Tom, not quite sure which way to take that comment! :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#3 posted 02-06-2015 03:18 AM

No implications. Just letting you know I understand the costs. And I hope it does well!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 02-06-2015 04:29 AM

I have this model for about 5 years now. It has been a good saw. If you have to make any adjustments to the blade to table first thing to do is back off the 2 set screws for the 45 and 90 degree stops accessible from the top of the table. Make your adjustments and after you are complete then set you 45 and 90 degree stops. I just ordered a Delta T30 T2 fence with the new rails, it arrives Friday between 3 pm. and 7 p.m. I am hoping the new additional hole locations will match up and I will not have to drill.any additional ones. I ordered it from Tools-Plus for $195 including shipping.

I think you will like the saw

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 02-06-2015 12:08 PM

Thanks Tom, I misread your message :(

That’s good news Norman, and thanks for the tip…Good luck with your new fence! :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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