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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 919 days ago 3723 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having lost my early 80’s Craftsman with cast iron top in a divorce, I was left with basically nothing tool wise.

I remarried 7 years ago and we bought a home with a basement two car garage. Due to some kids coming home and my father (95 years old today) coming to live with us, I had to make two bedrooms and a full bath in the other part of my basement. I didn’t have a lot of money when I started the project, dad helped out later, but I went to sears hoping to get the same table saw I had way back when.

When I got to Sears, I was very disappointed in the selection of tools. Everything had plastic all over it. I bought a small 10 inch table saw and a 10’ inch compound miter saw which saw me through the basement remodel.

After I cleaned out the extra building material in my garage, I (just lately) put my shop down there. I’ve been buying tools like a mad man. You name it, I got it.

While taking my dad to his weekly bowling, I spied a wholesale overstock place with a huge sign that read TOOLS. I think I spent the whole day looking at everything they had, and ended up buying a Ryobi Model RTS30 Contractors Portable Table Saw. I got it home and read some reviews on it from Amazon.com. Most were favorable, and the one’s that weren’t complained about a plastic piece snapping off. So armed with this knowledge, I will make sure to go easy on it.

So now I have the small Craftsman, and the Ryobi. But it isn’t going to stop there. One thing I hate is having to stop my work to adjust to a 45 degree cut, then go back to straight. So once again I’m looking for another Table Saw. I have my eye on several. The same cast iron Craftsman I used to have, or the Porter Cable PCB270TS.

I just don’t think you can have too many table saws.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.



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NormG

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#1 posted 919 days ago

I purchased Craftsman 21833 about 2 years ago, I also had some initial issues, but they all worked out and the saw has been a good work horse.

Buy the best saw you can afford that meets your needs. Look at Craigslist for deals and in the newspapers. Rigid, Powermatic and Grizzly seem to have a good following here also. In regards to setting angle, I use a Wixey electronic gauge and it works great.

-- Norman

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RussellAP

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#2 posted 919 days ago

Thanks Norman. I like to have several table saws so I can maintain the same exact angle throughout a project. Once I get it set, I don’t have to stop my work to change things. I do the same with miter saws, I just picked up a sweet DeWalt compound with a Skil extension to 8’7”. Brand new blades in all four saws.
All I can say is that between Lumberjocks and my shop, my wife is glad she works nights. :)

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 919 days ago

Taking your 95 year old dad to his weekly bowling. Amazing! I think your family is blessed with good genes.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 919 days ago

He actually bowls twice a week. It’s more like shuffle to the line and twist. He uses a 6 lb ball, but he has a good time with his friends. Then it’s pizza and beer for dinner after he gets a burger at Burger King where he flirts with the girls behind the counter.
Yeah, I’m only 53 and I have a lot of life yet to live because I take after him in every way.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 919 days ago

I think you need two more one for 45degree and one just to keep a dado in . LOL

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 919 days ago

a1Jim- If I get that craftsman I can put a router on the side for dado and rabbits. But then what would I do with my Porter Cable router and table, molding? It’s not easy finding a ts that you can put a dado set on these days. I’m going to have to check out the Porter Cable to see if I can do that. I know I can’t on the Ryobi.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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ShaneA

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#7 posted 919 days ago

I guess it all comes down to space. If you got a lot, I see how an extra TS would be nice. However, if space is not unlimited, I say get the best one saw you can afford.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 919 days ago

No problem Russ just have 3 router tables too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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canadianchips

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#9 posted 919 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s ! ”Never too many of anything”..... I do have 4 older craftsman cast iron (Emmerson made) table saws. I am like you, I hate changing blades and angles. I am still using the FIRST one I bought in 1976. Right out of Cabinet makers school. The second one had a larger motor, so I thought good to have more HP. The third bigger yet and the last one I purchased Last year, 3HP, Large extensions, lots of “TOYS’ that came with it (Bought it at Auction Cheap).Last night while making a project for my wifes work the main switch did a melt down. Imagine after 35 years the switch goes (Guess they don’t make them like they used too…...)I now have 4 Table saws and 3 power switches.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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RussellAP

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#10 posted 919 days ago

Can you make solar panels on them there saws, :) sounds like you need a few. How many amps you running in your shop?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Grandpa

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#11 posted 919 days ago

All this and we haven’t even talked about clamps yet??? LOL

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RussellAP

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#12 posted 919 days ago

Grandpa, I’m beginning to realize that clamps will cost a fortune. I better start making some.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 919 days ago

If we are talking clamps I feel 3/4” pipe clamps are the best value, I’ve picked up 20 at a time when Harbor freight had them on sale for $4.99 each . I know Harbor freight does not always have high quality tools but these clamps have worked out great , I’m up to about 150 of just my HF clamps . If price is not to big of a issue check out Jet parallel clamps. They always get top reviews.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Grandpa

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#14 posted 919 days ago

I have ….a rack of clamps on 3/4 pipe. I don’t know how many. 25 or 30 I guess. I have hand clamps or hand screw clamps. They get called by different names in different places. the wood clamps. I have about 20 of those. I bought some of the quik grip clamps when they were on sale. I have 12 of those. My grandson asked his grandma why I needed so many clamps? She said, “oh, Noah, you can’t have too many clamps.” I am just thankful she sees it my way…..LOL
Kinda like routers with Jim…they just keep following him home because they have heard he will give them a good home.

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RussellAP

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#15 posted 919 days ago

a1Jim- I have a couple of pipe clamps, I just got a couple 3 foot pipes for them. I like the quick grip mini bar clamps best because they’re easy to set with one hand in case you have to hold something with the other. But for sure grip and tightness, you can’t beat bar clamps.
I’m going to start looking around for some more.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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