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Posted on Need some helpful advice on a TS deal

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 09:06 AM

$450 sounds a little high for a used saw of that caliber. The tennon jig and dado stack is not worth a $150 to $200 premium which is what it sounds like he’s asking. I’ve seen better saws for less, but on the other hand, it’s a decent saw. The saw would probably be worth around $300. It does not have a riving knife which is a fact of life for most used saws these days; unless they are just a year or two old, then I’d be wary of why they are for sale.

I have a Craftsman saw that is virtually the same saw as the new Ridgid 4512, just a different paint color. It does have the riving knife and, in my opinion a fairly good fence, not a bad saw. I paid $409 for it last year, without a military discount, but on sale. If I was shopping for a saw today I’d rather have a better saw. The Craftsman/Ridgid 4512 is about the bottom end of the just acceptable quality range, IMHO. The trunnion assembly is a little on the light side, table mounted instead of cabinet mounted, fit and finish is marginal. For the money it’s a lot of saw, but I’m saying the next notch up in quality is a big leap up in durability. Unfortunately, that next notch up is about double the price.

On the other hand, for that kind of money, $500 to $800, you might get a used Powermatic or Delta Unisaw which is about as good as it gets. A big Grizzly would be good too, but I never see them on Craigs List.

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