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Posted on Need help w/ C-Man Table Saw Purchase

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 08:50 PM

My concern with a saw that’s new in the box being sold by a private owner is that there’s no recourse in the event the saw has a problem. At least a used saw in mint condition can be run and tested….this one is an unknown at the moment. If the buyer is willing to guarantee that the saw isn’t stillborn or doesn’t have major issues, I might consider going $375, but even that is a lot of money for a saw that needs a fence upgrade….with a decent fence added to the equation you’re looking at in excess of $500 for an older style saw with no riving knife. These are well made saws, but not particularly well designed IMO. I’m not saying that this couldn’t become a nice saw for you, but I really don’t think it’s the best saw that your budget can buy. I understand you’re reluctance to buy a new Asian made saw, but for $500, I personally would rather buy a new saw with steel wings and a better fence, riving knife, and updated design than the older Emerson style with a splitter, grated cast wings, and a really lame fence. With a 20% HF coupon, a new R4512, 21833, or possibly even the PCB270TS could fall below $500 new. For $200-$300, that older Emerson is alot more attractive to me, but at $500 I wince.

(It’s worth noting that the PCB270TS has a plastic elevation gear…..metal gears in that location would be much preferred).

Regardless of my opinions (or other’s), you’ve got to do what suits you best. Good luck, and please keep us posted on the outcome!

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