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#1 posted 12-01-2012 12:15 AM

Lot’s of misconceptions about the BT series and the newer Sears/Craftsman series of the same saw.

Mine was almost new when I got it a couple of years ago. It came with the extra miter slot accessory table that has two miter slots and can be placed on either side of the blade.

It has a OEM sliding miter table with either a short @18” gauge or a long,@36” gauge.

The motor is a universal and runs with 2 belts.

It is built to handle a Dado set, although only a 6” pack. It will work with a 8” pack up to about 5/8” (IIRC).

I agree that it’s a little under powered. But if you are coming from a cheap table saw or no table saw, you are going in the right direction.

If you can find them for $100 or less, buy them and strip them out! there is a market for parts and they sell well on eBay.

I often work with 2” plus Bodark, (The hardest wood in North America), and the wood will dull a blade in about 100’ of wood, especially if you are using cheap blades.
I just took an Onsrud blade off that has been cutting well since June 2011. I finally had to give up with it and send it off to be sharpened.
I replaced it with a Freud Diablo 1024x and it is not nearly as good as the Onsrud.

Bottom line, it’s a good starter saw or a great jobsite saw, although it can be fussy on setup.

The starting problem sounds like a switch problem, which, if you join BT3 Central there is a member that will send you a new switch free! (Tell Black Walnut I said HI!).

Good luck, don’t be afraid to put it through it’s paces! Once you have it up and running and aligned correctly you’ll be a happy camper!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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