Shop Stuff. #1: New (To me) Table Saw.

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Blog entry by rsmith71 posted 01-29-2010 10:52 PM 1588 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been getting by with a Craftsman Portable table saw at home for small ripping jobs. When I bought it I didn’tave a garage just a carport and a storage room so being able to put it up was at the top of the list of priorities. But a friend I work with is needing cash and offered me a deal I can’t ignore. My little saw and $200 for his Delta cantractor saw. I’ve used it before and like it. It runs smooth and cuts well. Plus the miter gauge slot on my Craftsman is an odd size making it nearly impossible to make useful jigs. I guess my question is: A) is this a fair deal, B) Am I getting a steal, or C)Am I crazy for doing it?

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#1 posted 01-29-2010 11:02 PM

You’d better make sure it is all there, runs smoothly, etc. If it is all good, I’d jam him for $150, see if he’ll bite, and take the Delta.

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 11:21 PM

If the Delta Contractors saw is cast iron topped, has the standard slots etc… and is in prime shape…

Delta Contractor saws in excellent condition snatch about $250.00 to $300.00 here… Craftsman and Ridgid slightly less…

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 11:28 PM

I would have to say that friendship would have to guide you on this one. Both saws are used, so both have their wear and tear that will be noticed by the other party. When you say “friend” do you mean a friend? Or are you more an acquaintance? The amount asked does not seem unreasonable to me and I take the saw exchange as something to insure your friend can still do some work and he isn’t completely out a saw. Even low grade contractor saws would be around 200 and there would be nothing gained for him in the exchange if he had to purchase a new saw. I know when I purchased my Ridgid, the old Craftsman saw diminished greatly in my eyes and I really couldn’t see myself selling it to another nor keeping it. I elected, instead, to give it to my step dad for occasional ripping he might do. So I would have to say, go with your gut and your friendship. If he has been a good friend, he is on the up and up. If your relationship has had many gray entanglements, then I would pass.


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#4 posted 01-29-2010 11:34 PM

One other thing I just thought to add…How is it getting to your house? Are you picking it up yourself and setting it up? Or is your buddy helping you? If he is helping you, then that is worth the old craftsman in itself. After all, you might get a Delta for 200 here, but that doesn’t cover getting it to your house and helping you set it up.

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 01:43 AM

I’ve used the Delta on multiple occasions and it is a good saw. In fact it is the one I cut the angled ‘blades’ for my white oak game board posted here. Cast top w/ 30’ Delta fence. I’d like to upgrade the fence later to a biesmeyer but it’s fine for now. You can probably guess I went ahead and pulled the trigger on this deal. He’s a good friend needing money and I believe it’s a fair deal. I feel much safer cutting thin pieces on this one than my old one. Got the saw home, just gotta set it up where I want it. Oh yeah, he’s supposed to bring me the mobile base that goes with it this weekend.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 09:55 PM

Good luck getting the saw up and running.

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 10:13 PM

Got it. Set it in garage. Runs like a top. Fence is square, table is square. Even set it where I think I want it. Now decided to redo everything else to go with and around it. Actually wanting to redo shop for awhile, now have an excuse, however flimsy.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#8 posted 02-01-2010 05:52 AM

Congrats on your new saw.

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