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07-14-2015 12:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

Looking at this older Craftsman saw on CL. It is belt drive and looks like it needs some cleaning up but is anyone familiar enough with this vintage to identify the model or at least give me an idea what I should offer the seller? Talked to seller and he doesn’t seem to be bright enough to find the model number. I’m not paying $150 for it, but I might do $100 if it’s worth it. The fence looks to be decent. Just wish they had posted a better picture.

http://chambana.craigslist.org/tls/5104900143.html

I’m also looking at a Delta 34-670 that is more local. Am I better with the Delta even though it’s direct drive?


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#1 posted 07-14-2015 12:50 AM

150$ for that saw is ok. It’s a solid foundation. Looks taken care of. Prob has a 1-1/2 hp motor. Rust is a non issue. Fence is crap but they almost always are.

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#2 posted 07-14-2015 12:51 AM

That looks like it could be a biesmeyer fence

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#3 posted 07-14-2015 12:52 AM

On second view ..maybe not but probably worth the money

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#4 posted 07-14-2015 12:55 AM

$150? Get it if it works. Cast iron wings, belt dive, and a somewhat decent fence. It’s most definitely no Biesemeyer, but it’s not crap like the fences that came with saws a generation older than that.

The Delta has a shallower table(22” I think, compared to 27” on the Craftsman), steel sheet metal wings, and a step down in the fence dept. Also yeah, that direct drive would likely be a lot louder and practically not worth replacing.

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#5 posted 07-14-2015 12:55 AM

I think it’s an align a rip fence. Serviceable at best.

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#6 posted 07-14-2015 01:33 AM

Maybe a 315.?? I think I’d pick it over a direct drive.
I think it’s very similar to one of the 113’s.

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#7 posted 07-14-2015 07:03 AM

Thanks for the replies. I just saw a new listing for a Craftsman 315.228390 that is in excellent condition with a router mount kit and a Delta T2 fence for $200. Any opinions on this setup?

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#8 posted 07-14-2015 07:13 AM

The fence alone is $200 new. The saw is very similar to the first saw, otherwise. Standard contractor saw, but with a much better fence. Jump on it.

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#9 posted 07-14-2015 07:28 AM



The fence alone is $200 new. The saw is very similar to the first saw, otherwise. Standard contractor saw, but with a much better fence. Jump on it.

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I think I will. Most of what I’m able to find on it seems to be positive and should last a long time.

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#10 posted 07-14-2015 11:57 AM

Looked like a Unifence to me. What they said – the fence is worth that.

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#11 posted 07-14-2015 12:37 PM

Do you have it yet?

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#12 posted 07-14-2015 02:16 PM

The fence on the first one is an Align A Rip. Better than what usually came on that saw, but jump on the one with the Delta T2. Replacing the Align A Rip on the other saw with a T2 would cost you $200. For $50 more, you’re getting that upgrade already on the second saw.

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#13 posted 07-15-2015 12:19 AM

Just FYI, although the fence on the saw in OP doesn’t look like a Beisemeyer, Craftsman did sell a model of their contractor’s saw with a Beisemeyer as standard equipment for a short time about 16 years ago. It was the top of their contractor line and was a very good saw. I sold mine because of a move about 11 years ago. Wish I could have kept it

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#14 posted 07-15-2015 02:42 AM

Sorry I haven’t checked in today. Been a lot of driving. I decided to take a 200 mile road trip to pick up a Delta 36-650 that has had very little usage. Paid $240 for it and couldn’t be happier. Looks like brand new. I’ve used my grandfather’s old Craftsman for years from time to time and this saw is so different from anything I’ve used before. What astonishes me most that I never noticed before was how dead still the table is. The guy selling it put a glass of water on it with it running and there were barely any ripples at all. I never noticed how much the old Cman vibrated before, even with the belt drive.

The guy didn’t want to hold it more that 4 hours because he had several calls so I just had to make a snap decision and go. That said, even though it’s now after the fact, does anyone have opinions on this saw at this price?

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#15 posted 07-15-2015 03:18 AM

Old belts can cause vibration if they’re not used frequently enough to keep a “memory bump” from forming. This happens regardless of saw manufacturer. There are plenty of other sources of vibration. A couple common sources of vibration can be overcome with replacement or remounting of pulleys, and runout reduction by resurfacing the arbor flange. So, a little vibration isn’t the end of the world. That said, if you like the saw, and the fence can be squared up, then it’s certainly a better price than new. I would still go and buy the craftsman with the T2, put the fence you got with the delta on it, and keep the T2 for the Delta.

Definitely post some pics!!! We need to see this new beast.

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