|Forum topic by clin||posted 09-04-2015 02:53 AM||1075 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
09-04-2015 02:53 AM
I’m finally building a workshop by converting a 3rd garage bay. No car, all workshop!
In short, I have an old 8”, 3/4 HP saw and want to know if it makes sense to stay with this, or get something newer.
Now that I’ll have a dedicated spaced, I’m looking to get more involved in woodworking and trying to decide which way to go concerning a table saw.
I’ve actually got two old table saws available to me (50 and 60 years old), but I’m wondering if it makes sense to buy a new unit.
Currently I have an old Craftsman 8”, 3/4 HP dating from the early 1960’s. I’ve had this one for about 15 years. Was my dad’s and served him well (built our first home with it). And I’ve made some good use of it over the years. But it is far from a precision piece of machinery.
I now also have the opportunity to get another, even older table saw. It is also a Craftsman 8”, 3/4 dating from the early 50’s. It is built like a tank, much heavier. This was my grandfather’s and then my dad’s and now mine if I want it.
I’ve never felt the saw I had, had much power, and from what I can see, 8” and 3/4 HP is rather small by modern standards. Not sure, but I’m guessing 3/4 HP might have been common decades ago to deal with residential electrical circuit capacities.
The 50’s Craftsman is in great shape. Little or no rust (even after spending 30 years in Houston TX). Condition isn’t the issue. I’m mostly concerned with power and whether it makes sense to retrofit a good fence to it and try to add other things like blade guard and splitter.
I’ve never used the older 50’s era saw, but have used the other. Since both are 8” and 3/4 HP, I would assume that generally they would cut the same.
Recently while trying to cut a slot in a 2×4 with the saw I’ve had for 20 years, it bogged down. I was able to accomplish the task with a newish circular saw. It is rated at 15 A (>2 HP). Table saw couldn’t do it, circular saw went through it like butter. Different blades, but neither new, and possibly the table saw blade itself was an issue. Though it hasn’t had that much use.
Also, I can say, I don’t think I’ve every experience kickback with this saw. If something binds, the saw just comes to a stop.
As for my intended use, I’m looking at general woodworking. Ripping and crosscutting average size boards and cutting sheet stock. I don’t expect to use it a lot, but then again, I’m hoping having a dedicated workshop will allow me to do more things, since I won’t have to clean out the garage before I start every project.
Anyway, I’m just looking for some input on this. Money isn’t a big issue, but there are many things I’m spending on for this workshop. So I certainly don’t want to waste money, whether that is buying a new saw I really don’t need, or putting money into an old saw that really can’t get the job done as easily as a new one.
Thanks in advance for any comments.