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Forum topic by Dougan posted 11-30-2015 01:13 AM 721 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dougan

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11-30-2015 01:13 AM

Looking to upgrade from the training wheels table saw I’m currently using. I’m probably going to go used since I’m not able to afford the really nice ones now, so I’m not sure how long I’ll have this next one. No use in paying for a new one if I’m going to get rid of it, right?

I found one on craigslist, but it has a rusty top. I’m fine with the work involved with cleaning that up if it gets me a decent deal on a saw. But I’m a little worried the rust might result in an uneven surface. How important is this? Is rust damage something you’d be concerned about in a used saw?

Link for reference: http://wausau.craigslist.org/tls/5332100024.html

Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 11-30-2015 01:18 AM

I love rust… easy to remove and brings the price down. And the one you are looking at has very little. A little elbow grease and it will clean up just fine.

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Brad

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 01:26 AM

Any saw I’ve had worth having has had rust.

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 01:27 AM

That’s barely rusty compared to some you see on CL, it wouldn’t deter me from buying that saw if it is in good shape otherwise. You can use it as a point to get the price lower. Say, “look at all that rust, what a mess, how about $100”?

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 01:28 AM

The ad does not tell you if it is a direct drive saw or a belt drive and what HP the motor is. The rust is not a problem but I would not buy a direct drive saw.

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 02:15 AM

Bad thing about cast iron, it rust easy, the good thing about cast iron the rust cleans up easy, and if pitted, makes no difference on table flatness.

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#6 posted 11-30-2015 06:59 AM

If you can’t get it for no more than $100, keep looking. There are plenty of great deals on table saws in northern Wisconsin.

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#7 posted 11-30-2015 10:31 AM

That’s a nice deal IMO. Looks like a belt drive model to me…probably has a 1.5hp induction motor. The saw has the upgraded fence, and very little rust…it’ll clean up nicely. It probably won’t be listed long.

Here’s a similar saw for $200 that appears to have no rust. http://wausau.craigslist.org/tls/5336699720.html

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#8 posted 11-30-2015 01:54 PM

It wouldn’t worry me a bit. From the picture it looks like a quick wipe with a rag and some Boeshield T9 would have it nice enough to meet my standards, but I am not one to obsess over a bit of patina on my cast iron.

Bottom line… It will quickly and easily clean up to a perfectly functional state. If you are fussy about a little patina it might be more work, but would still be doable with a reasonable amount of effort.

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#9 posted 11-30-2015 01:58 PM

BTW, it amazes me that folks use a picture like that when selling. Two minutes with some oil or T9 and a rag and it would look 10X better. I’d buy it in a heartbeat if I was in the market for a TS in that range.

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#10 posted 11-30-2015 02:02 PM

I’d offer $100. BTW. I think I have two handwheels that will fit that saw. Came off a Ryobi-made Craftsman 315 saw. I can let them go cheap +shipping. PM me if interested.

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#11 posted 11-30-2015 02:04 PM



BTW, it amazes me that folks use a picture like that when selling. Two minutes with some oil or T9 and a rag and it would look 10X better. I d buy it in a heartbeat if I was in the market for a TS in that range.

- PeteStaehling

I see it all the time. A table saw with a beat-up cooler on top and trashbags surrounding it. 2 minutes worth of effort would probably make the saw sell for 50% more, and 100% faster.

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#12 posted 11-30-2015 03:07 PM

Personally, if it wasn’t taken care from the standpoint of allowing rust to accumulate, I would think the rest of the saw might not be in good condition. I have had an item that fit this “not taken care of” category. Wasted a lot of money and still scrapped it.
Edit: Make sure parts are available for it.

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#13 posted 11-30-2015 03:22 PM

Some WD40 and a scotch-brite pad on a sander will take that rust off in less than 5 minutes.

-- Julian

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#14 posted 11-30-2015 03:30 PM

Check to see what that one would cost new.
$150 sounds a bit high.
The rust wouldn’t bother me since it is easy to remove.

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