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Forum topic by Murse_A posted 03-16-2016 05:14 PM 758 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Murse_A

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03-16-2016 05:14 PM

Hello all,

Just wondering if anyone could help with deciding on a good beginner used table saw. I know this question has been asked a million times and some great answers are out there. But I am having trouble figuring out just from craiglist pictures what saws might be worth buying.

I’ll try and list as many of my uses/limitations as possible.

Price: 500 or so max right now
Size: Fits an a ford explorer and can travel down a stairway broken down.
Uses: Beginner wood working through later (hopefully) advanced hobby use.
Area: Within a decent drive of Louisville, Ky
Power supply: I can do 220 if needed

Also as a side note I would like an opinion on shop smiths. My Dad has a pretty pristine one with a lot of addons from the 70s. Should I just make do with that for now and save up for a larger cabinet saw down the road?

Here are some saws I had been looking at on CL

https://louisville.craigslist.org/tls/5461930241.html

https://louisville.craigslist.org/tls/5433969731.html
-Not sure what that one is worth

https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/tls/5483791663.html
-Offer lower or save up

Thanks for reading and sorry if there are formatting errors, I don’t have a working computer so I am using my phone.


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Gart

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#1 posted 03-16-2016 06:11 PM

Of those 3:

The Craftsman looks like it is missing the left side wing of the table and it appears that the owner took a can of spray paint to the top. I’m guessing it’s to cover up the lack of care for the saw. One can tell by the overall griminess of the rest of it, the paint is hiding something. The paint is going to end up on everything you run across it. Pass – plus it is at least twice the price of what you can get those for.

The other 2: Do you really need something that big. Only speaking for myself but I don’t have a need for anything with that big of cut capacity. I’m at 30” and that is fine with me. The 5hp Unisaw, you’re going to need to consider your electric service since it is 3-phase. Others may chime in with their thoughts.

My $.02 is to keep looking.

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 03-16-2016 06:18 PM

That Unisaw is three phase, so you are looking at more money to buy a VFD (around $200). The C-man is overpriced IMO. I’d keep looking – you should be able to find a nice cabinet saw well within your budget if patient and can act quickly (the good deals don’t last long). Don’t bother asking if you should buy it, as by the time you get an answer, it will already be gone (OWWM Rule #5).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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knotscott

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 06:24 PM

https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/tls/5485779271.html

That Jet would nice in the $500 range.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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chiseler

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#4 posted 03-16-2016 07:27 PM

the Unisaw is the better of the 3 saws you have listed,but unless you have access to 3 phase or a converter.I’d say go with the Jet,and the craftsman does look to be incomplete.

-- Scott.Triangle,NY Becareful and don't forget...They cut meat too!

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Murse_A

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#5 posted 03-17-2016 12:34 AM

Thanks for all the replies.

My dumb newbie question about the jet…

Is that just rust on the top or did some add wood to it?

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Murse_A

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#6 posted 03-17-2016 12:42 AM

I just realized that I posted the wrong delta saw

http://louisville.craigslist.org/tls/5486481444.html

Is the one I meant to post. Sorry about that!

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knotscott

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#7 posted 03-17-2016 01:30 AM

Rust should cleanup pretty well unless it’s badly pitted…which takes a lot. If anything, rust gives you some bartering power for lower price.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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01ntrain

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#8 posted 03-17-2016 02:08 AM

That last Unisaw isn’t a bad price….and would be the last saw you would ever need. That first Craftsman is a piece of junk, I bought the same one in New Albany for $25, last summer. Found a better deal on a Delta Contractor’s saw and scrapped the Craftsman(kept the motor). Good luck trying to find a good one in Louisville….they are usually overpriced junk, or just overpriced. That Jet has been there for awhile, I’m guessing that he’s asking a premium price. It’s a decent saw, but I wouldn’t give more that $500 for it. Gonna need quite a bit of work to get it into usable shape.

Keep in mind that the Jet is a right-tilt saw.

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Murse_A

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#9 posted 03-17-2016 02:16 AM

http://louisville.craigslist.org/tls/5494201776.html

You sound like you are from around Louisville and I don’t know if you have seen that post. I sent them a message asking if they are selling individual items as well.

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01ntrain

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#10 posted 03-17-2016 02:34 AM

I hadn’t seen the post….but I tend to stay away from whole-shop sales. For me, it’s more of a Karma-thing….not wanting to benefit from someone else’s bad luck or whatever.

That person seriously needs to learn how to take better pictures.

There are a few good pieces there….the Delta Mortiser, and the Band Saw. It all looks to be mostly Delta and Jet, but older, obsolete stuff. Definitely not worth anywhere near $7500.

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Ger21

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#11 posted 03-17-2016 02:45 AM

That last Delta is not a Unisaw, and because of that it’s overpriced. It’s also missing the left wing.
Probably worth $400-$500, though.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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01ntrain

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#12 posted 03-17-2016 02:51 AM



That last Delta is not a Unisaw, and because of that it s overpriced. It s also missing the left wing.
Probably worth $400-$500, though.

- Ger21

Good catch….I didn’t look at it that closely. I had forgotten that at a time there was a saw between the Contractor’s Saw and the Unisaw. That’s the one.

Always great info on this site!

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Murse_A

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#13 posted 03-17-2016 03:22 PM

Yea they want to sell everything as one unit so it does look they are in a bad situation.

Haven’t heard back on rhe Jet but it sounds like I am just going to keep looking. Thanks for everyone’s input. I think that I will just keep on looking.

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jumbojack

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#14 posted 03-17-2016 06:36 PM

I assume you can get the Shopsmith cheap. I have been a Shopsmith user for several years and love it. I have considered buying stand alone tools but just can’t justify the cost as the Smith does most everything I ask of it and more. Please see my projects page, all done with my Smith.
Use you cash to buy some lumber and other tools
There are those that poo poo the Shopsmith but I would say they have never REALLY used one. They are accurate and keep that accuracy.
They are made in America and the quality shows.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Murse_A

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#15 posted 03-18-2016 12:42 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. I think the smartest thing to do is take the free shop smith and save my money for other tools/when I have some more experience to know what I want.

Nice projects jumbojack

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