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04-15-2016 04:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question

Hello all, been looking at the lumberjocks site researching tablesaws. I would love to get a full size saw but can’t afford one. So I’m here to ask which table saw in the $300 dollar range to get??

Thanks for all the info that you all have posted
God bless
Mark

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#1 posted 04-15-2016 04:27 PM

None.

M

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#2 posted 04-15-2016 04:38 PM

Mark’s right. Any NEW tablesaw in that range is a portable jobsite saw that’s direct drive with an aluminum table and plastic housing. If that’s what you needed, I’m guessing you wouldn’t be considering a full size saw.

Now in the USED market, $300 will buy you a lot. You just have to stalk Craigslist, Flea Markets, auctions etc. and be ready to pounce when something pops up. $300 will buy you a nice contractor’s saw or, if you have just a little luck, you might even get a good cabinet saw for that.

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toolie

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#3 posted 04-15-2016 04:41 PM

in that price range, there’s not much new that’s worth having. i’d look for used full size ridgid (2412, 2424, 3612,3650,3660) all of those, in good working condition, are worth $200 – $300. also, craftsman 113 series saws can be made very fubctional, as long as CL provides a saw in good working order. here’s my c-man 113 with an aftermarket delta fence and CI extension wings. they can be made quite serviceable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvTS7pfhfsU

and yes, releasing the workpiece prior to the end of the cut was not one of the smarter things i’ve done.

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#4 posted 04-15-2016 04:45 PM

I have a Ridgid model 3650 contractor table saw and it has been very good for me for 10 years. They were very popular when they were manufactured and I see them for sale fairly often for $300 or less. If you can find one in good shape, I think you would be pleased. They are “full sized” but they aren’t as powerful as most cabinet saws.

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#5 posted 04-15-2016 06:04 PM

If you’ve been researching this site, you’ve likely come across repeated comments that recommend buying a good used full size saw with a belt drive induction motor, as oppose to a new small plastic benchtop saw with a direct drive universal motor. It’s excellent advice….there are so many advantages with a full size belt drive saw.

http://lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/32154

Saws like these pop up regularly on CL in the $300 range (even if they’re asking $400 doesn’t mean you can’t make a good offer):

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#6 posted 04-15-2016 07:05 PM

In that price range, a used saw will be your best bet.

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#7 posted 04-15-2016 07:11 PM

Agree with the others that a used saw is going to be by far your best bet in that price range. If you don’t mind sharing your location, some here might be willing to look through CL and see what is available in your area to get you pointed the right direction.

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#8 posted 04-15-2016 07:12 PM

Not sure where you are at. In my area craigslist almost never has anything good. If it does they want $20 less than new….rolls eyes

I have a dewalt 745 benchtop saw I got around christmas two years ago for $220 at the orange store. It is fairly accurate but can’t cut dadoes and the direct drive motor is LOUD and annoying. In hindsight I wish I had a contractor saw with a belt drive and I plan to get one eventually. I use other tools quite a bit more than my table saw though so it might be a while.

I’m not sure if that was a helpful answer or not but it’s how I feel about my jobsite saw. If you do go the small jobsite route I think Bosch and Dewalt have the best offerings right now.

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#9 posted 04-15-2016 07:34 PM

Ditto what knotscott said about belt drive saws. Buying one of those blade on the motor shaft models is gonna hurt when the motor wears out and you learn that a replacement motor cost nearly as much as a replacement saw.

It can be hit or miss buying used. It’s more like the luck of the draw. Persistence counts.

With your budget you do have one other option. Of coarse that would depend upon your fabrication skills and resources. Build your own.

The saw below I made under $175 out of pocket. Spending so little cash was only possible because I have a pretty good material stash. Even if I would have bought everything it would still be in the $300-$400 range.

This is my version of a portable table saw. The saw is a direct drive. It’s nothing more that a modified circular saw with a 10” blade, bolted to the bottom of the table. But the motor is cheap, $110. This is my new one. My old one is still running, on it’s second motor in around 16-17 years. Same kind of $110 motor. I gave it to my brother after his portable Makita’s motor quit, $400-500 motor. The Makita table saw was around five years old. That is five years of constant use by tradesman, not someone who uses a table saw as a hobby. Your use and requirements may vary.
Good luck.

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#10 posted 04-15-2016 08:10 PM

WOW! Thanks for all of the info and thats what I figured. Now with another question at the local gray story they have a skil table saw under $200 not sure model then put something like this Shop Fox W1410 Fence with Standard Rails on it.
And my location would be mid-Michigan.
God Bless,
Mark

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#11 posted 04-15-2016 08:34 PM

Even with a nicer fence, the universal motor/direct drives saws are the least desirable. A used induction motor on a contractor saw will give you the most value for your money.

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#12 posted 04-15-2016 08:58 PM


,,,Now with another question at the local gray story they have a skil table saw under $200 not sure model then put something like this Shop Fox W1410 Fence with Standard Rails on it.
....

- mfausz

Don’t bother with the Skil: ;-)

Lots options:
Nice Delta $275:
http://lansing.craigslist.org/tls/5516874799.html

TS3650 – Offer $300-$350:
http://lansing.craigslist.org/tls/5480236112.html

Nice Ridgid:
http://flint.craigslist.org/hsh/5538169401.html

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/tls/5532936606.html

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/tls/5532799101.html

New Delta:
http://jxn.craigslist.org/tls/5516836167.html

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/tls/5516968662.html

http://annarbor.craigslist.org/tls/5539091201.html

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#13 posted 04-15-2016 09:29 PM

Although they also use a universal motor, the old Ryobi BT 3100 saws are pretty decent machines. I used one for 2 or 3 years (after selling my old Rockwell contractor’s saw), and found it quite capable. They use a cogged belt for the drive rather than direct drive. With a sliding crosscut table and moveable fence rails, they are very adaptable. They come with their own stand, and are midway between a jobsite saw and a contractor’s saw in size and weight. They are the only 10” saw I know that can cut a 4×4 in one pass.

I see them from time to time on CL for $125 to $200. There is also an enthusiastic user’s group that would be worth checking out.

I’d steer away from the BT3000, though, as it is only 13 amps compared to the BT3100 at 15 amps. And yes, I agree the universal motor is a screamer.

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mfausz

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#14 posted 04-15-2016 10:02 PM

You people are fast!! knotscott thats impressive. I’ll be checking those out.

God Bless,
Mark

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#15 posted 04-15-2016 10:13 PM

But wait….there’s more!:

Craftsman with good fence $175- http://annarbor.craigslist.org/tls/5503124481.html

Delta with Biese fence $225- http://annarbor.craigslist.org/tls/5522122534.html

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