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tchara

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05-15-2016 04:07 PM

I’ve been thinking of upgrading my table saw from my sears 248840. I’ve been reading and viewing reviews on the Ridgid R4512, and the Craftsmen 21833, and they seem to be almost identical except for subtle differences in design.

Is there an alternative that would be a better choice for under 750.00?


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bbc557ci

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#1 posted 05-15-2016 05:23 PM

Decent used Unisaws can be had for that kind of money. WAY better than either of the two you mention. Maybe keep an eye on Craigslist for a Uni, or other good used cabinet saw. That’s what I did a couple of years ago and am happy as a clam.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#2 posted 05-15-2016 05:31 PM

Pretty much any machine with a real induction motor would be an upgrade to what you have now, and if you open up your search to used, you will have more alternatives than you could count on all your fingers and toes. Even the ubiquitous c-man and delta contractor saws would be a huge step up, and can frequently be found in the ~$100 price range.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#3 posted 05-15-2016 06:19 PM

I have this saw for $850 …

M

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#4 posted 05-15-2016 06:53 PM

What’s your price limit? For a $600 table saw I don’t think you can beat the Delta 36-725 from Lowe’s.

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#5 posted 05-15-2016 08:15 PM

I like the fence better on the Delta 36-725 than the R4512/21833. I’d also consider an upgrade to one of the Grizzly hybrids for a bit more money.

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

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tchara

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#6 posted 05-16-2016 12:48 PM

Thanks guys for the input. I’ll do a little more research and fist wringing, but I’m really impressed with the Delta 36-725. Except for lousy assembly directions, it’s really had some great reviews. I buy a lot of stuff from Harbor Freight, so I’m an expert at lousy assembly directions.

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tchara

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#7 posted 05-16-2016 05:00 PM

I started looking at my 248840 online, to see what would be a fair price. I was surprised, the specs say it has a 3HP motor!
Can that be right? What am I missing? I thought 3HP was for the saws out of my price range. Maybe if that’s the case I should hold on to it.

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#8 posted 05-16-2016 05:16 PM

Can that be right?

No, not entirely. That is a marketing gimmick, and if you look at the fine print, it will say ‘peak horsepower’ or something similar. There is no way you could run a real 3hp motor on a standard 120v wall outlet. That saw has a universal screamer motor and I doubt it produces more than 1hp since it’s rated at 15 amps. It also has a plastic motor housing that will quickly melt/deform if pushed too hard – allowing the rear bearing to shift and quickly trash the motor.

For occasional and infrequent use, it will work just fine. Don’t push it too hard and let it cool down between cuts if you want it to last any length of time. There is also a few things you can do to increase it’s functionality – to a point. They do make pretty good router tables as well :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: A ‘fair’ price for that saw is somewhere in the $50-$75 range depending on condition and accessories. I have also seen them go for a lot less, and even for free.

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

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#9 posted 05-16-2016 07:56 PM

Excellent guidance from Brad…...ditto.

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

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