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Forum topic by Ian S posted 07-19-2016 02:49 AM 919 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ian S

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07-19-2016 02:49 AM

Hey folks,
Just found this post on my local Craigslist:
http://austin.craigslist.org/tls/5687230501.html

This will be my first table saw so I’m still learning the finer points of what to look for. What I see is a craftsman of the desirable kind, aka belt driven external induction motor with cast iron table. On top of that, a fence which might (?) be worth more than the whole sale price of the package. Seems from the photos that everything looks like good shape. I have yet to build myself a real workbench in my new shop so I might even keep the rolling table this seller has hacked together for himself.

It seems he either doesn’t know the value of what he is selling, or else he has discounted it due to the missing power cord.

All that said, what wisdom have ye for me? Is this a good find? I don’t imagine I’ll have a huge problem replacing that power cord, but what do I know.

Thanks!


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SuperCubber

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#1 posted 07-19-2016 03:14 AM

That looks like a solid find to me. I hope you already emailed him, or it may already be gone!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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DanK

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#2 posted 07-19-2016 03:15 AM

I would hesitate to buy a power tool that I couldn’t plug in and test. That aside it looks to be a great starter setup.

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Ian S

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#3 posted 07-19-2016 03:16 AM

Thanks, that’s encouraging so far! Already emailed him. We’ll see.

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TheFridge

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#4 posted 07-19-2016 03:17 AM

Buy a cheap extension cord and wire it up first.

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Clarkie

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#5 posted 07-19-2016 03:21 AM

Number 1, never buy anything that you can’t hear running. Number 2, it’s a craftsman, Number 3, never buy anything that you can’t hear run. Hold onto your money and buy something that you can actually see run and cut a board on first. Lots of fine old machines out there that will work circles around this one.

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#6 posted 07-19-2016 03:22 AM

I second wiring it up. If not that, at least turn the blade and motor to see if they are smooth. Its a fairly light duty saw that will take up a good amount of space with that table. That being said, if your not making heavy cuts and you have the space, it looks like a good buy. And yeah, that fence new is probably worth $150+.

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#7 posted 07-19-2016 03:27 AM

Number 1, never buy anything that you can t hear running. Number 2, it s a craftsman, Number 3, never buy anything that you can t hear run
- Clarkie

Opposite for me… unable to run is a great negotiation point and 99.9% of the time it’s something stupid simple to fix.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#8 posted 07-19-2016 04:04 AM

That Shopfox fence cost more than $150.00.

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MikesProjects

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#9 posted 07-19-2016 04:14 AM

I Agree with Brad , MrUnix 100%... Thats better than a good beginner saw for the cheap price… Get the saw & rebuild the stand & extension to your liking. The fence makes the saw… But hurry…

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#10 posted 07-19-2016 04:26 AM



I Agree with Brad , MrUnix 100%... Thats better than a good beginner saw for the cheap price… Get the saw & rebuild the stand & extension to your liking. The fence makes the saw… But hurry…

- MikesProjects

I agree with you and Brad, and I would buy it just for the fence.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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Mutha

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#11 posted 07-19-2016 04:41 AM

Think long think wrong. Dont pay attention to the guys saying they would never buy this or that. This is a no brainer because at the very least you have an excellent fence you can use on something else. Also, looking at that saw, it looks like you could actually bolt an 8 1/4 inch circular saw to that table in a pinch. Dont always look at what things are, look at what they can be. GL! Hope you dig your new tablesaw.

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knotscott

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#12 posted 07-19-2016 09:45 AM

Great deal at $150. If it checks out, don’t procrastinate…it won’t be available very long at that price. Get it aligned, and put a decent blade it.

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toolie

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#13 posted 07-19-2016 11:49 AM



Great deal at $150. If it checks out, don t procrastinate…it won t be available very long at that price. Get it aligned, and put a decent blade it.

- knotscott

+1. I have two similar saws that I kept over a 1970s vintage Unisaw. The c- man has a good fence and it may be a dual voltage motor. It will handle almost anything a hobbyist would throw at it. Good deal at $150. Terrific deal if it could be had for $100.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Ian S

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#14 posted 07-19-2016 12:04 PM

Great feedback again, thanks everyone. I’m excited to go give it a try. Hopefully I’ll hear back from the seller this AM, if I wasn’t top late. I may take the advice of one poster who suggested bringing a cheap extension cord—perhaps I could do the very un-recommended action of opening up and wire nutting it to what’s left of the original cable from the saw… just as a one-time test! Not as a permanent fix :-D

On second glance I’ll probably take apart the workbench and get a more typical narrow rolling stand for the thing—my shop is small and I need the room to maneuver.

Thanks again! I’ll let everyone know.

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JoeinGa

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#15 posted 07-19-2016 01:23 PM

”My dog ate the cord” HAHA I LOVE IT !

Oh yeah, and remember …




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