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Forum topic by icapture posted 11-15-2016 08:40 PM 1717 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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icapture

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11-15-2016 08:40 PM

Hey guys,

Man, I love this site, such a great education source, and I’m only scratching the surface. Read up on the “triple 4” as I like to call it. And it seems it’s a great saw.

I found one on craigslist and decided I’d go check it out to see if I could get a deal. The seller’s lowest price was $140, due to the condition I thought that was too high. I told him the highest I would go was $90. Figured I would wait to see if any better ones popped up on CL. I have a 15V benchtop Ryobi that I’ve built a custom tabletop and fence system to use in the meantime ; ) Here are my takeaways, let me know if you think it was worth what he was asking.

1. Saw was kept outside, table top had minor rust, stamped wings had average rust. Looks like he kept it under a tarp. (I live in Southern California where it is VERY dry and hot, but it does rain once in a blue moon, and during the winter its hot during the days and cold at night, which means condensation.)

2. Fence was stock tube style with wood plank attached to side. Slid easily, but when brought to the blade there was about 1/8” discrepancy at the back of the blade. Was planning on upgrading to the T2 anyway, but still, it was a downside that I thought reduced its value.

3. Verticle blade adjustment wheel was VERY sticky, to the point where I had to grab both sides of the wheel to turn it, and even then it was difficult, but it did move.

4. Bevel adjustment wheel turned nicely.

5. No mobile base included.

6. Belt needed replacement. Was cracked.

7. Miter fence slid easily.

8. Didnt check to see if it was the 220V 2HP model. Only found out about that while researching after I got home.

I didn’t even turn it on since we were so far from eachother on price, so I can’t report if there were any vibrations or strange noises. Now that I think about it I probably should have just to get a feel for the saw.

Thanks!


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 11-15-2016 10:29 PM

I had that saw for many years and really thought it was a great saw (mine had a Unifence). But I think you assessed it correctly on most points (mobile base and belt aren’t all that big a deal). I do see those show up from time to time in the $200 range (with that fence) but most of them looked to be in better shape than that one, and a few of them were listed for a very long time. Most important in this is that you felt you made the right decision, that’s what counts.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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cabmaker

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#2 posted 11-15-2016 10:59 PM

Nothing out there for 140 that will touch that saw

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knotscott

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#3 posted 11-15-2016 11:53 PM

The motor alone is worth close to $100. $140 is pretty reasonable IMO.

Here’s a TS3650 for $300….it shouldn’t need a fence upgrade and has cast iron wings. Can’t hurt to ask what they’d take for it.
http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/tls/5856972198.html

Delta Contractor II for $250 – http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/tls/5860692913.html

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Gaffneylumber

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#4 posted 11-16-2016 12:17 AM

Not sure how far you are from LA but this is a crazy good deal with all the extras. Has a biesemeyer, mobile base, and an incra miter gauge. Looks like the guy took good care of it too.
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/tls/5877995839.html

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bonesbr549

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#5 posted 11-16-2016 12:39 AM

If I had needed a saw, I’d went 140. belts easy to replace.

However, I always go by my “spider sense”! If in the back of my mind, it don’t feel right, I walk. Never did me wrong :)

It sounds like it did not feel right to you. Another one will come along.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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icapture

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#6 posted 11-16-2016 12:45 AM


Not sure how far you are from LA but this is a crazy good deal with all the extras. Has a biesemeyer, mobile base, and an incra miter gauge. Looks like the guy took good care of it too.
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/tls/5877995839.html

- Gaffneylumber

Called him. Made a deal. Picking it up in the morning. You guys rock, Andy, special thanks to you.


If I had needed a saw, I d went 140. belts easy to replace.

However, I always go by my “spider sense”! If in the back of my mind, it don t feel right, I walk. Never did me wrong :)

It sounds like it did not feel right to you. Another one will come along.

- bonesbr549

Yea, thing is I don’t need one. Well I guess I do and I don’t. I have a Ryobi benchtop that I have modified to the extent I think its worth my time, anything more I think it just makes more sense to buy a better one. It’s like upgrading a Honda Civic, great to learn on, but eventually you just need to pull the trigger and buy a 1997 Supra.

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SignWave

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#7 posted 11-16-2016 01:03 AM

Once you get that tuned up, I’m sure you’ll do some great things with that saw.

I’m constantly amazed at the condition that people post things on CL. It wouldn’t take much time to clean up the saw, and the seller probably would have gotten more money.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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01ntrain

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#8 posted 11-16-2016 02:07 AM



Once you get that tuned up, I m sure you ll do some great things with that saw.

I m constantly amazed at the condition that people post things on CL. It wouldn t take much time to clean up the saw, and the seller probably would have gotten more money.

- SignWave

Agreed. But, this guy was obviously some kind of junker. From the pic, it looks like there’s more of his stuff under tarps. That’s an old Kirby vac in the background. This may have been an auction pick up for all we know….but, then again $140 isn’t a bad price, either.

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