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01-09-2017 12:31 AM

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I’m possibly going to replace my old Delta TS200 I found a older craftsman 113 on Craigslist. Looks pretty dusty. The guy is asking $100 or best offer. It’s missing the right hand side table extension thought. I’ve thought about seeing if he’d take a good bit less An then try to make the side out of wood. What’s your all thought? There’s a 113 in mint condition for $150 but it’s nearly 2 hours away. The one I’m asking about is only 30min away

also please don’t say go buy $600 + saw. To me that’s not realistic since I’m a DIY guy and not doing woodworking as a job. Plus I need a mobile saw that can be moved around somewhat easy*

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#1 posted 01-09-2017 01:14 AM

Those old 113s are decent saws. I would offer the guy $50 and maybe pay $75 max. Go check it out and listen for bad bearings. You could make an extension wing/router table. If it doesn’t work out, be patient because these come up on Craigslist all the time.

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#2 posted 01-09-2017 02:19 AM

I used one just like that for maybe 20 years before I sold it. I bought it brand new in 1979 or there about. The weak point of the saw is the fence. If you learn how to work around it’s quirks, it is a pretty good tool.

I think $100 is a little high, even for one in very good shape. A lot of these saws come up for sale on Craigslist where I live.

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#3 posted 01-09-2017 02:28 AM

$100 is fair.
Motor is worth more than that.
I have several of these saws and they are great.
Heavy to carry around on jobsites (I have mine on wheels
I bought my first one in 1975. Used it in my business till now (still use it)
As mentioned the fence can be a bit slower to set, but it works, mine stays in place when set.
The aluminum version fence is a better fence than one in your picture.
Read a post by knotscott. He does a review on these. Worth the read if you are considering the saw.

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#4 posted 01-09-2017 12:46 PM

I used the cast iron table/wings version of this saw for 24 years until the motor shot craps. Sears wanted $200 for a new motor. I bought a replacement from Grizzly and sold the saw with a few extras for $200. I got my money back on the motor and made $75 clear. It was a rare one time opportunity for the sale. Like was said, the motor is worth at least the asking price, and the saw would be great for what the OP wants to do, if I read JCAMP’s post correctly. You can’t get hurt for $100 IMHO, and can make a new right side wing for it. Depending on where you live, a better saw might come up on Craigslist for less money in the future, but who knows. In the OKC area, woodworking stationary tool offerings are a bit sparse. Make sure the saw runs without a lot of noise in the motor and bearings, and if you are satisfied and can afford the c note, then go for it. Clean it up, check the belt and go to town! Good Luck, Work Safely and Have Fun!

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#5 posted 01-09-2017 07:58 PM

I just found a ridgid ts3660 for $200. Is it worth it? Looks lik more table saw than I need tho

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#6 posted 01-09-2017 08:03 PM

I’d jump all over that Ridgid.

Similar capabilities to other contractor saws, but with cast iron wings and a decent fence. Totally worth the $200.

If you spent $100 on a 113, you’d very quickly find out that you need to spend another $150 for a decent fence. Shouldn’t have that issue with the Ridgid.

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#7 posted 01-09-2017 08:06 PM

Any idea how much one weighs? I move my saw into my driveway a lot to work when it’s warmer out
Any down side or common problems with the ridged saws?

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#8 posted 01-09-2017 08:19 PM

The 3650 is very well proven. Only issue was a miscut thread on the arbor that only effected early models, and only effected use with a stacked dado set.

It’s about 280#, but is pretty manageable on wheels….which are missing, but you can get or make a mobile base. Looks like it has a fence from a Ridgid R4511….still on ok fence. Nice saw….the most evolved successor to the 113 saws….same basic design. More saw than you need is way better than not enough saw! The going rate on a good complete 3650 is $275-$375, give or take. Grab it!

Here’s a typical stock 3650:

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#9 posted 01-09-2017 08:31 PM

Thanks for the info. I ended up calling the guy but it just went to voicemail It’s about 2 hours one way for me but seems lik it would b the last saw I’d ever need

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#10 posted 01-09-2017 08:36 PM

Go get that rigid! Get it now.

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