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Forum topic by Bcemail posted 01-19-2017 05:52 PM 689 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2017 05:52 PM

Trying to sift through everything on Craigslist too find a table saw. Was hoping someone could tell me how they stack up. Hard to find info on line for the older ones.
This might be a stupid question, but some saws are listed as 220v. I don’t have any outlets for that in my garage but I have an electrical panel. Is it just a matter of having an electrician run something from the panel to a new outlet? Or is it possible that my panel can’t handle it?
Anyway, here are some I’ve found. Craftsman seems to be the most prevalent:.


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#1 posted 01-19-2017 05:59 PM

The second or third would definitely be my choice far ahead of the first jobsite saw. Either is small enough they should be able to run off 120V or 240V, just a matter of wiring the motor correctly. Until you get up to a true 1.5hp or so you shouldn’t have any problem running on 120V provided you have a good circuit without too much other load and 12awg wire run to the receptacle.

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#2 posted 01-19-2017 06:01 PM

That first one is a plastic benchtop saw with a direct drive universal motor. Did you read through the other stuff posted on your early threads?

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#3 posted 01-25-2017 06:12 PM

Thanks for the help. Still trying to decide! A little tougher researching the older saws and trying to separate the good from the bad. Annapolis and Baltimore are a bit of a hike from me so hoping to find something closer to home…

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#4 posted 01-25-2017 07:44 PM

IMO, you are going at it backwards, which will cost you money unnecessarily. Do your research and know what you want (and how much you are willing to pay) BEFORE it shows up, and be ready to jump on it when it does… as otherwise, OWWM Rule #5 will kick in and you will miss the really good deals.

And yes, for 240v, it’s as easy as having an electrician come out and install an outlet. Although, in a pinch, you could make an extension cord and run off your dryer outlet if it’s close by.


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#5 posted 01-25-2017 09:19 PM

Hey Bcemail,

I’m in the DC NOVA area too, only the 3rd link is still active, and it looks like a real project to get it running and putting it to use. Not sure what your intent is, but for a TS I would only consider that kind of work for a PM or a UNI, not a vintage craftsman. I did a little peeking and saw lots of dewalt jobsite, (good for jobsite but small) and ryobi tables. There are several less expensive to CHEAP saws out there that are usually under the 27” depth and have many trade offs. That Rigid saw in Baltimore would have been a good deal at $200 even with the rust & the drive.
Best I see right now is;

A Hitatchi saw in damascus which an LJ has reviewed here but it is a Hitachi and you “could” eventually have parts issues

A Powermatic Saw that would serve for a very long time don’t know why it’s posted in Baltimore as the map shows it in Lusby, which would be about a 1.5 hour drive for you, but it’s a MUCH nicer drive than going to Balt.

An older Rigid TS 2424 that is above Baltimore in Harford county, but this is the version before the orange tools and it’s the same saw as the TS3612 which just means that the fence is shifted to the right so that there is 12 of cut to the left & 36 to the right as opposed to 24” on both sides.

Best of the lot is that Powermatic with the Vega fence, (based from the CL posts), Brad pretty much has the best advice but without knowing too much about the tools you’re looking at or having the experience with the tools the multiple reviews can be pretty frustrating. With the cost of real estate in DC I almost never really see larger tools on CL that are worthwhile, and an hour’s drive isn’t too much for a good tool deal.

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