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Forum topic by jaydubya posted 09-18-2010 02:09 AM 1270 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jaydubya

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09-18-2010 02:09 AM

Some of you might have seen my other thread
Im thinking about replacing my benchtop, direct drive table saw with a larger contractor saw. I found this older craftsman saw at a pawn shop that I frequent and wanted to get opinions on it. It has cast Iron extensions on each side, and a shop-build table on the right made of laminate covered plywood. the rip capacity has been extended to approximately 60 inches. It is missing the blade guard, so Id have to find one. the rip fence seems decent and locks down well. it comes with a miter gauge that you grip and it clamps down on the workpiece. the model number is 113.298761. heres a pic. I can get it for 225, and might be able to avoid sales tax since its on consignment. they have been sitting on it for a while and are motivated to sell it

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 02:13 AM

Apparently, I dont know how to post pics, but hopefully you guys are familiar with this stuff

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#2 posted 09-18-2010 02:44 AM

$225 is too much. Offer him $150. If they’ve been sitting on it for awhile they want to sell it at a lower price. I have an older craftsman saw that I use on a daily basis. Once you get it, learn how to align everything and it will be much more enjoyable to use than the one you have now.

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#3 posted 09-18-2010 07:47 AM

225 is the lowest he will go. He just came down from 300. Guess Ill pass on it although it seems that in my area everyone is asking at least 150 for benchtop saws and 250 for belt drive saws

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#4 posted 09-18-2010 12:50 PM

I got an older craftsman contractor saw in great shape on craigslist for $100 about 6 weeks ago. Heck today I just saw a unisaw with the 52” bessimer fence for $500.

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#5 posted 09-18-2010 07:15 PM

IIRC, the 113.298761 does have the grated cast iron wings vs stamped steel, but the original stock fence on that whole series of similar contractor saws leaves a lot to be desired, which inherently keeps them from being worth much over $150. The guts are nearly identical to the well regarded former Ridgid contractor saws, but replacing the fence is likely to be at least another $150.

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#6 posted 09-18-2010 11:24 PM

knotscott. The fence didnt seem that bad, and certainly much better than what I have. of course, I had no way to measure it, but it seemed to lock down square and tight. And it does have the cast wings on both sides

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#7 posted 09-19-2010 12:12 AM

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#8 posted 09-19-2010 01:39 AM

Mao Shan is a Taiwanese manufacturer who produced the older style contractor saws for many brand names. IIRC, Grizzly, GI, Jet, Bridgewood, Woodtek, etc.

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