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Forum topic by ThunderDan1821 posted 03-27-2017 07:35 PM 528 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ThunderDan1821

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03-27-2017 07:35 PM

Hi everyone, long time lurker, first time poster. I’m a hobbyist woodworker making small furniture, picture frames, art pieces etc. for friends and family. I’m looking for a TS for my shop and would like your take on this craigslist TS. Comes with zero clearance insert and what looks to be an aftermarket fence.

Is this fence any good (can’t tell mfg.) and can this table run a small dado stack? The top looks like cast iron and I wrong?

https://columbus.craigslist.org/tls/6061488126.html

Thanks for the replies.

Dan


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#1 posted 03-27-2017 08:06 PM

Dan,
Looks like a decent starter table saw. I couldn’t blow the picture up very big, but it looks to have an adjustable aluminum fence. Not very heavy duty, but good for most small projects. If you pick up a caliper like this:

https://www.amazon.com/iGaging-Electronic-Digital-Fractions-Stainless/dp/B001AQEZ2W/ref=pd_bxgy_60_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B001AQEZ2W&pd_rd_r=JN9D65G52CE9B9SE6BWP&pd_rd_w=RozEh&pd_rd_wg=eewq3&psc=1&refRID=JN9D65G52CE9B9SE6BWP

and buy the Mag Dro miter slot caliper base, the putting the fence at a 90 degree offset is simple. I have the Rigid hybrid saw and it has a very similar fence.

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 08:34 PM

Looks like a nice deal on a pretty decent setup….solid cast wings and a mobile base a nice additions for the price. The fence appears to be from a Craftsman 22114, but the saw lokos like a 315 Ryobi made Craftsman contractor saw..possibly a 113, but it looks newer than that…still a good deal. Call quickly, it probably won’t stick around long.

If you get it, and even if you don’t, I’d also jump on this Vega fence offer for $100. Very nice fence that wouldn’t be hard to add to that Cman saw. You could probablyl sell the Cman fence for $50 pretty easily, so $50 out of pocket for a top grade fence. That’d make for a very nice setup for < $200 total!
https://columbus.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=table+saw

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 08:39 PM



Looks like a nice deal on a pretty decent setup. The fence appears to be from a Craftsman 22114, but the saw lokos like a 315 Ryobi made Craftsman contractor saw….still a good deal. Call quickly, it probably won t stick around long.

- knotscott

Thanks for the reply. I had one those cheap plastic/aluminum contractor saws and hated it (not surprisingly). Would this model be better in terms of vibrations and overall stability due to the table top surface?

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 08:44 PM


Thanks for the reply. I had one those cheap plastic/aluminum contractor saws and hated it (not surprisingly). Would this model be better in terms of vibrations and overall stability due to the table top surface?

- ThunderDan1821

Absolutely. It’s a full size cast iron contractor saw with a belt drive induction motor and solid cast wings. It’ll probably weigh 250-275 pounds….lots of mass and belt drive induction motor means it should be quiet and smooth. If not, it’s likely a matter of new belt or pulley adjustment. It’s also a lot deeper with more room in front of the blade to get boards settled before cutting begins. Should be a notable jump up a class or two.

I doubt the saw you had before was really a contractor saw….plastic suggests a cheap benchtop saw, or at best a jobsite saw.

See the edits to my original post.

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#5 posted 03-27-2017 10:25 PM

As someone who just made the jump from jobsite saw to an old C-man 100, I can say there is a world of difference. It took me some time to tune it up right, and the fence is a real pain (mine is original to the saw), but the large flat cast iron surface alone is worth the price of admission.

One thing I did learn- read and watch everything you can find on the web about tuning them up. Mine was a bit fussy to get just right and it frustrated me more than once. Now that I have it dialed in, my wood working hobby just became a lot more satisfying, and the noise level in my shop plunged to a tolerable level.

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