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Forum topic by NewRob posted 03-31-2017 12:00 AM 603 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2017 12:00 AM

I’m fairly new to the woodworking scene and am looking to upgrade my $99 Canadian Tire table saw to something with a decent fence ad a little more capability.

Came across a saw that appears it would be a substantial upgrade for me. I know from some research the Craftex saws come from Busy Bee Tools and that some are the same as some of the Ridgid models.

I’ve had one conversation with the owner of this particular saw, a very nice older gentleman, but he also has limited knowledge of the saw including not knowing the model number.

Curious if anyone is familar with this model?


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#1 posted 03-31-2017 11:30 AM

It looks to be made by Mao Shan in Taiwan, who made pretty much the same basic contractor saw for Jet, PM, Grizzly, Ohio Forge, AFF, Omega, Union, Bridgewood, GI, and many others ~20-25 years ago…many were sold under the Mao Shan name too. Usually went by a model TSC-10, or some variation. It’s got the Aligna-Rip fence and a decent looking slider. Looks alot like a version of the Grizzly model G1022 with the original Shop Fox Aluma-rip Classic fence with steel rails. All are pretty much a take off from the old Delta design. Overall, a pretty well proven saw…I’d be surprised if many of the parts weren’t interchangeable

Here’s a version of the same basic saw with the lesser fence that was more common to many of them. (TSC-10LB):

Here’s an early Bridgewood model TSC-10B:

Here’s an older PM by Mao Shan with PM’s version of the Vega fence:

An older G1022 with the lesser fence:

And they look something like this from the back:

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 03:49 PM

I heard that the owners of Grizzly and Busy Bee are Brothers, Busy Bee being the Canadian Version?( Much smaller )

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#3 posted 03-31-2017 05:17 PM

Thanks very much, I was surprised that I could not find any info on this particular saw. I contacted Busy Bee the same time I put my post on here. They came back stating they believe it is a model B2058 which once again did not help much as there is really no info online as far as reviews go.

Judging by the pictures you have posted I’m sure you are right this is the same model.

It’s good to know it was a fairly common model when sold under other names.

I was a little concerned the sliding table was a little cheap looking but hard to tell by the pictures.

I have looked for a while unsuccessfully for a decent saw at a reasonable price in my area. I will be going tonight or tomorrow for a closer look.

Thanks for the help!

Question knotscott: do you happen to know if parts would still be available for these models?

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