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Forum topic by mfike posted 12-30-2010 07:07 AM 4885 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2010 07:07 AM

I found a woodtek tablesaw on craigslist for $500, but I’m not real familiar with this brand. Does anyone own one of these or have any info on them?
http://stlouis.craigslist.org/tls/2135105696.html

Thanks,
Mitch


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#1 posted 12-30-2010 07:14 AM

Mitch, No, I don’t own one, but this one looks a little rusted(elbow grease from you should be just fine). Figure that in though. “Very well maintained” and visible rust on the table top don’t jive. Pic 4 is useless in figuring price if this is what he is calling extras. Extras would be 4-5 ‘good’(usable) blades. Usable w/o having to be sharpened first. The fence does look good though. The outfeed table can be easily duplicated for dirt cheap so that is not that much of an extra either. For almost half the price of new, I’d expect NO rust, given its aparent age. Couple age with rust, I think $350-375 is closer to its true value. If there really is no rust, then $425-450 might be reasonable. HTH.

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 07:49 AM

They are sold through Woodworker’s Supply. It is my impression they are
the same as the Bridgewood machines with different labels.

These were the early pacific rim imports and they were made to a good
standard. My impression is they are comparable to Jet woodworking tools
in quality standards – probably a bit better in terms of fit and finish than
cabinet saws Grizzley, Lobo, KUFO and other lower-priced imports. This
is a big generalization – KUFO and Lobo deal almost exclusively with professional
shops who need tough, reliable equipment and don’t care if it’s pretty
because the employees will abuse it.

If the seller is a pro, he’ll be able to prove to you the saw cuts square
and may be able to verify the saw’s ability to cut accurate joints.

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 08:05 AM

I have a 2hp contractors saw and love it. Does everything I’ve needed and works great. I would never hesitate to buy another one…(if needed) $500 for that cabinet saw is a good deal in my books, being that everything is in working order.

FWW labeled their hybrid as “best overall” a few years back.

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 03:28 PM

Wwer’s Supply is reputable. $500 seems reasonable, but I’d definitely make a reasonable offer for less first.

The saw itself is likely very similar to the older Griz G1023, and could have come from the same factory (in Taiwan IIRC). The Bridgewood was also well regarded if it’s the same as that one.

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 08:15 PM

Thanks for the info guys. I cant go see it til saturday, if it’s even still for sale then. If everything checks out, I may make him an offer. Never can tell, might be had for $350. I have a jet contractor now, which works good. I would like the larger rip capacity and the better quality fence of the cabinet saw. Not to mention better dust collection.

mitch

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 11:11 PM

Jeez CharlieL, who pissed in your cereal? It’s a fact that cabinet saws have better dust collection than contractors. That’s all I was saying. I do realize you can make a contractor’s dust collection better fairly easily, but as they come from the factory the cabinet saw has the better d.c. If that was the only advantage that the cabinet saw had over my contractor, I wouldn’t even consider buying it. But it is a valid point.

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#7 posted 12-31-2010 12:20 AM

”...I have a jet contractor now, which works good. I would like the larger rip capacity and the better quality fence of the cabinet saw. Not to mention better dust collection.”

The added mass alone is very noticeable too. Add in the extra oomph and those massive trunnions, and you’ve got yourself a bonafide upgrade all around…. in this case, the upgrade would come at close to the price of a contractor saw. :)

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