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Forum topic by sgr60 posted 11-28-2017 01:45 PM 590 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2017 01:45 PM

Hi all -

Just stumbled on the forum while searching for a table saw for my home shop. Let me preface this by saying – I’m by no means a master carpenter, I’m just looking for a good saw to have in my shop to be able to rip boards as needed from time to time. I’m always of the mind that I’d rather have something older and USA made than something new off the shelf from one of the big box stores.

I’m looking at these three saws – all about the same price. Any recommendations? Anything jump our on any of them as definitely good or bad?

Any guidance is appreciated!

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#1 posted 11-28-2017 02:39 PM

I’d grab the last one on your list because it has the better fence. The basics of those old Cman saws are fine, but the old Emerson steel fence was pretty lame.

If you end up having to get one with the old style fence, look to upgrade the fence if possible….this fence is on CL for $50 –

I didn’t see much else in your area right now.

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#2 posted 11-28-2017 04:15 PM

Thanks – the last one is the one I was leaning towards. Hope the snag it tomorrow!

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#3 posted 11-28-2017 06:10 PM

I agree on the last one.
I used one of these saws for many years and my step son still has it. Biggest problem is lack of power. Partial solution is to use one of the thinner carbide blades and keep it sharp.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-28-2017 08:46 PM

Look closely
That looks like one of the older cable drive saws
On the plus side, if you do buy it let me know. I have a spare cable I will sell you cheap

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#5 posted 11-28-2017 09:10 PM

Look closely
That looks like one of the older cable drive saws
On the plus side, if you do buy it let me know. I have a spare cable I will sell you cheap

- Davevand

The listing states:

“This saw runs good and has a belt driven 1 HP motor running at 3450 RPM.”

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#6 posted 11-28-2017 09:42 PM

I think the last one for $150. The fence is much better than the others, and I believe it has a blade guard.

I had one similar to the first one, served me well, but the fence was a pain to ensure it was consistently parallel to the blade.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#7 posted 11-28-2017 09:43 PM

I agree with the others regarding power, I resolved with a good thin kerf combo blade.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#8 posted 11-29-2017 04:11 AM

I would buy the last one, I also had one for many years and it worked great. The trick to keeping that fence aligned is to push on the bottom of the fence just below the handle while pushing the handle down and it will lock straight every time. I found the power to be enough for me, I made a lot of oak furniture with mine, you just have to slow down a little.

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#9 posted 11-29-2017 05:56 AM

I’m going to disagree with everyone above. I’m going to suggest that you check around for Govt. auctions/sales and the like. I’ve mentioned this previously here. Many school districts are selling off really decent cabinet saws and replacing them with SawStops. It’s a very understandable move, safety for the kids.
Also my friend, in a very short time your experience level and quality will improve dramatically. A few years back I was in Germany in a village, Obergammergau. It is know for two things, the passion play and a wood working heritage that dates to the 12th century. I visited one of the many shops and developed a conversation with the owner. During the course of our conversation he basically gave me a philosophy about tools I’ve learned over the course of my life. “buy a cheap tool, you buy it many times. Buy the best tool it lasts you a lifetime.” He showed me a chisel he had bought some 20+ years earlier and was trying to make it last. There was less than 2” left on the chisel.
So many will advise you with your posted options, good as they may be. My suggestion is to sit back, rat hole a few bucks and get the best that will last you a life time. I don’t know your situation and only offer my advice based on my life experience.
My best,
Burly Bob

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#10 posted 11-29-2017 01:17 PM

Find a way. You won’t be sorry.

-- Rockhound: You realize we're sitting on 45,000 pounds of fuel, one nuclear warhead and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder? Makes you feel good doesn't it?

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#11 posted 11-29-2017 02:50 PM

Any one of the three are good saws. They are basically the same saw just cosmetic differences. Use the fence as a bargaining chip try to get some off the price.
In my opinion the unisaw is an excellent saw it is overpriced for the used market.

I agree with Burly Bob on buying quality tools. You also have to look at your budget and skill set, buy the best you can afford. These older craftsman saw with a new fence will be a good saw for a very long time.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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