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Forum topic by Topshelf23 posted 12-08-2017 07:17 PM 1280 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Topshelf23

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12-08-2017 07:17 PM

10 inch craftsman table saw with 32 inch beisemeser fence system.

https://stcloud.craigslist.org/tls/d/table-saw/6359731308.html

The guy says the fence has been used very little and everything works as it should and that barring are good.

He agreed to $300. In my area craftsman saws with original fences are going for $150-200 and I would have to buy a new fence so I thought this might be a better deal.

Thanks for any insight!


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jonah

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#1 posted 12-08-2017 08:31 PM

Not sure I like what he’s done with the switch. Looks like he replaced it with a light switch.

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#2 posted 12-08-2017 08:45 PM

It’s worth $100 IMO. Can’t really tell which c-man saw it is, but the wiring will need to be replaced, looks like either stamped or aluminum wings, homemade wooden base, and while the Biesemeyer fence is a nice touch, it appears to have been bastardized and is missing the rear rail.

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 12-08-2017 09:07 PM



It s worth $100 IMO. Can t really tell which c-man saw it is, but the wiring will need to be replaced, looks like either stamped or aluminum wings, homemade wooden base, and while the Biesemeyer fence is a nice touch, it appears to have been bastardized and is missing the rear rail.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

I have to agree with Brad on this one-while many variations of the classic Craftsman TS are out there-this is one of the lesser expensive versions based on the only pic available and for $300-used with a partial aftermarket fence-could probably do better with a new saw from a big box store on sale for not much more than that used one with homemade stand. JMO good luck either way.

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#4 posted 12-08-2017 09:17 PM

Just judging by the way he uses and takes care of his equipment, and by the complete lack of care in taking a for-sale picture, I’d pass and keep looking.

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#5 posted 12-08-2017 09:26 PM

I think you can do better for $300.00. The fence is nice, but still, I think you can do better. He has over-valued that fence. Simple as that. It’s a $100.00 upgrade at best, and that’s a stretch. I think the purchase of an older Craftsman saw can be a smart one, even with their fences. The didn’t all stink, but some did, really badly. I don’t believe this is your saw. You are about $100 to $150 over it’s value in my mind.

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Topshelf23

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#6 posted 12-08-2017 09:44 PM

Thanks guys for your advice! I am going to pass and keep looking!

Just out of curiosity, for used saws you would recommend the craftsman 113.XXX series? Any others I should look for?

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#7 posted 12-08-2017 09:54 PM

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#8 posted 12-08-2017 09:56 PM

What’s he been cutting with that thing? The sawdust looks purple to me…..foam-board?

From someone that actually had a Craftsman 113 and added a Biesemeyer….you’re probably doing the right thing by taking a pass.

I would recommend the 113 if you can get the newer fence. It’s not a horrible saw, and the fence makes it pretty serviceable. Stay away from the older, steel-railed fence. The newer one is aluminum.

You can also occasionally find an older Ridgid, or the Dewalt Hybrid Saw, or possibly a Jet Contractor’s saw. Price will be higher, of course…..but you can’t go wrong with any of them.

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#9 posted 12-08-2017 10:03 PM



Would something like this be better?

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/tls/d/craftsman-2-hp-table-saw/6412358993.html

- Topshelf23

That one has the older fence that I was talking about, it’s also a 1hp motor(they have a tendency to over-hype the peak power to make it look more formidable).

Look for the saw that says 3hp peak…..with the newer fence and that motor, it’s as good as it gets for that saw.

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Topshelf23

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#10 posted 12-08-2017 10:12 PM

Okay I found this. This is the last one I’ll post lol.

What do you guys think if I could get him down on price a little?

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/for/d/full-size-table-saw/6391477136.html

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#11 posted 12-08-2017 10:14 PM

He looks like he’s pretty motivated to sell, so he might take $150 for that second one. Sure, the fence sucks, but you can always replace that. That he knew enough to add a link belt and is including some blades (even if they look rusty to me) is also a decent sign. I’d offer him $150.

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#12 posted 12-08-2017 10:16 PM

Would something like this be better?

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/tls/d/craftsman-2-hp-table-saw/6412358993.html
- Topshelf23

It’s a nicer machine IMO, but still over priced. Those Craftsman contractor saws can be found all over for $50. Throw in a nice fence, and it bumps up to about $100. What I love about the ad above is all the ‘parts’ he says has been replaced, and their cost… like 2 retaining rings for $11.39, or the “Power Tool Bearing #3509” for $21.07! That particular bearing is a pretty standard 6202-5/8, and a quality one can be had for around $6 from places like Accurate (I actually just purchased two of them a few weeks ago from Accurate for my drill press). The arbor has also been replaced apparently, so that means the original one got trashed somehow – not a good sign.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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