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Forum topic by sjsamuel posted 12-11-2017 02:54 PM 479 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sjsamuel

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12-11-2017 02:54 PM

Hello all, I finally created an account on here, after spending quite a bit of time reading different topics on this forums and website and learning a lot!
Years ago when I decided to buy some tools and get into wood working, I bought a Ryobi BT3100 table saw, and it has served me decently. I have never liked the fence on it, and the whole sliding miter section has always been a little hoaky, and I have rarely used it.
Last year, I finally moved and now have a dedicated wood working space and am so excited about getting back into woodworking and want to slowly collect better tools and or set my current tools up better. After a lot of reading, I decided that if I’m going to buy a table saw, I’m going to wait and pend the money on a good one like a Grizzly, but since that’s not going to happen right now, I spent some time getting my Ryobi cutting a little better and the fence is actually straight now and works pretty good.
I’ve been shopping around the local used market and found a gentleman’s selling a used craftsman’s 12 1/2” planer(older model) and a older craftsman 113 table saw. I went mostly to look at the planer, but ended up leaving with both for $200. The table saw is in good condition, and he gave me a bunch of accessories with it, and so I just bought it as well.
Well, now I’m in a delima with what to do. I like the idea of a more standard table saw, and the cast iron top with miter slots. I also like the idea of being able to buys and install a good fence on the craftsman like the Delta T3. I will have to spend some time and work out a way to dust collect with the craftsman, and the Ryobi already has a dust port which somewhat works.

So the questions is what would you guys do? I can spend about $250 or so and get the craftsman working a lot better with a nice fence, and upgrade the pulleys and belt, and setup some sort of dust collection, or just save my money and sell it, and keep working with my Ryobi.
Obviously, if I keep the craftsman, I can sell the Ryobi and get some of my money back. ( I have no idea how much)

Thanks for your input! Looking forward to you suggestions.


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#1 posted 12-11-2017 06:27 PM

Since you now have 2 tools (planer and table saw) instead of one, I would get rid of the Ryobi.

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#2 posted 12-11-2017 07:01 PM

I’m sure the Craftsman is the better saw of the two so dump the Ryobi and use the money to update the Craftsman. In my opinion a quality table saw is the center of a woodworking shop so eventually you will want to upgrade but the Craftsman will get you well on your way….I used one for years. If the Craftsman is the 1 or 1.5 hp model you will eventually want a saw with more hp but if you use one of the thin carbide tip blades the smaller motors will work in most situations, just slower or with multiple passes if using a dado blade. Be sure to buy quality blades they can make all the difference. I like Freud or Forrest.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-11-2017 07:28 PM

The BT can be pretty accurate, but it’s still small and light. I would sell the Ryobi to fund a better fence for the 113 (unless it already came with a fence upgrade).

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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sjsamuel

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#4 posted 12-11-2017 11:13 PM

Thanks for the suggestions folks. Looks like so far it’s a unanimous vote to sell the Ryobi and upgrade the craftsman.
So based on this, I just listed the Ryobi for sale! The Delta T3 fence upgrade is on the Christmas list, and I’m going to start working on dust collection setup for the 113 tomorrow.
Thanks for the input again!

Samuel

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#5 posted 12-12-2017 03:32 PM

I have a craftsman 113 with the Delta T3 fence and I’m happy with it being a novice woodworker. I think you’ll be happy with it.

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