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Forum topic by Dan C posted 03-13-2011 09:27 PM 1571 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan C

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03-13-2011 09:27 PM

My Shopsmith has been a great tool for me, but I am looking to purchase a new table saw in 3-6 months with a budget under $1000. I have been reading all the reviews on all the different saws in my price range out there, Craftsman (no), Grizzly, Ryobi and Delta. I am looking for used or new. I can fix, repair or rebuild just about anything, so that is not an issue.
Any ideas on which way to go?
Thanks in advance for any help.

-- "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain." "Anonymous"


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NBeener

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 09:34 PM

Used Unisaw. You’re RIGHT in the price point range for a really good one.

You could get a recent vintage for around $1,000 that really shouldn’t need anything.

Maybe cosmetic, but … nothing else.

For ME … at THAT price point … it would be between that and one of the new Grizzly’s, but … pretty sure I’d go with the used Uni.

And … when you do … you are now legally, morally, AND ethically obligated to post pictures ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 09:50 PM

Good luck, I looked for used saws in my area briefly , I then ordered a Grizzly, it will be here tomorrow.Gave my 20+ year old craftsman to a friend, he just picked it up this afternoon.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 12:08 AM

Hi Dan C.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

I would be more inclined to go with a used cabinet saw, over a new smaller portable saw. The accuracy, power and reliability of the larger cabinet saws can’t be beat. With the economy being what it is, there are lots of them available.

Having used many different types of saws, and knowing even cheaper saws can work, it’s still comes down to the quality of a “real saw” providing better results, with less aggrevation.

Consider this…The Shopsmith you’re using is a good quality tool, and will do very fine work, but it’s just not convenient. You’ll find yourself feeling the same way about a cheaper saw. There is a reason cabinet saws cost what they do.

Lee

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 12:12 AM

Be patient and cruise Craigslist religiously. There are deals to be had on good used Unisaws and PM’s. Just be ready to pounce when the deal is there.

And welcome to LJ’s. Plenty of advice and inspiration to be had here.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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NBeener

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 12:16 AM

Por exemplo:

From MY CL, today: 1964 Unisaw

Oh, is THIS one tempting.

BUT … if you don’t want OLD Arn … a grand WILL buy you NEWer arn, too.

But … for the record … I’d love to buy this one :-)

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 04:47 PM

Last week I saw a 3hp single phase PM66 w/Biesemeyer fence for $950 and an old Unisaw for $600. The Uni’s pop up on CL all the time. PM66’s, not so much.

But learn to love CL is my advice.

-- In this world there's two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

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#7 posted 03-14-2011 04:52 PM

My vote would be used cabinet saw, although if your CL is like mine, you may have to wait patiently. If you buy a used cabinet saw for $600, you’d have $400 left for a top-of-the-line blade, belts, and quite a few knick knacks.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dan C

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#8 posted 03-15-2011 02:40 AM

Thanks to everybody on the posts. I am cruising CL every chance I get. If you hear of anything let me know.
Thanks again everyone.

Dan

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass,. its about learning how to dance in the rain.” “Anonymous”

-- "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain." "Anonymous"

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#9 posted 03-21-2011 06:07 PM

Hi Everybody,
I took the plunge and purchased today a 1942 Delta 10” table saw with a 52”? Unifence. bearing have been replaced, new Baldor 3hp motor. It’s ready to go. Will be picking it up on Saturday. I looked at it this past Saturday, it needs a little TLC, some paint and a little rust removing and it will become a family heirloom for us. I will post pics ASAP.

Thanks,
Dan

-- "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain." "Anonymous"

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Bertha

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#10 posted 03-21-2011 06:17 PM

If you want to provide me with an heirloom, ship that 3HP Baldor over to me! I shopped around just yesterday for a 3hp Baldor & I didn’t like what I found ($$$). That’s going to be a wonderful saw I bet.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dan C

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#11 posted 03-21-2011 06:27 PM

Al sorry to say, I have a few nephews and brother in-laws that are already saliivating at my new purchase. Do you think any of them will offer to help at a restoration (doubtful, but we will see). #1 cousin is already on board. I think he will get first dibs on use!

Thanks Dan

-- "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain." "Anonymous"

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#12 posted 03-21-2011 07:00 PM

They’ll be something for everyone in this refurb project. Be prepared to do some heavy lifting! I bought an old contractor saw off CL & thought I was going to move it myself. I took the motor off & tried to move the saw. I thought it was bolted to the floor! I’m really envious of this project of yours. I assume that Baldor’s single phase, right? If you don’t have 220/240V service, be prepared to! I ran mine for a short period off 110/120V and was very unhappy. Now that I’ve got juice going to it, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t tune an older saw to perfection. I can rip feet of 1/32” without a ZCI using the factory fence. Vintage tablesaw owners unite!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dan C

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#13 posted 03-21-2011 07:30 PM

Al, I am pretty lucky, the saw is already 220 and I have plenty of room in my box for another 220 circuit, I just need a plug and socket and I’ll be ready to make some dust.
This will be the 1st time restoring a saw, but I have rebuilt, restored, and fixed a whole lotta crap that did not deserve it. This saw deserves to be working again. I grew up and live in the Milwaukee area, so it is coming home.

Thanks again. I’ll post pics thought the process.

-- "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain." "Anonymous"

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Bertha

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#14 posted 03-21-2011 07:47 PM

I like the way you think. I could afford the new Powermatic, we all could. I prefer bringing life back into an older tool, just like you do.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dan C

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#15 posted 04-01-2011 04:42 PM

Hi Everybody,
Well I got the saw home. Took the table and ext’s off WOW! It is still heavy!. Great saw though. A little cleaning, a little drylube, a new cord and this baby will cut through just about anything. Newer Baldor 3hp motor, new bearings. Trunnions are just about perfect, no pitts, divots or rust. Alot of pitch build up but, no problems.
It is not the prettiest girl at the dance, but the not a wall flower either! For now she will work for for some drylube and juice and will be very happy just making dust. Next winter she will get the works, total dis-assembled, cleaned, painted, detailed and if she is good, maybe a mobile base, new badge plate and some pinstriping. Nothing garrish, just something to show off her clean lines!
She will get passed down to the next generation.
Now for a name. Something fitting for a 1942 Lady. I was thinking “Rosie” as in Rosie the Riveter, but their are so many Rosies (O’Donnel YUCK!! ) out there. Any suggestions or ideas?

Thanks for all the input!
Dan

-- "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain." "Anonymous"

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