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8892

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02-11-2018 05:42 PM

Hi all,

Been looking through this forum for tool advise and I came across this black and Decker Firestorm FS2500TS table saw in Craiglist listed for $150. Has anyone have experience with this saw? How do you like using it? Is it accurate? How’s duct collection?

A little bit about me, I have 2 car garage and I like to build some fine wood projects as well as major contraction such as wood fencing and such. I do park both my wife and my car in the garage. I currently use a cheap but new jobsite table saw.

And there’s jet jwts-10cw2-lfr table saw for $350.

I read that it’s a good price but if that $150 works the same, I’d rather buy that now that I have a baby on the way.

Any input is very appreciated!


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#1 posted 02-11-2018 05:57 PM

Keep looking.

The B&D is a universal screamer motor thing that isn’t much of an upgrade from what you already have, and that jet sold new for around $400 ($399.99) IIRC.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#2 posted 02-11-2018 06:18 PM

You don’t want that B & D saw.
Bill

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 06:32 PM

I haven’t looked in your area, but in the B’ham, AL area CL, I turned up about 6 table saws from $50 to $250 that I would buy over anything labeled B&D. I would think looking for a few days should turn up an old craftsman for about the same money…

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#4 posted 02-11-2018 07:21 PM

I live in Omaha, NE area and honestly finding a good used table saw has been a struggle. And I don’t want to pay 500+ for a new saw lol.

By the way, I didn’t know that jet was sold new for $400.

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#5 posted 02-11-2018 09:01 PM

What matters is condition and fence quality. Go look at the Jet and see if you can talk him down.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 02-11-2018 09:31 PM

You live near a major city, so I’m sure deals come and go pretty quick. Just a quick scan turned up a few that were worth looking at, such as this US Made Delta 34-444 contractor saw for $125. Motor has an issue, so I bet you could get them to go even lower – maybe offer $50-$75 and use the cost of a motor replacement as a negotiation point. It’s been out there for a couple of weeks, so they will probably be open to any reasonable offer. However – from the pictures, I can almost guarantee it’s just a bad capacitor, which will set you back about $10 to fix :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Can’t tell from the photo, but that saw -might- be one of the magical ones that are 1.5hp on 120v, but 2hp on 240v :)

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

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#7 posted 02-11-2018 09:46 PM

Thanks Brad. I’ll try to contact that person. How do you replace capacitor?

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#8 posted 02-11-2018 10:24 PM

Thanks Brad. I ll try to contact that person. How do you replace capacitor?
- 8892

Unplug old one, plug in new one – should have spade connectors on them:

I’d test them first, which is super easy to do with a multimeter in resistance mode. Looks like the owner has already been messing with them as they have already been taken out from under their covers. Should be a simple fix, and even if it’s not a capacitor, 99.9% of the time it’s just something really stupid simple.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#9 posted 02-11-2018 10:31 PM

Skip the B&D. The Jet is a decent basic contractor and looks to have cast iron wings. $350 is more than I’d want to pay, but is worth a look and an offer if it checks out.

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

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8892

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#10 posted 02-11-2018 10:41 PM

Thanks knotscott.

I just reached out to that Delta saw seller and looks like someone bought it already.

I saw that a week or so ago but with non-working status, I was a little hesitant.

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#11 posted 02-12-2018 12:25 AM

It looked like there was a Craftsman contractor saw with the upgraded fence, but no wings. IIRC they were asking $250, but an offer $150ish would be fair IMO if it runs well.

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#12 posted 02-12-2018 01:07 AM

Wings are no big deal, the fence is a big deal. Don’t buy a saw like that Delta where youll need to make a bunch of repairs and replace the fence or you’ll be $350 into it in no time, and spend weeks repairing and replacing parts. Buy a saw with a good fence that’s mostly ready to go. Don’t fret over a few bucks or what the saw sold for. What does a Jet contractor sell for now?

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 02-12-2018 01:34 AM

If you’re in the Chicago area I’ve got two Grizzly contractor saws that I will be posting for sale soon. One has an Incra fence and the other has an old Biesemeyer. They’re not fancy saws, but with good fences they can handle most jobs easily enough. I’ve retired them in favor of an old Minimax and a future purchase of a Sawstop.

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#14 posted 02-12-2018 02:49 AM

Thanks guys. Yea I’m keeping my eyes out. What’s a good old craftman saw? The reason I ask is cause there’s so many “models” that craftman made back in the days and kinda a pain. Is there like a “to look for” for an old craftman table saw?

I have an old 1” belt and 8” disc Sanders and belt sander from craftman and love them both. Of course they were built to last.

I live in Omaha,NE – kinda a far drive from IL.

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#15 posted 02-12-2018 02:52 AM

I wanted to clarify that buying a fixer upper saw is perfectly fine if you enjoy fixing up machines. I do and others do, but some people want to plug in and go. And it’s worth being aware that if you buy a saw with a crappy fence that you’ll probably be dropping another $200 for a replacement so if you can buy a saw with a good fence then you’re ahead of the game.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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