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03-07-2018 01:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: recommendation table saw dewalt 7480 rigid table saw

So I was looking around Craigslist and Letgo at table saws and had always wished my current saw, DeWalt DWE7480, could accept dado blades. I saw a few saws, craftsman and older rigid table saws, and thought about upgrading the fences in the future to possibly a Vega or something.

My question is should I try to sell my dwe7480 in favor of an older craftsman or rigid? How much could I sell it for , 200? I would not be able to update the fence immediately so whatever I get would have to be serviceable for a couple months. I’m in the Richmond, va area. Thanks for any help!


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#1 posted 03-07-2018 06:29 PM

I learned that the Rigid saw I was looking at is a Rigid TS2412. Looks to be in good shape for 225:
https://us.letgo.com/us/i/ridgid-contractor-tablesaw_f5883da6-94fc-4568-beb6-03ba03360d37

I was wondering if that is a fair price at 225 or should I ask off? Also if I list my Dewalt TS what is a fair price for it (DWE7480)?

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#2 posted 03-07-2018 07:33 PM

The full size saw will have a number of advantages – more torque, less noise, much larger landing zone in front of the blade, more mass, easier to fix, easier to add accessories to, nicer to use, etc.

The going used rate is roughly 50% of new, depending on your area, condition, etc.

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#3 posted 03-07-2018 08:37 PM

I doubt you’d get $200 for your old one. I’d bet you’ll get offers closer to $150 if you listed for $225.

you should buy this one and fix it up and get a new fence for it.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/tls/d/10-craftsman-table-saw/6504043641.html

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#4 posted 03-07-2018 08:40 PM



I doubt you d get $200 for your old one. I d bet you ll get offers closer to $150 if you listed for $225.

you should buy this one and fix it up and get a new fence for it.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/tls/d/10-craftsman-table-saw/6504043641.html

- bndawgs


Yeah, that was another saw I was looking at too. The benefit to the Rigid on Letgo is it came with mobile stand already, came with blades as well because I don’t have a dado blade and couldn’t really get one for a while. I would want to upgrade the fence to something like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000022622/?coliid=I1P3IOONXG830D&colid=19MQCA3EVVHGQ&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
But, I wouldn’t have enough money to buy that one even I could get that craftsman for $50.

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#5 posted 03-07-2018 08:42 PM

Nick, same boat as you. I felt I outgrew my Dewalt 748. I was always in the hunt for a larger cabinet saw, and my wife certainly blessed me to take the space in the garage with an older Delta Unisaw recently. I just finished rewiring it and still need to align.

I had all intentions of selling the Dewalt, that I purchased refurbished. But starting to think more of the occasional uses at other places helping with renovations, I decided to hold onto that saw. It certainly is one of the best saws in the contractor class. Sure it is $200 ish of money not in my pocket, but it will definitely come in handy when the time is right.

In short….I would hold off on selling it until a new saw is acquired. I had to use my Dewalt to make a mobile base, just to move that Unisaw into its storage spot. It took me a couple months to find the right Unisaw, and pounced on it as quickly as I could.

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#6 posted 03-07-2018 08:51 PM

You didn’t mention it, but have you considered the Bosch table saw? I bought mine about 8 years ago after I read a review that said it was the best contractor saw for woodworking. I have not been disappointed. I realize its a bit pricier, but, imo, worth it. the fence is rock solid, didn’t have to square up the blade, comes with a nice stable mobile base, and accepts dado blades. I just saw it on sale at Lowes also!

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#7 posted 03-07-2018 10:14 PM


Nick, same boat as you. I felt I outgrew my Dewalt 748. I was always in the hunt for a larger cabinet saw, and my wife certainly blessed me to take the space in the garage with an older Delta Unisaw recently. I just finished rewiring it and still need to align. I had all intentions of selling the Dewalt, that I purchased refurbished. But starting to think more of the occasional uses at other places helping with renovations, I decided to hold onto that saw. It certainly is one of the best saws in the contractor class. Sure it is $200 ish of money not in my pocket, but it will definitely come in handy when the time is right.

In short….I would hold off on selling it until a new saw is acquired. I had to use my Dewalt to make a mobile base, just to move that Unisaw into its storage spot. It took me a couple months to find the right Unisaw, and pounced on it as quickly as I could.

- Notbrick


I probably will sell it since I won’t be able to afford to keep both. I will likely purchase the newer saw before letting go of my current one though. Understand the benefits of keeping it, it really is a great little saw but I need something larger and I don’t really foresee anything in the near future of helping anyone do any type of renovations. Thanks for the input though!


You didn t mention it, but have you considered the Bosch table saw? I bought mine about 8 years ago after I read a review that said it was the best contractor saw for woodworking. I have not been disappointed. I realize its a bit pricier, but, imo, worth it. the fence is rock solid, didn t have to square up the blade, comes with a nice stable mobile base, and accepts dado blades. I just saw it on sale at Lowes also!

- bygrace


Haven’t considered it. I would feel like not really changing the saw much jumping from one contractor saw to another with similar dimensions. I would really like a larger tabletop that I can upgrade the fence on as well.

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#8 posted 03-08-2018 07:55 PM

What do you ya’ll think about this saw listing? I messaged asking if he would sell them separately:
https://richmond.craigslist.org/tls/d/table-saw/6493268597.html

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#9 posted 03-08-2018 08:08 PM

Its been up for 25 days, unless he forgot to take it down. Offer $50, expect to settle at $75. I would expect he would want to have both taken off his hands. I would certainly would want to upgrade those fences. Both would take some work to get going.

Question for you, is your Dewalt holding you back solely on the dado aspect? Or is there more that you desire within a larger table top area? I ask because if dados are holding you back, simply investing in a new router and a simple guide can get you far.

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#10 posted 03-08-2018 08:14 PM


What do you ya ll think about this saw listing? I messaged asking if he would sell them separately:
https://richmond.craigslist.org/tls/d/table-saw/6493268597.html

- NickAudette

It’s a flex drive, not belt drive, which is not something I’d went to get into. It’s also pretty rusty, like its been left outside. The other one is a cheap benchtop saw on a legstand, direct drive universal motor….not even as good as your DW.

That Ridgid you linked to on Let Go looked pretty good to me: https://us.letgo.com/us/i/ridgid-contractor-tablesaw_f5883da6-94fc-4568-beb6-03ba03360d37

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#11 posted 03-08-2018 08:30 PM



Question for you, is your Dewalt holding you back solely on the dado aspect? Or is there more that you desire within a larger table top area? I ask because if dados are holding you back, simply investing in a new router and a simple guide can get you far.

- Notbrick


I’d prefer a bigger saw in general and would like a belt drive saw. Dados is a definite bonus and wishlist item. I am already planning on upgrading the fence to a vega pro fence.


It’s a flex drive, not belt drive, which is not something I’d went to get into. It’s also pretty rusty, like its been left outside. The other one is a cheap benchtop saw on a legstand, direct drive universal motor….not even as good as your DW

Thanks, I assumed the first one was a belt drive saw from looking at the back of it. What do you think of these two from Letgo:

https://us.letgo.com/en/i/table-saw_4c4e5e36-4693-4c40-b580-028651b6db54

https://us.letgo.com/en/i/tablesaw-craftsman_c54eea5f-06cd-4e90-bb3e-575797b51af3

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#12 posted 03-08-2018 08:35 PM

I d prefer a bigger saw in general and would like a belt drive saw. Dados is a definite bonus and wishlist item. I am already planning on upgrading the fence to a vega pro fence.

It’s a flex drive, not belt drive, which is not something I’d went to get into. It’s also pretty rusty, like its been left outside. The other one is a cheap benchtop saw on a legstand, direct drive universal motor….not even as good as your DW

Thanks, I assumed the first one was a belt drive saw from looking at the back of it. What do you think of these two from Letgo:

https://us.letgo.com/en/i/table-saw_4c4e5e36-4693-4c40-b580-028651b6db54

https://us.letgo.com/en/i/tablesaw-craftsman_c54eea5f-06cd-4e90-bb3e-575797b51af3

- NickAudette

Both look to be worth the money from a glance on LG…..fence is lame on both. The metal handles on the first one are worth ~ $40. The “3hp” claim on the front is bogus…more like 1.5 usable HP. The other has the blade guard, which is always nice to have, and it looks pretty clean.

Do you have 220v? https://us.letgo.com/en/i/rockwell-unisaw_d4317c0d-e1df-4f00-8590-412575b8f6eb

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#13 posted 03-08-2018 08:42 PM


Both look to be worth the money from a glance on LG…..fence is lame on both. The metal handles on the first one are worth ~ $40. The “3hp” claim on the front is bogus…more like 1.5 usable HP. The other has the blade guard, which is always nice to have, and it looks pretty clean.

Do you have 220v? https://us.letgo.com/en/i/rockwell-unisaw_d4317c0d-e1df-4f00-8590-412575b8f6eb

- knotscott


I wish. Plus I already purchased a new vega pro 40 fence for whatever saw I get so my budget is pretty limited. $100 is the top at this point haha.

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#14 posted 03-08-2018 08:46 PM


Both look to be worth the money from a glance on LG…..fence is lame on both. The metal handles on the first one are worth ~ $40. The “3hp” claim on the front is bogus…more like 1.5 usable HP. The other has the blade guard, which is always nice to have, and it looks pretty clean.

Do you have 220v? https://us.letgo.com/en/i/rockwell-unisaw_d4317c0d-e1df-4f00-8590-412575b8f6eb

- knotscott

I wish. Plus I already purchased a new vega pro 40 fence for whatever saw I get so my budget is pretty limited. $100 is the top at this point haha.

- NickAudette

You can always sell the stock Emerson fence to offset costs…..$35-$40ish. Or grab the Ridgid and sell that fence for $75-$100. Leave yourself at least $30 for a decent blade – Freud Diablo, Irwin Marples, CMT ITK Plus, DeWalt Precision Trim series, or Tenru Rapid Cut series.

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#15 posted 03-08-2018 08:51 PM


You can always sell the stock Emerson fence to offset costs…..$35-$40ish. Or grab the Ridgid and sell that fence for $75-$100. Leave yourself at least $30 for a decent blade – Freud Diablo, Irwin Marples, CMT ITK Plus, DeWalt Precision Trim series, or Tenru Rapid Cut series.

Oh, I already have a few diabo blades. I didn’t think of trying to sell the original fence, that’s a good idea. Not sure how desirable a crappy craftsman fence is though haha

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