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Forum topic by Viktor posted 04-29-2011 12:37 AM 1403 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2011 12:37 AM

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What is your opinion of Craftsman Table Saw 28462. Particularly motor-arbor assembly, gears, bearings (reliability, vibration, noise, etc)? How does this motor compare to other universal motors on benchtop table saws. Is this motor identical to other brands? I am not interested in other saw parts (table, fence, etc.).

Circular (hand held) saw experts: what brand/model would you rate #1 in terms of motor reliability and bearing/gears quality and design? Again, I am not interested in other features or ergonomics.

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#1 posted 04-29-2011 12:58 AM

284 decodes as manufactured by Gold Eagle IF the new numbers are still the same. It is a $200 table saw, you can’t really expect much for it. I’d suggest heavy surfing Craig’s list for a better version used. I have a Ridgid 3612 TS that is also cloned in a Craftsman version and I’m very pleased with what I’ve gotten from it. New it was $600, and I got it as a floor model for $300, I see simmilar deals all the time on CL.

Circ for me is Milwaukee first because I bought it expecting to never need to replace it.. Can’t really give you any other reccomendation without knowing what you’re going to be doing with it, I’ve seen alot of nice Hitatchi tools but I wouldn’t buy one if I was doing framing everyday with it…

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#2 posted 04-29-2011 01:31 AM

Thank you, ChefHDAN.
I might be building a small specialty saw (I know, I know… but there is nothing like this on the market). I need a motor-arbor assembly (nothing else from stock saw) to mount under the table. It has to be compact (hence universal motor). Alternatively it could be a circular (Skil type) saw. The most important thing is to have good quality bearing/gears. I could go with Metabo, Festool, etc. but it will be pushing it in terms of the cost. The reason I asked about 28462 motor is because I could get this part new reasonably cheap. I can build things, but unfortunately I can’t build motors.
On a related note, I believe Metabo used to make circular saws with induction motors. Any leads?

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#3 posted 04-29-2011 02:38 AM

While I’m no “expert”, I love my Skil 77 which I’ve had for well over 20 years. I don’t know about the Skil HD77, which is apparently what is available now, but here’s a review from one of our own here at LJs …

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 03:04 AM

I have one. It has a non standard miter slot which is the big killer negative.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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