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Forum topic by BuyoMasilla posted 10-05-2011 03:37 PM 5994 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2011 03:37 PM

Hello All,

In my local paper found one of these TS for 200 US dollars. I’ve been meaning to upgrade from my direct drive firestorm to something belt driven.

Took a look at it yesterday. There are some issues with it. The stand box is made of fairly thin sheet metal. The side that houses the blade angle control is a bit banged. The screw that controls the blade angle and the dial are a bit off center and inside the box, the small piece of metal holding this mechanism is also banged up. The stamps on the saw indicate max 3hp, not sure what exactly that means, not knowing much about electricity and having read somewhere that a better judge of power is amps and volts (?). The fence does not luck true, but can be tweaked by hand as you lock it.

On the other hand, it looks pretty clean and not that abused. There is no rust and although the fence needs to be locked carefully, the system seems pretty sturdy. The motor, which sits outside the box and in the back also looks to be in good shape.

Not sure if I’ll do this, leaning towards not.

Anyone out there familiar with this saw? Seen similar issues with blade tilting mechanism and knows of an easy fix? Any other thoughts?

Thanks for reading, Mario

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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Bill White

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#1 posted 10-05-2011 03:42 PM

I would not buy that saw for $200.00. It is a lightweight. Keep your eyes open for another brand.
I bought my Grizz 0444Z , dust collector, good blades, some precision measuring tools, and loading ramps for $500.00.
anothere will come up. Keep lookin’.


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#2 posted 10-05-2011 04:09 PM

That’s a Craftsman contractor style table saw. Sears sold thousands of them over the years and many of us got our first woodworking experience with one.

I used one for about 25 years. For the first 15 years, it was “stock”, then I overhauled it and added several upgrades including machined pulleys, a link belt, and an upgraded fence. I also ditched the legs and built a cabinet that gave me dust collection capability. That took a sort of acceptable saw to a nearly cabinet level saw. It wasn’t overly powerful, but handled almost anything I needed to do.

If you’re willing and able to put some parts and work into that saw, it would probably serve you well for a long time.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 04:27 PM

I have two of the Craftsman (made by Emerson Electric) contractor saws similar to the one you described. I don’t think you should pay $200 for it, more like $100 to $150. I agree with Sawkerf that if you are willing to put a little work into it you can end up with a satisfactory saw. The 3 horsepower claim is false. The actual HP is more like 1 horsepower.

-- Carl in SC

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 04:38 PM

to bad your so far away. I’d give you a deal on this one This is a good saw, and its served me well. I just couldn’t pass on the grizzly. I’m not sure about your area, but $200 seems like a lot for that craftsman. Here craiglist has a lot of them. You can probably get a craftsman cabinet for close to that.

I have had several craftsman tables saws and not many complaints, I agree with the above comments, $100-$150 would be more appropriate.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 04:50 PM

The basic guts of these saws are pretty much the same as the Ridgid saws, but this one sounds a little banged up, even though it’s nothing too serious. Considering that you’ll probably want to upgrade the fence eventually, $200 seems steep to me. These saws show up every week around here…often more than one per week, and many go in the $100-$150 range. Cast iron wings, and a better fence would merit their asking price, but not as is IMO. The HP ratings are misleading…most of these saws have a 14 amp 1-1.5hp motor on them.

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

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 04:57 PM

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 06:36 PM

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I appreciate it and will follow my initial thought and hold off on this saw as it stands right now.

Anyone can comment on the original price of a Delta contractor style 10 inch table saw (not sure the exact model)? The owner says I may be able to have it for half the original price. It’s about 4 or 5 years old and lightly used.

Thanks again for reading and your responses.

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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#8 posted 10-05-2011 07:21 PM

A newish Delta could be a 36-650, 36-675, 36-679, 36-680, 36-682, or 36-980, and possibly others… the price would vary depending on where purchased, the model, fence and wing material, etc….generally roughly $500-$700 (some special editions could go higher). Do you know what fence is on it, or whether the wings are steel or cast iron? Get model and info, and a pic if you can.

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

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