|Forum topic by ItIsRocketScience||posted 02-20-2012 05:18 PM||3563 views||1 time favorited||25 replies|
02-20-2012 05:18 PM
OK, to start off, I have a RYOBI 10” tablesaw that I pretty much despise. It has a built in miter sled with a surface not co-planer to the main table surface. It utilizes cam screws to adjust the heel-toe angle of the blade and continually drifts after maybe 100 feet has been run through (it went from .005” heel out to .050”!). In general, I’m just ready for a better table saw.
A few weeks back I posted on my local craigslist “wanted” section to find a RIDGID TS3650, initially offering $175. Sadly, no bites… until today.
I received an e-mail from a man with a 1986 Delta Unisaw, complete with a Unifence and a shelf for the unifence. He used it on a project for his church back in the day and then took it home once the job was done, where it’s sat idle since 1990. Why? Well, the saw utilizes a beasty 5 HP, 3 Phase motor. He doesn’t have 3 phase power, nor do I.
So, he’d like $175 for this setup.
I’d need to buy a new motor and belts (but the pulleys are still good). Looking at the Grizzly site, I can get a 1.5 HP single phase TEFC motor for ~$200. All told, I’d be looking at probably $450 to get this saw up and running, which is waaay more than I initially wanted to spend, but also a much higher quality table saw than I was originally planning on buying.
Well, that’s the problem. It’s not the same table saw if I swap in a 1.5 HP motor. Is this worth it, or should I just pass?
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