|Forum topic by Hermando||posted 03-07-2012 05:03 PM||4141 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
03-07-2012 05:03 PM
As I read the reviews and topics on many of the craftsmen and craftswomen here in Lumberjocks, it seems one of the biggest topics is Table Saws and which one is right for the craft and enjoyment we all have in working with wood. I know there are all levels of experience, as I would put myself somewhere in the middle.
For me I have taken alot of the advice here before making any purchases. I presently have two table saws (down from four). I have a new Dewalt DW745 portable that I bought to install 3000 sq/ft of walnut hardwood floor in my home. The Dewalt is truly a great saw for a portable. During that time I found an older Craftsman Contractor Saw (Model 113.299315) with a cast iron top, steel extension wings and Exacti-rip Fence 24” and 3hp (?) Belt drive motor
The Craftsman is a nice enough table saw for my purposes, strong and durable but still has some shortcomings. After I tuned it up completely, new link belt, blade and blade it cuts everything I have put through it. I bought this TS off Craigs List for 40$, its probably 20 years old, made by Emerson (USA). The fence has it quirks and the steel wings do not lie flat no matter how much I have adjusted, it also is missing the blade guard and splitter.
I am sure many wood workers have a similar situation with owning an older Table Saw that works fine, but is it worth the investment of upgrading the fence, miter gauge, possibly cast iron wings, possible motor replacement or look at purchasing a new table saw (Contractor, Hybrid, Cabinet saw with the latest and greatest features)
My Upgrades would be a new Vega Fence ($300), Incra Miter Gauge V27 ($70), Used extension wings ($100) or wait to invest in the newer TS like the Steel City 35990C (Which has everything I’d want without upgrades)