|Forum topic by rlrobinhood||posted 05-25-2012 05:20 AM||3295 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
05-25-2012 05:20 AM
I’m just getting into wood working and have an old 12” direct drive Craftsman table saw. I think it says “professional series”. Its wired for 220 and passes the penny/nickle test. But, when you first start up the saw and shut it down, you can see the blade wobble. Sounds like runout and I’ve yet to put a dial indicator to it. But, if it is runout, it could be bearings, flange, etc. The fence is horrible on this saw as well. I’ve attached a pic.
Ideally, I’d like a cabinet saw as I’m rather paticular. But, not sure I should go there yet (money reasons and I don’t know how much devotion to woodworking I’ll have in 2-5 years from now). So, I have a family friend who has a R4512 he’ll sell me for $300. He’s only used it a couple times, even though its about 4-years old. I’ve read all the reviews and it seems its not a bad saw for the money. Biggest complaint seemed to be about the fence, but that is probably better than mine.
Which saw do you think is better? What would you do? Would I be better going for the Rigid as a cabinet saw is probably not in the immediate future? Would I be ahead to buy the Rigid and sell the craftsman?
Thanks for all your sound advice.
Oh, and does anyone know if PALS will work with the R4512?