|Forum topic by Jasoninsacramento||posted 07-06-2012 11:29 PM||5860 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
07-06-2012 11:29 PM
HELP! I’m thinking about buying a used table saw and I want to make the right decision!
I’m so excited to finally step up from my craftsman (I heard that groan) table saw to a cabinet saw. I feel like I’m ready for a table saw that’s more solid and can handle more than what I have now iwth much more precision. I have been scouring CL for a used saw in my area (Northern California). Before I go look at it, I want to ask, if given the information that I’m providing, below, folks think it’s a good deal. For the amount of $ he wants, I could get a brand new saw, but all of the extras are making me think it’s a good deal.
Here’s what I think I need based on my skill level – I’m a fairly beginning woodworker, but I do lots of projects to restore my 1920s craftsman bungalow including lots of detailed trim work and stuff like making my own outdoor corbels on the roof. I’ve also made a few cutting boards and I love making new stuff!
My shop is in my basement, and I have the craftsman contractor table saw (even though it says “professional”) with an aluminum top, craftsman router table (once again, aluminum top), rigid planer, old craftsman jointer (a keeper, but needs some TLC), and a few other random tools.
Here’s what he’s advertised:
Grizzly 10” Model G1023RL – 3hp, left hand tilting table saw
Here’s the CL ad: Grizzly
In an email, he indicated that the table saw is 7 or 8 years old, he has used it lightly for some smaller projects around the house over the years and it’s pretty much sat idle a lot of the time. He has taken care of the top so there’s no rust. Finally – when i asked about the motor bearings he indicated that the motor sounds good.
He’s asking $1,500. I let him know that was a bit out of my budget, so he offered to sell the dust collection unit separately and give me the rest of the stuff for $1,200. I would love a dust collection unit, but I think I’d rather buy it in a few months when i can save up some more $. I do already have my own very nice Porter Cable Router, so the router would be icing – except for the fact that i have a really crappy (craftsman) router table now and it would be GREAT to have the incra table.
So what do folks think? I have yet to go and see it, listen to the motor and inspect things more closely. If it is in as good of shape as he is saying it is, am I foolish to pass this up? After having I’m very interested in the incra setup. In terms on $, I really only wanted to spend 800-900. But if this is a steal, I’ll find a way to make it work.
Thanks, in advance, for your opinions!!!