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Forum topic by BiffTDB posted 07-10-2012 07:34 AM 925 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2012 07:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

Found this on Craigslist. Would this be a good investment for a first saw?

“10 in- Craftsman Table saw in good condition. Works good, it’s on wheels and comes with guide, x-tra blades and rip fence. Asking $75.00”

-- Mike


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#1 posted 07-10-2012 08:21 AM

It’s definitely worth $75 if the motor runs. It’ll probably won’t be available for long….at that price it’ll be gone quickly. That stock fence is notoriously poor and would be best off upgraded sooner than later. If it runs well, it’s worth putting something like a Delta T2 fence on it for $158 shipped from Tools-plus.com (it’s a great bang for the buck). You could probably sell the stock fence for $20-$25 to offset the cost. That light rust on the table should clean up nicely. Many, many people still own or have owned a saw similar to this, or a close relative to it (ie: Ridgid TS2424, TS3612, etc.). It’s possible the extra blades are decent, but unlikely. Once aligned and fitted with a decent thin kerf blade, it should perform well for you.

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#2 posted 07-10-2012 10:48 AM

I agree with knotscott

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#3 posted 07-10-2012 10:49 AM

I used to own one just like this.
I paid $75.00 for it when I bought my Rigid R4511.
I gave it to my church.
My opinion is that If you can afford it you would be better off to save this $75.00 to buy a more recent table saw like a Rigid.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 07-10-2012 07:30 PM

There’d be no significant performance improvements with a new saw for ~ $500, but he’d gain a riving knife and a warranty. He’d still be in the same class of saw….similar size, similar weight, similar drive systems, similar power, similar feel….that’s a pretty big price jump for what’s gained IMO. By adding a T2 fence to the old Cman saw, he’d even have a better fence than a new $500 saw offers, for a grand total for ~$200, and he can do the fence upgrade on whatever timeline is convenient.

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 08:09 PM

I agree with Scott too. Learn how to tune/adjust it, buy a new fence and you will have a good saw for a low price. -Jack

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#6 posted 07-11-2012 01:27 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. I’m going to go take a look at it and if everything runs smoothly I think I’ll pull the trigger on it.

-- Mike

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#7 posted 07-11-2012 01:44 AM

See if there is any wiggle in the motor and arbor shafts. It there is no play I’d go for it. You never see a good buy on CL here in the upstate.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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