|Forum topic by ChuckS1||posted 08-17-2012 06:49 PM||2048 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
08-17-2012 06:49 PM
So I’ve been lurking here for quite a while, researching table saws. I’ve realized there’s a lot more to this than just running down to Sears, like my dad used to tell me back in the 60’s. Anyway, here’s my situation. I’m a beginner at this, but have realized that a good table saw is where I want to start. Don’t want a portable saw. I’ve got a 3 car garage, so space isn’t as big a problem. I don’t want to spend more than $500, but maybe as high as $600. I’ve looked at the new Ridgid R4512, but have been scared away by the alignment issues I’ve read about. My local CL has four saws I’m seriously considering that fit in my budget and I would really appreciate some opinions.
Here are the four I’m considering from CL:
1. General International 50-220. Looks very well maintained. The owner has a woodworking shop that he says he’s downsizing due to age/health issues. Comes with a Shopfox fence system and an Incra miter gauge. He’s asking $500.
2. Craftsman hybrid model 22104. Like new, according to the owner. Asking $375.
3. Older Craftsman 113.298762 contractor saw. Has the perforated cast iron wings. Owner says “excellent condition”. Looking at the pictures, I see no rust. Comes with the OEM fence, miter gauge, manual. Also comes with a dado blade. He’s asking $300.
4. Jet table saw. Don’t know the model, but it looks like a contractor saw and includes blade, multiple throat plates, a Shopfox base, crosscutting sled for plywood and a 55” extended side table. Asking $500.
Again, I was just about to buy the Ridgid R4512, but am concerned about all the posts I’ve read about alignment issues. Is that something I should worry about now or has Ridgid fixed the problem?
Anyway, advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.