|Forum topic by hg1027||posted 722 days ago||1564 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
722 days ago
I’ve been looking for a table saw, and I’ve read a few dozen “which new saw should I buy” threads.
I’m not really impressed with what I can get for my budget (under $500) new, sounds like the ridgid/craftsman/porter cable clones all have a couple issues, others are missing the cast iron table I want, or have other fatal flaws. The budget is pretty firm, I’ve already gotten some grief for not being happy with a $150 saw.
I’m leaning toward an older model for the simplicity and reliability. I’ve seen a couple threads where people have asked for help combing through Craigslist ads, so I’d appreciate that help. I’d prefer to stay with Houston TX postings, but if a killer deal came up I would go to Austin or San Antonio.
Two I’ve inquired about are here and here. First only has text, says “old delta table saw heavy duty belt drive,” $200, second is what I believe most would consider a classic craftsman with a vega fence, $400. I’m waiting for a pic and hopefully a model number of the delta, and I’ve expressed interest in the Craftsman and confirmed it’s 110v (i know some 3hp saws are 220, and I don’t expect 110 to actually give 3hp, but that’s another discussion). I assume most of the asking price on the Craftsman is for the fence. The usability added by the fence makes it attractive, but I’m not sure if $400 is reasonable.
So, my questions for the community. Do either of these spark enough interest to warrant a visit? Both are about an hours drive in opposite directions.
I’ll add info on the Delta if the seller comes back.
Thanks for reading.