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Forum topic by Richard posted 10-21-2012 06:34 PM 924 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Richard

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10-21-2012 06:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

I was looking for a cheap tablesaw to use at my daughters house when I visit and have thimgs she wants done. I foud this on CL in San Jose amd also the same one on CL i n the SanDiego area for the same price. Any comments on how good this unit is?
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/tls/3352649236.html
The one in San diego does not have the extra items but I would not have to ship it or haul it with me if I drive down instead of fly.


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#1 posted 10-21-2012 06:50 PM

I used one of these saws before I got my old Craftsman 113 style saw. The Ryobi was underpowered but is a good general use saw. The slider is okay, but I had to check it for squareness every time I used the slide. I never used the dado insert or a dado blade but I would think that that saw would have trouble with deep dadoes—I’m sure someone else could speak with experience about using the BT3000 to cut dadoes. Also, $200 sounds a little steep to me.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 07:13 PM

Thanks Don , I also saw a couple of other saws in the SD area close to my daughter that I might think about. Was just kind of looking for something small since it is not igoing into a real shop.And $200 didd seem a bit steep for this one.

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#3 posted 10-21-2012 07:18 PM

$200 is too much. I had one of those and got rid of it cheap. Can’t use standard jigs on it. Slider is hard to keep square. If I was hard up for a saw, I might take one for about 75 bucks

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 12:58 AM

Thanks Gary , after looking at some other reviews on it I think I would pass on it even for $75 . Have to keep looking.
Just wondering what the issue is with useing jigs on it.

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 01:34 AM

It does not have a miter slot for jigs. I bought a new BT3100 (which is the same) for $199. It is my first table saw. I added miter slots. Even though I like mine (now); knowing what I know now – I would have looked harder for another table saw. I recommend that you do the same.

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 01:36 AM

Richard—There’s no miter slot on the BT3000, so mounting jigs has to be done via some other “non-standard” methods.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#7 posted 10-22-2012 01:54 AM

Hmm, I agree, as it is, the BT3K is too much at $200. It’s got a 13amp motor and they were famous for having problems with shims for the alignment.

I, however, have an almost unused (lol) BT3100 with every bell and whistle they had available including the extended table kit, the router table, the dual miter slot kit, and a 15amp motor that I’d sell for $250. I also have a bunch of the T bolts and knobs, the miter hold down kit and a 6 month old Oslund rip blade. (I’ve made probably 30-50 cuts in that time with the blade.
I replaced the belts about 3 months ago, (The BT series is not direct drive), and have a nice long chunk of the extended miter gauge I cut off because it was too long. (One of the downfalls of the BT series, the extended miter had too much weight on one end and would force the miter table to tilt).

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 10-23-2012 01:23 AM

Well I guess I am going to saty away from this one. Looking for what pops up next on CL.
Thanks for thr the info guys.

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