|Forum topic by Zor||posted 01-04-2013 05:29 AM||5510 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
01-04-2013 05:29 AM
I’m starting in the world of woodworking and it’s time for a table saw. I’ve decided to go with a Craftsman 113 model saw and put a used Biesemeyer (sp?) fence on it. The two options I’m looking at are a saw from the 1960’s, basically the beginning of the Emerson saws for Craftsman or one of the much later “3hp” Emersons from the late 80’s/early 90’s. Both are 10’ saws with the motor that hangs out the back (contractor saws?) and both have cast iron tops with webbed wings. Besides the age the differences are that the older saw is a one owner saw and the gentleman says it’s seen relatively little use over the years. Just an at home hobby guy who built a handful of balsa wood model airplanes and some home crafts over the last 50 years. The saw is mounted to a homemade cabinet. The other is from a guy whose wood shop went out of business and he’s liquidating his tools. He’s not the original owner and the saw is non running but complete. He said it needs a new cord and to have a base made/bought for it.
The late model saw is this model saw (however not this exact saw, no base, table extension or fence)
The early model (this is the picture from his ad, he didn’t post a picture of the front of it)
My question is are there any major changes in the emerson saws as the years passed by? Besides cosmetics (I’m a sucker for vintage iron) are there any benefits or flaws to either of those saws? Also, will it be easier to install a Biesemeyer fence to either one of them?
Thanks in advance,