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Forum topic by bwoods posted 02-06-2013 07:42 AM 2575 views 0 times favorited 80 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2013 07:42 AM

Looking to buy my first table saw and have been scouring CL… but I just dont know what to be looking for and you guys have been amazingly helpful. I live in Tulsa and a couple of these would require some travel. Wanting something equivalent to the newer Ridgid R4512… which is what I will end up with if I get impatient.

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 07:49 AM

Seller #1 is insane.

Seller #2 has a decent saw worth 2 or 3 bills

Seller #3 has a saw that will get the job done but
not particularly worth upgrading.

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 10:33 AM

Loren’s spot on IMO. #2 looks like a Delta contractor saw with a Unifence (nice fence). Could make for a nice saw….see what they want for it. Once you get into the $350 range or more, a new saw has some merit, but the Unifence is a nicer fence than any new saw under $800 or so.

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 12:33 PM

I would make #2 a lowball offer on the whole shop and be willing to negotiate up a little, keep the saw and peddle out the rest with a goal of ending up with a free saw. Having dealt with estates before both as a buyer and seller, I feel quick and easy is what almost everyone wants. Of course you must be prepared for the seller to get POED at your low ball offer if he does walk away.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 12:52 PM

The above posters are right. #2 is the only one worth looking at. I personally would expand my search to a wider area and find a better saw for the same money. I saw a Delta unisaw here in Ma. on Cl recently for $600.

-- Marc T. Broussard

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 01:24 PM

I agree, #2. Rocket, a cabinet saw is not practical in all home shops.

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 02:38 PM

I agree w/ all that has been said, also look at the bandsaw that seller #2 has, It is hard to tell from the pics but if you could make a deal on it too I would take them both.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 02:50 PM

I think seller 1 has good intentions as they’re trying to “raise” money for something…I wouldn’t “donate” that much to their cause.

What is your budget? Reason I ask is there’s a Griz in your area

If you want something you can add stuff too but still have a good saw there’s also this one. I know folks that really bring these back to life and look good

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#8 posted 02-06-2013 03:12 PM

The Rockwell Motorized Saw (#1) is junk. Don’t waste your time on one if it was free. #3 might be an okay deal but the estate sale (#2) could be the best opportunity. -Jack

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#9 posted 02-06-2013 03:14 PM

The Grizzly is a 3 phase, so that will have to be taken into consideration.

Cabinet saws are very practical for home shops, so we’ll put that myth in the toilet where it belongs. Keep looking at Craigslist. #2 might be a good deal, but it appears they want to sell that as a package. If they are willing to separate, that delta is worth $200 tops but more like $150. Quality saws come up on a regular basis, if you are not in a rush, a better deal will come along.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#10 posted 02-06-2013 03:48 PM

Pretty good consensus on #2, I’ll inquire about it. I am starting a shop (for the first time) so a good deal on a package is what I am looking for. And I saw that Griz… but it is probably too much saw for me and my needs… and 5hp 3 phase, which I would rather not have to deal with. Thanks fellas.

Any tips on how to quickly discern on whether a saw fits into that hybrid type R4512 kinda slot? I see a ton of Craftsmans all the time, but have a hard time knowing which ones falls into that slot right below cabinet but above bench.

Like these 2…

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#11 posted 02-06-2013 03:56 PM

Depending on price I agree with #2 other wise a new Ridgid is much much better than #1 or #3

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#12 posted 02-06-2013 04:34 PM

You might check around for a Craftsman Model 113 in your area. It seems like everywhere I have traveled there are always some of them for sale. They are a good saw and with a little bit of upgrading could be the only saw you will ever need. I used one for 5 years and never had any issues. The only reason I upgraded was because i needed more HP.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#13 posted 02-06-2013 04:38 PM

Missed the 3-phase part. Good catch…

The one on the tulsa CL was the first one I bought. Did what I wanted it to while I was learning. It would bog down and trip when I was sending wood through it, but that’s probably cause I didn’t know about feed rate and a sharp blade.

Once the motor went out, I found one like the OKC CL shows. It’s an older (maybe 80’s) saw and I love it. Alot of us have those (although some may not admit it :) ) It’s a great saw, and with a quality fence and some fine tuning can make an excellent saw. And it’s a good price too and a little closer.

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#14 posted 02-06-2013 04:39 PM

Just talked with the man about and he is clearing out his dad’s shop and said he could go as low as $900 for it all and is willing to deliver it to Tulsa. I’m tempted. He says his dad still has a whole bunch in his shop, such as all the different router bits, forstner bits and router table. I have about a $1200 budget so $900 would just about clean me out. What do you guys think? It seems like the best deal I have come across… and also the easiest. Is this setup worth it?

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#15 posted 02-06-2013 04:45 PM

To me the Ryobi stuff, rigid router, and HF dust collector would have no value. The table saw is worth $200 and the band saw about the same. The Ryobi bench top tools are not accurate or sturdy and may cause you more frustration.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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