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Forum topic by DrewT posted 03-06-2013 07:23 PM 917 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2013 07:23 PM

My current saw is an even older Craftsman TS 8 1/4 blade with no rip fence or blade guard…..

This one is on CL for $100….anything is better than my current saw.

Curious what you think?

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#1 posted 03-06-2013 08:10 PM

If I could ever make one reply to a member that would be absolutely helpful to that member,this would be it:
Please do not buy that table saw,it’s flimsy,it’s light weight,the fence on it is unreliable and inaccurate,the bench it seat on is made of light gauge steel ,that motor on it is laud,you can not cut sheet goods on it without running the risk of tipping it over.
I know all of this because I own one,it’s still somewhere in the corner of my garage.
The only possible use it has is for a general contractor to throw it in the back of his truck and use it on the floor (without the legs) for quick cuts of small pieces.
You are much better off using your hard earned money on an older contractor type saw with cast iron top/wings,belt driven motor.
Just my unbiased humble opinion.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 08:13 PM

I own that saw also and it is terribly flimsy. I’m actually about to start building a sturdy cabinet for mine to sit in so that I don’t have to keep dealing with the wobble and what not.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#3 posted 03-06-2013 08:16 PM

I’d hold out a bit longer. For $50.00 more, I was able to purchase a ridgid contractor saw with 24” rip capacity to the right of the blade, with a nice beefy fence (compared to my previous ryobi). Cast iron table with steel or aluminum (not sure) extensions, and a nice solid base. I about killed myself getting it off my truck. The one above does not look like it would be work $100.00 in my opinion.

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#4 posted 03-06-2013 08:20 PM

The table saw is the heart of a woodworking shop. It’s good to buy the best one you can afford…you wont regret it. I’m sure others on here will have some good opinions on a good economical one. You are off to a good start though by watching for a used one. If you know the price points, there are a lot of great used saws on Craig’s List and Ebay among other places…just take the time to look around for a while.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 03-06-2013 08:26 PM

I agree with the others here. id pass in that one. im a craigslist addict and can tell you that in my area i see at least 3 really nice semi pro to pro saws a week from 350-500. i know thats a bunch but the quality of your projects will be only as good as your ts… (or your skill fixing edges with a hand plane!)

Good luck with your search

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#6 posted 03-06-2013 11:35 PM

Paying $100 for it is better than paying $250, but it still doesn’t make it a good saw. It’s exactly the type of saw that many of us purchased when we didn’t know any better…..but now you know better! As others have mentioned, in that price range, or just a little more, you can get a decent full size cast iron saw with a belt drive induction motor that willl have far more upside potential down the road. Making Sense of Table Saws

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 03-06-2013 11:54 PM

I had one of those. On mine, you could see a significant wobble in the blade on startup. At speed, it would even out, then under load the wobble would reappear. You can imagine the kinds of cuts it made when it did that. The guys before me have it right. Run, don’t walk, away from that saw!

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#8 posted 03-07-2013 12:31 AM

Too bad you don’t put more information in your profile, like the general location of your shop.

It could be that some LJ is close to you and has a used saw for sale or knows of one worth buying.

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

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#9 posted 03-07-2013 01:44 AM

Dallas – good point about my profile. This LJ group is very supportive so it would be nice to know someone is local here in Bakersfield…

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