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Forum topic by nealius posted 03-08-2013 07:54 PM 573 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2013 07:54 PM

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Hello Jocks,

I’ve had the passion for a while, but I’ve only recently had the means to start “serious” woodworking. I’ve been looking for a table saw, but I’m not sure I’m ready to drop a huge amount of money into the hobby quite yet. This table saw just popped up on craigslist, and wanted to know what you guys think. TABLE SAW
The reviews I’ve read aren’t great (noisy, under powered…), but it seems like a pretty good saw for the price, assuming everything works, the table is flat, etc. I feel comfortable spending $75, even if it’s just a learning experience and a chance to find out what I really want in a saw. Do you guys think I’d be making a mistake? Any advice for a budding woodworker? Thanks!


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#1 posted 03-08-2013 08:04 PM

Read the first couple posts of my blog

My latest CL find turned out ok, but not my TS+BS purchase. I ended up spending more time as a machinist and less time as a woodworker.

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 08:10 PM

It’s got an induction motor, which will be incrdibly loud. I would probably pass, based on that alone.

Although, I don’t think the asking price is unfair, either.

The saw looks like its complete, too.

I would keep my eyes on CL for a contractor saw ( the ones with the motor hanging out of the back). This will be quieter, and will be a beefier saw.

Look for a craftsman saw from the 113.XXXXXX series. These are quality contractor saws made by Emerson. These saws usually come with a crappy fence, so you may want to upgrade if that’s the route you go. Try to get one with cast iron extension tables.

Chris

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 08:11 PM

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 08:11 PM

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 08:38 PM

I think Chris meant to say “universal” motor instead of “induction”. The induction motors are generally the more desirable of the two types….quieter, more torque, usually more reliable.

That Delta is more of a compact saw than a true contractor saws….a little smaller than a full size saw, and has a direct drive universal motor….it was a predecessor to saws like the Delta 36-600 and TS300. It’s not at the same level as a full size contractor saw, but it’s better than some and is priced right if it runs….there’s not a lot of financial downside at $75. On the otherhand, as Chris also points out, it’s not unusual to see those old full size Emerson Craftsman contractor saws sell in the $100 range….most of those had lame fences, but there’s a lot more upside potential.

Something like this is what we’re talking about. This one happens to be $150 and has grated cast iron wings, but it can’t hurt to offer $100. They’ll need a good blade and good alignment to perform well.

There doesn’t appear to be much to pick from in your neighborhood at the moment. Good luck!

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#6 posted 03-08-2013 09:12 PM

Thanks, Scott. I indeed meant universal. Duh!

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 03:15 PM

Thanks for the input. I’ll probably pass on this one.

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