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Forum topic by MT_Keg posted 03-24-2013 09:16 AM 1597 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2013 09:16 AM

Hi All,

I just bought my first home and have developed a few projects for around the house; the only equipment I currently lack is a Table Saw. My father came down to visit and trucked the one he has (A craftsman from more than 10 years ago) and we built a few book cases. I am currently looking for my own to build a few built-in’s around my fire place. My current budget is between $200 and $400. Do you all have any recommendations for my first purchase? Thanks for all your help and support! In addition I also have planned a few humidors and some adirondack chairs on my to-do list for the near future.


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#1 posted 03-24-2013 10:08 AM

Right at top of your budget is the Ridgid 4512 @ Home Depot that has some good reviews. i think i have heard sears sells a craftsman which is its twin.. both are at the 400-500 dollar range. Search the reviews srction on here. I really dont have any personal imput, been eyeing the ridgid for a while, but keep talking myself out of it.

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 10:28 AM

Ditto on what Tugboater78 said. That and you could look at CraigsList for used saws. There are plenty of the old Craftsman (Emerson built) 113 TS in the $100 to $200 range. You may also find a deal on an old Powermatic or Unisaw cabinet saw.

BTW: Welcome to LumberJocks & congrats on the new house!!!

EDIT: OPPS! My bad!!! I did mean 113 for the Craftsman saw. Thanks for correcting me on that EEngineer!!!

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 10:41 AM

i have the ridgid r4512,i used the harbor freight coupon and got it for $400.had it for a month now and really like issues so far.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 11:12 AM

Ditto Craigslist. However, the old Emerson saws all start with 113. The 315 series was made by Ryobi.

Reference here

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#5 posted 03-24-2013 11:14 AM

A full size saw with a belt drive induction motor is your best bet IMO….they’ll have many advantages over the smaller portables and benchtop saws. It’ll be a stretch to get a new full size saw for $400, but I’ve read several threads from folks who’ve used the Harbor Freight 20% coupon successfully at Home Depot on the Ridgid R4512….sometimes it takes more than one attempt to find a manager (or store) to cooperate.

Used is another good option. You should be able to get a great used saw for $400.

Making sense of table saw choices

Good luck and please keep us updated!

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#6 posted 03-24-2013 11:31 AM

When I was in your situation I bought the Porter cable one that lowes has for $300. Its a pretty good saw, but has some limitations. If I had to do it again, I think I’d go with one of the dewalt versions and build a table or stand for it (since I plan on doing that with the porter cable). The dewalt fences are just so damn accurate.

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#7 posted 03-24-2013 01:26 PM

Look in the used market for older Craftsman saws that start w/ 113 in the serial number. You should be able to pick one up for $150 – $250. That is the best value out there and they are abundant.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 03-24-2013 01:30 PM

For the size of your budget I have heard a lot of good things about the Rigid as well. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 03-24-2013 01:40 PM

Is portability an issue? If so I’d look to a small Bosch or Makita. Easy to carry one up and down stairs and set on a Workmate right where you need it.

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#10 posted 03-24-2013 03:24 PM

I agree with the used Craftsman suggestion. Also if it doesn’t come with a good fence buy one with the remaining budget.

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#11 posted 03-24-2013 03:41 PM

No major worries with the “315” series Craftsman contractor saws either…they often have better fences. The same company (TTI/Ryobi) also made the Ridgid 3650, and many of the parts are the same as with the 113 series and earlier Ridgid TS2412, 2424, and 3612 made by Emerson.

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#12 posted 03-24-2013 04:38 PM

Thank you all for your input!! I am kind of excited about this investment… I will keep an eye out on craigslist!

There isn’t a portability issue… It is going to stay in my shop (garage).

I am going to try and find a craftsman 113 or 315 first. What are the major differences between them?... If i don’t have any luck I will take a look at the Rigid.

I just can’t wait to dive in!!

Thanks again for all your help!!!

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#13 posted 03-24-2013 05:32 PM

What are the major differences between them?

i believe the 315s are a newer series buit by ryobi that did not posess emerson built motors. they usually had better fences than the older 113s. 113s usually need better fences for ease of use and accuracy.

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#14 posted 03-24-2013 05:36 PM

What are the major differences between them?

I’ll add country of original and timeline. The 315 TTI/Ryobi saws were made in Asia from from roughly 1997-2004. The 113 Emerson saws were made in the US until 1997. The Emerson Ridgids were made from ~ 1997 to 2004, while the TTI/Ryobi Ridgids were made from ~ 2004 to 2008.

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#15 posted 03-24-2013 06:56 PM

I think that you’d be better off looking for a Delta, Powermatic, or even a JET. They are a little better built Contractor’s saws then the Craftsmans.

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