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04-04-2013 07:05 AM

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Hi Guys, I am a newbie, both in the forum and in the woodworking art. I want to buy a table saw that allow me to do decent and square cuts. I have an offer for an old Atlas Table Saw that look in good conditions despite its years. The asking price is $300. I was wondering whether this is a good machine for a beginner. Please, see the pictures below. Thank you very much for your help.


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#1 posted 04-04-2013 09:33 AM

It’s a beautiful older saw that appears to be in nice condition. My first concern is whether your shop has a suitable power source for it? It also doesn’t a splitter of any sort, which is a safety device you should look into if you get it. If you can supply power to it, and know how to align it, that’s a lot of saw for $300. With a good blade and good alignment, that saw could be a champ.

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 12:06 PM

From the tablesaws I see for sale, that looks like a heck of a lot of saw for 300bucks!
If it runs and cuts, I’d snap it up in a heartbeat

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 12:54 PM

Thank you guys. I can add the power source. If it does not have the splitter, I think I can add the one from microjig

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 01:26 PM

Nah, leave it alone. Where did you say you live? Let me know where you live and I’ll stick $300 in my pocket and go and whup that guy for even thinking about dumping a piece of junk like that on you. (Not)

Seriously, if you can get power to it, jump on it. Beats hell out of anything I’ve ever seen for sale on CL.

Have a good’un,
Joe

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 01:43 PM

is it right or left tilt? either way, appears to be a lot of saw for $300.

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 02:39 PM

Good find on an old saw…......!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 03:00 PM

3 phase? Gonna need a converter.
Other than that, great deal. Check out the fence to see if it lock true.
Bill

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 03:05 PM

I had the same concern power for a 3 phase tool

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

I did not think about the number of phases it requieres. This is a very important point. I will definetely ask to the seller. Thank you guys!

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 03:21 PM

As a “newbie” I think you would be very smart to set up a 3-phase converter circuit in your shop. You will be using your machines one at a time (?) so overloading the circuit shouldn’t be a problem.

The reason why I think you would be wise is excellent used light industrial 3-phase machines tend to sell relatively cheaply. Having a 3-phase circuit would enable you to outfit your woodworking shop with some fantastic machines at cheap prices. I suggest you keep an eye on some of the auctions that sell this type of equipment like http://machinerymax.com Sign up for the e-mail alerts and study what these machines are going for. You’ll be surprised.

Planeman

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#11 posted 04-04-2013 03:42 PM

3phase is getting very easy to deal with these days, many low cost options.
There is still the scare factor that keeps 3phase machines at a good price.

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

Those are robust saws. Built heavy and solid.

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#13 posted 04-04-2013 05:34 PM

Ok, I just found out that is 220V, single phase and is currently in use, so is fully operational. I will definetely make the deal. Thank you very much for your advice,

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#14 posted 04-04-2013 05:44 PM

WHAT? Why aren’t you on your way over there instead of posting here? LOL

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#15 posted 04-04-2013 06:24 PM

That looks like a very very sweet deal! I wonder if they just upgraded their saw and that’s why they’re letting it go so cheaply…

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