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Forum topic by Dallas posted 04-23-2013 12:56 AM 1132 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2013 12:56 AM

Hey all!
My boss has an old Craftsman 315.228310 13a capacitor motor with stamped steel wings and an Align-a-Rip fence. The cast iron top has some surface rust, but a bit of elbow grease and steel wool will take care of that.

I pretty much know the history of this saw. My boss bought it new when he was building a bar. He used it to cut plywood panels for the bar itself and the table tops.
He also tried cutting trim with it but ended up buying a CMS instead.
All total hours on it comes to about 40-60. (It even has the original factory blade still installed).
He has the blade guard and the riving knife but isn’t sure where they are in the shop mess at the moment.
It has a mobile base, a pile of new blades he never used and I wouldn’t give $1 for, no dust collection, but he might have an extension/auxiliary router table for it.

He’s asking $150 for it, think I should pick it up as a second saw?

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

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 01:28 AM

$150 is a good price, not a steeal, but good. I paid $125 for the same one, but I’m sure the one I bought had more time on it.

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 01:33 AM

With that fence it’s a decent price. You could always offer $150 if he finds the blade guard…..$125 w/o. Ditch that stock blade!

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 01:35 AM

The price varies so much in different regions that this becomes a difficult question. I am north of you 400 miles or so and I think it would bring $150 or maybe more in my area if is is in good condition. I looked for a Unisaw for years that was affordable for years. I went to an auction and bought a 3 phase for $180 so go figure. I loaded that saw up and left for home before they changed their minds. LOL

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 12:24 PM

+1 on KS’s pricing suggestion. second saws are nice to have:

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 02:28 PM

Thanks for the suggestions everybody.
I think I might offer him $100 bill since I built two caskets for his dogs that had to be put down. (Guilt trip?)

My present saw is a worn out Ryobi BT3100 that I have really enjoyed for it’s accuracy and power, but not so much for the aluminum tables and the sliding miter table. I prefer a real miter gauge. the fence is also starting to move a bit and I don’t want to replace it.
This saw can be set up for cutting panels or large pieces and the Craftsman can be set up for the real work.

I also have a 2 HP Baldor motor sitting in a box that would be a nice upgrade for the Craftsman. I’ll need to find a pulley for it, because it has a larger shaft, but that shouldn’t be too hard.

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 08:14 PM

Sounds like a good deal. I wish I could find one like that to buy as a first saw. Not many around here show up, and when they do they go fast.

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#7 posted 04-27-2013 09:26 PM

Will wonders never cease.
I talked to my boss about the saw this morning, and was going to offer him $100 for it.

Instead he offered it to me in exchange for building him an outdoor cabinet to store his BBQ tools and other supplies in. He will supply the lumber for it.

Hmmmm, I’m not sure I could have gotten it any cheaper.

Pictures tomorrow or the next day.

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#8 posted 05-23-2013 02:48 AM

Hey Dallas did you ever get that saw????

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#9 posted 05-23-2013 05:16 PM

Todd, yeah, he gave it to me in exchange for the labor of building him an outdoor cabinet for his BBQ stuff. He’s buying the materials.

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#10 posted 05-23-2013 05:33 PM

How do you like it? BTW – I’m not sure if you mentioned what saw you already had?

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#11 posted 05-23-2013 05:56 PM

I haven’t set up the Craftsman yet. It’s still sitting down at the bosses shop. Hopefully it’ll be in my shop next week.
My present saw is a Ryobi 3100 with all the bells and whistles. It makes beautiful, repeatable cuts and the only reason to get rid of it is that it won’t handle a full Dado set. I have a wonderful Oshlin 8” dado set but can only go to 11/16” on my saw. I want he Sears so I can get the total 3/4” with no problem.

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