|Forum topic by savan||posted 08-19-2013 03:33 PM||749 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
08-19-2013 03:33 PM
Short version of the question is would you keep a Craftsman 113 series or Bosch 4000 and why?
I started my woodworking journey less than a year ago. I picked up a Craftsman 113 series saw (flex drive) and tuned it to so it works to my needs. I just finished my $100 aluminum extrusion fence upgrade after finishing my daughters twin bed with drawers underneath. It has served me well. I’m into this saw about $160.
A couple months ago I bought a broke down Bosch4000, shooting sparks like crazy. Otherwise body, table, and fence are in good condition. I’ve spent about $50 replacing the motor housing and bearings. Basically everything around the armature but I’ve still got sparks. I’ve just ordered the armature which I suspect will get this saw back in to racing form. In all I’ll be into the Bosch $200. Still a good deal for this saw I think.
I think what ever saw comes out of this will be my saw for a few years. I’m a hobbyist and cant really justify $500+ for a TS. In fact my workshop is my outdoor patio with tarps to cover bench tools that sit under eaves. Winter is coming, tools will go into storage in an already cramped basement, and woodworking will go dormant for me.
What saw suggestions do you have for me?