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Forum topic by Eric Genzlinger posted 09-26-2013 10:39 PM 1081 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric Genzlinger

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09-26-2013 10:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

My craigslist tablesaw just quit on me after 3 months. I’m looking for an extremely affordable replacement. I’d like to keep it under $150. I know this limits me to basic saws, but I’m still new to woodworking and the spendy saws would have features just wasted on me. I don’t need to buy things I won’t use. Does anyone know which brands are best for the buck?

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DKV

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#1 posted 09-26-2013 10:42 PM

The red brand. Justjoe has one and he swears by it.

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 09-26-2013 10:46 PM

They often are repairable. Was it inadequate in some way that keeps you from seeking repairing it?

What kind of woodworking do you do? What do you ask of your saw?

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 09-26-2013 11:35 PM

The ABC's of Table Saws

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#4 posted 09-27-2013 12:03 AM

Buy used again and you’ll get a lot more for your money.

The basic older Craftsman and Delta contractor saws can be got
for $100-$150 in many areas. They have cast iron tables,
decent induction motors hanging awkwardly out the back,
and unimpressive fence designs by today’s standards, but
they get the job done.

If you buy new, $150 gets you a noisy jobsite thing with
a plastic base, awkward adjustments, a lame fence and
miter gauge, and a motor prone to burning up.

The only jobsite type table saws I would consider for doing
anything but rough work are Bosch and DeWalt. The
designs are better than the others.

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#5 posted 09-27-2013 12:13 AM

Really your only options for $150 are:
1. Cheap benchtop that will frustrat you and possibly make you swear off woodworking forever
2. Catch an incredible deal on a nice used saw on craigslist
3. Grit your teeth, put the money away, and do some more research on table saws while you save for a better saw. Scott’s article on table saws is a great read.

FWIW, I have the bosch 4100, considered to be one of the best benchtop saws, and I’m ok with it, but not really satisfied with it. I don’t like the fence, the miter gauge binds when the saw is run for a while due to heat expansion (the table) and the table surface is pretty small.

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Loren

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#6 posted 09-27-2013 12:21 AM

Often the thing that gives out is a switch.

You might try bypassing the switch (unless the motor
is clearly smoked) and seeing if you can get by for
awhile to save and look for a contractor saw.

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#7 posted 09-27-2013 12:35 AM

Hey!!! Whassa matter with the motor hangin’ outa the back? My trusty G0444Z is a great saw. :)
Bill

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#8 posted 09-27-2013 12:53 AM

if it is an older craftsman you may be able to open the motor housing up and blow the crud out. Also check the thermal overload switch.

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firefighterontheside

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#9 posted 09-27-2013 12:56 AM

Bill, I concur. My 575 is the same way and its great.

Bill

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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firefighterontheside

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#10 posted 09-27-2013 12:59 AM

From my craigslist wwtching, your best bet for that kind of money is an older craftsman, but I’m not sure about the market in SD.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#11 posted 09-27-2013 01:00 AM

If you didn’t live so far away you could come up to Bismarck, ND and take my old one home with you for the price of a good steak dinner for the wife and I at the local steak house. I think it’s a Bosch contractors saw that sits on a stand. It hasn’t been used for the last 8 months or so because of a big move and building a new house plus I just upgraded to a very lightly used newer Unisaw.
Very good suggestion to check to see if the old one is fixable and also about saving up the cash for a quality saw, used or new a quality saw is a good investment if you are serious about woodworking.

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GT350

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#12 posted 09-27-2013 01:18 AM

+1 for the older Delta or Craftsman, they are inexpensive and plentiful. Just make sure it is one with the motor hanging out the back.
Mike

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#13 posted 09-27-2013 01:25 AM

I didn’t know Craiglslist made table saws. If you could provide a little more info and a pic, maybe these guys could steer you in the right direction. There are some very knowledgeable folks on this board.

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#14 posted 09-27-2013 08:20 PM

Consider buying used saw again. Remember to never purchase it without testing it out. For brands, there are lots of best brands – Powermatic, Delta, MM,General, Jet… etc.

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#15 posted 09-27-2013 09:34 PM

Thank you all for the good advice. The motor just stopped working on me. I made a bunch of cuts, then it just stopped. I replaced the breaker and that didn’t help. I’ll try a new switch and if that doesn’t work, then I think its got to go. When I turn the blade manually, I feel some friction and hear a clicking, so I’m not hopeful. Thanks again.

-- Emotions are like farts. There is a time and place to let it out. But don't keep it bottled up too long.

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