|Forum topic by Tedstor||posted 10-23-2013 06:56 PM||1241 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
10-23-2013 06:56 PM
So my current table saw is a Craftsman 113.298762 with a Delta T2. Generally speaking, I’m satisfied with it. But I do have a few gripes:
So all my concerns could be resolved with modest effort. And I’m tempted to just make these improvements and hang on to the saw for the forseeable future. But another part of me wants to just upgrade to a higher-end contractor saw or a low-end cabinet saw, which will resolve my current concerns. Something in the $800-$1000 neighborhood. So I ask myself “why go to the trouble to improve a saw that you’ll likely move-on from anyway? Why not just buy a new saw that will meet your needs for the next 20 years”.
All this has led me to do some light research on my new tablesaw options. So far, the Craftsman 22116 is a possible contender. Its a 450lb saw on a cabinet-style base. Should resolve my concerns about the open-leg stand and dust collection issues. Cabinet mounted trunion should be easier to adjust, and hold its adjustments better than my contractor saw. The stock fence looks pretty good. Probably as good as my Delta T2. And I suppose I could mount the T2 on the new saw if I didn’t like the stock fence.
And I’m not opposed to a used saw. If the right deal presented itself, I’d jump on it. But I don’t want (can’t accomodate) an industrial-rated monster with a huge fence, and I don’t really want to run a 220v line to my garage. So many of the cabniet saws I see on CL would be disqualified. And most of the contractor saws I see aren’t much better than what I already have. I do have to store my TS against my garage wall when not in use. So a small cabinet saw is probably about as big as I could go.
Anyway- your thoughts about the 22116 are welcomed and encouraged.