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Forum topic by TiggerWood posted 02-23-2014 06:27 PM 728 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 02-23-2014 06:37 PM

The word “Craftsman” always raises a red flag with me (and others), but $66 is not too much of a risk.

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 06:43 PM

I’ve noticed people don’t like craftsman table saws. Why is that? How about the antique craftsmans?

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#3 posted 02-23-2014 06:53 PM

The older craftwere made by a few different companies, most of them well thought of. The biggest issues with a saw of this age is 1) you will have to do some restore work. Expect to have to replace bearings and clean rust from the table. And 2) you lack modern features like a riving knife and dust collection. The fence is a wild card with some remaining true and others requiring you to resquare it everytime. If your budget is sub 100$ then this is not a bad option. If your budget is higher there will be better saws.

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#4 posted 02-23-2014 06:54 PM

I have a Craftsman 113 that I really like. This one looks rough and cheap. I doubt it is a long term solution, but probably will perform better than a $125 new portable. Not a long-term solution, but we can’t always afford long-term solutions.

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 01:53 AM

that linked saw is a made in the USA by Emerson Electric 113 series TS. probably one of the most widely sold 10” mass market TSs ever made. I have one, and a related ridgid TS, and kept them over a 70s vintage right tilt unisaw that i refurbished. I’m partial to the 113s as they can be very useful tools. the asking price of the linked unit limits the downside. being very simple designs, at worst you’ll get a good education of the operating basics of 70s vintage contractor TSs.

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