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59 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

Just joined the forum, been lurking for a while and found a ton of great information here.

I am just starting out in woodworking and I am getting ready to purchase my first fixed tool and a table saw seems like its going to give me the most bang versatility wise, also pretty tired of using a skill saw all the time.
My budget is pretty limited, I am trying to keep it around $200 with saving money meaning I can buy more equipment. I have been trolling CL for a while waiting for a good deal, I missed out on a Rigid TS 3650 for $100 by about 15 minutes still bummed about that but I want to see if you guys think about this saw https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/tls/4490600843.html I am on the fence about it and its about a 45 minute drive each way. Appreciate any information.

-- John, San Diego


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ras61

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#1 posted 59 days ago

If it’s one of the Craftsman saws made by Emerson and runs well, it doesn’t seem like a bad deal; even better if he’d take $75. Around here the starting price for used contractor saws seems to be $150 asking.

-- "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum" - James L. Petigru, 1860

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Sawdust4Blood

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#2 posted 59 days ago

Looks a lot like an old Honeywell saw I had 20 years ago. Because you’re on a tight budget, I might take it as a starter saw if you can get it for $50 or less. I wouldn’t go anywhere near his asking price. By comparison, the TS3650 is head and shoulders above this saw. The combination height & bevel adjustment was always a bear to get set where I wanted it, the fence was barely functional with a lot of play, and the miter gauge was next to useless. All of those things impact accuracy. I think that you should be able to find a better used saw around the $100 price point if you continue to follow CL, yard-, or estate sales.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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toolie

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#3 posted 59 days ago

i have two similar saws, one a ridgid, the other a c-man. the emerson electric built c-man saws are great starter tools and, in my case, they will be my forever saws. i refurbed a 70s vintage unisaw that i got fo r$40 in gas moiney just to see wjat all the unisaw hoopla was all about. it;’s smaller total table and extension wings area and right tilt configuration didn’t appeal to me.

the OP’s c-list saw is, if functioning properly, a good basis for an excellent tool. a t-2 makes it really accurate, but no more so than my OEM ridgid fence on my 2412. IMHO, it’s worth $95. anything less than that just makes it an ever better deal.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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ras61

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#4 posted 59 days ago

John – ask the seller for the model #, that will really help determine who made it and how well built it is.

-- "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum" - James L. Petigru, 1860

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Gixxerjoe04

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#5 posted 59 days ago

Whatever you do, don’t waste your on a small cheap portable table saw like i did when i started out. Been looking for something better at a decent price but haven’t found one yet.

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IHRedRules

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#6 posted 59 days ago

My suggestion is to keep an eye on Craigslist. Good deals can be had for those that are patient. $200 will not get you a top of the line saw, but it should get you a decent Craftsman, Ridgid, Delta contractors saw if you can wait for the right one to show up. Too bad you aren’t closer to Michigan, I just upgraded to a Grizzlly G1023SLX and will be selling my Ridgid contractors saw soon.

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JohnSR

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#7 posted 59 days ago

Thanks for all the responses everyone! I sent the seller an e-mail asking about the model number, why do I feel like I should have thought of that already… lol. I would definitely rather have something used but durable rather than a cheap portable and I don’t need a table saw RIGHT this minute so I have time to keep looking, I guess I have to get a better idea of a good price so I know when to pull the trigger. My main concern with the older contractor saw is that I wont know enough when checking it out to see any defects like worn bearings etc and end up having to sink the rest of my tools budget into getting the saw running smooth.

-- John, San Diego

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JohnSR

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#8 posted 59 days ago

IHRed, yeah when I was looking for good price points it seems like a lot more equipment changes hands for a lot less back east, maybe my imagination. I will be moving to Austin, Texas in a month but my move will be funded so I am not really concerned with having to move it maybe I will have better luck there.

-- John, San Diego

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ColonelTravis

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#9 posted 59 days ago

John, I’m in Texas and drool over the used tool market East of the Mississippi – especially hand tools, which I really enjoy. I’m in DFW, not Austin, but when I check craigslist I see table saws frequently. Actually, the other day I just sold one on there myself – contractor saw, probably not what you’re looking for. If you don’t have luck before you move, don’t fret too much. Check out estate sales, too.

Good luck hunting and with the big move.

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knotscott

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#10 posted 58 days ago

Looks an older Emerson made Cman contractor saw. 113.298### or some similar configuration of that saw. The parts are easily worth the asking price, and the saw has potential if it runs well. It’ll need a bit of TLC, but should clean up pretty well. It didn’t show the stock fence, so if that’s not included use it as a bartering point for a lower price….the stock fences aren’t very good on those saws but will work. If need to replace the stock fence, it’ll run ~ $35-$50.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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knotscott

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#11 posted 56 days ago

So what’s the verdict John? Did you get a saw?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#12 posted 56 days ago

No, I called the guy a few times but he never picked up or called me back. I think it must have sold already. Another one popped up right near me model 113.298843 but it has no fence so if he wont come down its back to trolling craigslist. Starting to get a better feel for what things are selling for so if I do see a really good deal I will be able to jump on it.

-- John, San Diego

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JohnSR

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#13 posted 55 days ago

So I just got home with a Craftsman Model 113.298030 for $80.00 with all accessories. Having never owned a table saw and this being an older used model what areas should I check for wear before putting it in to use?
Also, I read that the fence on this saw is not very good I will use it till I can afford to replace it but I don’t think I will ever be able to justify to putting a $200+ fence on a $80saw, lol. Are there any stock fences I should look for in particular that people sell when they are upgrading their fences?

-- John, San Diego

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#14 posted 55 days ago

Often a fence will make all the difference is how you feel about that $80 saw

-- Norman

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neverenougftackle

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#15 posted 55 days ago

Hello John,

I own one of the Craftsman TS for quite a few years now, the one with the webbed side tables, and have made quite a few items using this saw. It needs more attention than some of my friends TS’s, but that done it will do the job. A link belt and a set of balanced pulleys will do a lot to take away from that motors vibration on to your saw’s steel table top. A couple of years ago a bigger motor in mine was a Hugh, BIG difference.

I found early on that as you stated I needed to buy a decent fence. keep this in mind John That any money you spend on a very good fence/ rails now for this saw, that more than likely you can add that fence, and its rails, to what you think to be a better saw as to what you will find later on.

Keep one of the major brands (Freud) thin kerf blade/s in that saw, takes less HP to turn. Build your self one of the many great shop made jigs attached with a micro. gauge, to show your exact blade/ saw’s dado/fence in alignment. Make several push sticks, that keeps your hands up and away from that blade. But above all John, ABOVE ALL (!!!!!) when you approach your saw, clear your mind ,and standing there make your self aware with all of your concentration. That this machine has no conscience it can and will do you perminate harm.

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