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SouthernWoodworking

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06-22-2014 10:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw carving

So, Im trying to get a table saw. I need something faster and more precise then a circular saw and straight edge. I have the chance to get a old Craftsman 113.298031 for around $125. From the pics, it doesnt seem to beat up, checking it out tomorrow in person to see the fit and finish of it. Now, i got about $250 i can spend on a saw. I could save up and get a nicer one or get this one if all checks out. What would yall say? Get a new saw in the $250 price range or get this old saw if all checks out?

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.


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#1 posted 06-22-2014 11:03 PM

Those are a fine value in a used table saw. A no-frills
design but the top is a relatively heavy casting, the
miter gauge is good. The fence is find of primitive compared
to today’s fences, but it gets the job done.

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#2 posted 06-22-2014 11:08 PM

“Those are a fine value in a used table saw. A no-frills
design but the top is a relatively heavy casting, the
miter gauge is good. The fence is find of primitive compared
to today s fences, but it gets the job done.”
- Loren
I was told on another forum that that saw is only ok for small jobs. He said it doesnt align well or cut straight. Is this true? I expect to have to some work to it and make new fence.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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#3 posted 06-22-2014 11:21 PM

Another 125$ prob won’t get you much more saw at that price range. I wouldn’t buy one new either. For 125$ it should be sufficient. Another 150 could get you a new fence and rails to make the saw a decent user. But a saw with a good 40-60 tooth combo blade aligned will prob do every thing you need it to do. You can always build a fence for it for cheap. I did until I bought the sawstop tsa-pfa fence system for 144$ w free shipping, but the homemade fence lasted a couple years.

I see a .001 dial indicator as a must have for tool setup. An engineers square is also invaluable to set a 90 degree fence and blade angle.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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SouthernWoodworking

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#4 posted 06-22-2014 11:27 PM

I did find this one pretty close by http://macon.craigslist.org/tls/4479310528.html

Got some run but i read the fence is better.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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#5 posted 06-22-2014 11:43 PM

If you’re going to second guess the contractor saw, get
a cabinet saw.

It is true that contractor saws usually heel when the blade
is tilted. The motor weight pulls on the trunnion pins
unevenly. If you can’t get a contractor saw to align
parallel to the miter gauge slots, remove the trunnions
and file the bolt holes a little longer.

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#6 posted 06-22-2014 11:52 PM

The delta contractor for 200 is a very fair deal. Even the craftsman at 125 would be fair. The fence will be the biggest issues at your budget but adding a delta t2 should be doable 8f need be in your budget.

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#7 posted 06-23-2014 12:03 AM

Your probably going to put another couple hundred dollars at least into the saw getting better blades, safety gear and maybe a dado stack anyways to get the most out of the saw so keep that in mind.

As long as it’s not direct drive, the top is flat and free of bad rust, has a decent straight and parallel fence and miter slots to the blade it’s probably going to be a good saw for general furniture sized project pieces. Don’t plan on cutting 8/4 of thicker stock on it (that’s better for a bandsaw anyways) but cutting broken down sheet goods and 4/4 or smaller pieces should be fine with a good blade.

I have a 1 1/2 HP Delta contractor saw and it’s a great saw. The blade stays dead parallel to the miter slot and fence and as long as I don’t get to aggressive with my cuts it works fine. My only complaints is the blade guard sucks like most of those smaller saws (I really want a riving knife design) and it bogs down and burns in harder woods (I use a lot of white oak) and thicker pieces but as long as I know the limitations of the saw it does what I need it to just fine. For those reasons I’m going to be replacing mine with a cabinet saw once I do my next shop move but I can’t really find fault in the contractor saw for what it is and what they cost.

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#8 posted 06-23-2014 12:03 AM

This is for sale by me IF you are close enough

Fence is stock, and it has been used since I bought New in Box. No room in my shop now for it.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#9 posted 06-23-2014 12:23 AM

“The delta contractor for 200 is a very fair deal. Even the craftsman at 125 would be fair. The fence will be the biggest issues at your budget but adding a delta t2 should be doable 8f need be in your budget.”
- flyforfun
I thought it was Rigid. at least it says it is.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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SouthernWoodworking

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#10 posted 06-23-2014 12:24 AM

“This is for sale by me IF you are close enough

Fence is stock, and it has been used since I bought New in Box. No room in my shop now for it. ”
- bandit571
Ohio is a little to far away from central, ga.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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#11 posted 06-23-2014 12:33 AM

Sorry about that…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#12 posted 06-23-2014 12:36 AM

Ah, funny I made a mistake there. I used to own a 3650 and it made out to be a good saw. The fence is ok, I would still try and upgrade a fence. I have never read anything bad about the delta t2 fence and at 200 it likely is great value. The stock fence on the ridgid would get u by but might slip or move some on you if you needed to do repeatable cuts on say 50 parts. Also bumping the fence with any force when running a heavy sheet could push the fence some. But it is a very good price and very serviceable fence if you are aware of the potential weakness. Tough decision for u. Great 200.00 price on the ridgid. But the craftsman is very fair at 125 and combined with a brand new delta t2 brings the total of that saw to 325 with brand new fence that has great reputation. The fence would be where I would weigh my decision on.

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#13 posted 06-23-2014 12:38 AM

“Ah, funny I made a mistake there. I used to own a 3650 and it made out to be a good saw. The fence is ok, I would still try and upgrade a fence. I have never read anything bad about the delta t2 fence and at 200 it likely is great value. The stock fence on the ridgid would get u by but might slip or move some on you if you needed to do repeatable cuts on say 50 parts. Also bumping the fence with any force when running a heavy sheet could push the fence some. But it is a very good price and very serviceable fence if you are aware of the potential weakness. Tough decision for u. Great 200.00 price on the ridgid. But the craftsman is very fair at 125 and combined with a brand new delta t2 brings the total of that saw to 325 with brand new fence that has great reputation. The fence would be where I would weigh my decision on.”
- flyforfun

Yea I want a good fence so the craftsman and a the T2 may win.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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#14 posted 06-23-2014 12:46 AM

Reading about installing this T2 on this saw make me a little nervous.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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#15 posted 06-23-2014 01:01 AM

Dont let the installation bother u. Just follow the instructions, take your time, dont be rushed and drill the necessary holes needed in the craftsman and mount it. It wont be a hard job. Basic tools, drill bits and a couple clamps and a few hours and you would be up and running.

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