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Forum topic by kwolfe posted 08-09-2014 12:31 PM 2736 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2014 12:31 PM

So I am looking to add a table saw back to my small collection of tools. Handful of stuff on craigslist but a good portion of it are $50 saws that were $50 to behind with.

I did find a Dewalt dw746 near by. I talked to the guy and it looks brand new. Has the stamped wings, but has the dewalt out feed table. He said he was looking to get around $600 for it but from telling him what I was looking to spend, I might be able to get it for $450. I have read that the saw gets decent reviews accept that you can’t add a Irving knife and the motor mounts are proprietary so if something happens, I just can’t replace the motor with a clone. Not really sure the motor issue is a valid one but for safety I would really like to have a riving knife as I have a experienced kick back once and it scared the … out of me.

I might just be better off look in the $200 range at a used contractor saw. I did see the new delta at lowes and if I could use the 25% harbor freigh t discount, that could possible be an option.

Any thoughts, help or guidance? I love the thought of paying less, but want to make sure I get a saw I won’t be looking to replace in the next year or so. Thanks


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#1 posted 08-09-2014 12:37 PM

Look at craigslist for a while for an older craftsman or some other contractor saw with with a belt drive. If you don’t need to move the saw around too much other than rolling around shop, avoid direct drive units.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 08-09-2014 01:24 PM

450 for that saw sounds pretty high. If I were you I would keep looking. I bought an old used unisaw for 400.

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#3 posted 08-09-2014 01:31 PM

You won’t be able to add a riving knife to any of the Ridgid or Craftsman contractor saws either, which eliminates a good percentage of the $200 contractor saw population. A good splitter essentially does the same job as a riving knife, and can be added to most saws…..

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#4 posted 08-09-2014 02:30 PM

I wouldn’t worry about the riving knife issue.

It is true that they can prevent binding, but so
can a short rip fence and you don’t see American
woodworkers going gung-ho for add-on short

As long as a saw has the capacity to take a hardboard
throat plate (1/4” thick) you can easily install a splitter
for 90 degree cuts.

There are some woodworkers who tilt the blade a
lot but I don’t and I doubt you will.

There’s this aftermarket splitter:

but I just made my own for years using a piece of
wood. I had different throat plates for thin kerf
and full kerf blades.

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#5 posted 08-09-2014 08:45 PM

Yeah. I found a craftsman near me for $200. Few years old but has the newer fence (like ridgid) and comes with the mobile stand and extra vbelt. Might take a look.

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#6 posted 08-10-2014 09:47 AM

So here is the add for the Dewalt I mention. I don’t need a screamining good deal, but want to make sure that what I pay is a decent price.

Here is a craftsman I found. Has a mobile base and extra vlink belt. I spoke to the seller and he will take $200.

Thoughts either way?

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#7 posted 08-10-2014 11:56 AM

Both look like pretty solid deals to me. The DW is the nicer saw IMO….$450 is pretty reasonable.

Either will do well with good setup and a good blade….

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#8 posted 08-13-2014 10:20 AM

Update. My folks have been in town the past few days so I have not gotten a chance to look at any of the saws yet. I hope to see the dewalt either tonight or tomorrow. Might try and offer the guy $300 and see what he says. It’s more saw that I need, but I like the compact footprint of the hybrid.
I did find a grizzly right tilt model tsc-10l on craigslist. The saw doesn’t look like much but that’s a delta unifence if I’m not mistaken. In that condition I’m sureni could get it for $100-$150.

Then again, I could just keep sitting around and wait. I hate waiting though.

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#9 posted 08-13-2014 01:37 PM

Take your tune up tools with you to make sure that the blade will set to and hold a 90 and 45 degree angle. Make sure the blade is parallel to the miter slot. Make sure the fence is also parallel and does not have excessive deflection at the furthest end when cinched down. Take your tools with you and maybe a blade, just in case the one on the saw is crap. Make some test cuts in some different materials like melamine\laminate, mdf, plywood, and a hardwood.

You can find good used saws out there that will cut just as clean and straight as any expensive cabinet saw. You just have to be willing to do a little up front work.

If the seller refuses to let you test the saw or make adjustments, move on.

P.S. If you do not own a Wixie digital angle gauge and a saw gauge, this would be a great time to invest in them.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#10 posted 08-13-2014 02:12 PM

Here’s a saw coming up in your area. Might be worth a look.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#11 posted 08-13-2014 02:40 PM

Thanks! Just registered. That’s only 20min from my house. Not sure if I could rewire it for 110v. If not, might just have to get 220v single in the garage. That would be really cool if I could get that saw for a good price.

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#12 posted 08-16-2014 07:42 PM

Well I wanted to make sure that I followed up. After a lot of pondering, I went to see the dewalt dw746. The seller was super nice and I would up getting it for $300 even. Has the steel sides which I wasn’t wild about, but they are very sturdy. Also has the dewalt out feed table which was a nice bonus. Is decently heavy and folds down. Now I just need to buy or build a moving platform.

He also had the dado insert that went with it. Time to get a couple of new blades as well. Thanks everyone.

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