I’ve been using an old Ryobi BT3000 table saw for about a year for small woodworking projects and the ongoing re-model of our house, it worked great, but I’ve kept my eyes open for a good deal. Would love a cabinet saw, but my wife is in the Coast Guard and we are going to move again (2 years? 3 years?) so I need to keep my tools from killing us on the weight limit for the move.
A few weeks ago I saw a CL ad for a Craftsman contractor saw, the picture showed a hybrid. I scouted google images of Craftsman hybrids until I found out what model it was and read everything I could find on it. Model 22114 was one of three saws made by Orion (a sub of Steel City) for Sears, the 22124 was a proper cabinet saw, the 22114 was the hybrid, and the 22104 was the true contractor saw (true-er?, still not a real contractor saw to my mind).
The seller was asking $350. Too much. But I talked to my wife about it (and honest too: ‘there’s nothing wrong with the Ryobi’, ‘but, this one is sure nicer’) and she asked how much I could sell the Ryobi for…bingo, hooked.
We went to look at the saw, he wanted to keep the mobile base, couldn’t find the miter gauge or the auxiliary fence that these saws came with…so, I told him I wasn’t interested at that price, he asked what I would pay, I said $250. He said he had another guy coming to look at it, and we parted ways amicably.
Later that night I got a text, “really enjoyed meeting you and your wife, if you still want the saw, it’s yours”. Nice. We made arrangements to pick it up two days later, on Saturday.
I did more research about how to move the saw (~350 lbs!), knottscott confirmed that the top, with rails attached, is attached by four bolts and would remove about 100 lbs from the total weight. So, on Saturday we went to pick it up and the seller already had the top loose, nice. We loaded it up without any issues and brought it home.
I advertised the Ryobi and sold it in 5 days for $130. So now I’m into the Craftsman for $120, sweet!
Today (two weeks later) I finally got time to work on the saw. The top had some rust and sap (?) which needed some soaking and scrubbing and sanding to remove, then a nice waxing with Johnson’s. I adjusted the top square with the blade using a new dial indicator jig I made and got the difference down to 4/1000th’s, put a new belt on it and installed my Freud 40T combination blade and punctured the new ZCI I purchased for it as well.
All in all I’m very pleased, this saw will do everything I need and I can now build jigs and sleds to my hearts content for it. The only issue (and it’s a small one) is that when I shut down the saw, when the blade slows there is a pretty good vibration right before the blade stops, not a big deal, but it makes me think that something is out of balance.
Not a gloat to be sure, but I’m pleased with my purchase and don’t anticipate needing anything else for quite some time.