|Forum topic by PropMan||posted 01-17-2015 01:41 PM||7291 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-17-2015 01:41 PM
A few things- it runs well, missing the guard completely. Fence/rails seem to be good- except I REALLY don’t like how loose the fence can get. I have to make sure I push back on the fence before locking it in place to make sure it’s square on the rails. Seems to me it’s easy to be off a little bit without me noticing. When I’m running wood through it, it seems as if I have to put a decent amount of pressure against the wood to the fence in order to keep it lined against the fence (is that normal, or does it need an alignment?) Otherwise it seems as if the wood travels away from the fence as it’s fed through the blade.
Space is an issue for me in my new, single car garage shop. The motor hanging off the back does inhibit quite a bit of precious space. I noticed the new models mount the motor underneath. I also like that the new ones incorporate dust collection.
Additionally, I DO have a set of NEW, extension rails I picked up on a whim. I could build out a wider table, or sell them to put towards a new model.
Since this thing is fairly old, I’m assuming that the new table saws have better fence/rail technology for more accurate, straighter cuts? Again, newer incorporates dust collection and under mounted motors for better storage space.
As always, I’m on a budget. I figure I can get ~$250 for the existing model on Craigslist. I’m looking at an equivalent Ridgid or Delta for the $550 range. So I’d be out of pocket $300 or so if I sold this one and upgraded…
What do you guys suggest? Can I spend that $300 and upgrade my existing table saw to be better than what’s currently on the market in that price range? OR- do I just clean her up, sell her, and buy something brand new?
With all that said, those track saws sure are looking good too! :)
I really appreciate the input guys!