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Forum topic by CFS300 posted 01-26-2015 02:08 PM 752 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2015 02:08 PM

Hi Gang, i’m new to the site and need some advice.

I do hobby woodworking and need a good table saw for a reasonable price. I found one on craigslist in Western NY for $225. Its a belt driven American Metal and Tool saw from 1987. It has been well taken care of, used moderately, but in good condition. It has not required any work or repair. I believe this is the same as a Grissly table saw, just different name plate.

I plan to check the obvious, plus Arbor run out, and parallelization of the miter. Can anyone comment on what else to look for? Are there bearings that would need to be changed in the arbor?

Thanks for any advice to an amateur!

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#1 posted 01-26-2015 04:37 PM

The arbor can have bearings that are bad, but not likely in a lightly used saw. I would take the belt off and listen to the motor run with it. While it’s off, spin the blade by hand and listen for noisy bearings (that would be the arbor bearings. Arbor run out is good to check, but if the miter slots are off a little , that’s usually not too hard to correct. Just an observation, I’ve seen Delta contractor saws for sale at less than that, and I think one of them (or other current or well known brand) might be a better buy. But what’s important is that your happy with it, so if it checks out I wish you the best.

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