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Forum topic by EggMan posted 02-05-2015 02:57 AM 773 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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EggMan

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02-05-2015 02:57 AM

I am in the need of a router table and have been keeping my eye out on CL. I also have only a dewalt job site table saw and while it does a lot well, I wonder if a proper table saw would be better,

So I see this in my area on CL tonight, http://denver.craigslist.org/tls/4877707952.html

Wonder if my fellow woodworkers could chime in on the pros and cons of a set up like this.
-Not sure if this saw could hold a dado set
-can’t see if there is a mitre slot on the router table side of the table

And I’m sure there are other cons with a set up like this that I a not even aware of.

Thanks everyone.
Ryan.


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pjones46

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#1 posted 02-05-2015 03:30 AM

Appears that Sears is in financial trouble and are closing many of their stores. May not be the best choice if you need repacement parts.

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 04:07 AM

The wings are stamped, the align a rip fence is trash. Probably has decent bones, but 380$ isn’t even in the neighborhood. I’d pay 225$ max or find a different saw. Good luck.

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 04:24 AM

To answer the general question about a setup like this, I have a Jessem router lift built into the extension table of my unisaw and I absolutely love it. The main advantage is the immediate availability of a top quality fence that simply slides over from the table saw to the router. I like it so much I devised a way to do it on my ShopSmith in my Az. winter shop.
How well it will work on the saw you are looking at will depend on the quality of the components but the concept is a great idea. Lots of people use it.

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#4 posted 02-06-2015 12:14 AM

I think the saw is too similar to what you already have to warrant spending time and money on an upgrade (or downgrade, in fact). Me personally I’d wait ‘til an opportunity comes along that’s worth it. Either a 1.75hp hybrid saw or a high end contractor’s saw from one of the big names. You can buy router tables that’ll fix onto a lot of them.

I’ve just started wood working and although it inconvenienced me in the short run I was adamant that I would not spend money on temporary, low quality fixes. Patience pays off, but in the end it just depends on how important that feature is to you at this moment in time.

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canadianchips

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#5 posted 02-06-2015 02:20 AM

The table saw router table is a good combination. don’t worry about SEARS going outta business, that saw was made by another company anyway ! A belt drive table saw is better than a 13 or 15 amp direct drive because…...if the motor quits you can buy another one and keep the rest of the saw and router table.. The router can be upgraded if it quits also. As far as the fence being crap….....it is only as bad as the person using it. Take the time to set it, these are not as FAST as a fancy, high priced TEE fence but it is usable. For the record I have an 113 series Craftsman table saw, ORIGINAL fence. I have built over hundred kitchens in my carreer.
The price on this one is maybe higher than I would pay but if it is close by have a look.
Thanks. Chips !

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