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Forum topic by hype88 posted 02-06-2015 02:00 AM 789 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2015 02:00 AM

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I’ve been mostly using recycled wood the last while to just do side projects here and there but wanted to take it to the next level and get some new tools. Mostly a table saw and router, i’ve been reading up on table saws and hear how the belt driven is much more reliable in just about all respects but I came across this listing on craigslist and wanted an opinion or two if one of these table saws would be good for a first or should I just hold out and get something better?

I’d really appreciate any thoughts as i’m a bit overwhelmed with so many different kinds of table saws out there.

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 02:22 AM

That is a pretty terrible looking saw. Its missing the wings so the table is extra small. It has no fence so its useless for woodworking as it stands.

Looking on your local craigslist you have several options, but they all cost more money. Probably the cheapest saw that is still decent is this old delta

The biggest problem with the delta is that the fence is not great. A lot of people use them, but they are inferior to t-square fences.

After that slightly cheaper but not quite as nice is this craftsman

After this you have to go up to 800 or so get a unisaw on that list which is too much for an older unisaw.

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#2 posted 02-06-2015 02:48 AM

skip the flex drive. skip the delta – right tilt and overpriced. the second c-man is worth between 100 and 175ish. it’s a nice saw with CI extension wings, left tilt and a belt drive induction motor. the fence isn’t well regarded, but some people have, with patience, gotten them to work well. i have a similar c-man with a delta t2. does everything i need it to do, but it’s almost perfectly aligned for ripping and cross cutting.

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#3 posted 02-06-2015 12:49 PM

I agree the one you linked is a clunker. As a beginner do you really want to struggle with possibly the worst saw in history? If you can pop for the Craftsman Minorhero indicated that would be a good first saw for you. It’s user friendly and you can get some parts for it. I think he’s a little overpriced at $200.00. Make an offer at $110.00 and see if you can get it for under $175.00

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