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Forum topic by BalsaWood posted 05-03-2015 08:35 PM 996 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2015 08:35 PM

I have been looking at table saws for a while and am planning to get one. I’ve been using a circ saw and miter saw for most cuts. Browsing through Craiglist, would this be a good buy for a first table saw:

My budget is 200 and under for a table saw.

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#1 posted 05-03-2015 08:51 PM

That’s a generic Taiwanese benchtop model with a universal screamer motor. It also has an aluminium top, non-standard miter slot, pretty poor fence and really awful extensions. But it really depends on what you plan on using it for. If you only plan on using it maybe a couple of times a year for a few cuts on thinner material, then it would be fine. If you plan on any kind of sustained use, it will melt pretty quickly. For $200, I’d hold out for a contractor or hybrid type saw with a cast iron table and real motor. You are in a great location, and if you are patient, you can find one for just a few bucks more than the one you linked to. YMMV.


PS: Do a little research and figure out what saw(s) you want, then start watching. When a good deal comes along, you won’t have to ask and can jump on it. If it is/was a good deal, in the time you ask for an opinion and wait for responses, it will already be sold (OWWM Rule #5).

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#2 posted 05-03-2015 08:53 PM

I’d pass on that as well. Be patient, I think you’ll come up with something much better near your budget number.

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#3 posted 05-03-2015 08:58 PM

Was also looking at a Delta 36-650 in good condition for $225.

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#4 posted 05-03-2015 08:59 PM

Don’t do it. Look for a full size cast iron saw with a belt drive induction motor.

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#5 posted 05-03-2015 09:03 PM

you can only guess why it hasn’t had much use.These are exactly the kind of $100 saws that new folks buy and find out that are pretty much useless an upgrade within a month or two, perhaps this is better than no table saw???
In my area there old sears saws for sale on CL in the $75-$150 quite frequently,I don’t think much of them but they are usually ten times better than this type of saw.

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#6 posted 05-03-2015 09:29 PM

Like Brad said, you’re in a great location. Sometimes when I’m not finding the tool I want I look at Chicago just to know what it is like to have some come up. I just looked and there are several nice craftsman saws similar to what knotscott posted. There are others in the $150-$200 range.

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#7 posted 05-03-2015 09:31 PM

I would pass on the Skil as well. My first saw was a Craftsman very similar to the Skil you linked to on CL. The limitations showed very quickly and I soon upgraded.

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