|Forum topic by Perkolator||posted 05-04-2015 02:53 AM||807 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
05-04-2015 02:53 AM
I just joined because LJ seems like an awesome place to learn more about woodworking – right now I’m looking for advice on used table saw purchase I just made and possible immediate upgrade.
10yrs ago I got a new Delta Shopmaster table top table saw for Christmas and I quickly found its limitations, so I bought a bigger used contractor saw in my price range – a Delta 34-444 contractor saw for $250. I’ve made it by with the saw for what little I needed to do, but lately I’ve been using it more frequently and started thinking about upgrades. The bigger saw didn’t have left tilt and also struggled to rip thicker hardwood, even wood as simple as 3/4” oak. Forget about adjusting the fence accurately, oh how I loathe it. Actually, the shopmaster rips the oak just fine (because no belt?) and I kept it because it’s compact and I can take it places just in case. Also I use it as a table surface sometimes, eek.
Looked on local CL for a few weeks and not too many upgrade saws popping up for sale, every cabinet saw priced near $1k or higher, or had 3-phase motors which I can’t power. Last week I saw a Craftsman cabinet saw with a Biesemeyer fence for $500 that was listed a few hours earlier – I contacted them immediately and after a week of silence they finally responded and I bought it immediately because it is already a better saw at better price than buying my delta a new fence. It is a Craftsman 22124 and in excellent condition as far as I can tell – holy cow it’s heavy and whispers compared to my delta.
So my dilemma – while waiting for the guy to respond on the saw I bought, I found another cabinet saw on CL with really bad pics and a vague description other than it’s just a bare saw and has no table wings/extensions or fence or anything (cabinet base, top and motor only) After talking with the seller who has basically no info on the saw other than it works, we determined its a Craftsman 22116. From my research, this is the current model and could be an upgrade because it should have a riving knife feature. I can get this bare saw for under $100. I think what happened is someone took it apart to move it perhaps and everything got separated from the tool (it’s at a thrift store).
My thought was to buy the 22116 and swap over everything from the 22124. What do you think? Good or bad decision? Also I was going to ask $250 for my Delta – fair price? Seemed on par with what I see locally. You guys know much more than me about tools, so wisdom is appreciated.