Workshop Transformation #2: Tool Bargains

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Blog entry by ikillbugs posted 04-28-2014 10:22 AM 1676 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting Started Part 2 of Workshop Transformation series Part 3: Assembly Table / Work Space »

I have bills to pay so I gotta start somewhere. If you think you can’t get started on a budget think again. Here are some of the tools I have acquired in the past couple weeks on the cheap:

Let me explain the two table saws. The Craftsman was the first one, and the fence extension, extra parts, etc were separate, and in a small pile. It was late and I was tired so I shook on the deal and figured I would figure it out later. The next day when I unloaded it is when I realized the rip fence and extension table was missing (although they were shown in the Craigslist pictures). I have been in contact with the guy and he says he will keep looking for them. In the meantime I had to buy a different one… but the Craftsman is a much nicer saw. Nice soft start-up and smooth operation. Turns out it’s an exact clone of the apparently infamous Ryobi BT-3000 table saw, and the parts are interchangeable. It has a great sliding miter fence built in, and I have used it for cross cuts and dados so far. Can’t rip though w/o a rip fence. Build my own? Hmmmm. I hope he finds the missing pieces.

Oh, and about the teeny one gallon air compressor… it was only $25 and like new. Turns out for using with a cheap HFT brad nailer, it is awesome. Sure it has to kick back on after about 10 brads but I’m not complaining!

Anyway, there’s a start. I already had a few items, (circular saw, sander, hand tools, etc) so finding these items were nice.

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#1 posted 04-29-2014 01:11 AM

Please join us at

You’ll meet 100’s of fans of the BT3000/Craftsman Clone. Lots of info re the BT3xxx and other woodworking stuff.

If you need parts for your Craftsman clone drop me a line. I have five donors (don’t ask!)

-- Sent from my Commodore 64

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#2 posted 04-29-2014 01:44 AM

Thanks for the info. Yes I’m aware of the BT3 forum. Already done some research. Still holding out hope the previous owner will find the missing parts. Sent you a PM.

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