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Posted on Help me evaluate this table saw find

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#1 posted 07-19-2016 05:38 PM

I have to agree that it would be a good buy. If you’re unable to check the motor with power to it, that can be used to negotiate a better price. As someone else said, if you can turn the blade and the motor that makes it much more likely it won’t be a difficult fix. Regarding the stand, I’d say you have a good starting point to make it into whatever stand you want. Plenty of material there to customize it the way you want. For these older Craftsman’s, the fence does make the saw. They are a great beginner’s saw, especially with a nice fence like this one has. It’s not going to have all the bells and whistles of the newer saws, and yes, it won’t be as safe, but you can still get a lot out of them if you take extra precautions, and you don’t ask them to perform like a Unisaw or the like. With a good cleaning, lubing, alignment and putting a Freud Diablo blade on it, I think you’ll have a saw you’ll be very happy with for a long time.

Oh, and a paddle switch. I hate those stock switches. One of the best things I did on mine was adding a paddle switch.

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