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Posted on Older Sears Craftsman 12" vs Newer Ridgid table saw

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#1 posted 11-25-2017 03:04 PM

Thanks guys, made the drive up late last night and it took all of 5 seconds to say yes to the deal. It’s in great shape for a 40 year old saw…man, if I look this good at 40 I’ll consider myself lucky! Pretty much no rust other than some faint stuff on the cast table, should wipe off easily. Arbor is nice and tight, everything looks like it was really well taken care of. Only reason she is getting rid of it is the new place she bought is much smaller and has no 240v in the garage.

As mentioned, worst case scenario I turn around and sell it to get my money back or even piece it out on ebay to make a profit. But right now I’m going to give it a whirl and see how it performs.

I d keep looking… that Craftsman is a direct drive unit, and the Rigid is… well, do a search and you can come to your own conclusion :)
You can find nice used C-man belt driven contractor saws for $50-$100 most any day of the week on CL. And even if it needs bearings, you are looking at maybe another $20.

I do believe you are correct, it is direct drive, I’ve had a bit of difficulty finding decent ones in my area that are priced well. We’re a bit rural Ontario Canada and our classifieds are over priced IMHO. For $50 I’ve got nothing to loose, but you may see another thread in a year or so if this doesn’t work out.

Keep in mind that contractor type saws actually take up more space than cabinet saws because of the motor hanging off the back. Also any cabinet saw can be put onto a mobile base and wheeled around the shop.

Yes, that was an issue I was running into and was one of the reasons I was considering the newer Rigid model. The cabinet saw on the mobile base is in my future at some point, but not until I can clear out more room in the garage. 4 kids means a lot of crap taking up my shop space; bikes, ski equipment, big toys, fishing gear, boating gear, etc… as they age and leave home (I sure hope they leave home!) that space will open up and I’ll be looking at larger tools. The challenge is that right now I’m planning (not a done deal) to put all the frequently used tools against the back wall. My mitre saw, the most frequently used tool I have, needs a lot of room as I do a lot of long cuts. So I’ve been looking to sneak the other tools either under the bench on either side of it, or make it part of the bench. So once I start integrating a cabinet saw into a mobile work bench I’m just a bit worried the height will get too tall to sneak under a bench without making that bench ridiculously high. The contractor saw I can pull off it base and easily integrate into a mobile work bench….just my plan for now (in my head) may change later. $50 on this guy basically means I can give this plan a go at no significant cost (other than time) and if I don’t like it, start hunting for a cabinet saw for workbench 2.0.

I don t know that exact model but I d find it odd that a 240v old saw would b a direct drive. It s my assumption that it s belt driven Either way it s worth more than $50 in parts so if it s in good shape it s a good deal. Also I believe that some of the old belt driven motors could b 120 or 240 so if it is belt driven you might check and see if it could b change back to 120 (If you d want to)
- JCamp

Thanks! I’m pretty sure this one is 240 direct drive and from the manual I briefly flipped through I didn’t see anything about a 120 conversion. But not a big deal, I’m in the process of wiring in the garage and have plans for a few 240 sources.
Thanks again guys, once I’ve had a chance to give it a decent go I’ll report back!

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