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Posted on Another obligatory “which table saw is the best deal?” Post. Sorry

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#1 posted 03-08-2018 01:34 PM

Used saws in your area seemed to be priced pretty high at the moment. They might be setting prices based on the other saws they see on CL. The older 113 and 315 Craftsman contractor saws can be decent saws at the right price, and if the fence is upgraded. Those with the newer Exacta-Rip or Aligna-Rip fences are better than the old steel Emerson fence….they’re fairly similar to the Ridgid TS2412, 2424, 3612, and 3650. It can’t hurt to make a reasonable offer to get one of those saws down to $250 or less. An offer might have appeal to the owner if there’s been no interest at the higher prices. The older Delta for $175 isn’t a bad deal, but the saw looks to have been well used….might be worth a look and some cleanup if it checks out ok.

Here’s an older Cman for $360, that could be worth an offer closer to $250:

I would not settle for a portable saw if you don’t need the portability. They can work pretty well, but give up a lot compared to a well setup full size cast iron saw with a belt drive induction motor. The newer Delta 36-725 and Ridgid R4512 are about the lowest cost examples of a new full size saw….both can be decent saws, but both also have some history of issues, so it’s a mixed bag.

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