"Real" table saw achieved!!

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Blog entry by rookie posted 06-10-2008 04:24 AM 1213 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I had pretty much given up on the possibility of finding a good used table saw at a reasonable price around here. It seemed like all the best deals were up in the Northeastern part of the country, and I saw alot of them up there. Me thinks folks up there have found a hobby to do while the cold weather is on!! Anyway, I just happened to stumble across a local sweetheart of a deal on a Grizzly cabinet saw and a shaper. A sweetheart of a deal so good that I paid less than half of the price of the shaper alone for both of them. The saw is in amazing shape with all parts but a blade guard/splitter. I had to remove some of the old cosmoline shipping wax from it so the miter gauge would slide freely. It was already squared up in every way except I had to reset the angle needle on the scale, and readjust both of the cast iron extensions. Since it is more saw than I ever figured I would be able to afford, I also had to wire some 220 in the garage to power it, not to mention moving alot of stuff out of the way to get it in there! The only real problem I have found with it is that all 3 belts are seriously cracked, causing some vibrations. But at 2.75 each from Grizzly, thats not too bad. Now, I guess my first project will be constructing a mobile base for this thing, as I will be working in the garage, and 500+ pounds of table saw do not move themselves very readily without wheels, and the missus is perhaps a little miffed that she still cannot park her car in the garage….............Yeah. I better get it mobile and pretty quickly at that! The shaper is mostly there, but is missing several small parts. I have yet to compile a list of needed items, but I am going to guess it will probably be in the neighborhood of $100 to make it complete again. This one also still has cosmoline on part of the table, and I have left it as is for now, as I was not in the market for a shaper when this one came along, and I moved it to an obscure corner out of the way until I am ready to learn to use it. One toy at a time!

-- No matter where you go, there you are.

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#1 posted 06-10-2008 04:32 AM

Cosmoline, yuck!

Sounds like a score. If there is cosmoline then it must not have been used (or it is left over WW2 surplus LOL)

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 06-10-2008 04:39 AM

Way to go. I keep my eye on craigslist but only find things there when I am broke. When I have money they only have crap…..LOL.

Once again, way to go and congrats on a couple of great finds.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 06-10-2008 12:11 PM

Nice score!!! Sounds like you got some nice tools to play with at a very reasonable price.

Congratulations on the new additions.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 06-10-2008 01:09 PM

It sounds like you hit a Jackpot, at least you have a solid saw that will last many years, the shaper is a great tool to have in any shop. Congrats!
Now you just have to teach Mama how to share the garage, Good Luck on that one.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 06-10-2008 05:39 PM

Sounds like a great find. I love having the shaper. They cut so much better than a router even though they run at a lower RPM. The motor is heavy and smooth running. I have a 3hp shaper with 1/2” and 1/4” collets and can run those router bits. I highly recommend using it as much as possible.

To keep the wife happy make her something right away.

When Momma’s happy – Everybody’s happy!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 06-10-2008 05:50 PM

I can highly recommend the HTC mobile base and the swing-up out-feed rollers. I’ve got ‘em both on mine. I’d hock one of the children before giving either of them up.


P.S. I can say that ‘cause they’re both grown. Grown but not gone!

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#7 posted 06-10-2008 07:54 PM

I want to do that when I grow up, too. Well done!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#8 posted 06-10-2008 08:41 PM

Heck of a steal!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#9 posted 01-09-2010 08:32 PM

Well, easy come, easy go. I had to sell off my big woodworking equipment today to pay a few bills. It was probably for the better, the stuff has just sat & sat in the corner of the garage collecting dust & random junk on top. One thing I forgot to plan for was the time to use the equipment. Seems as though I don’t have the energy I used to, after a normal 8-10 hour day, plus another 3 to 4 hours working my other hobby/job fixiing small engines, I just don’t have the motivation to dig out equipment & make sawdust. But, this stuff went to a good fella in the Springdale area that will put it to better use than I did. I still have my small essential tools I can get by with, so I’m not completely out of the hobby. And, now I have ALOT more room in my garage I can use for the fixin of the mowers & other stuff.

-- No matter where you go, there you are.

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