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03-07-2018 09:10 PM

So I’m very much beginner. I’m taking Steve Ramsey’s course.
I hate to do the “What table saw is the best buy?” post, but I need input. I wasn’t super pleased with the Craftsman I just bought since I’ve never used a table saw before so I’m gonna try to sell it. Wish I would’ve known more at the time. Anyways. Here are the options I’ve narrowed it down to with my limited knowledge. I’m trying to get something I can easily make my own zero clearance insert and use some of those micro jig splitters so I can be as safe as possible without having a newer saw with a riving knife. Staying under $400.

Model # 113.29940 Craftsman

Model # 315.228490 Craftsman Said they are willing to negotiate

Model # 62-042 Delta

Model # 36-441 Delta Has some homemade rip fence. Will sell delta for $150 or both delta and black and decker for $200

Guy told me Band saw and Table saw for $500 or just table saw for $400

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#1 posted 03-07-2018 09:27 PM

I have seen a lot of people using the Dewalt job site saws and building auxiliary tables a round them to increase their table size. These saws have come a long way and have a lot of good features.

Here is a guy I follow on YouTube that uses one.

Just a thought to add to your list above.


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#2 posted 03-07-2018 09:36 PM

Ugg. None of them. They’re all asking a lot for
beat-up equipment.

The Delta at $175 might be a good option but considering
its condition the price is high, imo.

The Craftsman with the Vega fence is overpriced
but the fence is good. I think that’s a “motorized”
cable-drive saw and a lot of guys say they aren’t
worth messing with.

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#3 posted 03-07-2018 11:25 PM

1 & 2 are ok saws, but the prices are too high. #1 has what looks to be a Vega fence. very good fence. #2 is a later version of #1 that does not enjoy some of the features of #1 (e.g., the splitter is hard to remove and replace in #2 whereas its easier in #1). 3 & 4 are right tilts so i’d pass on them for that reason alone. #5 is a late model radial arm saw and might be worth $100.

Of the 5, #1 would be my choice, for $125 to $200.

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 03:32 AM

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 03:35 AM

Apparently the delta has the t square fence system according to the question and answers section. It doesn’t say it in the description.

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#6 posted 03-08-2018 04:19 AM

Not many people who build furniture have
much enthusiasm for benchtop table saws.
I started out with one myself, and the designs
have come a long way since, but they still
tend to have limiting features like undersized
miter slots and limited table area.

Wonky fence systems on older saws are one
of their drawbacks. I would just expect asking
prices to be lower considering the condition
and fences on those used saws, but local
inventory varies.

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 07:46 AM

Alrighty then. This one just popped up for $400 on my Facebook. Says it’s been used a couple of times.

Seem like a god deal? It’s $600 new at lowes

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#8 posted 03-08-2018 09:18 AM

If it were me I would be patient and save up some more cash. Sometimes a deal pops up and with some elbow grease you can get a better saw. I personally don’t like the new Delta contractor saws.

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#9 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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#10 posted 03-08-2018 01:43 PM

You should probably take a step back and ask yourself what you want to build and what is your budget for a table saw?

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