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Craftsman 10-inch table saw model #113.298032 vs DEWALT DWE7480 10-Inch Compact Job Site Table Saw

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Forum topic by TimLitos posted 07-23-2018 09:26 PM 3772 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TimLitos

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07-23-2018 09:26 PM

Hi all. I just signed up so I could post this, but I’ve heard good things so I’m planning on staying. :)

Bit of a strange question here. I’m trying to determine wether or not to trade my current DEWALT DWE7480 10-Inch Compact Job Site Table Saw my uncle’s Craftsman 10-inch table saw model #113.298032.

Here is the basic story. My uncle used to do a lot of wood working and I’m gradually getting into it myself. I told him about my current setup, which includes the Dewalt job site saw. He said he would trade me, as he is getting older, is not doing as much fine woodworking, and is trying to downsize. I am super grateful at his offer, but it is a long drive to pick it up and I have to get ahold of a vehicle that can fit the saw and the stand he made for it. So I’m trying to weigh the pros and cons of each saw. I’m only familiar with my saw, so it is a bit hard to do this, but I figured I would also ask here for any input.

Here are some know pros and cons. (I’ll try to add more if I think of any, or if any are suggested)

Dewalt pros:
Modern safety features. Really the riving knife is the only one I’m concerned with.
It is already here, and I am familiar with it. This probably sounds silly, but it is a factor for me given the drive etc.
Decent fence

Dewalt cons:
Poor dust collection
No dado compatiblity
Small working surface, although I’ve expanded this a bit.
Cheaper construction?

Craftsman pros:
Larger work area
Dado compatibility
Better dust collection. The motor seems to be all enclosed and he made a bag catch for dust underneath the saw. Although I wonder if that is good enough.

Craftsman cons:
No riving knife, although maybe I can add one? (If anyone knows if this is possible, that would be a huge help!)
Possibly hard to get parts for?
The fence he has is pretty wonky, but I assume I can get a better one.

I appreciate if anyone has actually read this far. I would love any thoughts on this and I thank you all in advance!

Tim


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Murdock

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#1 posted 07-23-2018 09:43 PM

Personally I would stick with the Dewalt for now, if you want/need a larger machine save up for it. Build yourself a nice outfeed or even a entire work center to fit your saw in will help with the small table issue.

I actually used that same craftsman saw for a while, it is a ok saw if it is in good condition. The stock fence is a joke and the blade guard will make you want to leave it off. Other than those two big things, it is a good saw for light duty work.

As for adding a riving knife, I highly doubt it.

You are correct about the difficulty in getting parts, while Craftsman has a very good parts website, parts for older saws like this are not being made by them anymore. It may be possible to find aftermarket crank handles and pulleys and you may find others selling off parts from their saw they don’t use anymore, but I had a hard time and that was 10 years ago.

I actually have a newer craftsman right now and that one I can’t even find parts for anymore.

On dust collection, a bag under the saw is just catching the big stuff, it does nothing at all for the fine stuff getting to your lungs.

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#2 posted 07-23-2018 11:22 PM

The ABCs of Table Saws

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TimLitos

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#3 posted 07-24-2018 03:32 AM



The ABCs of Table Saws

- knotscott

That’s good info but not very specific to the situation at hand. Any specific parts you think are relevant?
Thanks!

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#4 posted 07-24-2018 10:25 AM

Id trade for the Craftsman. Your dewalt is probably “worth” more and I’m sure its prettier but the craftsman is a work horse and much more customizable if you’d wanna go that route.
I have the 113 (or a version of the one in question) and really like it. The fence is finicky at times but pretty easy to work with. Personally I love mine and they are/were popular enough that probably 50% of the members here have or have had one of them.
BTW welcome to lumberjocks!!

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TimLitos

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#5 posted 07-24-2018 11:46 AM

Thanks for the input!
I am curious about the table surface. It looked indented. Is there a reason for that? Does it not cause issues?

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JCamp

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#6 posted 07-24-2018 11:54 AM

Some 113 saws have stamped steal “wings” but some have cast iron. the cast iron has large holes. The steel are indented. I do not know why but in general it does not hurt anything. The tabletop on both are cast iron.

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#7 posted 07-24-2018 01:57 PM

I have a 113.298 direct drive model and it’s been fine so far for me. I built a mobile workstation for it as the factory wheels for the stand were terrible.

In regards to parts, at any time I can probably find at least 25-30 variants of the same saw on my local Craigslist for $50-$100. So you should be safe from that standpoint for quite awhile.

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#8 posted 07-24-2018 07:53 PM


The ABCs of Table Saws

- knotscott

That’s good info but not very specific to the situation at hand. Any specific parts you think are relevant?
Thanks!

- TimLitos

The full size saw offers more mass, a much larger landing zone in front of the blade, and better long term potential for upgrades and growth.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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