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Forum topic by SoCalBonnie posted 03-14-2019 01:05 PM 2313 views 0 times favorited 67 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SoCalBonnie

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03-14-2019 01:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: skilsaw craftsman 22124

What do you think? Is this used saw such a stellar deal that I should push my car out to the driveway forever? It’s for sale on Nextdoor dot com for $275. The owner says it was only used 2 hours before her husband decided woodworking wasn’t for him and put it into storage for 8 years.


Some background:

I’m just a DIY-er who is sliding into woodworking and so far having fun with it, learning how to do stuff off Youtube until the community college woodworking classes start up in the fall.

I’m getting tools bit-by-bit off of Craigslist, including a 10” Skilsaw SPT70WT. I built a workbench that fits perfectly into my six feet of allotted garage space and my Skilsaw fits perfectly onto the end of that bench. I thought it would hold me over as I save my pennies and eventually buy a Sawstop.

But I hate the Skilsaw’s fence. It’s sloppy and it takes me forever to line up a cut. It never seems to be square. Otherwise it’s a good little saw, at least in my beginner’s opinion. (I never touched a table saw until the day I bought this one.)

So right now I’m like Veruka Salt: I want that Craftsman 22124 NOW. A Biesemeyer fence! Isn’t that supposed to be, like, super accurate? I can get a Sharkguard and riving knife for it and I’d be all set! I want it!

But… no room. And not sure how I’d move it, anyway, because it’s like, 330 lbs. And why would I need a big saw like this? So far I’ve just done little woodworking jobs, like building my workbench. Mostly plywood projects, no hardwood, not yet. I’ve been learning off Youtube. I really don’t see myself doing big jobs, say, like kitchen cabinets. Maybe I’ll build a playhouse for the grandkids, or a shed. Maybe.

So… is this Craftsman 22124 saw worth sending my poor car out to the driveway for the rest of its life?

Or am I just deluding myself because I don’t like the fence on my little Skilsaw and I should just suck it up, maybe just find a nice replacement fence. Is there such a thing as a decent replacement fence for a 10” table saw? I did find plans to build one. Maybe I should do that instead.

Edited to add: I posted this last night but thought it got lost, turns out it needed to be approved because I’m new.


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ScottKaye

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#1 posted 03-14-2019 01:11 PM

Welcome to LJ’s! Thats a decent deal on that saw. DO IT! I would!

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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ChefHDAN

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#2 posted 03-14-2019 01:21 PM

If you could wave $200 and take that saw home, you’d never regret it, providing of course WW is something you believe you’ll keep doing. The bench saw is not giving you a true experience to the use of a true size TS. You could spend more $$$ and upgrade the bench saw or be one and done with the CS, (if you search the site there are a few reviews on the saw). As for your garage and space issues, there are always casters and mobile bases, it can take some master tetris skills but it’s not always a done deal, and with a sacrificial plywood top, you can also use the saw as an assembly table, maybe modify the bench you built to fit the saw.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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HokieKen

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#3 posted 03-14-2019 01:36 PM

Hi Bonnie. Why does one in SoCal need to park in a garage to begin with?! ;-) Honestly, my garage and my truck have yet to meet. And they never will. If you intend to pursue woodworking, you might as well face facts. Your car lives outside (where it will be just fine) and your husbands will soon follow suit. Just ask my wife.

The fence on that saw is a good fence that will serve you well. As far as price, I’d say it’s fair in my area. But, used tool prices and market in general vary greatly by region. If you’ve been watching used listings for a while, you should know whether that’s a good deal in your area. And, unfortunately, if it’s a great deal, someone else snatched it up while you were asking for our opinions…

Welcome to the site :-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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BlasterStumps

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#4 posted 03-14-2019 01:39 PM

If you decide to get the saw, be prepared for the weight. You will most likely need some helpers to move it. There are fold up job site saws that would have less of a foot print in your garage when not in use.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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pottz

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#5 posted 03-14-2019 01:40 PM

yeah thats a killer deal and may already be gone.if your gonna get serious about this craft you need a table saw.now go for it and welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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SoCalBonnie

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#6 posted 03-14-2019 01:50 PM

But how would I move it?

Does the top come off?

I downloaded the manual but it’s not clear to me if I should load it onto a truck as is or disassemble it!

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pottz

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#7 posted 03-14-2019 01:54 PM



But how would I move it?

Does the top come off?

I downloaded the manual but it s not clear to me if I should load it onto a truck as is or disassemble it!

- SoCalBonnie


best thing go rent a small traylor and move it as one piece you dont want to take it apart.and get a mobile base for it so you can move it around.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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BlasterStumps

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#8 posted 03-14-2019 02:02 PM

“But how would I move it?”

That is a good question. And would be my biggest concern. If you know a company local to you with a tommy gate on their truck, you might could hire them to move it without taking it apart. If you have to take it apart, that in itself will be a job. Still lots of weight to deal with. You’re going to need some strong helper(s).

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 03-14-2019 02:03 PM

Be aware that a lot of folks get those saws onto trucks and trailers by flipping them upside down onto the table. Take the fence/extensions off and it’s nit too bad a job. I think that’s a fair price on a saw that usually gets good reviews.

PS welcome to the forum!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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johnstoneb

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#10 posted 03-14-2019 02:04 PM

Get the saw. The fence alone is worth almost what they are asking for the complete saw. You can figure out how to move it after you get it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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tynewman

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#11 posted 03-14-2019 02:04 PM

As long as you are doing any woodworking in the garage your cars are going to be covered in dust, even if you pull them out to work. Get the table saw and park the cars outside. A solid table saw makes all the difference and if you give it up in a year for some reason you will probably be able to sell it for the same price. Now if your husband agrees is a different issue.

-- Ty

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JCamp

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#12 posted 03-14-2019 02:11 PM

If it was close to me I’d buy it as long as it does run fine. Price is good. If they ain’t to far away you might b able to pay a small amount more and they’d deliver it. I’d say the price won’t be as good if you have to pay the full amount then rent a trailer to get it home.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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pottz

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#13 posted 03-14-2019 02:34 PM



If it was close to me I’d buy it as long as it does run fine. Price is good. If they ain’t to far away you might b able to pay a small amount more and they’d deliver it. I’d say the price won’t be as good if you have to pay the full amount then rent a trailer to get it home.

- JCamp


the fence alone is worth that and a traylor for a few hours is cheap,yeah not as good but still good

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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furnman487

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#14 posted 03-14-2019 02:50 PM

Buy it if it’s not already gone. I see one just like it on my Facebook marketplace for $900.

-- Alan

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Snipes

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#15 posted 03-14-2019 02:55 PM

Those little skilsaws are junk.. to get it home- get a friend with truck to get coffee with you, make a little detour. Don’t know what veruka salt is but I’m going to use my best German accent and say it all day

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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