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Forum topic by Wozment22 posted 04-08-2019 12:50 AM 614 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Wozment22

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04-08-2019 12:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw craftsman hitachi

I am looking at two different saws
Craftsman model 113.xxxx
(200.00)
https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/tls/d/georgetown-craftsman-table-saw/6857874513.html

And a hitachi C10FL (talked down to 225.00)
I saw this deal on letgo and had to share it with you! https://letgo.onelink.me/O2PG/e841a174

Just trying to figure out which one is the better deal?

I trust you guys advice!


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#1 posted 04-08-2019 02:50 AM

I don’t know anything about the Hitachi. Some reviews look good. Never had that craftsman model either, but had similar. All I can tell you is I lost count of how many times I cursed and screamed when I got a finger caught in that open grate cast iron table while sliding a board.

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#2 posted 04-08-2019 03:50 AM

Personally I’d would stay away from a open grid table saw Top style. I’m not familiar with either one. I do know a contractor the has a Sears table saw, and he attached a plywood to the table top to cover up the open grid pattern on his saw.

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#3 posted 04-08-2019 04:14 AM

I had a sears best craftsman with cast iron table and solid steel extensions. It was a great saw i got a cwmi now and its a workhorse but i really dont like the fence all that much. I have some hitachi tools but not a tablesaw. They do make pretty good nail guns and mitre saws though.

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Wozment22

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#4 posted 04-08-2019 10:13 AM

Well my thought was to put some inserts into those spots. They seemed to be recessed in.

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HackFabrication

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#5 posted 04-08-2019 11:21 AM

Personally, I think the C’man is a better deal. Looks like it has some sort of mobile base also. I’ve never had an issue with the open grate design of the wings (other than ‘stuff’ and small tools’ falling through them), other than they can be a challenge to get level. I also didn’t like where the on/off switch was placed, so I changed mine over:

Of note: Look at the amount of saw dust around the saw. This is what to expect with this type of saw. It can be tamed with some work.

I installed a Big Gulp under my C’man and it was night and day between the amount of dust left on the floor:

Pic of my TS after some modifications:

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Wozment22

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#6 posted 04-08-2019 11:33 AM

How much would something like that be to install for dust collection?

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#7 posted 04-08-2019 11:34 AM

If that Craftsman’s in good condition , the bearings are tight excetera that’s a good deal I just sold one recently I refurbed and I got three hundred for that look very similar to that so I’d probably move for that mobile bases and Ice feature also

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#8 posted 04-08-2019 11:52 AM



How much would something like that be to install for dust collection?

- Wozment22


I think I’ve got a bit under $40 into the Big Gulp and the 1/2” Baltic birch plywood (which I had lying around). Took a couple hours to fabricate. Finish nails and glue to build the half box. Traced the opening in the bottom, cut out with a sabre saw. I used my air stapler and some construction adhesive to attach the BG to the plywood half box. I have yet to attach it to my HF DC, but with just the 2.5” shop vac hose shoved up in the opening, it does work good.

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#9 posted 04-08-2019 12:31 PM

The Cman has a much more proven track record, and many more units in the field, meaning parts should be a lot easier to come by. It’s got the upgraded fence, and is darn near the same saw as the early Ridgid contractor saws.

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#10 posted 04-08-2019 10:09 PM

I had a craftsman with the open wings with a delta fence. sold it ONLY because i found a unisaw at a yard sale. wouldn’t think twice about buying another craftsman 113 if i didn’t have my unisaw. the 113 did everything i needed cut.

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#11 posted 04-08-2019 11:32 PM

My Ridgid is essentially the same saw as the C-man. I’ve never had any problems with the open grid and as I’m in a two car garage and often use my TS as a bench, the grid is good for clamping things down, I’ve never once pinched a finger, but yes at times tings can roll away from you and fall to the floor.

I would go with the C-man, but I’d start at $150. Once you get it home and begin to tear it down for better inspection and alignments, I’d reassemble with the rails slid to the right for 36” of the scale to the right. YOu can get self adhesive scales very easy on the net, once that was together, I’d recommend a router wing added to give you more surface and a router table, see example here.

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#12 posted 04-09-2019 11:54 AM



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Pic of my TS after some modifications:

- HackFabrication


Not to threadjack, but I like your flip up outfeed table—did you post a build thread about that?

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HackFabrication

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#13 posted 04-10-2019 11:46 AM



Not to threadjack, but I like your flip up outfeed table—did you post a build thread about that?
- paredown

Not yet. I’m still upgrading a few things on it. Mostly dust collection. I’ve got a Shark Guard coming, and when that’s installed, I might start a thread on it. If you’re interested in some pics, PM me and I can email them.

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