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Dajur

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06-05-2020 11:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

I just finished my biggest project to date, two 8’ bookcases and a fireplace mantel.

I noticed a few things while constructing this. Firstly, I really like this hobby and wish to start procuring quality tools, and that my current table saw is terrible (Skilsaw 3310). I have been searching Craigslist, Offerup, Letgo and Facebook marketplace for a couple of weeks now, and tool prices are all over the place. Some of the sales are obviously good, while others are ambiguous to downright terrible. Being so new, I am having trouble distinguishing the good deals from the ok deals and finding the right table saw for me. I have been looking for a higher-end contractors saw or a hybrid, but the pickins have been slim, and my Skilsaw works just good enough to do the job I need doing. Well, today my table saw fence handle broke while making some shaker doors for the lower shelf of the bookcases, so I am really in need of a new(to me) saw in the $500 range. Does anybody have any good recommendations?

I saw this old Powermatic 64 for $500 bucks the other day, and was interested in it. It comes with a VEGA Pro 26 and Pro 50 fence, 2 blade guards and a segmented belt(I don’t know what this means, but am assuming it is good as the guy listed it). It looks to be in decent shape, but it’s a bit cluttered, so is hard to see if everything is aligned properly. My concerns are mostly the age of the saw and I don’t want buyer’s regret in a few days.


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Steve

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#1 posted 06-05-2020 01:41 PM

You might take a look at the delta that Lowes sells. Lot of people on here have one and enjoy it.

While old tools definitely have an appeal, depending on the condition you might find yourself refurbishing them first before being able to use them.

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#2 posted 06-05-2020 01:45 PM

Keep looking set your sights on a cabinet saw.

-- Aj

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#3 posted 06-05-2020 01:49 PM

A segmented belt is like those belts you made in summer camp out of a series of loops.


Segmented belts run smoother and quieter.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 06-05-2020 01:54 PM

Personally I’d recommend you inspect any used purchase.

If a seller is a widow, with luck, you could be in for a bargain… However if she is a bloke, I’d be dubious about the reason for sale.

If you’re starting off, the tablesaw is often the center of your workshop activity, so make sure it performs well. You can still finish up buying new crap... but at least it’s clean crap covered by a warranty.

Don’t leave a SawStop out of your considerations.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 06-05-2020 01:58 PM

There’s essentially no contractor saw (that’s what that PM is) that’s worth $500 when you can find used cabinet saws for not much more than that – or possibly less if you are patient.

My advice would be to pass on it. $500 is overpriced, even given the fence upgrade.

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#6 posted 06-05-2020 03:25 PM

Agree with Jonah on pricing of contractor saw. If you have, or can get, 220 then definitely hold out for a cabinet saw. If not, the hybrids are the way

Where are you located? Used prices vary pretty substantially by geography but it’s probable that there are some folks here who are close enough to help ID deals. That being said, the really good deals will be swooped up by the time you post here and get responses.

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Dajur

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#7 posted 06-05-2020 04:06 PM

Thanks for your advice. The guy selling the PM said that he upgraded to a Sawstop. I’ll pass on the deal. I kind of want a saw that has modern safety features, like a riving knife anyway. I’ve been looking for about 2 weeks now, and have seen a few decent deals, but no used cabinet saws under 800 yet. I live in the Seattle area, where people seem to think that their polished turds are valuable gems. I’ll check out the new Delta contractor saws. While I can afford more than a $500 saw, I also have a wife who would be MIGHTY unhappy if I spent more than that.

Just for reference, here is my local Craigslist. Maybe I should wait until after the Coronavirus stuff is done.

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MrUnix

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#8 posted 06-05-2020 04:20 PM

I’ve been looking for about 2 weeks now, and have seen a few decent deals, but no used cabinet saws under 800 yet.

2 weeks is nothing… use having a working saw to your advantage and be patient. The good deals come and go quick, so be ready to pounce with one turns up. The only way to know if it’s a good deal is to be familiar with what you are looking for, so that’s where the patience comes in. After a while, you will know a good deal when you see it. If you have to get online and ask, you will miss out every time.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#9 posted 06-05-2020 06:16 PM



There s essentially no contractor saw (that s what that PM is) that s worth $500 when you can find used cabinet saws for not much more than that – or possibly less if you are patient.

My advice would be to pass on it. $500 is overpriced, even given the fence upgrade.

- jonah

I would have bought that PM the day it listed in my area. Used Ridgids are listed at 500 bucks all the time here. Even the latest model that retails for 650 gets tossed up on FB and CL for 500 every other week or so.

That being said I’ve spent enough time looking I know what the market is like where I live. Like others have mentioned its worth being patient to at least learn what the market in your area is like. Use google to check out models that pop up and get your interest. Learn about the features and parts availability. It won’t be long and you will be able to spot a good deal and be ready to pounce on it.

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Dajur

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#10 posted 06-05-2020 07:44 PM

I would have bought that PM the day it listed in my area. Used Ridgids are listed at 500 bucks all the time here. Even the latest model that retails for 650 gets tossed up on FB and CL for 500 every other week or so.

- sansoo22

I see those ridgids for 400-650 here. I did see one for $300 a few days ago, and really considered it. It looked really clean. I messaged the guy within the first hour of listing, but I was like 4th in line. Delta has a new saw called the Delta 36-725T2 which looks really good. After tax it will be about $660, which is $160 above my desired price range. I might actually head over to look at the Powermatic today and see if I can talk the guy down. I figure 400-450 might be acceptable. I really like the idea of the micro-adjustments

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OldBull

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#11 posted 06-05-2020 07:48 PM

If the seller is a widow you might be in for “more” than you bargained for.

Be very cautious of new Delta 36-725T2 saws, some new saws have experienced motor failure.

-- Relative bearing grease # CV-61 and CV-66

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Dajur

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#12 posted 06-05-2020 07:52 PM


If the seller is a widow you might be in for “more” than you bargained for.

- OldBull

His name is Amir, and I pray that he is not a widow. Now you have me worried….

Here is the saw BTW

Powermatic 64

Edit: Is anyone familiar with Reliant table saws?

Reliant $500

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OldBull

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#13 posted 06-05-2020 08:12 PM

That would be a ” widower” not a widow.

-- Relative bearing grease # CV-61 and CV-66

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OldBull

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#14 posted 06-05-2020 08:15 PM

Spend plenty of time looking at new saws before choosing one. Make sure it has a riving knife, it seperates the 2 halves of the board as it exits the blade and helps to control kickback, which is bad stuff.

-- Relative bearing grease # CV-61 and CV-66

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sansoo22

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#15 posted 06-05-2020 08:35 PM



If the seller is a widow you might be in for “more” than you bargained for.

Be very cautious of new Delta 36-725T2 saws, some new saws have experienced motor failure.

- OldBull

I have one of these because foundation repairs sucked up budget for shop electrical to go with a used cabinet saw and the DWE7491RS job site was was getting to small for the things I wanted to do. So far so good here…knock on wood. Looks like the motors are hit or miss. From what I’ve read if it craps out it does it quickly and Lowe’s has been pretty good about returns.

One thing I will point out with the 36-725T2 is you CAN damage the motor in assembly according to the big warning on it. There is a styrofoam block between the motor housing and the cast table. Before attempting to raise the motor you have to tilt to the left to remove that styrofoam block. It shouldn’t cause one to go up in smoke but figured its worth pointing out none the less.

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