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Forum topic by LVWorkshop posted 08-31-2020 07:36 PM 204 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LVWorkshop

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08-31-2020 07:36 PM

I’ve been using an old Craftsman 113 for the past few years and it’s served me well. Problem is, I decided to go into business and things picked up faster than I expected. I’ve got a handful of commissions and this saw is killing my productivity. It’s under-powered for the work I’m doing, the fence is a nightmare, and there’s something seriously wrong when I tilt the blade. I don’t have the time right now to rip it down and fix it so I’m thinking of upgrading.

My issue is, I just started this business so I’m not at the point where I feel comfortable dropping a few grand for something like a Sawstop. I’m hoping to get there, but for now I’d like to find something a bit less pricey. I’d love to pick up a cabinet saw because it would be right what I’m looking for but my budget is around 1.5k. The Grizzly G1023RL is looking like a good option, but I’m really tempted to go for something like a used Unisaw or cabinet saw off FB/Craigslist. I know I need to do my research and look at all the options, but I figured I’d ask and see if people had experience with the saws I mentioned, or if there’s any other good options for a cabinet saw in this range.
Thanks

Quick edit to add some info. I can run 220 no problem and I’d be willing to pick up a vfd if a good machine is 3 phase.

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MrUnix

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#1 posted 08-31-2020 07:46 PM

Unisaws turn up all the time between $500-$1500 – there were zillions of them made, parts are available, and they are built to last several lifetimes. I’d go that route (and did) rather than consider any of the plastic/sheet metal saws being sold new today.

Cheers,
Brad

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tvrgeek

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#2 posted 08-31-2020 07:49 PM

Not sure you can get parts for older Unisaws. “New Delta” does not support their old tools. It would not have a riving knife, but of course was THE saw to have for decades.

No plastic in my Ridgid. If I upgrade, it wil be Harvey of SawStop.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 08-31-2020 10:29 PM

Welcome to LJs
Some of the best-used saws out there, in my opinion, are Powermatic 66’s you should be able to get a decent one in your price range or less. I have an ICS 5hp Sawstop and the Powermatic 66 I sold was pretty much the equivalent of the ICS minus the safety factor, Of course, any of the more powerful saws will need 220 power.

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 08-31-2020 10:35 PM

I know you have some experience with table saws so even though this blog starts off with basic information about types of saws it does get into some of the difference in bigger more powerful saws ,it’s written by our resident Tablesaw/saw blade, Guru
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https://www.lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/32154

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LVWorkshop

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#5 posted 09-01-2020 04:06 AM

Thanks for the link that’s a really solid article. I’m torn on buying used. I have one tool in my shop that isn’t used and I know how much of a headache somethings can be to get going. I just recently did a restore on an old 6” Walker Turner jointer from the 30s and it’s a great machine but it was a good week to get it there. If I was still doing this solely as a hobbyist I’d probably buy a sub $1k cabinet saw, probably a unisaw or that powermatic, and get it back in working order. I’ve never refurbed a table saw so I’m not sure how much work would be involved and I’m sure that depends completely on the state of whatever I would pick up.

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