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Forum topic by Biddles posted 09-10-2020 04:35 PM 379 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Biddles

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09-10-2020 04:35 PM

I was thinking of picking this up, but now I’m having some doubts. The seller is firm at $150. It has an upgraded fence. I thought this model was heavy but he told me its only about 60lbs… I thought it was at least 120+ lbs. My previous saw was a Ridgid R4512, and the weight was nice as it was solid, but 60lbs seems flimsy. So is this saw any good? I dont have model number but I remember seeing this in pictures before.

It seemed like a common model. Any advice appreciated.


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dschlic1

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#1 posted 09-10-2020 04:43 PM

I have one like that. It weighs at least 120 lbs. I don’t know about the fence, but the saw is very good.

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Biddles

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#2 posted 09-10-2020 04:51 PM

Yea, I don’t understand why he said it weighs between 50 and 60lbs…. From what I recalled this was a good model, but don’t wanna drive the 60 miles only to find out it’s one of the craftsman saws to avoid. Any more words appreciated.

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sbarlin

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#3 posted 09-10-2020 05:04 PM

I had one like that also. I’m not sure how much it weighed but I’m sure it was well over 100 pounds. It was a good saw but dust collection was a problem. I think I had the same fence. It was so-so.

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Biddles

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#4 posted 09-10-2020 05:27 PM

Worth picking up for the price? Planned on getting a new Grizzly model but girlfriend got knocked up and totaled her car (not at the same time) so I’m trying to limit my spending while retaining my sanity.

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#5 posted 09-10-2020 06:19 PM

I don’t understand why he said it weighs between 50 and 60lbs….
- Biddles

OWWM Rule No. 1: The seller, standing in front of the machine with access to all sides and in full daylight, will not/cannot describe the machine correctly.

According to the catalog, the extension wings are 25 pounds each by themselves. Same catalog shows a shipping weight of 151 pounds for the saw itself, including wings and fence (no motor or stand), and 257 pounds complete (including motor and stand). I would not put too much trust in the weight guesstimate from the seller.

Can’t really tell exactly which model (flex drive, belt drive, HP spec, etc…), but that looks like your standard ubiquitous C-man contractor saw that can be found everywhere. Their typical price range is $50-$150 depending on condition, accessories included, location and such. $150 is at the high end of that range, but the machine does appear to have been kept in good condition and it does have the upgraded fence, which is a bonus. I would not consider it a steal of a deal, but it’s not too far off from reality to be worth the green if it is a belt drive model.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 09-10-2020 07:48 PM

I used to have that saw and used it for 30+ years without issue, that is a solid saw for that price with the upgraded fence.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 09-11-2020 12:36 AM

I bought two of those few years ago for $50 each . they needed to be cleaned up I completely refurbished one sold it for three hundred bucks ran well I think 150 if it’s in good shape is a fair price

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scribble

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#8 posted 09-11-2020 01:41 PM

Great saw as long as it is not the direct drive version. I have been running my used one for the past 15 years. I did change the fence but I had really terrible original nothing like the one pictured. The only other item had to repair is the motor which just burnt up on Friday of last week.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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toolie

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#9 posted 09-11-2020 01:42 PM



I used to have that saw and used it for 30+ years without issue, that is a solid saw for that price with the upgraded fence.

- bondogaposis

+1. I kept two similar saws and sold a 3hp 60s vintage Unisaw that I refurbished. Properly aligned with a blade specific to the cut and it’ll due everything a hobbyist wants to do.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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