A little scared to buy an old saw

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Forum topic by Chris1979 posted 01-18-2022 11:55 AM 366 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2022 11:55 AM

I’ve found an older Craftsman 315 with the router table wing. It seems to have been taken care of and maintained. Runs well. I can get it for $100. Just a little worried about a saw that old. I know they made them well back then. But no riving knife and also looks like no real dust collection.

Is it with saving money in the beginning and building a saw to what I want or just buy new???

Thanks guys….

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#1 posted 01-18-2022 12:01 PM

I looked up a 315 and got several different saws but $100 for a saw is nearly nothing. And you won’t find anything new for 4 times that and even then you’ll need to get a router table which is over a $100. If it was me I’d go look at it. Spin the motor by hand. Fire it up and look for any wobble or listen for worn bearing but if it checks out I’d get it in a heartbeat. Most ppl waste a $100 a week on coffee, dip or cigarettes… at least for this you’d have something to show for it

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#2 posted 01-18-2022 12:29 PM

I have a 315 and love it. I recently replaced the arbor and bearings with parts I bought online for very little money. They are easy to service, accurate, and parts are readily available. I paid $250 for mine, ( saw, 2 cast iron wings, and 2 steel wings, align a rip fence). $100 is a great deal IMO.

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#3 posted 01-18-2022 01:33 PM

So you need a saw and found a saw for the price of a tank of gas. Get it. Will it be your last saw? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Just get it and make stuff. If you decide you want a more powerful saw in the future…sell it for $200.

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#4 posted 01-18-2022 02:24 PM

+1 buy it as long as its belt driven. I wouldn’t recommend the flex shaft drive Sears saws.

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