First Table Saw

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Straightpiped posted 11-24-2008 05:24 AM 2087 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Straightpiped's profile


89 posts in 4055 days

11-24-2008 05:24 AM

I am looking for my first table saw. I would like some opinions. Here are a couple that I have found on Craigslist. These are in my price range. Any advice?

-- T. Nelson

25 replies so far

View cmaeda's profile


205 posts in 4118 days

#1 posted 11-24-2008 06:02 AM

They both seem good. I buy a lot of used tools. Make sure you inspect the machine. Turn it on and the biggest thing is to make sure the cast iron is not cracked. Pretty much everything else is fixable. Prices on Craigslist are not solid. I would try to negotiate and compare with other offers. $450 seems a little steep on the Grizzly but I would prefer that one because of the long Vega fence and various upgrades… it means the machine was probably well cared for.
I think $400 is a bit high for the Ridgid one too. But I know different regions have their own prices… look around and compare to see what a fair price for your area is.

View CharlieM1958's profile


16284 posts in 4782 days

#2 posted 11-24-2008 06:05 AM

The Ridgid is probably a good saw, but I personally wouldn’t pay $400 for a used tool when you can pick up a brand new version (TS3660) at Home Depot for $549 and have a full warranty. I just purchased a factory reconditioned TS3660, which looks like brand new and carries a full one-year warranty, for $409 with free shipping.

I’m not familiar with the other saw, but again, $450 fora 10-year-old contractor saw on a homemade stand seems kind of steep to me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View John Gray's profile

John Gray

2370 posts in 4449 days

#3 posted 11-24-2008 06:18 AM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

View Bureaucrat's profile


18341 posts in 4216 days

#4 posted 11-24-2008 07:19 AM

If your shop is not set up for 220, you better go with the Rigid.

-- Gary D.

View EEngineer's profile


1120 posts in 4177 days

#5 posted 11-24-2008 01:04 PM

I agree with Charlie…

I really like the ridgid saw. The setup I use is functionally identical to that saw and fence. $400 does seem a little steep tho’ – brand new, the saw goes for $550 at HD.

The Grizzly is a nice saw and I have heard good things about the Vega fence BUT $450 seems a little steep. With the specific improvements he’s made to it, it sounds as though the saw was lovingly cared for.

Bottom line – keep lookin’ – I’ll bet you find a better deal. Or, e-mail them and negotiate. What you ask for and what you get on CL are not always the same!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

View PetVet's profile


329 posts in 4051 days

#6 posted 11-24-2008 02:08 PM

The other saw to look at is the Hitachi that Lowes sells. Pretty nice saw for ~$500

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

View Straightpiped's profile


89 posts in 4055 days

#7 posted 11-24-2008 02:42 PM

What about this one? I realize it is cheaper, gives me more to spend on something else.

-- T. Nelson

View doyoulikegumwood's profile


384 posts in 4556 days

#8 posted 11-24-2008 03:08 PM

im not sure how deeply you plan on getting into this whole wood working thing but tring to save money on a table saw bye buying used is one thing but tring to save money bye buying a saw that is ment for the avarage home owner doing home improvement a few times a years is another their is no other tool that is more important the your table saw. my opinon on this is go for the grizzly but thats assuming you have room for the 50” fence i would however try and talk the guy down on price.

ps the saw new is 535 or so and the fence is another 320

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

View Straightpiped's profile


89 posts in 4055 days

#9 posted 11-24-2008 03:26 PM

doyoulikegumwood…I understand what you are saying. I have read alot of people say that when buying a table saw, buy the most you can.

-- T. Nelson

View bayouman's profile


94 posts in 4229 days

#10 posted 11-24-2008 05:39 PM

Ridgid. I have it and haven’t had a regret.

View DaveH's profile


400 posts in 4342 days

#11 posted 11-24-2008 10:17 PM

Or a delta at Lowes

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

View laflaone's profile


59 posts in 4244 days

#12 posted 11-25-2008 04:44 AM

The Ridgid TS3660 has been mentioned several times above. Usual price $549 at HD. I understand it will be on sale after Thanksgiving, possibly “Black Friday”. If it goes on sale for a good price, I will bring it right home and snuggle it up close to my Ridgid jointer.

-- "non illegitimis carborundum"

View rhchampagne's profile


8 posts in 4040 days

#13 posted 11-25-2008 05:29 AM

For $400 or $500 you should be able to find a Unisaw in your area. If I were you I would get a cabinet saw, not a contractor or benchtop model. Just speaking to my experience, I got a ‘60’s saw for about that price with a 1.5 hp 220 motor. I haven’t had to do anything to it and no problems yet. That said, whenever you buy a used tool you should be sure of what condition you are buying.

View brianinpa's profile


1812 posts in 4287 days

#14 posted 11-25-2008 05:38 AM

My .02 worth is buy an older saw that is still in working order. They are just as acurate as any of the newer saws you are looking at and while tuning up the saw, you will gain an understanding of what and how your saw can do. Another benifit is that you cna buy a great saw for half of what you are currently looking at

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

View grumpycarp's profile


257 posts in 4310 days

#15 posted 11-25-2008 06:25 AM

The rule that I go by is not to spend any more than half of what retail on the saw would be for used, assuming it isn’t an heirloom rockwell or something ;-)

Are you setting up a new shop or just getting started buying tools? We all think “setting up shop” and “tablesaw” and then go out and make it the first purchase. I did and I’ll bet so did a whole bunch of other guys, BUT . . . If I had it to do again I’d probably buy the best bandsaw I could as a first major purchase.

Just my .02

showing 1 through 15 of 25 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics