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08-14-2014 08:07 PM

I recently was talking with a friend about past table saws each of us had owned over the years. I had to think back a long way because my first one was back in high school around 1964…

1st. desktop Craftsman …got it when I was in high school
2. 10” Craftsman Contractor saw… got it when I started working on wood boats in the late 60’s. These older craftsman saws were quite well made and 100% made in the USA
3. ShopSmith…it was perfect for taking to the boathouse and out to different jobs. I made a dolly for it with large wheels that made it really easy to transport…
4. 1947 Unisaw…this was really a great saw. I bought it used for $400 sometime in the early 1970’s and had it until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina destroyed all my tools…
5. Bosch 10” desktop tablesaw…I bought this after Katrina so I could have a table saw. I needed portability because I didn’t have a shop where my wife and I moved to
6. Grizzly 10” Cabinet Saw… I bought this in 2007 when I started building a barn workshop where we moved. Sold the Bosch on Craigslist
7. Saw Stop… I bought this in May of last year after seeing in person the results of a bad table saw accident a fellow woodworker had. I sold the Grizzly within about 15 minutes of listing it on Craigslist

Do You remember your old saws and what were your favorites?

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#1 posted 08-14-2014 08:13 PM

Delta 36-600 compact saw
General International 50-185 2hp contractor saw
Craftsman 22124 1.75hp hybrid
Shop Fox W1677 3hp cabinet saw

Have also had a BT3000, BT3100, Delta 36-680, a Griz G1022, and several old Craftsman contractor saws here. The GI, 22124, and Shop Fox were definite keepers….

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#2 posted 08-14-2014 08:16 PM

The first table saw I used regularly was a Ryobi BT3000 but it was owned by my brother. My first saw is/was a Shopsmith; second is/was Craftsman 113 saw, and my third saw is/was a 1947 Unisaw. I said “is/was” on all three because they are all still in my shop and in service. I haven’t gotten past No. 4 on your list yet.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 08-14-2014 08:49 PM

in 1994 i bought a bench top delta, i only had it for 2 years and i bought my delta cabinet saw, so only 2 saws in about 20 years..the only thing i’ve had to do is tighten the belts on my cabinet saw, this saw i love and she has treated me so well…no complaints…as far as i know this will be the last one i ever get…has to be…can’t afford to buy another cabinet saw…and i doubt i will have to.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 08-14-2014 09:14 PM

Only 3 saws in 20+ years.

1. Craftsman 10” table top
2. Craftsman 10” contractor
3 Steel City 10” granite to cabinet saw (2013)


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#5 posted 08-14-2014 09:17 PM

The ONLY table saw I’ve ever owned is the 10” Bosch. Because I’m primarily a small-projects, bandsaw guy, it’s more than enough table saw for me. At $500, it seemed pricey for a saw with a soft-start router motor, but I got it for pennies on the dollar through Popular Woodworking. When I was their illustrator, they would have a sale every year for tools they tested but didn’t return. A lot of the manufacturers would say, “Aw heck, just keep ‘em.” That’s how I got the majority of the tools for my shop.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 08-14-2014 09:59 PM

A 10” craftsman contractor and a 5 hp unisaw purchased 3 yrs. ago.

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#7 posted 08-14-2014 10:47 PM

A 10” Craftsman, 45+ years old, $245 with stand, one table extension, and still going strong!
The only update on this saw was two turned pulleys and Power Twist belt!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#8 posted 08-14-2014 11:05 PM

My first tablesaw was a 10” Rockwell (Delta) Contractor model with a 1-1/2hp sears motor (got on sale) that I bought on graduation in 1976. My second TS was and still is a PM 66 I bought in 1994. I started out with a 9” Craftsman RAS in the late 1960s, but prefer the TS without doubt despite having bought a 12” Delta RAS in 1999 or 2000 for old times sake. Thanks for the walk down memory lane—it’s been a blast.

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#9 posted 08-15-2014 12:03 AM

1st was a Inca 10” at 1 1/2 hp way back in the mid 70s which still does me well, then a 3 hp delta unisaw about 10 years or so ago, next a very small, but very portable 10” delta. Still have and still use all 3.

-- Fredj

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#10 posted 08-15-2014 12:30 AM

Started out with a flea market $5 black and decker skill saw that I used to make my 1st table saw with some 2×4’s and plywood. Used that for several years, then got a black and decker cheap wanna be bench top saw. That was a piece of junk, didnt last long. Currently have a Ridgid contractor table saw, and have been using this one for about 12 yrs. Will soon buy my dream table saw, 5 HP Delta cabinet saw, just as soon as we finish the new shop and get moved into it.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 08-15-2014 12:39 AM

I started with a brand new 150.00 craftsman. Burned that motor up.

Then the CL Delta with universal motor (very loud).

Then Ridgid 3650.

Then Ridgid 4512.

Then a CL Delta Unisaw wannabe.

Then a CL Grizzly 1023.

Then a Unisaw, then another Unisaw, then another Unisaw… Actually don’t remember how many but have owned several.

Then finally this past year got myself into a PM66. Then another PM66, then several more PM66 to follow.

My favorite by far has been the PM66. It is left tilt and offers plenty of power for our shop.

Then most recent was our new to us CNC. I know that is not a table saw, but it has a table, it does cut wood and has taken over 75% of the tasks that previously were done on our table saws.

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#12 posted 08-15-2014 12:50 AM

Craftsman 10” contractor, for the last 15+ years. Runs perfect – never had a problem with it outa the box!

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#13 posted 08-15-2014 12:56 AM

Ryobi BT3000 Ugh!
PM 66 This does everything I need and I think I will keep it as long as I am able to do woodworking.

-- Art

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#14 posted 08-15-2014 01:09 AM

Skil saw in a table kit
Craftsman contractor
Dewalt Hybrid
Craftsman Cabinet Saw

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#15 posted 08-15-2014 01:14 AM

Skil 100$ Christmas special. Took me awhile to figure out it wasn’t that special.

Borrowing a craftsman 315.228410 1.5 hp contractor saw with cast iron ext wings at the moment. It’s my favorite so far, but even my worm drive skil saw is better than my skil table saw.

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