First Tablesaw Purchase - Formost Machinery Co Model 047A

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09-02-2014 06:54 PM

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This is my first post, though I have browsed the forms looking for information as I make my first tablesaw purchase. Plan on using the saw for small projects to start (large poster frames, planter boxes, side tables, ect) but would like the ability to use it for larger hardwood in the future.

I found this table saw for $80 on craigslist in my area, and it includes 2 Freud blades, but I can not find any reviews regarding this saw.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Foremost Machinery Co Model 047A 10” TS



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#1 posted 09-02-2014 07:14 PM

Also maybe worth mentioning for input purposes one of the other saws in my area I am considering is this jet

or this craftsman which I know has seen reviews on this site, the craftsman is the 21833 and is brand new, husband passed away before he finished assembling the saw

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#2 posted 09-02-2014 07:37 PM

It depends on how much money you want to tie up in the
saw. I think the Craftsman is a good modern saw and not

The Foremost machine is a Taiwan import, a clone I think
of a Rockwell saw style from the 1970s. The fence is
a “Jet-lock” rendered obsolete by T-square fences on most
newer saws. You can work with it, sure, and the saw
is priced attractively, but changing fence settings may
be a bit slower than most of us are used to these

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#3 posted 09-02-2014 07:43 PM

The craftsmen is a superior saw. The riving knife is a huge plus and an important safety feature.

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#4 posted 09-02-2014 07:47 PM

Thank you for your input.
Any thoughts on the Jet table top model?

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#5 posted 09-02-2014 07:49 PM

The Craftsman is out of warranty, and because it is not fully put together I can not ensure that there are no issues. Would you gamble on the craftsman @ $325 or would I be better off buying a new craftsman/Rigid R4512?

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#6 posted 09-02-2014 07:55 PM

Totally agree with Loren’s insight. The Craftsman, to me, is the best deal. The Foremost is workable as a bargain saw. The Jet is listed as direct drive. I’d avoid those in favor of a belt drive any day.

If you go look at the Craftsman, take the time to check to be sure all the parts listed in the manual are there. Plug it in and spin up the motor and try all the controls to make sure they work smoothly. The main body is together, so all the essentials are in the open to be tested.

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#7 posted 09-02-2014 11:02 PM

It looks to me like the Foremost is one of many saws made by Mao Shan that got branded Jet, Grizzly, GI, Ohio Forge, Omega, AFF, etc. It’s got the same guts as many highly regarded Taiwanese contractor saws. The motor is worth $80, so the rest of the saw is free! The fence is sort of lame, but at that price is well worth putting a better fence on.

Beware the alignment issues on the Cman 21833 and R4512. Good saws if they don’t have the plague, but toast if they do.

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#8 posted 09-02-2014 11:11 PM

Thank you all for your input

@knotscott I will look into that General International

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