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05-13-2019 08:56 AM
pbesong I would not go for one of those small saws. I picked up an older Craftsman direct drive 3HP 10" table saw (model 113) for free. Had to grease up the threads for the blade adjustments and it had a broken off blade height adjustment wheel, but I just clamped on a vise grip wrench to turn it. I got it cleaned up and actually bought a Delta fence for it ($200?) and installed it to get rid of the crappy snap on fence that came with it. It's actually a pretty good saw and I've been using it for about 7 years now. I made a stand for it and put a vacuum attachment on it (which I never seem to use). I built a few nice pieces of furniture using it and I just used it yesterday to rip a new straight edge on about 50 pallet boards. still runs strong after all these years. Just saying not to count the older Craftsman saws out. Just don't get the small ones. Get at least 3HP. They were made better back in the 70s. I plan on keeping it till I can afford to get a new Grizzly Hybrid. Photo of my saw is above in the thread.
05-07-2019 11:25 AM
qulevrius With a bit of searching and luck, you can get a decent used contractor saw for a good price. I have a Delta that I bought for $150, barely used. It isn’t perfect, the fence needed adjustments, the miter gauge is junk, the stock throat plate has a lot of play and the top is aluminum, but for the price it does exactly what I expect it to do. Put in a thin kerf Diablo 40T ATB blade, added UHMW panels to the fence, waxed the table and the T-tracks, now it works like it should. All is left is to make a set of inserts and it’ll be a lot of saw for what I paid for it.

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01-09-2019 09:42 PM
DesertRatTom Pretty good discussion. Lots of alternatives.
01-09-2019 08:50 PM
radios I got an old Delta 8" belt drive with cast iron table 1 HP. that someone threw away. it's built very well, and I never needed more than the 1HP, even on thick oak. and it's very quiet, unlike the direct drive junk with brush motors!.. and btw, the cast iron table is absolutely flat, and the weight helps with some attachments, like a dado, it keeps it steady!..
01-09-2019 07:59 PM
Steve Pack I would not go look at crapman saw. You will not be able to get parts, and the build quality is sorely lacking. A job site saw is that, Check the fence it should lock down and parallel to blade. If it does run parallel your cuts will be crooked. Save your money and buy a better grade later.
01-09-2019 06:40 PM
pbesong i was lucky enough to get an old Craftsman (not belt driven) for free. i posted a message on our email list saying I was looking for a table saw (shot in the dark) and i actually ended up with 2. one was a really cheap old Sears saw (forget the name) and the other was this Craftsman. it was really beat and had no stand, but i cleaned it up and put a new Delta fence on it, a safety switch, and it's a pretty decent saw now. only bad thing is the wheel that makes the blade go up and down broke and won't turn it anymore, but I just put a vice grip plier on it to turn it and it works fine. I'd like to replace the wheel at some point if i can. anyway i repainted it, waxed it, and made a stand out of wood. it's been working great. someday i'll buy a new one but this will get me by till then.

If you have freecycle in your area (check it might be worth a try. Everything on freecycle is free and you can ask for things you need. can also watch Craigslist and if you have a ReStore (for Habitat for Humanity) where ppl donate old building supplies and tools, it would be worth checking too. I got a nice Delta scroll saw there cheap.
01-06-2019 02:12 AM
Cherryville Chuck Last I checked CPO still doesn't ship to Canada so if you buy something from them it will have to be shipped to a US address and you go over the line and pick it up.
01-06-2019 01:18 AM
Originally Posted by peterbata View Post
I would be paying for a brand new machine (with warranty) from Home Depot.
refurbs are generally better than new and they come w/ new tool warranty..
01-06-2019 12:58 AM
Originally Posted by Stick486 View Post
let us know where you are shopping so we can steer clear of that vendor...
no tax..
free shipping...
CPO is a no worries outfit as is their refurbs...,pd.html

the edit posted as a 2nd post for some reason...
As indicated in my profile I DO live in Canada. So, that $339.00USD + shipping from CPO is going to end up ringing in at close to a thousand dollars. And, this for a refurb. That's right around the $799.00CDN plus tax that I would be paying for a brand new machine (with warranty) from Home Depot. Or, close to it!

Am I missing something? I do appreciate the link and the fact that everyone here is really going out of their way to help me out.
01-06-2019 12:50 AM
Originally Posted by DaninVan View Post
Peter; take (other) Dan up on his offer! Great guy and knowledgeable too.
Done! Thank you @DaninVan
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