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I have an old Delta table saw that kicked the bucket today. I bought it cheap ($50) and the motor is fried. I never liked the saw in the first place. It was old (used hard) and underpowered. I only bought it because it was my neighbors and he was moving and did not want to take it with him. Either way, I am now looking for a new table saw

I do not want to spend a lot of money since I am going to be putting up a nice chunk of change and buying my wife a new car in a few months. I really want a benchtop/portable table saw. My Delta was a huge clunker and I could use some portability in tools. I have been looking at different types/brands. Sears has some Craftsman that are reasonably priced ($150-$250) I know that for the price I can not expect too much in features/quality, however the saws are 10" 15 amp and from the look of them seem decent. What does everybody think about the new Craftsman table saws. I will mainly use them for ripping 1x's and building cabinets. I have a sliding compound miter saw that is a craftsman and I really love it.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to get what I am looking for-websites etc... please let me know.

In my town we have a couple of lumber yards/ACE/HD/SEARS. So if you know of a really good deal from some other dealer, let me know if I can still get a good deal online.
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I haven't looked at any of the benchtop saws in detail, so I can't be of any help on the specifics. One thing to look at, however, is how it's setup for tuning, if at all. My impression is that most of these saws aren't really intended for precision work.

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I have an old Delta table saw that kicked the bucket today. I bought it cheap ($50) and the motor is fried. I never liked the saw in the first place. It was old (used hard) and underpowered. I only bought it because it was my neighbors and he was moving and did not want to take it with him. Either way, I am now looking for a new table saw

I do not want to spend a lot of money since I am going to be putting up a nice chunk of change and buying my wife a new car in a few months. I really want a benchtop/portable table saw. My Delta was a huge clunker and I could use some portability in tools. I have been looking at different types/brands. Sears has some Craftsman that are reasonably priced ($150-$250) I know that for the price I can not expect too much in features/quality, however the saws are 10" 15 amp and from the look of them seem decent. What does everybody think about the new Craftsman table saws. I will mainly use them for ripping 1x's and building cabinets. I have a sliding compound miter saw that is a craftsman and I really love it.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to get what I am looking for-websites etc... please let me know.

In my town we have a couple of lumber yards/ACE/HD/SEARS. So if you know of a really good deal from some other dealer, let me know if I can still get a good deal online.
Good evening Trever, I have the Ridgid 3650 and it is not bench type and I have never personal had any experience with bench type saws. Years ago Dad had a Craftsman 10" floor mounted and it was a great saw. There is a Ridgid contractors saw, Model TS2410LS $449.00 they also carry the Ryobie brand.

I would check Craig's List for a saw, especially because some folks just need to get rid of their's Good hunting, as it were.

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Hi Trevor

You donít say the model of your old Delta saw or give us a picture of it. New saws arenít build like the old ones. Since you want to save money perhaps you can buy a new or used motor for that saw?

Depending on the condition of the old one, I would first investigate the expense to fix the old one especially if the top is cast iron and the fence is a decent one.

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Trevor,

I'm space limited in my current home shop (aka, my side of the garage), so I've been limited to a benchtop saw on a stand. I have a Dewalt 744 and I've been happy with it's performance. The fence adjustment mechanism is really nice, but requires periodic checking. However, the table top size is about 2/3rds that of a hybrid or cabinet saw. In my experience, that is the biggest shortcoming of this type of saw. The motor seems to deliver the rated power, which will be less than a cabinet saw, but adequate for many jobs.

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I agree with Nicolas about fixing the Delta but unfortunately it is probably cheaper to buy a new saw. I replaced a motor on my table saw about three years ago and it cost me 600.00 The saw is an old craftsman and over the years I've replaced pretty much everything on it. The only things still craftsman on it are the table and the guard. The replacement craftsman motor was underpowered and about a $100 more. You don't say where you live but I gather you are in the U.S. so the prices are probably better.
That being said, in my opinion in recent years craftsman quality has really gone downhill
and I have not had much luck with them. I still do buy some craftsman tools but its got to be a really good deal. Other members here like craftsman so you will get a lot of different opinions. What ever you decide will probably be the right choice.
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I am really set on replacing the delta
it is just to large and in bad shape
I am fairly sure that I am looking for a portable bench top saw. I have spent many nights researching and I have it narrowed down to 2

The first one is a Jet 708315lsb

Jet 15 Amp 10 in. Bench Top Tablesaw - 708315LSB at Sears.com

The second one is a craftsman 21805

Craftsman 10 in. Table Saw - 21805 at Sears.com

They both have 15 motors. The craftsman is a direct drive and the Jet is a belt drive. They both have extension wings on both sides and rear outfeed tables. I have not seen either of these in person, only online. The price difference is $150 more for the jet. The jet has a 5 year warranty and the craftsman has a 1 year. That alone tells me that it is better quality. My question is-is the Jet worth an extra $150? Does any one have any experience with either of these 2 saws?
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The problem with direct drive saws, as I see it from experience, the stability of the blade is dependent on the bearings of the motor, and in-out drift of the armature.
With a belt drive, the armature can move in-out, but will not affect the blade.
The C-man still uses the 5/8" miter track. Why? Who knows.
I would go with the Jet. It's a no brainer to me.

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Trevor, I will have to agree with Mike on this one. The Jet is a much better quality brand name than C-man. The extra 4 yrs. warranty is worth the extra $150 plus you are getting a better machine.

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