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post #21 of 73 (permalink) Old 06-08-2019, 11:55 PM
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I have the Delta 36-725 and it has been working well. I went with that over the Rigid because of the better reviews and comparisons between the two.
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Thanks all, your input is greatly appreciated. After discussing the purchase with the lady, Iím afraid Iíll have to take a rain check on buying a new toy. That either leaves me with the job site one I have right now, or with a circular saw if I sell it.

Unless I can find a good deal on a used one.


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Consider buying a used cabinet saw. I have 2 Unisaws. One was purchased at a school auction and had a touch of rust on the table surface which cleaned up nicely. It has the Jet-lock fence that is OK, but not great. It cost me $100. The other Unisaw was never used. The poor guy retired, bought the unisaw, started to set up shop and dropped dead. I saw it on Craigslist for $500 and after a week it went down to $250 and I bought it. It has the Unifence with extra long guides. My third saw is a Jet 10" contractor style that I stumbled onto at a barn sale. The guy was moving, had his truck completely packed full and had to be two states away the next day. For $150 I got the table saw, a very good condition 12" Delta Miter saw and out-feed roller support and a massive amount of cabinet grade plywood cut offs. For $500 bucks I have three saws each of which is far better than the wanna be pretenders. The deals are out there; go get them.
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I have Shopfox table saw in shop. I had the Ridgid portable a friend that I did odd jobs with had the Bosch portable table saw, after using both for a few years I would buy the Bosch hands down. The Shopfox in my shop, I like better than a friends Grizzly, I own both some Grizzly and Shopfox, I know both are owned by the same person but Grizzlies seem to have a better finish Shopfox seems to be a little heavier built

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I picked up a used Craftsman 113 series with the cast iron wings off Craigslist. Only problem I've had with it was with the arbor pulleys coming loose allowing the belt to slip. New pulleys (different brand) cured that. Does what I need it to. I keep looking at a Grizz cabinet saw, but this one keeps chugging along.

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The other Unisaw was never used. The poor guy retired, bought the unisaw, started to set up shop and dropped dead. I saw it on Craigslist for $500 and after a week it went down to $250 and I bought it. It has the Unifence with extra long guides.
That's close to winning the Lotto. An unused Unisaw today would probably easily sell for $1200 or more. Even old beat up Unisaws will easily sell for $500-$750. And depending on where you are in the country, they can be very rare.

I just checked Craigslist in the Detroit Area, and there are 4 Unisaws. Prices are $500, $600, $900, and $1200.

The $500 saw is about 40 years old. The other three are 20-30 years old.

Both the $500 and $600 saws have the cheap fence. The more expensive saws have Unifences.

I bought my Unisaw new about 25 years ago, for $1600. Looks like I could sell it today for $800-$1000.

Having said that, if it were me, I'd definitely look for a used saw, if you can wait for a good deal. But don't be surprised if you are waiting for a year or more.

Or just looked for any used table saw. You might find that Ridgid for half the price of a new one. You never know.
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Well, as many have suggested, I started looking for an old, circa 70s-80s saw. Not even a week in, this is what I find on local CL:



The seller was practically giving it away, for $50. With original taper jig, wobbling dado set + throat plate and a few (crappy) blades. The table flatness is within 0.25mm (0.0098Ē) R to L, which is acceptable. The saw needs some moderate restoration to remove the rust, the casters need some serious work (or to be replaced altogether), the extension wings need adjusting, the fence will definitely get replaced and the bevel pulley handle is broken. But for the price, I feel like itís a great find.

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Looks interesting. Probably worth $50 in scrap metal. There have been a few posts over the past few years on resurecting an old saw. Maybe someone here can point to some of them. In the end, each one of them wound up with a very nice tool.

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[QUOTE=qulevrius;2024255]Well, as many have suggested, I started looking for an old, circa 70s-80s saw. Not even a week in, this is what I find on local CL:



The seller was practically giving it away, for $50. With original taper jig, wobbling dado set + throat plate and a few (crappy) blades. The table flatness is within 0.25mm (0.0098”) R to L, which is acceptable. The saw needs some moderate restoration to remove the rust, the casters need some serious work (or to be replaced altogether), the extension wings need adjusting, the fence will definitely get replaced and the bevel pulley handle is broken. But for the price, I feel like it’s a great find.

Any tips on this particular saw ?

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Mine's a 113.298762 with a 2424 fence. As long as the trunion is ok and you got a little time and elbow grease you should be able to make a good tool. Good blades and fence make all the difference in the world.

Lots of parts for those on Ebay.

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I started with an old Craftsman contractor saw. After adding a Vega fence (that cost more than the saw), it was a good saw for many years.

On any inexpensive saw, the fence makes all the difference.
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