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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-26-2012, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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I have a question I recently found a Skillsaw table saw at a pawn shop for 99.99 I was wondering if this is a good price. Not sure too much about it though. It looked like one of the knobs was broken and had a little vise grip for that knob and the saw blade looks rusty. I was just wondering if this is a good price for it.
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Pass on that one.

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Dawn,

I tend to agree with Doug on this one. Low end table saws can be found for 150 to 200 new, so 99.00 is not a smoking deal, especially if it has 'known issues' reducing the machines value.

Craig's list is a great place to source out used table saws.

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Factory Reconditioned Skil 3310-01-RT 10-in Benchtop Table Saw

You can get a reconditioned one for the about the same price. Might have to pay shipping.
There's better deals out there Dawn, you'll find one.
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Thanks James, that is exactly the same saw with all the stuff, the one at the pawn shop didn't have the fence or anything.
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I want to put my router on the table saw what is the acessory called again?
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Some of the fancier table saws have the option to mount a router beneath the 'table extension', which is usually to the right of the Table Saw's blade. Most of the ones that do have this option are a lot more expensive than the Skil unit you were looking at.

The exact words used to describe the 'router table upgrade' to a table saw vary from one brand to the next.

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A used, but complete and in good condition Contractors Saw can be found for about $250. They are worlds apart in quality and accuracy from those cheapo benchtop saws and what I would be looking for if I was on a tight tool budget. Anything less than this in a table saw will be dangerous and more of a frustration than they are usable. The contractors level saws have the power and accuracy to do the job satisfactorily. They are the ones that have a belt between the blade pulley and the motor, which is outside and hanging off the back of the saw. Watch Craigslist, Kijii, or whatever to find one near you. Make sure that it has minimum rust, no broken parts, a miter gauge, a fence, and try it before you buy it. It will likely be the only table saw that you will ever need to buy.

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A used, but complete and in good condition Contractors Saw can be found for about $250.

They are the ones that have a belt between the blade pulley and the motor, which is outside and hanging off the back of the saw.
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Thanks for tossing out the comment regarding 'belt driven' vs. 'direct driven' Charley. That is one aspect of Table Saw Design that slipped my mind. "Belt Driven" units are also a lot more likely to be up there in the league of saws that have a router table option for the table extension.

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Dawn

Developing your shop on a budget step by step is a great tutorial on woodworking. The
TS is a good first step. After reading your profile I would recommend a bench top or direct drive TS. I use a Bosch with built in stand in the field and will testify to its accuracy. but few fences in this category cinch up square. Dewalt and Bosch are the exceptions. But its just an extra step measuring front and back of blade to make sure its straight A kid on my crew scrounged a benchtop from curbside trash No fence he uses vise grip c clamps and a straight board for a fence.

Pawn shops have proven to be a good resource for me. But I never pay over 50% retail for a tool in good condition. However with the economy and TV pawnshop shows that source is proving less fruitfull.

Since you set up outside on an unpaved surface and considering the router work you want to do I think a bench top RT would serve your purposes well until you have your new home built There are many great Shop built bench tops examples on the forum and building one will help develop your skill set

I hope you have a shop in your floor plan.

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