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Default Table saw on limited funds (advice needed)

Hello everyone,

If this is the wrong thread would a mod please move it?

I am hoping to purchase a used table saw soon (i was given $50 this holiday season for "fun-money").
I know it is a very small budget but with a single income, wife and daughter (and one on the way) my tool budget will not be seeing an influx in cash any time soon.

I have attached pics of a saw i found for sale in my area.
It is an older (belt driven) craftsman.
What do you think, would this be worth the $50? Or should I wait for something else to come along?

Thanks in advance
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If it runs, the bearings are good and the heigh adjust and blade tilt work, it should be worth $50. You will probably want to upgrade the fence later, though.

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I would echo Duane's comments. Manuals are available on this site or online, plenty of parts sources. Some elbow grease and patience in getting a proper set-up done--you may have a pretty good saw for some time to come. Good luck.
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Where do you live? I have an Ace Hardware TS for sale here in SE Tennessee.

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Thanks guys. I have an email and voicemail out to the seller...hoping he returns my call soon. The craigslist market is crazy competitive here so its tough.

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Im in Portland Oregon, so Tennessee would be a bit far
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Eddie, the main short coming of this saw is the fence. Build a sled and most cuts will be easy and accurate.

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Thanks guys. I have an email and voicemail out to the seller...hoping he returns my call soon. The craigslist market is crazy competitive here so its tough.

Knothead,
Im in Portland Oregon, so Tennessee would be a bit far
Good to hear from someone somewhat close- I'm southwest of Olympia, WA.

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I had one very similar to that saw and worked the snot out of it for about 20 years. Mine had a 1 HP direct drive motor. As every one else has pointed out the fence is not the strong point. I eventually put an aftermarket fence on mine. If you have the room I would put some sort of an outfeed table on it. You are better off with that saw than with any of the $300 dollar new saws available now. The fences on those saws are worse.

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It looks like the saw that I use as a second saw and would buy it in a heart beat. It most likely has a 1 hp motor on it which is worth the cost in itself. To get the rust off the top use an orbital sander wit fine paper and it with look almost new.
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Hello everyone,

If this is the wrong thread would a mod please move it?

I am hoping to purchase a used table saw soon (i was given $50 this holiday season for "fun-money").
I know it is a very small budget but with a single income, wife and daughter (and one on the way) my tool budget will not be seeing an influx in cash any time soon.

I have attached pics of a saw i found for sale in my area.
It is an older (belt driven) craftsman.
What do you think, would this be worth the $50? Or should I wait for something else to come along?

Thanks in advance
. A good saw for the money the motor is worth more than that. If the wings were cast as mine was I found the legs to be a little narrow and a little light, easily fixed. All in all a good saw good luck.
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