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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-21-2016, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Default Should I look at this CraigsList table saw?

My son-in-law's birthday is coming up and I've been watching for a contractor saw on Craigslist and this cabinet saw showed up.
Grizzly table saw 1.5 HP tablesaw

It seems like it would be worth trying to repair it.
What do you think?


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The thing is you really don't know what is wrong with it and it could cost more to fix it than it's worth. It looks in pretty rough condition so maybe he hasn't taken care of it. If I didn't have to drive to far I might take a look. You can always find a deal but it's not easy and the waiting is a killer.
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Don, those are my concerns also. I don't have a lot of time nor space right now to dedicate to working on it. I guess I'm just wanting
to make sure I'm not passing up on a good quality saw.

Thanks for your opinion.

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There are a few different things it could be but the obvious and worst one is a burned out motor.
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no, looks like a can of worms...

I am sure another will come along soon enough

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Maybe you could meet at a motor shop. I would only buy it with the condition that the motor is fixable. If you have another motor then it might not apply. I have bought several old wood working power tools and I always try to buy one with a working motor. New motors are kind of expensive.
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@Bryan : I would walk, no run away from that saw. Some Grizzly cabinet saws use an unusual starting process. Even though it may have a Lesson motor on it they will disavow any knowledge of it. The motor has the mounting brackets built into the motor housing and you must buy a motor from Grizzly to replace it. All of the above was learned the hard way. My saw was just out of warranty when I had a similar no start situation. Grizzly did take care of me on it but they could have said "sorry, Richard." As I said I would run from it. I also would be willing to bet he knows it is not a wiring problem.
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I'm running Richard, I'll keep looking.

Thanks to all of you.
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I'm running Richard, I'll keep looking.

Thanks to all of you.
That's the safest course of action, Bryan, but if you'd like to do some further investigating here is a suggestion:

If the motor hums when switched on but does not turn, it could be something as simple as a bad starting capacitor. They are typically not very expensive if contained in a housing external to the motor body. If it does not hum, it could be anything from a broken wire to a bad switch to a burnt-out motor. That may or may not be expensive but it's risky if you don't know something about motors and electricity.
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There are a few different things it could be but the obvious and worst one is a burned out motor.
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