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#354661 - 09/13/11 10:57 AM Anyone familiar with Craftsman Table Saws
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I'm looking for an upgrade to my existing table saw where I can fit a larger dado blade setup on it and the fence doesn't need to be squared every time I move it. Below is currently the only used saw I have been able to find in my province that looks like it will fit the bill for under my budget of $500. I have asked for the exact model number as I can't find any new Craftsman saw of a similar style to compare the original price vs the asking price. My initial feeling was that 500 was too steep but Larger craftsman saws get very good reviews while smaller are a mixed bag. This is a bit of a middle of the road unit and it's tough to find a comparison price without the model so I'm struggling. The controls do look heavy and the owner tells me the fence stays true.

At first the rather utilitarian looking wooden base made me overlook it but on closer inspection, I actually like what he did with the accessory hangers and wheels are a must for my shop as it is normally my car garage and needs rearranging every time I start a project.

If the pictures don't lie, it also looks like it was extremely well cared for and I've been assured in my questioning that it still cuts thick hardwood with ease.

As usual, I always talk too long so here is a link to the post. Looking for comments on it's value for the dollar assuming I can get him down to 400ish.

10" Craftsman Table Saw
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#354662 - 09/13/11 11:25 AM Re: Anyone familiar with Craftsman Table Saws [Re: Murph]
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Tell him you'll take it if he throws in a couple bottles of 'shine.

Wish I could really help. It looks good to me.
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#354664 - 09/13/11 11:31 AM Re: Anyone familiar with Craftsman Table Saws [Re: Murph]
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Andrew, also check out some of the Ridgid table saws. They are well built, priced right and have a nice fence...better than most other brands, imo.

I can't comment on the saw you linked, but I didn't like the fence setups on the Craftsman saws I looked at about 3 years ago. To be fair, they were all smaller saws than the one you linked though.
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#354669 - 09/13/11 12:33 PM Re: Anyone familiar with Craftsman Table Saws [Re: Adrian]
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I had a Craftsman that was very similar (This was a photo that I used for Craigslist of the actual saw):



I sold it for $250 to buy a Ridgid that I much prefer:



It always rubbed me the wrong way that the Craftsman advertised 3HP when it was obviously only 1.75HP. The fence was true, but pretty much everything else improved with the Ridgid.

That price strikes me as extremely high, Andy.


Edited by MarkSJohnson (09/13/11 12:34 PM)
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#354671 - 09/13/11 12:43 PM Re: Anyone familiar with Craftsman Table Saws [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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I should probably add that one of the things I liked about the Ridgid was that there is a shroud around the blade with a 1 1/4" connection for a shop vac. I modified it to take a 2 1/2" hose, adapted to the 4" for my dust collector:




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#354682 - 09/13/11 01:32 PM Re: Anyone familiar with Craftsman Table Saws [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Good to know all. Thanks. I was actually waiting for what looks like the same Rigid model as your own Mark to go on sale but got tired of waiting. Home Depot is the only spot close that sells that brand.

Older Craftsman models were recommended to me by a contractor who builds movie sets as being like Hondas, they go forever past normal mileage. He did not recommend newer units. I'm still waiting to hear what he thinks of the price as he will know that unit. I'm guessing my gut feel was right as you both are helping confirm. It's priced high.

One question Mark on the HP comment. Why was this so?
Was it a motor rated at 3HP at 220v but you were running at 110v? I know some saws get rated for 220 but allow you to convert to 110 if you don't have 220 power and you lose apx. half the HP.
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#354684 - 09/13/11 01:42 PM Re: Anyone familiar with Craftsman Table Saws [Re: Murph]
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No, it's 110.

Craftsman was just known for inflating their specs.

Think HTIB receiver! smile
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#354685 - 09/13/11 01:43 PM Re: Anyone familiar with Craftsman Table Saws [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Craftsman has a table saw with surround sound?
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#354687 - 09/13/11 02:07 PM Re: Anyone familiar with Craftsman Table Saws [Re: Adrian]
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OMG - Mark actually painted the air hose baffle orange to match. But I definitely see 3 or 4 specks of dust in those pictures.

I don't like the look of the fence on Mark's Craftsman saw; my Dad had one similar to that and it was horrible.

Mark, I often kid you, but I am also constantly impressed by the ingenuity and elegance of all your projects.
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#354689 - 09/13/11 02:13 PM Re: Anyone familiar with Craftsman Table Saws [Re: tomtuttle]
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I'm building the perfect shop.

Someday, I'll get to use it! smile
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