I know what you mean, I had a 3 HP shaper and running a 6 or 7 inch diameter cutter sounded like a blame jet warming up. The thoughts of my getting my fingers that close to that cutter was more than I was willing to do so I sold that sucker, end of story.
I never really wanted a table saw, but a few years back, my Dad got a new one, so he gave me this old prehistoric Craftsman 9 inch. I felt compelled to take it, for sentimental reasons I guess.
I have probably used it ten times. It really is still in great condition, probably dates back to the early 70s, late 60s. I have a craftsman 5 1/4 circular hand saw that I truly use for 90% of the things I do.
I guess every once in a while, firing up the old table saw and ripping thick boards that seem like 100 feet long lets you know you are still alive!!!
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