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Old 03-29-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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My tablesaw was an inherited late 1940s Craftsman that was my grandfathers. it worked, but needed a new motor to keep from burning my house down. I replaced the motor with a craigslist find last winter. 2 days ago I went to rip down a board and received the bad news. The motor spun at about 4 (yes, four) rpm for 5 seconds, then popped the breaker. I took all the load off the motor and got the same result. I don't know what happened between the last time I used it and Sunday, but it's gone.

So, I could spend another $100ish (or more) for a new motor again, keeping this 7-1/4" table saw around, which can only rip up to 10" in the current form, or start new. I am just getting into woodworking, and didn't realize how much I depended on this saw for things. I don't have a dedicated woodshop, so a nice big shop saw is not an option. Looking more into the portable/jobsite style of saws so I can use it, then put it away and put my truck back in the garage.

I have twins on the way, so spending a fortune is also not an option for a rookie DIY/woodworker. Any suggestions on a new saw that is not insanely priced? I've been checking Craigslist, but so far I'm not impressed by anything.

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Old 03-29-2011, 11:13 PM   #2
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*moment of silence for a good tool that served long and valiantly.

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You need to elaborate on “insanely priced”. what’s your budget?

Are you just ripping small boards or do you need to be able to rip a sheet of plywood in half?

I see the cheap deltas for a $100 all the time, upgrade the blade and that’s all you should need for light duty use. It won’t rip a sheet of plywood in half though.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:11 AM   #4
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How far south are you?---I've got two 10" sears table saws --both working--to give away.

They are big--double wings.

I live near St.Charles.---PM me if it's worth the trip.----Mike---
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PM coming oh'mike


FWIW, I was looking at saws in the $200ish range. I would like to be able to rip down plywood. This one that I saw (just started my search) was fairly portable, $200, and can right-rip 30". (I'm not sure why you'd need to go beyond 24 though).
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...62000P?prdNo=6

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Old 03-30-2011, 06:34 PM   #6
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I've got the Ryobi version of that saw and it's a nice little saw. Probably not the best but I've used it for a lot of things around the house....

Ripped many boards for trim
Cut plywood for my workbench
Cut plywood for my first cabinet
Cut plywood for a shelf I made my wife.

I'm sure there are a lot of negatives in it but for me, a beginner and a light user it works great. Just measure twice and you should be fine.
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How far south are you?---I've got two 10" sears table saws --both working--to give away.

They are big--double wings.

I live near St.Charles.---PM me if it's worth the trip.----Mike---
Mike, I'm a newb so I can't PM, but I'm also a new homeowner (closed two weeks ago) with some good-sized projects coming up this summer. If you're still offering, I can offer great karma (and hand-delivery from Half-Acre, Revolution Brewing, or Three Floyds'--if that's your thing!).

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I think it would be better if Mike could load one on a keel boat and send it down the Mississippi to Vicksburg where I will quickly load it in my truck.
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Try a BIGGER motor. Couple horse power, 30,000 RPM. Rip a sheet of plywood like you were chopping cheese with a hot butcher knife.
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The last two posts have me envisioning either the steam engine from a paddlewheeler belt-driving a 7 1/4" table saw.... Or a big ol' 'lectric motor pushing a paddlewheeler down the Mississippi.
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Mike, I'm a newb so I can't PM, but I'm also a new homeowner (closed two weeks ago) with some good-sized projects coming up this summer. If you're still offering, I can offer great karma (and hand-delivery from Half-Acre, Revolution Brewing, or Three Floyds'--if that's your thing!).

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very generous mike, more like you would make this a smoother world to live in
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very generous mike, more like you would make this a smoother world to live in
Thanks----I just want them to go to someone who will use them safely.

They paid for themselves years ago-----
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Old saws are off to a new home!---Nice to think that they will be back in action!----Mike----
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Just wanted to publicly say thank-you to Mike for the new saws. I got one of them cleaned-up and assembled before work this morning. Fired right up. Just need to do some minor cleaning with the wire brush on the tops, replace an electrical cord, and I'm all set.

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