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Tequila
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:58 am    Post subject: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Used a job site size RIGID table saw for about 8 years, average use. I don't abuse equipment. The reduction drive bearings went out, wouldn't.t you know it-- that part is no longer available??? Purchased a JET 10 inch saw for almost $700.00 and the third time I turned it on the chicken sh$$t switch fell apart. Bought it in November last fall, stored in the barn, Jet says to late. Does anyone make a decent piece of equipment ??
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:13 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Why don't you just put new bearings in the old one?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:13 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Probably not in the low priced saws. I bought one of the "better" Craftsman contractor's table saws just before they went Chinese. Didn't have any trouble selling that when I quit woodworking

Some of the old Jet equipment was good, but not any longer. Grizzly has some good saws - and some not so good (all imported, of course). I like the looks of the Porter Cable saw that I see at Lowes, but don't know if it is good or not.

The old Delta Unisaws were the best, but buyers will pay nearly new prices for used ones.

The high priced saws are better (so I'm told), if you have $2500 - $3500 to spend.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:33 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

...or put a better switch in the Jet???
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:40 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

that part is no longer available???


So I guess that means my life time warrenty on my Rigid table saw is null and void.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:20 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I lucked out and bought the last 10" cast iron table saw that Delta made about 10 years ago on a closeout deal. 1.5HP belt drive and it has been a great saw.

If I were looking for a new saw today I think I would be shopping used for better quality.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:22 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I see you need lessons in how to get WARRANTY on RIGID power tools . as i have had some issues a couple times . And NOW when i take a RIGID power tool back to the store WHERE i bought it from there is no problems NOW . It either gets fixed or replaced . I own a Rigid 12 volt heavy duty drill and that was the start of it all as when i bought it the big sign over the tool dept read , BUY ANY RIGID CORDED OR CORDLESS POWER TOOL BEFORE DEC. (what ever the date was at the time) AND GET LIFE TIME FREE REPLACEMENT FOR LIFE . Well when it took a dump i was in the middle of a complete redo of the down stairs of this OLD HOUSE . I was spending money like a drunken sailor at HOME DEPOT . I took the drill back and they started doing the two step on me (not the thing to do ) I came unglued on them big time to the point that people coming thru the door were turning around and leaving . After a vary heated discussion with the store manager and the mouthy assistant manager my drill was repaired and returned in three days plus the loan of another drill. about a month latter my NEW RIGID 1/4 sheet sander threw the pad off the unit and hit me in the nuts and put me on the floor here again the fight was on but they replaced it and the next one and the one after that and the one after that one and for all my trouble i ended up with a NEW RIGID 14 inch bandsaw for two hundred bucks . Plus now the store has on file at the store all the warranty cards of all my RIGID tools along with a copy of a reg. letter sent to RIGID power tools verifying that my RIGID POWER TOOLS are indeed covered under the repair warranty and also a copy of the letter FROM THE OHIO ATTORNEY Gen.'s office that was sent to them over these problems . As at first they claimed that i NEVER SENT IN THE REG. FOR THE WARRANTY as they had nothing on file . We had PROOF of the percusses with the org sales slips and canceled checkes . THEY DID NOT COUNT ON THAT . as i have every bill for every tool i have bought dating back to 1962 . THERE WARRANTY STATES that the tool will be repaired OR replaced as long as you have it reg. or have the org. sales slip.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Exactly. My Jet has lasted me for 20 years with no problems. This guy probably throws away his car when the tires wear out.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:34 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Storing it in the barn might be the problem, the fumes from the manure from the livestock is corrosive!
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I still have a Craftsman 9" table saw I bought in 1984.

Use it quite a bit and it is still going.

However 9" saw blades are getting hard to find.

Bottom line is, old stuff is better than new. My tool shopping is generally done at pawn shops, flea markets and junk stores.

Gene
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:54 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ihave an old possibly 1950's Craftsman 10 inch that I thought was greatly underpowered with a 3hp 240 V motor, I bought a FREUD blade and now I have a SAW! I have been using table saws for 45 years and used carbon stel blades I maintained by myself as long as I could see to file them. I tried several carbide bledes in recent years but the FREUD is the only carbide that cuts like my old carbon steel blades. My conclusion: No saw is better than the blade
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

TRACTOR VET, you're my Hero!!!! If more folks were like you, we'd all be better off. I admire you and your perseverence.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Table saws and radial arm saws are two types of tools which always seem underpriced on craigslist. Usually, the older (and better) the saw, the less the seller is asking for it. Of course, this isn't much use to you if you live in a sparsely populated area where there aren't so many sellers per square mile. City dwellers are the best for selling expensive, underused tools.

Stan
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I generally buy used for the reasons you mention and save a bundle, so longs as I don"t expect new and shiny. I just bought an 8" rockwell jointer for $400, but I have to work at it to get the gibs out and I"ll have to rewire the switch. No biggie.

I think if you are running a casual shop (ie your groceries don"t depend on it) older used is your best deal. Otherwise you will have to ante up a lot of money for a General out of Canada or a Laguna Tools or another tool intended for commercial shops.

Its kinda like... tractors. Expect to work on "em. Expect the new ones to be less user-serviceable than the old ones, even though they are more pricey.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Table saw Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Grizzly makes good equipment and so does Powermatic. If you have big bucks Northfield Machinery hasn"t changed the design of their equipment in probably 50 years but I don"t think they make a contractors saw.
 
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