I need some advise on buying table saw. I saw a Beaver table saw in a
garage sale. I really like the fence. It is so sturdy. You can only
find it in $500 CAN range in the store. But the only problem is the
motor is only 6AMP and blade is 8". Just wonder if 6amp motor will
have problem to cut some thick hardwood? Also anything problem withe
8" blade size?
A normal contractors saw is about 16a. More professional saws are 30 or
50a. Do you see where I am going with this?
I wouldn't count on cutting anything over 1/2" with it.
And... the odds of the fence not being worthless are real real small; you
just wouldn't bother to put a good fence on a 6a saw.
It all depends on what he is planning on cutting and making with the saw.
I happen to have an 8" Beaver (tilting arbour) saw on which I installed a
Mule Accusquare fence. It cuts like a dream.
The limitation? About 5/4 wood, but there is a hell of a lot of stuff that
you can make with wood up to 5/4.
Be careful with old Beaver table saws. The 8" size tells me that this is
from the 1950/60s and the amperage tells me it probably has only a 1/3
horsepower motor, typically from the 1950/60s. You would do well to buy a
new motor to hang on it with at least 3/4 horsepower. I did that with an old
Beaver saw that I had given to me from my father-in-law.
Caution, it the saw is the one with a single control knob for height and
blade tilt, this particular saw has a problem holding the setting and will
start slipping while cutting wood. I threw mine into scrap metal recycling
once I bought a 10" tablesaw.
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