Advice on used TS

I have a possibility of getting one of those $90 Ryobi table saws (slightly) used for $50.
Is this a good deal? And, what should I ask, or look for?
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Howard wrote:

A better table saw, maybe?
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Entry level for a usable TS ia about the Ryobi 3000. Anything less than this is really pushing it, for accuracy and also for safety.
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I agree with the Ryobi 300 comments. I also consioder it to be the lowest of the "entry level" table saws. Just my opinion and EVERYBODY has at least one ----.

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Depends what you want to use it for. Which you didn't specify. <grin>
For a canoe anchor -- it's big, bulky, and doesn't really weigh enough.
For cutting wood, it's "ok" (barely) for birdhouse-type projects -- medium small pieces, where you *don't* need a lot of precision.
For even medium-serious woodworking, FORGET IT. nearly impossible to cut even 'medium sized' pieces accurately, and it'll drive you batty trying to repeat a set-up, to make a second piece that matches the first one. And it really doesn't have the power for rough constrution type projects rough constrution type projects (e.g. 2x4 shelving).
For rough construction projects, look at a good hand circular saw. a good home-grade one is in the same price range as the 'new' price on that POS table saw.
For woodworking/cabinetmaking, look at the Ryobi BT3100. You'll have *real* difficulty finding anything close to it, for -twice- the money.
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