Arrgh . $43.85 ?
Stanley Bostitch has it for $27.00
But thanks anyway. uh............... do you work for Sears? <BG>
I know your j/k but no I'm not a Sears fanboy. I've just had to deal
with them over the years. The TS has some sentimental value for being
the same age as me... If I admit it's too old then I guess I'm,
Never admit you're too old. I have a 12" Craftsman bandsaw and a scroll
saw (nee jigsaw)that are close to my age (68). They need parts made
from time to time and some TLC, but then so do I. All antiques are in
fine fettle thank you very much.
I have the Bosch, and for me it was the best way to go, I don't have a
whole lot of space, and with the gravity rise stand, you can fold it up
and move it up next to a wall...
The factory settings were really close, and any adjustments are made
from -outside- the saw....and it has a riving knife...
The factory blade made for a rough cut, but I had a nice Freud from my
old saw ( Craftsman Contractors saw that was just too big ) and once
replaced the saw cuts wonderfully...just a pass or two with a smoother
and the saw marks are gone....
Hope this helps...
Bosch parts take FOREVER to arrive and are unorderable after a few years. I
would go with the Craftsman, or look at a Delta or Rockwell. You can get
parts for any of them pretty easily.
I'm prejudiced because of bad experiences with Bosch portable tools. The
tools were fine when they worked, but when they broke, I was without them
for weeks while parts were shipped from God knows where. My Rockwell saw is
25 years old and still works as well as the day I bought it.
Sears is a good source for parts.
Regarding the router table feature... My experience is that if I buy a tool
with 2 functions, neither function works well. Buy yourself the best saw
you can, then build a router table. It's a simple project and a good thing
to build for practicing new techniques. Heck, you don't really care too
much about how good or bad it looks, so you can use scraps and try dovetails
for the drawers, etc. if you want to. If you don't want to practice, just
cut it out of plywood and nail it together. Throw some casters on it and
away you go. (Use 2 pieces of 3/4" melamine for the top and you're set.
Norm Abram had a nice plan and show on building a router table on the New
Yankee Workshop a while back.
Generally speaking a tool designed to preform two separate functions
will not preform either function very well.
Nothing is more frustrating than a tool that almost works well.
Think 44 1/2 degree miters and a router that can be accurately
adjusted to 1/8 inch tolerances.
Their primary design function is to appear to be a good value.
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