I'm considering buying a used cabinet TS off Craig's List or whatever.
Aside from the obvious:
Overall condition, fit and finish
Table flatness and condition
Cranks, pulleys, &tc., smooth tilt and blade adjustment
motor and wiring
What else should I look for?
Thanks a heap,
I'd also take a square with you, preferable a small one ~ 4" maybe. Do
a visual check of the trunnion and then 90° squareness of the blade
with it almost down and then all the way up to see if it changes.
That's often a good indication of trunnion problems too.
Question: How much is being asked for the saw and how much are you
willing to spend. There's successive degrees of table saw categories
dependent on what you're willing to spend.
On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 4:54:14 PM UTC-5, Zz Yzx wrote:
I'd start with thinking about what saw I'd want if I were buying new, then look for that model in the pre-owned market. In addition to CL, you might want to watch IRS auctions in the event there is one close to you. They seem to specialize in surplus woodworking equipment.
You say "or whatever", but if you are looking for a cabinet saw (~500
pounds), and don't have a truck with a lift gate, LOCATION counts for a
An important feature I didn't see in your list is a "quality fence".
Good luck (I'm still in search of a TS myself)! Grizzly G690 is on my
list, but i wouldn't mind seeing a Delta UnisawStop (my term) show up in
look for that model in the pre-owned market. In addition to CL, you might want
to watch IRS auctions in the event there is one close to you. They seem to
specialize in surplus woodworking equipment.
They have truck's ready to respond to emergencies. You get them to do
your job as filler work to help cover overhead. Don't expect them to
commit to hours of work without adequate compensation. Also you might
approach a few drivers and see if they are open to under the table
Have a good friend - he is younger and a big fella, who puts his Unisaw
in the back of his pickup and takes and sets it up on site for finish
work alone. Yes, they're heavy, but do tip upside down without ever
requiring picking up the whole thing. They are much more stable upside
down - no longer top heavy. He does have a short Biesmeyer on it.
That's not going to work. Bumpy yard with a decent hill (down,
fortunately). I'll rent a U-Haul to get it to the back door. With
some judicious use of 2x10s it should go on its own wheels. I may
have to use some plywood sheets to get it to go over the carpeting
(dumb idea in a basement).
What do you mean by hard on a cast iron top? Breakage? Scratching? What. I
don't think I've ever seen a TS with a cast iron top - how common are they?
Personally, I'd just put a heavy blanket down, turn the saw over, and set it
on the blanket upside down. A furniture blanket would be best, but anything
for padding shoulc work. Otherwise, load it uprght and simply tie it in
place properly and voilA! No problem.
If you do turn a saw upside down, clean out the sawdust and be sure any
motor mounts won't twist or otherwise be damaged from the vibrations. If the
motor is external, it's best to simply remove it and carry it separated from
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