<<*whew* For a minute there, I thought they might be call-in talk show
That's pretty far down the evolutionary scale (at least in places where the
talk show audience believes in evolution). Almost as low as disk jockeys.
To e-mail, replace "bucketofspam" with "dleegordon"
I would agree with a few others that the price is inflated. I'm not
even sure about that particular saw, but if it's a direct drive I'd
stay away from it. If its a real contractor's saw, and you can get it
for $300 then maybe its OK. I've used a Craftsman 113 series (Emerson
USA Built) for the past 30 years since new and they don't build them
like that any more. Replaced with a Unisaw... what else.
Sears Canada is notorious for inflated list prices so they can have big
"sales" every week. I've found the clerks in their tool department to
be forthcoming about when particular items will go on sale, and what
the price will be. You can probably find out what the lowest sale
price for this saw is by asking. I suspect that it will fall around
C$500. The sears.ca site doesn't show the store sale prices.
A friend and his wife were shopping for a stove at a Sears Outlet
store. They found one they liked, but the pot drawer on the bottom
stuck. They called over a manager and negotiated about a 40% extra
discount. Turned out to be bent sheet metal around the drawer slide
that Don bent back with his fingers. So, their managers can deal for
an interested customer. Knowing the best store sale price on that saw
can get you some leverage at the outlet store. Pointing out any
defects may get you more.
The older Sears contractor saws were pretty reasonable -- obviously not
as good as a cabinet saw, but far better than a benchtop saw. The
newer saws have a different manufacturer, but look to me to be more or
less clones of the older ones. The fence, however, is a dramatic
improvement over the old fences. Contractor saws are probably all made
in China anymore, so there may not be much to differentiate one brand
from another as far as the saw goes. After sale service is going to be
the big issue. Sears does a good job with that.
It look a lot like the 315.228390 that I bought about a year or so ago on a
closeout sale here in the states. The one I got has a cast iron extension
wing that holds a router and a great set of wheels that I can easily move it
out on the driveway with.
The only thing I didn't like was the plastic tilt and elevation adjust
wheels which I immediately replaced with the $19.95 cast aluminum wheels
which Sears just happened to have on hand, the jerks knew the plastic wheels
were junk and that I would cough up another $20.
I have no regrets, great saw for the money. RM~
I forgot to mention that the above saw replaced a 35+ year old Craftsman
(made by Emerson) that was still working great. I wanted the wheels so I
could get it in and out of the garage. My son got the old saw. RM~
I considered that option but changed my mind in a hurry when I figured out
this was a belt drive saw/ with cast iron extension/router table and an
awesome wheel/caster setup that retailed for almost $800 and they were
closing it out for $449 which I also got to deduct my Craftsman Club and
Sears retiree discounts bringing my total down to $360. I didn't take me but
30 seconds to figure out that my son really needed my old saw <grin>. No one
who has seen the saw can believe that I got it for what I did.
This saw was made by Ryobi but the construction is real similar to my old
Emerson made Craftsman. Incidentally, I had modified the old fence so that
the rear of the fence rode on a ball bearing caster instead of the nylon
glide, it worked great as long as I kept the bearing clean and oiled. RM~
PS, I think this closeout was due to Sears and Ryobi splitting the sheets. I
also suspect that closeout saw in Canada to also be made by Ryobi.
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