Got a chance to maybe pick up an old Rockwell table saw and/or a late 1960's
Craftsman table saw.
What should I be looking for? I haven't gotten anymore details as of yet.
I'm hoping that the Craftsman is a belt drive.
Thanks for any help.
Go to oldwwmachines.com and snoop around through their archives. They probably
have pictures of the model(s) you're looking at. There are some very
knowlegeble friendly folks on that forum but do your homework and hit the
archives before you seek their advise. You should find loads of old posts about
how to check out used equipment.
Are you a machine tinker or a woodworker? If you enjoy wrenching on
equipment and like the challenge of re-building tools and equipment,
then yes go for the old tools. If you are more interested in
woodworking then buy your self a new Unisaw or Jet or
Mike from American Sycamore
I'm a tinkerer by necessity.
For some of us, it simply is not an option to buy a new Unisaw for my hobby,
I wish it was. I resurrected an older Craftsman tablesaw that I got for $25.
some rust removal, a good cleaning, lube and a few new parts were all I
needed to have a very nice saw. MUCH better that the screaming, plastic,
wobbly POS that was my other option. If I had insisted on a Jet, Grizzly or
Heaven forbid, a Unisaw, I'd still be dreaming and not making sawdust.
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