I am having a dilemma over my 10" Craftsman contractors saw. Is it worth
the expense and effort to change the pulleys and add link belts, a
Woodworker II blade, and a good Fence ($250-$350). Tempted to just buy a
Grizzly cabinet saw but could use the money elsewhere. Tired of measuring
and tapping that durn fence!!
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being
Sir Winston Churchill
Considering that a Grizzly will be about $400. more, I'd say go with the
Griz. Your Craftsman will be much better but no where close to a 3hp
cabinet saw. I had a Craftsman with a good blade and a Jet fence and those
additions made a world of difference. BUT, The Jet cabinet saw made 2
worlds of difference above and beyond the Craftsman.
Cabinet saws tend to be solid performers that you can count on.
On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 19:35:09 GMT, "news.verizon.net"
A cabinet saw is a specific kind of table saw. The area under the
table is enclosed and most cabinet saws have effective dust
collection. A "Contractor Saw" is a table saw too, but is open
underneath, less weight and more portable--great when you need to
setup shop at the site. A further step down is the benchtop table
saw. Cabinet (table) saws are heavy, and generally the most accurate
type of table saw.
I went through the same dilemma and added a Forrest blade and a Vega fence.
Both of them made a big difference, to the point where the saw was useful
for several more years. I sold it only to buy a Delta with more power. One
advantage to your scheme is that the belt, blade, and fence can be
transferred to your next saw if needed, so save the OEM pieces. OTOH, if you
choose to sell them with the Sears saw, it becomes more valuable.
I vote for just buying the Grizley....BUT Keeping the old craftsman...
if you have room ... Use the
craftsman for a dedicated machine for dados or cross cutting etc...plus
I have a bad habit of using
the top of my table saw as a shop table (not a coffee table however)
having an extra table comes in handy... lol
Find a book called "Woodworking Tools you can make" which has plans for a
fence to fit Craftsman table saws. I modified the design and built one
for my Taiwanese saw (similar to Grizzly) and it's worked well for
Take the money you were going to spend on the pullys, belt and fence,
add the money you get from selling the craftsman and you are only a
couple hundred from the cabinet saw (note I didn't say keep the money
you plan to spend on the WWII as you will still want one of these even
with the Griz).
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