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post #1 of 7 Old 09-04-2018, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Cast iron top tablesaws in Europe


I am often times envious when watching american youtube videos of guys picking up a used cast iron tablesaw for next to nothing (under 100$) in garage sales/ebay/craigslist etc.
yet in Europe(currently Germany) I cannot seem to find a used cast iron saw for a decent price (btw I am a firm believer that for amateur purposes it is most efficient to buy a good used tool, rather than a new ****ty one)

the ones in my price range (around 400 eur) are either this thin pressed steel or cast aluminium
so why do you think cast iron tablesaws are so scarce in Europe? or am I not looking hard enough?

p.s. the fondness for cast iron is from a hungarian (Csepel) drill press I bought a while ago, after 40 years still going strong

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Not sure why cast iron saws are not readily available in Europe. There are few foundaries in the US now that our federal government democrats have shut most of them down with stiffening regulations over the years. Most of our castings come from Europe, India and the Far East along with most stationary tools. You can find plenty of quality used saws in the US for well under $500. Maybe you should consider finding a deal from one of our used machinery sites or Craigslist and ship it over.

If you do happen to find a good cast iron saw or any other cast iron tool you will want to keep it protected from rust. I can recommend Corrosion-X Corrosion Technologies 91002 to do the job. Itís used by the military to protect bare metals and I have used it in my shop for over 15 years with absolutely no rust problems.

I will be on vacation next week in Germany, Austria and Hungary but wonít be able to fit a saw in my luggage. Apologies.

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Geez, I have a 60 yr old table saw with a cast iron top, that I donít need,/ It is is great shape, and I canít even get $300 for it...
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Geez, I have a 60 yr old table saw with a cast iron top, that I donít need,/ It is is great shape, and I canít even get $300 for it...
I hear ya. Iím going to need to downsize my shop soon and plan to trade my Unisaw for something smaller. Itís hard to face the fact that itís only worth a couple of hundred bucks. I think I paid something like $1,500 new which was a lot back then. (Still is)
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Id wager that the biggest issue is just woodworking as a hobby seems less common in most European countries, from what ive heard at any rate. Here in the States its not uncommon to have a house with a 2 car garage or a big shed in the backyard, so having a workshop is a pretty easy thing to do. From the slim bit that i know thats not as common of a thing to have across the pond, so id wager that has a lot to do with the used market being slim. Same reasons that you probably wont find a lot of used table saws in Manhattan.

The only other reason i can think of is that is a lot of the European Union countries have a lot more regulations on safety than the US does, which shrinks the market and drives the price up, which kills the used market pretty effectively. After all here in the US i can buy a pretty bloody good saw for $600 at my local home improvement store, a quick google search of what i might get in Britain show me nothing but jobsite saws, all for a higher price. Personally i wouldnt be woodworking if i had to deal with tool prices that high, and im willing to wager that a lot of people are of the same mind.

Again, this is all just my guesses and impressions
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I read that it doesn't matter too much what the wings of a table saw is made of. They could be made of stamped steel, wood, or whatever. It's only the middle section around the blade that needs to be almost dead flat. I don't know if this is true or not but I think having the wings made of something besides cast iron goes along with a cheaper made saw.

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