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kinghong1970 03-06-2013 07:21 PM

Are all Contractor Saws created Equal?
thinking about making one of these...


and incorporate router table into it as well to save some space...

i have a very old craftsman contractor saw and want to start planning out the designs in sketchup and have a quick question...

are all contractor saw height (minus the leg) same?
basically the height from table top to bottom of the motor/belt/arbor housing?

thanks in advance,


knotscott 03-06-2013 09:26 PM

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Height can very a little. Depth is fairly consistent at 27". Width varies depending on the wings/extensions. The underpinnings, motor power, and weight all vary a bit, but there are a lot of similarities in the abilities, strengths and weaknesses in general. With a good fence, good tuneup, and a good blade, they're all fairly capable of excellent hobby work.

Most of the traditional contractor saws with an outboard motor will either look like this underneath:
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...xtrunnions.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...runnionpic.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...20parts/r2.jpg

Or like this:
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20.../underside.jpgAttachment 64882

The more modern hybrid saws have similar dimensions, and power, but move the motor inside the enclosure for better dust collection, shorter drive belt, smaller overall footpring, etc.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20..._trunnions.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...ps09f793d4.jpg

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