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Hi everyone! First post here on woodworking talk. I am looking to take up wood working as a hobby. Currently I have the following:
- Ryobi circular saw
- Ryobi jigsaw
- 12" Dewalt miter saw
- Makita palm sander
- Dewalt 18v cordless drill

I am looking to get some additional stuff in the near future. The first item being a decent table saw. Here are a couple of links (actaully a few) from craigslist that I was looking at. What do you think, and what other advice would you give? Im not looking to spend a lot, but these days I definitely only want to buy once.

http://baltimore.craigslist.org/bar/4270270225.html
http://york.craigslist.org/tls/4266215543.html
http://lancaster.craigslist.org/tls/4203555766.html
http://lancaster.craigslist.org/tls/4260165375.html
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/tls/4272114076.html
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/tls/4246458185.html
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/tls/4262496880.html
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/tls/4269031091.html
http://york.craigslist.org/for/4217292066.html

Also was thinking aobut trying to find a router and drill press. I assuming most of you would choose the router first? When buying a router, is it necessary to get a plunge or is a fixed base just fine?

Thanks for the help.
 

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Wow, just about all of those are over priced.

The Bosch is going to be a portable jobsite saw. The Delta is a brand new model that just hit the market so little is known about it. I havnt checked prices but Im guessing he is asking right about what he paid for it at Lowes. If you wanna take a chance on that model, Id go look at one still in the box that comes with a warranty. Of the others listed, IMO the best bangs for your buck is probably the second Ridgid saw listed for 250 and I dunno that I would pay more than 200 for it and possibly the Grizzly allthough Im not real familiar with any of thier contractor saws.
 

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The ridgid model for 250 is a pretty decent deal. The older delta needs more info....being that it has a 48 inch side table, it may well have a bisermeyer fence which would make 300 bucks a good deal. The new delta is 600 plus tax new....so your getting 125+ dollars off for what he says is a new saw....I'd offer 450 for it if you want the benefit of a new saw.

Some real decent possibilities in your list.
 

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Of those saws, I'd lean toward one of the Ridgids or the similar Craftsman....they have better fences than most. I'd offer less than asking price for all of those though. The Delta 2000 is worth asking what fence is on it, or getting a better pic that shows the fence. The other older Delta or that Grizzly could be decent saws with a fence upgrade, but that'd push the total cost sky high. I'd hold off on the new Delta until more is known. I'd skip the Bosch unless you absolutely need portability.
 

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I agree with what others say about the saws - they seem overpriced. Look for the best possible fence.

As to your additional purchases, I'd vote for a drill press before a router. Routers are great, but I use my drill press far more than my router.
 

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I think a couple of them are priced pretty well....keep in mind prices on used stuff is regional.
 

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I found this post from a while ago.
http://lumberjocks.com/MarkColan/blog/17598

I wonder if the Delta comes with the unifence? If so, is it a good fence to have? I emailed the guy and asked if he could check. He told me the saw is in storage which is the reason he could not get a better pic.
If it has a Unifence, Biesemeyer, or T2, I'd take a good look. If not, it's overpriced IMHO.
 

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Ok probably the last link. Just found this one with a router table and router with a whole bunch of accessories.

http://frederick.craigslist.org/tls/4272542142.html

Sure would kill a bunch of birds with one stone. I was looking to get all of this stuff eventually.
When new, that was a decent ~ $600 saw, good ~$125 router, ~$90 dado set, ~$250 router table. It looks to be in good shape and well cared for. Considering that it has no warranty, and outdated technology, $700 seems a bit steep, but that doesn't mean you can't take a look and make a reasonable offer....half the cost of new is a good rule of thumb....$550-$600 seems reasonable to me if all those accessories have value to you.
 

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So I talked to the guy who has the $300 ridgid and he said he would come down to $250 or $200 without the mobile base. It looks way cleaner than the $200 one which makes me lean that way (table surface rust etc.). Both are about 1.5 hrs from my house so I would rather pay $50 more and not have any bad surprises. Know what I mean?

I found this dewalt router for $100 which seems like a decent deal. I figure I can make my own router table for one of my first projects. http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/tls/4169620751.html
 

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Good deal. As to the router, before spending 100 on a used router, I'd buy the craftsman 2 hp combo kit for 100 bucks or the 2.5 hp craftsman pro combo kit for 145.
 

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You mean the one that comes with the plunge and fixed bases? Do I nee dthe fixed base? I figured $100 on a lightly used Dewalt would be better but I oculd definitely be wrong.

Also, any suggestions on a strater router bit set? Or should I buy them individually?
 

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+1 on ridgid. Looks to be a 2412. Good starter/forever saw with 1.5 hp motor. Re: router, the recommended c-man has rec'd favorable comments and kits are usually better values than individual units.
 

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kwolfe said:
You mean the one that comes with the plunge and fixed bases? Do I nee dthe fixed base? I figured $100 on a lightly used Dewalt would be better but I oculd definitely be wrong. Also, any suggestions on a strater router bit set? Or should I buy them individually?
The fixed base is useful for tons of stuff. By fixed, the height is adjustable. It's what you would use in a router table, and unless you need the plunge capability when using it free hand, it's lighter in the fixed base. I use my fixed base 90% of the time or more.

As to bits....I've opted to buy as needed....although I've come really close to buying a mlcs set.
 

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kwolfe said:
You mean the one that comes with the plunge and fixed bases? Do I nee dthe fixed base? I figured $100 on a lightly used Dewalt would be better but I oculd definitely be wrong.

Also, any suggestions on a strater router bit set? Or should I buy them individually?
Buy bits as you need them. Sets suck in quality and some you may never use.

Al

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