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Hello!

Newbie here who has really gotten into the woodworking scene recently. Everything I have read says the table saw is the most important part of the shop. After using my circular saw on my last 2 projects I already know this to be true. :)

So here is what I am debating. Either spend $300 on the Dewalt dw745 or get this used one from $150. http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/tls/4192614555.html

$300 is about as high as I want to go. The dewalt gets great reviews and the pull of that rack & pinion fence is a strong one BUT am I over valuing that? I know the Dewalt is smaller (I would build a table around it) and I am limited on space (part of the garage). On the flip side the craftsman has a cast iron top and will be less than half of the price of the dewalt. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance!
 

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The craftsman is a saw you can build a shop around. It has an induction motor and lots of cast iron. You could at some point upgrade the fence and possibly be happy with it for decades to come.

The dewalt will be ok for starters....you'll eventually decide you want bigger and better and spend more in the long run.
 

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not sure on the motor

The craftsman is a saw you can build a shop around. It has an induction motor and lots of cast iron. You could at some point upgrade the fence and possibly be happy with it for decades to come.

The dewalt will be ok for starters....you'll eventually decide you want bigger and better and spend more in the long run.
It says direct drive which usually means a AC/DC brush type universal motor which are noisy like a Skil saw. Barely used might be OK. Worth looking at, but $150 is tops. Might offer $125....
 

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Thanks Ryan! Curious how did you know it has an induction motor? I couldn't figure that out. When changing a fence do you also change the "rails" it runs on too? Appreciate the advice!
 

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I believe that particular one is a flex shaft drive (not as nice as the belt drive units) but as far as I know, those were all induction motors. I've seen and been around quite a few of those and never saw one with a universal motor.
 

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NY-woodworker said:
Thanks Ryan! Curious how did you know it has an induction motor? I couldn't figure that out. When changing a fence do you also change the "rails" it runs on too? Appreciate the advice!
You do change both. They come as a kit usually and run 200 up depending on what you want.
 

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Or best one of the group if you can still get it...

http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/tls/4057414963.html

New model with a riving knife.




Upon further inspection of your local Craigslist....I'd forego the flex drive one and keep looking. There are all kinds of saws on your local Craigslist for decent prices. The ridgid and the one in this thread won't even need new fences as they come with pretty decent fences stock.
 

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Thanks Ryan! I sent emails out on the last one to see if it's still available and the Ridig for pricing. I actually live right next to this section on Craigslist. I am actually in Westchester County...if you have a few minutes could you see what could be a potentially good starter saw in my area?

http://newyork.craigslist.org/wch/tla/

Thank you so much!
 

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So the $300 Craftsman is sold, the other guy wants $450 for the Ridig and I really can't go that high right now. So it's between the belt driven 3 HP Craftsman for $175 or the direct drive 2 HP (induction motor) Craftsman for $150 http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/tls/4195112933.html http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/tls/4192614555.html From everything I have read it should be a no-brainer right? I should go belt driven over direct drive?
The 175 craftsman has a good fence on it. So no need to upgrade that fence. That's my pick. I'd offer him 140 and go to 150. I'd probably pay 175 for it in the end.
 

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So the $300 Craftsman is sold, the other guy wants $450 for the Ridig and I really can't go that high right now. So it's between the belt driven 3 HP Craftsman for $175 or the direct drive 2 HP (induction motor) Craftsman for $150 http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/tls/4195112933.html http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/tls/4192614555.html From everything I have read it should be a no-brainer right? I should go belt driven over direct drive?
Did you offer the ridgid guy 300 cash?
 

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I did offer the Ridgid guy $300...waiting to hear back and sent a note to the belt drive one to see if it's still available. I truly appreciate all the input. Thank you.
 

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I will let you know. I haven't heard back from either of them yet but I think I will probably hold off on the dewalt for a bit and see what I can find used. The ability to upgrade the fence (which in the back of my mind I knew yet just assumed it was a major deal) I think I would like the bigger table area.
 

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Ha thanks Pirate.

Ryan - He said no to the $300 and came down to $400 (as low as he said he would go). I was going to float $350...you think it's worth the $350 and that's a good deal? or should I just be patient as something solid is sure to come down the line?
 
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