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I need some assistance from those that know more about table saws than me. I have the opportunity to buy a Craftsman table saw, model 315228390. It’s used, being sold by a lady who lost her husband last year. Her daughter is a co worker of my wife’s. As much as I could use a bigger, heavier saw, I don’t think the $350 she wants for it is worth it.

I checked the saw out and the table is level. Blade and fence are square to the table top. Blade is square to fence. It’s missing the blade guard. Motor housing is a bit beat up. Handle to angle the blade is missing.

There are no replacement parts available for the saw from what I can find. I can’t seem to find when this saw was made even though I downloaded the manual. Does anyone have any information on this model saw? Age? Decent saw? Reliable?

Even if it is a decent deal I should probably turn it down with the uncertainty surrounding my job right now.

Thoughts?


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I need some assistance from those that know more about table saws than me. I have the opportunity to buy a Craftsman table saw, model 315228390. It’s used, being sold by a lady who lost her husband last year. Her daughter is a co worker of my wife’s. As much as I could use a bigger, heavier saw, I don’t think the $350 she wants for it is worth it.

I checked the saw out and the table is level. Blade and fence are square to the table top. Blade is square to fence. It’s missing the blade guard. Motor housing is a bit beat up. Handle to angle the blade is missing.

There are no replacement parts available for the saw from what I can find. I can’t seem to find when this saw was made even though I downloaded the manual. Does anyone have any information on this model saw? Age? Decent saw? Reliable?

Even if it is a decent deal I should probably turn it down with the uncertainty surrounding my job right now.

Thoughts?


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This appears to be a 10 inch contractor version and you can buy a new one like it from them today for the same price.

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From what I can find, the saw is close to the one I've owned for guessing 40 yrs. That one may be a few yrs newer than that but would guess it is at least 30-35 yrs old. I use mine at least a few times every months, some times more . I think we paid close to $500 for mine at the time of purchase.

The two side metal extenders ,, thick one inch or 1 1/4 " were not included in the price , they of just the table saw. They made two different contractors saws. One belt driven ( like the one I have) and one shaft drive blade. I knew the older gentlemen Sears salesperson that advised my wife and I to buy the belt drive. He told us if you do this will be the only table saw you will ever buy or need to buy.

The motor is still going strong, have had to many blades sharpened for this saw.

I admit $350 sounds high offer $250 IMO worth the money.


Sears.com IMO I would buy the used one if belt drive and the heavy cast table top extenders before buying this saw... IMO this one is a throw away table saw in 10 years. Not near the quality of the older table saws.
 

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Thanks guys. The ladies son is a master carpenter and said she should ask $300 for it. She was hoping he would take them but I’m guessing Craftsman isn’t on the radar of a master carpenter.

I poked around Craigslist and I’m finding similar models for $100, even less in some cases.

Think I will call her tomorrow and say thanks but no thanks. With my job situation I just don’t need it.

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The very most I would pay would be 250!
 

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I didn't look to see how heavy it is or its portability. My brother purchased a beautiful Delta Unisaw about 30 years ago. 2hp motor, outfeed and side feed extension tables, as well. It was really nice for ripping veneered sheet goods for cabinets. The problem was it was a beast to move, took a fair amount of time to set up the add-on tables, and takes up a lot of space. He rarely ever utilized it for those reasons.

I purchased a DeWalt 10" table saw about 20 years ago. It has the yellow DeWalt plastic housing and a gear driven fence system. I also bought the pull-out side and out feed extensions, so I can even rip 4 x 8 x 1/2" sheet of plywood by myself. I also purchased the fold-up stand for it. It is light enough that I can readily move. transport and setup by myself quickly. These are all very important features, in my opinion, and the latter especially.

I don't know what is on the market now, but I wouldn't consider anything less if I was in the market for a tablesaw for general use or the building trades.
 
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I didn't look to see how heavy it is or its portability. My brother purchased a beautiful Delta Unisaw about 30 years ago. 2hp motor, outfeed and side feed extension tables, as well. It was really nice for ripping veneered sheet goods for cabinets. The problem was it was a beast to move, took a fair amount of time to set up the add-on tables, and takes up a lot of space. He rarely ever utilized it for those reasons.

I purchased a DeWalt 10" table saw about 20 years ago. It has the yellow DeWalt plastic housing and a gear driven fence system. I also bought the pull-out side and out feed extensions, so I can even rip 4 x 8 x 1/2" sheet of plywood by myself. I also purchased the fold-up stand for it. It is light enough that I can readily move. transport and setup by myself quickly. These are all very important features, in my opinion, and the latter especially.

I don't know what is on the market now, but I wouldn't consider anything less if I was in the market for a tablesaw for general use or the building trades.
Thanks. I have a Ridgid 10" table saw that I bought about 12 years ago. Came on the quick setup cart. Has been a reliable machine that I have run hundreds of board feet through. I was looking at buying the used Craftsman due to it's weight and ability to rip sheet goods in half easier and safer than on my Ridgid. I don't know the weight it's considerably more than my Rigid since it has a cast iron top. I'd have to purchase a cart to make it mobile as well.

I looked around on Ebay and Craigslist last night and 350 is far too high. Found a 2013 model year craftsman saw, on a cart, with all side extensions and 52" fence for 350.

Made the decision last night to not buy the saw. Just can't in good conscience make the purchase with job uncertanity right now. I still have to call the woman today to tell her that I won't be buying the saw.
 
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