I've been browsing classifieds for power tools, biding my time and looking for good deals. The trouble is, I'm not up on the quality of some of these tools. Can I ask your opinions, if you're familiar with them.
The first is a Craftsman table saw: http://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/tld/2971988987.html. It doesn't look like Craftsman makes this saw anymore, but, if any parts are missing, I can order them from Sears.
The second is a drill press by Central Machinery (owned by Harbor Freight): http://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/tld/2997285449.html. Here is HF's page for this tool: http://www.harborfreight.com/5-speed-be ... 44505.html
I have to run some errands, but will check back in a few hours. Thanks folks!
"owned by Horrible Fright" (----- Not a typo. Should tell you everything you need to know there. ) When new the fit and finish ranges from "meh" to "run away!" (And the benchtop ones are REALLY ANEMIC) I've been forced to use several of the HF drill press models. The experience has not been pleasant.
I'd sooner use a hand drill and a piece of angle iron as a guide than try to do any serious drilling with a Second hand Harbor Freight drill press that has likely been abused in various creative ways.
The Craftsman Saw? If it's pre-1980's it might be worth trying to fix. The 90's and 2000 era ones are OK when they're new, but I don't think I'd consider buying one that needed parts to be usable. There are better saws out there, but they will cost more even on craigslist.