The next day I decided it was time to set up the router. Using the lines I drew in previously, I drilled holes in the corners...
And it looks great!
I still have a few things to do on this thing, like making a removable throat plate for the saw, and a new cross-cut sled.
But for now it will be my primary table saw.
There's still a little saw dust that gets out when I'm working with the saw. But it's no where as much as the amount that gets out with the other table saw.
But before they take it away, let's do a side-by-side comparison of the 2 table saws. On the whole, my new table saw is shorter, wider and lighter. Although I can change the height of the older table saw cart, but since that saw is so incredibly heavy, I have chosen not to do that. My old table saw has a super-flat cast-iron top. The miter slots are perfectly straight and parallel to the blade. And the blade can raise a lot higher than my new table saw can. This beats my new table saw easily. Although my new table is nice and flat now, any kind of wood (or plywood, particle board, etc) can expand and contact due to weather. I've already pointed out my miter slots are not perfect too.
Starting from the left of the blade - the old table saw is not set up to cut left of the blade. The fence system stops at the blade. So this saw loses this one.
My new table saw's fence does go left of the blade...
...and without the fence there's about 23 inches. With my fence in place it can cut around 18 inches, so my new table saw wins there.
My old table saw can cut up to about 23 inches to the right of the blade.
My new table saw can cut about 25.5 inches, so the new saw wins again.
The old saw is about 27 inches wide, which is nice. But the saw blade is located towards the back of the top.
My new table saw is only 25 inches wide, but the saw is more centered on the table.
The old saw's fence is easily adjustable thanks to the 2 bolts on the top. It's easy to tighten and loosen the handle, making adjustments quicker and accurate. In this regard my old table saw's fence is better.
My new fence is not so refined and needs a clamp to lock it in place. But having storage for my tape measure, a pencil and a screw driver is very convenient.
When it comes to dust, I think my new saw wins. I definitely contains more dust than my old one.
The back of my new saw table is flat...
...which lets me place is against a wall when not in use.
The old saw's motor and belt stick out...
...leaving almost 10 inches between the back of the saw and the wall. And as you can see below, the saw sticks out past my garage door opening.
Adjusting both on the new saw is easy thanks to the table top lifting up, and the PVC kick stand holding it up.
My old table saw's back-mounted, belt driven motor - This has pros and cons. Buying and changing belts is easy and inexpensive, but should I have a problem with the motor I would need to bring it in for servicing. This table saw and it's motor were made in 1976, and I have a feeling it would be pricey to fix. I could also go buy a new motor, but that too is pricey.
But the plus side is that this motor and table saw are a helluva lot more quieter than the circular saw on my new table saw. Now, if I did run into a problem where my circular saw stops working, I can buy another one for around $50 and have it all up and running again in no time.