I like buying used ww’ing equipment. It makes my budget stretch much further, and because I’m a very casual hobbyist, I don’t need the latest and greatest tools with the coolest accessories. Because of this, I have a few pieces of equipment that are older than me—my lathe, my RAS, and another refurb project, a ‘75 Harley Chopper (which I’m still in the process of rebuilding, five years later).
I haven’t picked this tool up yet; it’s at my buddy’s house. He was a woodworker and floor installer decades back, and a Harley mechanic after that. He’s actually the one holding my hand through my Chopper project. He recently found out that I’m a woodworker after seeing some pics of a blanket chest I’m building (it’ll be done soon; I’ll post up pics). He told me about this saw in his shed and said that it’s mine if I want it, otherwise it’s going to the scrap yard. I went to his house to take some pics and asked around at www.owwm.org about it; they said to jump on it. Most said it wouldn’t be an actual “upgrade” to my decade old Rigid TS2424, but that it would be a great dedicated cross cut or dado saw. Like all my other equipment, it’ll be mounted on a mobile base, as my shop is so small.
I won’t be doing a full refurb on it; I enjoy the aged patina on old tools. I’ll do what’s needed to get it running again—clean the trunions and table, replace all the bearings, replace all the plywood sheeting on it, and add a dust port. The wings are missing in these pics, but he has them, too.
Knowing my pace when working on projects, I won’t promise that this thing will move quickly; I just have too many things going on at one time. But I will post pics as I work on it and show it in action when it’s done.
-- Semper fi, Brad