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#1 posted 01-10-2012 12:52 PM

Are you looking at smaller power tools? I’d be weary of an 18+ year old tool with a universal motor…....unless it appeared lightly used or was fire-sale-priced. Motors aside, other replacement parts might also be a challenge to find.

Larger tools with induction motors tend be a bit more bulletproof. I just recently (and reluctently) sold a 1950s Craftsman 8” tablesaw. Despite its age, it performed wonderfully. I’d still own it if I wouldn’t have stumbled upon a GREAT deal on a 80s Craftsman 10” saw. My drill press is also a dinosaur, but works fine.

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