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Posted on New to me G1023 (1989 I think) needs some love.....and I need advice.

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 11:23 AM

A lot of this is subjective, but here are my thoughts:

1. Your current plan looks good and should work, but if you get impatient, switching to fine sandpaper and progressing through finer grits will be faster than a Scotchbrite.

2. Those belts actually look pretty good….it’s possible they’ve been replaced before. Now’s a good time to do it, but you find that you don’t NEED to right away unless they’ve taken a set and thump/vibrate too much.

3. Good.

4. Don’t really know what’s “best”, but I’d likely just use a non-dust attracting lube like your paste wax applied with a tooth brush, or spray on white lithium grease that dries like wax. Adding grease or wet lubes can attract saw dust.

5. A splitter or riving knife is one of the most effective safety devices you can use IMO. I really like my BORK and initially thought it would fit your saw, but after seeing the pic, it might be old enough that I’m no longer positive it well. The pic you showed of the swingarm doesn’t look like it leaves a place to fasten the BORK. My advice is to send the pic to Bob Ross at, and check with him….I’ve found him to be pretty responsive to questions and input in general (you can link this discussion for him to view the pic, or ask for his email). The MJ Splitter is a less expensive, less elegant alternative, but would require you to make a new insert or two. Others may have insights on other splitters that will fit, and you might even find a stock guard somewhere.

6. Which way to go with saw blades is also subjective, and is really a personal decision. The Infinity Super General that you linked to is the cleanest cutting of the 40T general purpose blades I’ve used to date, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the best overall choice for your needs. The Freud Fusion is the most similar of the blades I’m familiar with, and you might find it for $10 or $20 less, but there are no real big savings there. Using high quality separate dedicated blades will each do a better job of their respective tasks, but require blade changes for each task, and require a separate cash outlay for each blade. The Onsrud blades were a great deal, but the selection has dwindled a lot. Going with something like the Delta 35-7657 for < $30 shipped or the Onsrud 30T Glue Line Ripper should open up funds to add something like a nice 80T fine crosscut/ply Hi-ATB or ATB blade (ie: Infinity 010-080, Freud LU80, CMT 210.080.10 (this is a pretty nice deal on an 80T Freud LU85 ATB blade @ $58 shipped…normally ~ $90, only 2 available). But as stated, it really depends on what you’ll be cutting.

7. The Incra V27 is one of the best values in good aftermarket miter gauges. You’ll want to buy a crosscut fence for it, or build one from scraps (easy). Adding a motor door will help the dust collection a lot… or build.

You’ve given this a lot of thought, and are definitely on the right track IMO.

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