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#1 posted 10-28-2012 08:59 PM

More of a case of: IF the saw is so great and accurate, ANY fool can cut a square & straight line. Anyone can make a superior cut with a “precise” saw. Even if they never been around a saw before.

Take this saw as an example, bad as it is…

I have been using this saw since the early 80s. Regular PMs keep things running to suit me. Is it with in a few thousandths? Have no way to measure anything that small, so don’t know. Does it produce a straight edge when ripping? Yep! Does it produce a 90 degree cut, when needed? Yep. Cost when new? $400 in the box, and out the door at Sears. It has had ONE major rebuild in it’s life time, cracked a trunion. New parts from a parts saw, and re-check everything. Same old stock fence, just I know it’s “limitations” and adjust for them. About the only “upgrade” I think I’ll get for it, is a better dado set. The Vermont American 6” one is getting a might worn down. Slop in the miter guage??? None that i have found. I do have an add-on piece to the MG’s front. But it is still a stock one.

Actually, I MIGHT use this saw one day a month, maybe. Last night i used a lathe from the same company that was about the same age…

Just five speeds, on a belt drive. Does it take a while to change speeds? yep, maybe 45 seconds….

Those two knobs were done with just a pair of MkII Eyeballs, with the patterns sitting behind the lathe, where I could see them.

So, unlike some people that HAVE to have MACHINES that almost do the work for them, I’m just a-playing around, and having FUN. If need be, I could just get down one of my handsaws and make a few “split the line” cuts. No Biggie. To each type of wood worker, their own way of working.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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