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knotscott

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#1 posted 489 days ago

$400 is steep, and those blades are all wall decorations IMO (junk). The saw looks great, the fence looks great, and it sounds like it was well cared for, which are all worth a premium, but I don’t think it’s worth $400. There’s still no riving knife and no warranty. Maybe $300-$350 if it checks out as working beautifully. Check underneath for any obvious cracks or damage to the underpinnings. Any mechanisms that move can be lubricated, so I don’t worry too much about that unless there’s binding or gauling that’s causing stiffness in a movement. Table flatness is nice, but it usually takes a sizable deviation from flatness to effect cuts. With the saw unplugged, rotate the blade and listen for obvious grinding noise (likely bearings, which can be replaced), run the saw and see if it sounds and runs smoothly with low vibration. With good blade selection, and good alignment, that can be a nice saw.

Here's one in your area that’s still high, but is better, and also has a decent fence (I’d offer ~ $225)

Here's one that’s similar that needs a fence upgrade and a wing, but it’s $89.

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