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#1 posted 04-18-2013 02:40 PM

An advantage to doing one yourself is you get to know and understand how the parts of the saw work. But it would be next to impossible to install the fence without a drill press. I had to drill and countersink a number of hole in the steel bracket as well as drilling 3 hole (free hand) in the cast top. If you have a friend or access to a drill press I would consider a restoration. There are lots of threads here on the process and YouTube hasw a number of helpful videos. And it takes time.

Knottscott is right about the blades. And for a 10” you can use a regular dado. I ruined the bearings on a saw with a wobble dado. Seeing that wobble dado I would look very closly at that shaft. The saw with stock fence should be +/- $150. I used a cog v belt from NAPA that performed as well as a link belt i had around. $350 for that saw would be the most I would pay. My 2 cents.

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