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#1 posted 11-06-2014 11:33 AM



Torn between this and saving some money to get a grizzly. I have a cheap crqftsman right now.

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Say $350 for the saw and another $250 for a fence (minimum). You’re at $600. I’m guessing you’ll have to put another $100 in parts and 8-10 hours worth of labor into getting that saw into tip-top shape. You’re at $700 and 1-2 days worth of work. If you want to do a complete restore, to include repainting, we’re talking several days worth of work.
If you think you’ll enjoy the restoration process and have the time/means to knock out the work in a timely manner, this saw might be a worthy endeavor. If you just want to cut some wood and your time is valuable…..I’d pass on it and go with the grizzly.
Price is also part of the equation here (imo). The cheaper you buy the machine, the more sense the restoration starts to make.
Me personally, I’m lucky to get 3-4 hours worth of “me time” per week to play in my shop. I’d rather not spend them sanding/repainting a machine. I restored a 1950s Craftsman drill press and jointer. It was an interesting and enjoyable process…....but more time consuming and expensive than I originally anticipated. All said and done, I wish I would have just bought new(er) machines.


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