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Forum topic by jklingel posted 04-24-2016 04:51 AM 428 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jklingel

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04-24-2016 04:51 AM

I did a little searching here, but did not see comments on any saws this old; 1956. Is this particular model worth stink? A few folks mentioned the spring in the top, used to return the blade, being a serious limitation in one or two models, and that about shot my interest in this one, as it likely has the same issue, since it is even older. The price is $350, which seems way high. Any thoughts on it, or just buy a more modern machine and call it good. I like the 24” throat, but if it will be a major PITA all the way around, then I’ll fer git it. Thanks. john


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#1 posted 04-24-2016 06:10 AM

Nice saws… but priced way too high.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 04-24-2016 06:21 AM

Thanks. No real issue w/ the saw not bringing the blade back up, etc, as mentioned on some of the other models? j

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#3 posted 04-24-2016 06:44 AM

Not any real issue unless you are trying to be really aggressive cutting thick hardwoods. That saw was the industry standard for decades and a real work horse. It is more accurately a model #1440. The 40-205 catalog number is the 4 speed saw + stand (40-305 is the variable speed saw + stand). The only difference between the two is the pulley system used, and neither came with a motor, so those had to be ordered individually.

It also has the advantage of being able to use just about any blade you can fit in it.. scroll saw blades, jig (saber) saw blades, hack saw blades, whatever… and because of the design, the blade moves up and down perfectly parallel unlike the link arm or c-frame saws on the market today which tilt slightly forward/backwards when travelling up and down. But as mentioned, unless that saw has been completely restored, has all it’s bits and pieces and some extras, it’s way over priced. They show up around here in the $100 range and usually never more than $200 at the most.

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 04-24-2016 12:14 PM

I agree $300 is a bit steep but they are nice saws I got to use one back at the turn of the century.

MIKE

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#5 posted 04-24-2016 02:12 PM

I had an earlier model of that saw and did a lot of work on it. The transmission will get fouled with sawdust and have to be cleaned with fresh oil. It does not work so well with intricate work with small blades as the tension often breaks them. I would say it is way over priced.

-- Kepy

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#6 posted 04-24-2016 04:07 PM

Great info. I learned a lot. Thanks. I’ll keep watching it. Last year it was advertised at $400, so maybe it will get w/in range. j

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