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Forum topic by jkinoh posted 02-22-2015 07:02 PM 1465 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jkinoh

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02-22-2015 07:02 PM

Bought this saw at an auction a week ago. Took 4 of us to load and unload. Finally got everything leveled, squared, plumbed, cleaned and blessed.
The best part is I got it for about half of what I went there willing to pay.

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!


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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 07:17 PM

If you don’t tell us the price we can’t tell you if you suck or not. But I’m thinking you suck snyway. Looks like an amazing saw

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 09:26 PM

Yeah, like Kaleb. I’m thinkin’ you suck really big time!!!

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 02-22-2015 09:28 PM

Nice saw.. replace the bearings (wheels and motor) and you will be good for decades.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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jkinoh

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#4 posted 02-22-2015 11:44 PM

I’m afraid wife may have this link!!

I also paid $30 for a box that had a $400 (new and still wrapped in a webbing) part to a sailboat, 2 solid brass/bronze hand pumps for a ship galley (over $300 value) and a few other things I hope to sell and lower the initial cost on the saw.

MrUnix, do PM’s have a reputation for bad motor bearings? The wheels seem pretty quiet, the motor (Leeson 2hp) may be a little noisy.

Saw has Carter bearings. Not sure if those were original or it was an upgrade. I’m thinking they were probably upgraded.

and yes, I probably suck.

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 12:04 AM

MrUnix, do PM’s have a reputation for bad motor bearings? The wheels seem pretty quiet, the motor (Leeson 2hp) may be a little noisy.

Just good insurance. You have no idea what use/abuse that saw may have seen or when (if ever) those bearings were replaced. They may be fine and last for years.. or.. they may be marginal and crap out in short order which can cause lots of way more expensive damage. Replace them now and you don’t need to worry about them for years to come. Bearings are about the only real maintenance item on these machines outside normal consumables (tires, belts, blades, etc…).

I always replace the bearings, regardless. They are not expensive and give you peace of mind. Even bearings that seem just fine may not be. For example, I got a 3HP Baldor motor that was smooth as glass and appeared perfect with absolutely no signs of any problems at all. When I opened it up to clean it and replace the bearings, this is what I found:

Notice all the escaped grease.. they still worked fine, but they would have been toast very quickly. That was not the first time I’ve found similar problems either, which is why I always replace bearings on any used machine I buy. YMMV.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Those were SKF bearings (made in Sweden) and the motor was not all that old!

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Woodmaster1

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 12:15 AM

You will like the saw. I have in the school shop that is 47 years old. We have replied the motor, tires and guide bearings. Not bad for 47 years of abuse from students and maintenance dept.

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jkinoh

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 01:00 AM

Thanks MrUnix. Sounds like a good idea. I did replace all bearings on the guides, but I knew a few of those were marginal. I knew the owner. He was pretty meticulous about his tools, and quite the craftsman. He had a cabinet shop not far from my home. I had my eye on the saw since I met him, and knew he was going to eventually sell everything. I told him I would be interested in the saw when that time came. An auction was not the plan. Long sad story that I won’t go into.

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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