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#1 posted 02-15-2017 08:15 PM

If it’s in good shape, that’s a decent saw, and $550 sounds like a pretty nice deal….it’s basically a Taiwanese Unisaw copy under the hood. IIRC, the Z originally had the Shop Fox “Original” dual locking fence (W1410), and a 3hp motor. It’ll be a right tilt saw, and was pre-riving knife, but it did originally have a traditional splitter and blade guard assembly. The BORK riving knife will fit that saw if you want to equip it with one.

As with any used tools, check the overall condition for neglect and damage. Check under the hood for any cracked castings in the trunnion assembly. You can spin the blade by hand to listen to the bearings, but those are easy enough to replace if necessary. Check the handwheels for ease of movement too, but again, usually easy to clean and lube if needed. You can check the table for flatness, but don’t get too hung up about it….it will generally take a pretty large deviation in just the right place to actually impact the cut. Good luck, and please post back with pics if you buy it.

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