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#1 posted 04-16-2017 01:11 PM

I think you will find that changing the blade happens fairly often and requires the most adjustment. Many of the older saws require more work to do a blade change, and some even require removing bolts or parts from the fence rail. Then you have the guides, a good new saw will not even require tools to adjust the guides and that is really a nice feature.

The other thing to consider is the depth of the throat, you will find very quickly that smaller saws really limit the size of the work piece when you are cutting curves, i would not consider anything less than 14”.

Also many older saws and some new ones need a riser added to resaw anything thicker than 6 or 7”.

I understand working with a very limited budget, but I also have learned the hard way to make sure I buy good quality with all the right features up front, and avoid the upgrade blues later. Hopefully you will find something on Craigslist.

Best of luck!

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