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Posted on 2017 Rip Saw choice

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#1 posted 04-29-2017 05:13 PM

For that budget, I would look for a refurbed Disston 12 that has been filed rip by a reputable refurb guy. You might pay around $100, but you will have a better saw than the Pax and there is no maintenance issue with an older saw vs a new saw.

I have gotten several 12s off the bay at around the $25-40 range that were very easy to rehab to superb users, but since you aren’t currently in the rehab mode, I would spend that $ on a good refurb than the new Pax any day. Even a good D-8 with the thumb hole will make a better user and can be gotten for far less.

Bottom line is even if you spend the same as new on a refurb, you are almost certainly getting a better saw. Check out the ‘saws using, collecting …’ thread and you will find a handful of guys that do this full time. Just PM one of them with your needs and budget and you will likely get a fine user.

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