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Posted on 2017 Rip Saw choice

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JADobson

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#1 posted 04-29-2017 06:58 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.

- noahm

I’m curious about how a vintage saw will be better than the Pax. I’ve used both and they both cut wood just fine. There seems to be prejudice against pax by people who have never used them. Other than needing a stoning out of the box I have no complaints about mine.

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