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#1 posted 02-19-2018 03:48 PM

It can be difficult. I’ve seen a lot of ads that looked promising, but were too far away. I’d make a drive of a couple of hours to see something that was as-new, but not for a renovation unless it was unusual in some way (like dirt cheap for a Powermatic 66 or 72).

That said, my G1023 DID need work. I wish I had a before picture because it looked very neglected and rusty on the top and rails. I went to look at it because it is a current model (parts availability), was local, and I saw enough in the pictures that indicated that it might be a hidden gem. In person, the cabinet was in excellent shape with no paint chips or rust, the trunnions showed virtually no wear, and the dented and broken parts I saw were easily fixed (e.g., dust port and electrical connection box). I did replace almost every nut, bolt, washer, and screw on the machine, fence, and rails as they were either rusty or starting to corrode. So no more soft hardware – everything is now grade 8.

Total time for the renovation was about 20 hours, more or less. I still need to replace the fence knob, as it was missing. And I still have a box of misc. parts to address, such as the router table inserts and hardware, and the blade guard assembly, all of which are rusty, too.

Most of this was cosmetic – a refresh. My guess is that the owner might have been frustrated with the machine, as (again) the shroud and hose were plugged, stops out of adjustment, and everything needed aligning. So it was neglected. Sometimes it’s hard to see past appearances, though.

(The AccuMiter miter gauge didn’t come with the saw, BTW. I already had that.)

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