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Posted on Got my first tablesaw (used). What upgrades do you recommend?

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#1 posted 04-07-2018 04:14 PM

Congratulations on your “new” saw!. Looks like you made a good buy and a saw that will last you a lifetime with a little clean-up and TLC. First of all, If you want some information on your saw, look it up on the Vintage Machinery website ( Find the serial number of your saw and you can look up when it was made on the site.

Darthford above made some excellent recommendations. I will, however, disagree about his instructions to only buy Mitutoyo. MItutoyo and Starrett are the premier manufacturers of measuring instruments and are an excellent choice for a long lasting instrument. But you are a home workshop guy with a limited budget who is going to occasionally use one of these instruments. I have been a metal lathe and mill owner and user for over 60 years and have had a complete shop ( for quite a while. While I have both Starrett and Mitutoyo calipers and micrometers as well as dial test indicators, quite frankly my every day go to measuring instrument is a Harbor Freight digital caliper. It is accurate to .001 inch repeatedly and works just fine and costs 1/10th ($20) what a Mitutoyo digital caliper costs. It may not last as long as the others, but you won’t be using them daily under industrial circumstances. Mine has lasted years though with occasionally replacement of the little battery which you can also get at Harbor Freight in a package for $2.50 for 10. Also, Harbor Freight has what I have found to be an excellent saw blade. My table saw is a $4,000 Austrian made Hammer 12” sliding table saw. I have on it a 12 in. 96 tooth Harbor Freight saw blade that I have used for three years. It is perfectly balanced, cuts extremely smoothly, and has never needed sharpening to this point. I would buy another one if needed.


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