Tool Restoration #2: Interesting some of the gear Organisations "throw out"

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 12-30-2016 10:39 PM 1706 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Tack Hammer handle Part 2 of Tool Restoration series Part 3: ST-12H 12" Table saw restoration Unloading »

My son called me from Sydney around Jul and asked if I was interested in a 12” Table saw the School he does electrical work for was dumping.

At first I has amazed that he was not having a lend of me, and after thinking about it said yes please.

Here it is in the saw sitting in the Schools woodworking shop.

So upon my visit to Sydney in Dec we went and picked it up.

Another surprise when I arrived there was actually two saws, a MBS 300 including complete sliding table and the original ST-12 H

So we loaded them up and took them home

The sliding Mech.

The ST-12H

Now a dilemma what to do with both of them over the Christmas break.

No2 Son was off camping and said take them both to No 1 sons place, (unanounced)

As I could see a problem arising here I suggested the ST12 stay in the trailer and I just offload the MBS 300,
of which we did.

No 1 Son and I then spent half a day getting the MBS 300 aligned and running again in his garage.

All it needded was some TLC locktite here and there and it purred away, not bad for a saw about 12 YO and in the hands of school kids!

Now this saw was going to be an absolute monster foot print wise so the sliding table was not fitted as you would need a huge garage to set it to work.

I then spent many hours with my Son making office shelves for his new home over the christmas break.

Once the job was complete we stored the sliding table away and stashed the saw into a spot in his garage, pending a decision later as to what we could do with it.

Some facts:-
The MBS 300 is a generic saw sold by many retailers here in Australia Carba tec, Hare and Forbes, WoodMaster and a couple of other suppliers, so if any parts are needed it should not be a problem.

The ST12-H is a Hare and Forbes branded saw and now obselete but I would think the later ST12D series saws still in production will have similar parts, like the missing saw guard and locking handle on the fence.

It was then time for me to return to Brisbane.

I have now unloaded the ST 12 and will begin work on it in the next few days.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 12-30-2016 11:16 PM

First off …... YOU SUCK !

Now that that’s out of the way, what does this mean?
”At first I has amazed that he was not having a lend of me,”

Nice score on the TWO SAWS !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 01:24 AM

You’re starting the new year off RIGHT!

Happy New Year!!

I can’t imagine why any place would give those away… FREE!!

Lucky… LUCKY…. L U C K Y !!

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!

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Jay Boutwell

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#3 posted 12-31-2016 01:53 AM

Robert, you are indeed a lucky man and I know that one of the saws will definitely increase your woodworking and will give you many hours of pleasure. I am very happy for you to have gained a fortunate opportunity and at a very affordable price. Like they say, Free is a hard price to beat. Just work safely and keep those fingers. Have a great New Year. Jay

-- Jay-- Cabinet Technology

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#4 posted 12-31-2016 03:59 AM

Hello Guys Happy new Year to you all!!

Some replies:-


An Australian term meaning to be lying to a person for one’s own amusement.

So in his case I thought my son was lying to me as it all sounded too good to be true

Joe Lyddon

Thanks Joe I am still amazed they ditched both of them although they are ols they still run OK


Thanks Jay it cuts through timber like no bodies business its heaps better then the 10” saw I have
Sadly they will have to go to a better home as I dont have the room for them, I sure would like to keep the smaller of the two. Who knows once I clean up the ST 12 I may change my mind.

Here is a picture I found of the MBS 300 setup

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 12-31-2016 04:31 AM

G’Day Rob,
It’s amazing what schools will through out especially with the new ultra safety rules for school class room workshops.. You son deserves a medal for ensuring the machinery went to a good home… I’ve heard of similar happening from woodworking mates, in fact I scored a 17” Electra Becka bandsaw a couple of years ago.
Enjoy the machinery…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 12-31-2016 09:47 AM

You know? I rubbed a couple brain cells together when I read that ”...having the lend on me…,” too. Taken in context, I wasn’t far off. I thought, ”...pulling my leg…;” ”...yanking my chain…;” “putting lipstick on a pig…,” etc.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 12-31-2016 12:09 PM

What a Christmas present!!! I’m afraid people have a dicky fit when they see me with my saw, the first thing that came off it was the saw guard, never used one, and don’t intend to, hence the missing finger tips!! as for the fence locking handle, even if you can’t get a replacement, I’m sure you will improvise. With finds like that, can I borrow Son No.2? Happy New Year Rob :D

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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