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Forum topic by MarBar posted 01-27-2021 04:46 AM 353 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2021 04:46 AM

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I recently acquired a makita 2708 table saw that isn’t in the best of shape, but it works and is my first introduction to table saws.
The paint on the table was in bad shape so I stripped it down to bare aluminum. I would like to keep it bare and not repaint it, but I’m not sure this is wise. I made sure it’s still flat and was planning on just covering with paste wax and recoating when needed. Is this ok to do? What are the downsides to this?
Also, it came with a Rousseau fence that is well used, not square, and a little rusty. I can take care of the rust, but the set screws are missing and I was wondering if some simple same size machine screws would be sufficient as a replacement. Or should I just replace the fence all together? I’ve looked up replacement parts for it but that’s a no go so far.
Tips? Advice?

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#1 posted 01-27-2021 03:30 PM

I used one of those for more than 20 years. It’s a workhorse for being just a little portable jobsite saw. I don’t know if you’ll be able to find a replacement fence that will fit that saw. The biggest problem even with the stock fence in pristine condition was keeping it parallel to the blade – it took lots of fussing around to get it set properly. It’s a great little saw for construction type work – but I wouldn’t recommend it for the close tolerances needed for most woodworking projects. Jobsite, not workshop. Great for ripping fence boards, decking, siding etc.

I wish I still had mine – just to be able to toss it in the truck and go do a job.

-- DaveS, Montana

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