Affordable replacement saw options for used panel saw?

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Forum topic by ScooterB1964 posted 12-05-2021 02:48 AM 269 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2021 02:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: panel saw saw motors

I had planned on and plans for building the Shop Notes Panel Saw down the road until I came across a C4 Safety Saw for sale for $125 and just a few miles away! Although the motor was not working and this C4 had been stored outside and laying on Oklahoma dusty red clay ground for an unknown amount of time the frame had only mild surface rust.

I cleaned up the rotating carriage and everything moves as it should including the spring counter balance for the saw and carriage. The dead saw was not the original with a right hand blade with a forward cut so there was a safety notice on the saw that it had to be moved from bottom to top for vertical cutting “because the saw ran counter clockwise” obviously if you can’t reverse the polarity and modify the sole and handle a bit you have cut the direction the saw is designed to cut. Cutting from bottom to top on a panel saw however eliminates part of keeping the board secure as you pull the saw down through the cut and the level plane of the rollers prevent the board from tilting side to side.

Official replacement saws for current Safety Speed models are just under $400 and up which is not in my budget.

I saw an older working Skilsaw 367 locally with the worm drive, left side cut and the OEM switch was replaced with a metal toggle switch which actually would probably be more ergonomic for me for panel saw use. I have no idea if the motor on this is one that you can reverse polarity on easily with the four separate wires or one of the three wire ones that are not so conducive for that. (I know there will be no blade brake or plunge capability going this route but not really needed for my purposes.

Q1 The motors may have changed over different production years but does anyone know if the motor on a Skilsaw 367 is typically a four wire reversible motor?

Q2 Does anyone have an alternate recommendation for a
N affordable suitable used circle saw that can be safely adapted* to mount on a panel saw as a replacement?

  • On fixed LTD with high medication costs so affordable used saw for me would ideally be around $50 that needs a little work and definitely under $100 if in great used condition. (This will be a single application saw and have a nice newer Makita Circle saw and a Delta 34-360 TS)
  • I am competent with soldering and multi-meters etc as far as electronics as well as have experience and tools to drill out and replace rivets if needed regarding the saw body and sole plate if that is something that would come into the equation

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#1 posted 12-05-2021 06:04 PM

DeWalt made a saw where the height adjusts from the front rather than the back, a useful feature for a panel or table saw build. On a SSC panel saw I don’t think the depth adjusts at all. I used the DeWalt on my panel saw build and it works well. Adapting it to the SSC I can’t vouch for.

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#2 posted 12-05-2021 11:44 PM

I used a Milwaukie “Tilt-Lok” Circular saw on my panel saw setup. The nice thing about it is the handle is adjustable, making it a bit more ergonomic for panel saw use. I believe I paid ~150 new, so maybe a used one could be obtained for less.

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#3 posted 12-06-2021 12:58 AM

Thank you so much for the recommendations!

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