I haven't kept up with the Sears line of saws for a long time, but
$912 new? For years they continued cheapening their saws to maintain a
price point somewhere in the $300-400 range. That $400 he's asking
strikes me as just about what he paid for it. To me it looks like
about 1980s vintage, too.
Wait a minute. I just saw that's a Canuckistani price. In that case,
it might actually have been $912 depending on how bad the exchange
rate was at the time he bought it. However, $400 is way high now
whether it's USD or CDN.
I sold one just like it a few years ago and was tickled pink to get $100US
for it. The sears fence was a complete piece of crap and the tilt mechanism
was "anchored" to the sheet metal side which flexed badly.
Run away. Now.
While Sears sold this saw by Emerson as a "Cabinet Makers" it was really a "Contractors" saw which came in 2 varieties and maybe more depending upon the fence.
The Cheap version to which you refer is the one in the picture, The better(?) version cost a hundred more and came with an "extend-a-rip" fence (a poor mans Beismier - not sure about the spelling). Sears even tried selling them for $1400 but found no takers.
I have the latter version and am totally happy with the results it can deliver. Parallel and tuned, this saw delivers really true and clean rips.
If the pictured saw is acquired, the only things needed would be, a new carbide blade, an upgraded fence, and serious tune up.
P D Q
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