Joel Bercardin wrote:Very good machine, a real workhorse. I’ve been using it entirely on our place — and mainly for a lot of things that contribute to maintenance & upgrade of buildings and things we need & use here.
A short while ago, the motor abruptly began making a loud, grinding racket. A guy I’ve recently gotten to know has various high-level fix-it skills, so I started the motor when he was here one day and he did an immediate diagnosis. We arranged a mutually convenient time to get into the guts. And, due to past experience, he proved to be a whiz at proper disassembly order. The issue turned out to be a bearing (ball, not roller), replaceable for $10.
Start to finish, I was involved in the tear-down and reassembly. As my friend needs $$, I paid him. Replacing the saw would cost about $800 plus tax (man, how the price has increased since I bought my machine!) My friend’s time, plus cost of part: about $100 And I’ve learned valuable stuff.