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Old 11-24-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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Default Which saw would you buy ($200 budget)?

I am looking to buy a saw. Budget is around $200. Right now my choices are:

1. Used DeWalt DW788 at a pawn shop for $180 (looks ok, runs smooth)
2. New Porter Cable Scroll Saw - Model# PCB370SS from Lowes for $180
3. any other choice for new saw?

Also, any warning signs to look for in a used saw? Happy to hear your input. Thanks.

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Old 11-24-2010, 12:01 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. If the dewalt looks and runs good I'd go for it. Just my opinion.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:08 PM   #3
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I'm with Mike. Always counter-offer, especially at a Pawn Shop. *smerks*
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Personally. I would wait to get the saw. if I had to chose now. the Dewalt for sure. you can search ebay, and craigs list and get a good saw there also. the Dewalt saw is a good saw. but lately has some problems. but then any used saw can give you fits. royobie is not a bad saw for cheap. but I would still wait for awhile, and get a better one. vibration, stand, blade holders, and quick clamp blade change is great, how you put the blades in. there is alot to make you sawing experiance much easyer, and fun. your friend Evie
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Check out craigs list for your area. I picked up a Hawk for $300. Bobby
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:33 AM   #7
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I agree with Evie. I've had 4 "budget" saws. I've had a really cheap saw that didn't last a month, bought a Hitachi and a Porter Cable. I had problems with both and Porter Cable customer service is really bad. Ordered a part for the Porter Cable and never received it after 5 different calls. I finally gave up and took the saw back to Lowes and bought a EX-16. The best and smoothest saw I've every bought. The head tilts instead of the table. It is a great little saw. One draw back on the EX-16 is there is no vacuum port for the dust. Just my opinion.

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Dewalt no doubt if in anywhere near good condition (if it was me )
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