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I got my 788 for $50.00 that had been in storage for 20 years. Less than $75 in new parts and new grease in the bearings, I consider it now in "like new" condition. So, in my opinion, for the hobbyist, there are some great deals out there on the local social media selling places.
 

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I'd get it. That's an amazing price for a really fine saw. I know there are some great bargains here and there, but I'm not at all interested in refurbishing any machinery, so I almost always buy new. But, man, $399 is a good price.
 

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I'd get it. That's an amazing price for a really fine saw. I know there are some great bargains here and there, but I'm not at all interested in refurbishing any machinery, so I almost always buy new. But, man, $399 is a good price.
I did nothing but buy a blade and plunge it in..later I built a stand.
 

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I did nothing but buy a blade and plunge it in..later I built a stand.
If you happened upon one, that would be good. I bought all my tools during the last decade of my business life, when I had lots of money and never enough time. I guess you could search ebay or other sources, but you can't count on finding a great bargain. And a lot of machinery does not survive shipping, especially if packed by someone who doesn't know how. All of that factors in my suggestion to buy it at what is a good price.
 

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I looked for over a year and was going to "settle" for the generic entry level model just to get back into the craft. (I had an old C-man 30 years ago). With all the hoop-la about the 788, I set my sights on that one and nothing else was on the table. The prices were just out of my current budget for a new one so I started an active search in the used market. A year later, I found the $50.00 one and was quite surprised it only needed a few new parts.
I just saw this one for $100.00 and if I had my shop again, I would snatch it up, refurbish it and sell it for $300.00. (which is still in my thought process for this one).
Pay attention to the model number: Type 1 was made in Canada and Type 2 was made in Asia and is a bit lesser quality in some of the parts. With a quick look on my local FaceBook MarketPlace.
Good luck in your quest and let us know what you decide to do.
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John and Rebel, I like both of your tables/stands/carts for your saws. After reading some on the 788 stands and their adjustable height rear legs, why is that desirable? The saws table facing you in less of an angle?
 
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