FlounderFillet5 Posted August 20, 2014 Share #1 Posted August 20, 2014 Hey guys, Today I lucked out like no other and wanted to share with you all. I have been searching for a Dewalt 788 for a while now and have only been finding the occasional one pop up on craigslist, normally costing between $300-$400 and they get snatched up before I even see the ad. I was surfing craigslist tools today and not much had changed from the night before when I had checked it last, darn. Then I took some time to post some various things the wife wanted sold on the site and when I finished was about to get up but thought I should check the tools section one more time before moving on with my day. Lucky I did because the top item on the list was a Dewalt 788 scroll saw which had been posted less than twenty minutes before and only asking $100! I looked at the pictures and it looked practically new. I quickly called the number... no answer, I then texted and was drafting up an email when I get a response to my text saying that it worked well and I could come take a look a few hours later. When the evening rolled around, my wife and I hopped in the car and drove nearly an hour to get to the seller's house. We went down stairs to the basement and saw the beautiful saw. I asked to test it so we plugged it in and the machine hummed to life with little to no vibration and not much noise at all. The seller asked if I wanted to cut some wood and I said "of course", excited to give it a try. While he was fetching the wood, I played with the blade tension-er, speed control, and made sure the light worked, then turned it off. The seller came down the stairs with wood in hand and I excitedly flipped the switch to test this bad boy out... silence. It turned out the outlet breaker had popped the safety fuse so we brought the saw up stairs to the garage. We plugged it in and flipped the switch... still nothing. Perplexed, the seller found a new fuse and swapped it out and nothing at all. The seller then apologized for wasting our time and gas and figured I no longer wanted the saw. I asked if he would come down on the price and offered $60 since I was taking a risk on a broken machine. He agreed after a short (felt like an eternity) pause and I hauled it off. When I got home, I plugged it in to check if it would work and nothing, then I pulled the switch housing off the saw and vacuumed out the debris... still nothing. Then, I noticed one of the wire terminals was very loose where it connected to the switch and I held it tight and the saw hummed to life. Now I have a flawlessly working Dewalt 788 and only paid $60 for it! I can't wait to start making saw dust with this thing. Anyone have any suggestions on wood to practice on just to get the hang of it? Also, what blades would you guys recommend? Landlubber Mike, WackoWolf and gjdale 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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