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edward in vancouver
Picked up a pristine # 71 last week, albeit with only the 1/2" blade, but with the fence and throat plate. Blade still had the factory grind on it, so I honed it up and tried it out.
It cuts well, but I have difficulty lowering the blade. I have to loosen the collar all the way, then lift up/jiggle the collar in order for the blade to drop down, then tighten it up.
Is this normal? The blade shaft is rough and has casting ridges on it, would it help if I polished the shaft?