The other option would be to buy a refurbished saw. Bad Axe is well known for selling restored saws at a great price. also, there are a lot of others who do it and sell them on eBay. often you can get a great saw restored by someone who knows how to for $50-$150 depending on what type you are looking for.
I am going to call Bad Axe but I also decided to look on eBay and see what is there and I have a question…
It seem like most of the saws are 26″ blades and that is really longer than I was looking for. And most of the saws that are a shorter length are labeled as cross cut. Is there a reason that most of the rip saws are longer? Could I have a shorter cross cut saw converted to a rip or will the longer saw perform better?