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Posted on Second-hand bandsaw brands to watch for/avoid & pricing

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MrUnix

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 08:55 PM

Most, if not all of the 14” cast iron band saws are clones of the Delta. Prices are all over, depending on condition, location, accessories, etc… Surface rust is a great negotiation point to reduce cost, and is super simple to get rid of. Induction motors are hard to kill, and even if they don’t run, they usually only need something stupid simple to fix. Bearings, belts, tires and guides are all considered maintenance items and should be replaced regardless, but again, can be used as a negotiation point to lower the price. The single biggest issue is missing/broken parts. If it’s complete, then it can be cleaned up and reconditioned to like new without much expense. If it’s missing parts or has broken/damaged pieces, then you may have a very difficult time finding them, and many can be rather expensive to replace.

The key to getting a good deal is knowing what you want, keeping an eye out for it, and being able to pounce when it does show up.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable


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