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

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#1 posted 01-31-2017 06:03 PM

Brand centric advice sounds good. Sounds like I can t go wrong with any of the major brands.

I have considered a new grizzly, I m within driving distance of their Bellingham showroom, so I d avoid freight. I d probably go for the G0555LX for $575 plus 10% tax. It has the cast iron wheels vs cast aluminum on their go580 that s about 125 less.

That said, I was hoping to score something for around $300 or less on the second hand market, but the asking price on many used machines is all over the place, most seem to be around the 450 mark. I m not sure if my price point is a reasonable/fair expectation for a well running machine . . I don t mind tinkering or replacing parts as long as the seller is willing to sell at an appropriate price for the condition and parts are available.

- B4B

The problem is prices are often all over the place on the low end of the market. Lots of people that don’t have any concept of the actual value of used saws are selling the smaller saws. They may have bought them and used them once so they thing they should sell for almost new price and although they bought a cheap off-brand saw when they look up a comparison price they can’t find that saw and use a Powermatic or Jet to set the “new” price.

You can find deals in the $300 range but it may take some time. I see old Deltas from $200 up to over $1,000 and PM 141s from $300 to near $1,500 (but those are well regarded saws that were right at $2,000 when they were last sold by Powermatic near 30 years ago). In the end there is nothing wrong with the Grizzly choice, it is a decent copy of the Delta saws and you have a good idea what you are getting. There is just less money to be saved buying used on the budget end compared to buying much bigger more expensive saws, compare the deals one can get on a 14” saw when you can buy a 36” saw that sells for over $20,000 today for between $1k and 2K with a little looking.

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