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Posted on 3hp unisaw for $900?

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#1 posted 10-03-2018 04:55 PM

+1 commercial use saws need careful inspection. They can be in ‘good shape’, but still need failing arbor bearings replaced, as they don’t notice noisy bearings in busy shop. Watch out for 3 phase motors too.

Phoenix ALWAYS has a couple Unisaw listed around $1000-1200. $900 is not a ‘bargain’ price. It can be fair price if includes accessories like blades, miter guage(s), router table, mobile base, etc; and is in good working condition. But a naked unisaw with fence for $900 would not be considered a good deal in my area.

Little secret when used tool shopping on CL:
Use email alerts to your phone.
Most bargain priced woodworking tools are sold in hours, some sell in a few minutes.
Without alerts, your odds of being 1st caller who gets to buy the cheap $300-500 cabinet saw are zero. Conversely, If tool is listed more than 3-4 days, than either seller is very hard to reach, or price .vs. value does not define a bargain.
Locally the biggest challenge with used woodworking tools is folks that have a tool refurbishing/re-sell fetish. They buy cheap tools fast, fix them up (if needed), and re-list short time later to make a profit. When I was looking for cabinet saw, i was 2nd or 3rd caller dozens of times on the sub-$600 saws, and I called seller in less 1 hour. Another time was watching for industrial 15-20 inch planers; I called one seller 5 minutes after getting the email alert on a DC-380 and was caller #2. Remember, good deals sell very fast.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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