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Posted on Needing input on a (used) table saw.

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#1 posted 06-25-2020 12:48 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

First mistake was selling your old saw. It may have been inadequate in several ways, but at least you had something to use while you looked for a replacement. Now you have squat, and that “Gotta have it now” feeling will keep trying to bite you in the ass.

Second mistake is not knowing what you want. Figure it out. Once you know, then you will be able to jump on a good deal when it comes along without making your third mistake.

Third mistake, asking if it s a good deal. If it is a great deal, then you will 99 times out of 100 miss the deal because of your hesitation. Read the OWWM rules – particularly #5 – they exist for a reason.

And finally – that PM is overpriced for a contractor saw. It is in nice shape, but you can find nice used cabinet saws for that price most any day. And if you do want a cabinet saw (Unisaw, PM66, etc..) then you are most likely going to need 240v. You may run across a 1.5 or 2hp Unisaw, but they are fairly rare, so you will most likely have to wait longer for one to show up.


- MrUnix


IMHO – paying more than $300-400 for used 120v contractor saw is too much; unless maybe it’s loaded with accessories or NIB. The common issue with souped up contractor saw is there is price ceiling for these tools based on competitive options. Doesn’t matter if it is a new hybrid for $800-1000, New contractor saw for $600, or used cabinet saw for $500-1000; spending more than ~$500-600 on contractor saw becomes difficult compared to what you can buy for same amount of money.

My suggestion for 120V used TS is to look for an old pre-70’s Unisaw with RI/Bullet motors. Will handle 8/4 lumber with ease, and old school version of home shop TS. The motors are rated only 1 to 1.5HP, but have torque of much larger motor. They use the same design that a 3HP rated router uses, yet only draws 15A @ 120V. They have more power than modern induction motor on newer saw using same 120v.

If you have plans to be in Phoenix, I just happen to have one laying around, waiting for restoration you can buy? Runs/works fine. Has been in storage for 15 years when I found it, and to be safe bearings should be replaced. Otherwise it has been pampered all it’s life. Even have a spare mobile base for it too.

Finding use wood working tools can be hard work. Here is blog post I wrote on my considerations for used tool prices that might help:

Best Luck!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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