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Francisco Luna

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#1 posted 09-26-2021 12:06 AM

That depends of the machine situation. If it’s a 50-70 years old restored machine, with historical value, perhaps the price is right (Nostalgia stuff) But if you are looking for a good machine with just woodworking in mind, you are paying way too much money.

I will give two examples.
1. I found a 1970 Rockwell 28-300 Metal-Wood Cutting, in a garage sale about 6 months ago, that machine has a gear box cause when cutting steel it works at a much lower speed compared with wood cutting speed. So it is a more complex machine. It was in a neglected condition, but everything was there, no parts were needed, except for new oil, gasket, belts, cold blocks, knobs and a new switch. I paid $50 for the machine.

2.I got a 1990 Delta, Made in USA, 28-245 a month ago, the machine is like new, the guy was asking $200, but as the upper blade guide was cracked, I managed to lower the price to $150. A fellow Lumberjocker sold to me the OEM guides for $30. I have a new machine right here!

Community colleges nationwide are constantly closing down their woodworking and metalworking shops, and sending all those machines to be auctioned… easily can get the same machine for a much much lower price

-- "Menos es mas" Ludwing Mies Van Der Rohe

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